With the FE 14mm F1.8 GM, Sony has an ultra-wide angle lens on offer. According to the manufacturer, it is especially suitable for taking photos of landscapes, buildings, the starry sky and interiors. It is distinguished by its compact shape. As Sony says, the new lens measures 83 x 99.8mm and weighs 460g.
Thanks to two XA elements (extremely aspherical), the FE 14mm F1.8 GM provides good resolution over the entire image area – even at the edges of the image. In addition, according to Sony, the lens has two ED (Extra Low Dispersion) glass elements and an ED glass element, which should reduce chromatic aberrations and ensure high contrast. In addition, the lens has an integrated lens hood, which aims to block outside light from entering, which could cause light scattering and ghost effects.
As Sony announced, thanks to the high F1.8 maximum aperture, photographers can capture high-quality images even in poor lighting conditions without having to work at extremely long shutter speeds. The minimum focus distance with the FE 14mm F1.8 GM is 0.25m. Thanks to the quiet autofocus with low vibrations, the lens is also suitable for photography.
The FE 14mm F1.8 GM can be controlled via a focus hold button, focus selector switch and focus ring. In addition, users of the focus hold button can set additional functions via the menu on the camera body, according to Sony. The new lens features a dust and moisture resistant design. The front and back lens elements have a fluorine coat that protects from water, oil, and other pollutants.
The new lens is compatible with all E-mount systems. It will be available from May at recommended retail price of 1750 CHF.
Sony introduced a new lens in March: the FE 50mm F1.2 GM. The full-frame lens is said to impress with its bokeh and powerful autofocus.
Additionally, Sony and the World Photography Organization have selected the best photographers as part of the Sony World Photography Awards. You can read about who received an award here.