Sony announces 100mm F2.8 STF G Master and FE 85mm F1.8 lenses
9 February 2017 | Category: General News
Further bolstering its lineup of full-frame E-Mount lenses, Sony has revealed two mid-telephoto optics, the FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS (model SEL100F28GM) and FE 85mm F1.8 (model SEL85F18).
FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS
As one of Sony’s flagship G Master series of lenses, this mid-telephoto optic is built to a high standard with aim of producing high-resolution images with attractive bokeh (out of focus areas). The latter is aided by a new 11-blade aperture and an apodization element - something we’ve seen in Fuji’s popular XF 56mm F1.2 R APD lens. This element is similar to a neutral density filter with the density increasing towards the outer edges, thus producing a softer edge to out of focus highlights. Sony also claims that the optical design of the FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS keeps vignetting (corner shading) to a minimum.
Further good news is that the lens is compatible with both contrast and phase detection autofocus systems, making it a good choice for cameras like the Sony A7R II, which has a hybrid AF system. There’s also a quiet direct drive SSM (Super Sonic Motor) system onboard for fast, accurate autofocusing.
In addition, an inbuilt macro switching ring enables up to 0.25x close-up capability while Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation helps minimise the impact of camera shake.
The lens is also dust and moisture resistant and has a customisable focus hold button, an AF/MF switch and an aperture ring. It’s aimed at serious and professional photographers in need of a high-quality lens for portrait, fashion, nature or wedding photography.
FE 85mm F1.8
While it has a bigger maximum aperture, at 371g the new 85mm lens is almost half the weight of the 700g FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS. Nevertheless, the lens is still dust and moisture resistant.
Inside is a 9-blade aperture for smooth bokeh and a double linear autofocus motor that Sony claims deliver fast and quiet focusing. Like the 100mm lens there’s a customisable focus hold button that can be used with features such as Eye-AF. An AF/MF switch is also on hand.
A more affordable option, the FE 85mm F1.8 is aimed at enthusiast photographers looking for a wide aperture lens for portraits, as well as professionals on a budget. As an E-mount lens it can be used on Sony full-frame or APS-C E-mount cameras such as the A7R II and A6500.
Price and availability
Both lenses will go on sale in March 2017. The FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS is set to retail for £1700 while the FE 85mm F1.8 will be priced at around £550. We'll let you know as soon as we have them in stock!