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Sony Unveils the FE 135mm f/1.8 G Master Lens


Sony has announced the new FE 135mm f/1.8 G Master prime lens for its full-frame E-mount cameras. It’s a “high-performance tool” geared toward professional portrait, wedding, and sports photographers.

“Equipped with Sony’s most advanced optical technologies, the new lens is built to meet the extremely high standards of Sony’s G Master series,” Sony says. “The new FE 135mm F1.8 GM offers exceptionally high resolution and exquisite bokeh, two qualities that are signature attributes of Sony’s flagship G Master brand.”

The lens features an innovative optical design that “effectively suppresses all common telephoto lens aberrations” and compensates for axial chromatic aberration and color fringing.

On the lens is an aperture ring that allows for direct aperture control, a focus ring that provides Linear Response manual focus control, a focus range limiter switch, two customizable focus hold buttons, and a focus mode switch (for switching between auto and manual focus).

Other features and specs include a Nano AR Coating (reduces flare and ghosting), an 11-bladed circular aperture and XA lens element for “exquisite bokeh,” a minimum focus distance of just 2.3 feet (0.7m), a maximum magnification of 0.25x, four XD linear motors for fast and accurate AF, a control algorithm that provides quiet and low-vibration AF, and a lightweight body weighing just 33.6oz (0.95kg).

Here are some official sample photos captured with the lens:

Sony’s lens collection has steadily grown to an impressive size: this latest 135mm lens is the 31st native FE lens and the 49th overall E-mount lens, giving photographers quite a selection of lenses to choose from to meet their specific needs.

“Sony’s commitment to growing our lens lineup remains stronger than ever,” says Sony imaging VP Neal Manowitz. “We will continue to drive market-leading innovation in all aspects of our imaging business, giving our customers the opportunity to capture and create like they never have before.”

The new Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM lens will be available in April 2019 with a price tag of $1,900. The lens will compete against the existing Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art lens, which costs $1,399.