Pre-PMA 2008: Sony has announced two new zoom lenses to accompany its latest DSLR releases. One is a premium-grade long tele-zoom of 'G' designation, the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6. The other is the Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA. Both feature Sony's Super Sonic wave motor (SSM) and further boost the range of alpha-mount lenses available for Sony DSLR owners.

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Sony expands α (ALPHA) lens system with the addition of
two high-performance zooms

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 30, 2008Sony today announced two new high performance zoom lenses that offer α (alpha) digital SLR camera users more options for high picture quality.

Vario Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA

Co-developed with Carl Zeiss®, the SAL2470Z model is a wide angle 24-70mm zoom lens with a large f/2.8 aperture, ideally suited for discerning landscape and portrait photography.  Constructed of 17 elements in 13 groups with two aspheric elements and two extra-low dispersion elements, this lens exhibits excellent contrast and center-to-edge resolution. Its exclusive Carl Zeiss T* (T star) coating technology provides higher light transmission, and minimizes flare to produce images of luminous clarity, color and sharpness.

The SAL2470Z lens excels in difficult lighting circumstances thanks to its f/2.8 aperture, which remain constant throughout the focal length range. The nine-blade, circular iris is especially useful in controlling background defocusing in portrait and landscape images. Combined with Sony’s in-camera Super SteadyShot® system, this lens is the only compatible large aperture standard zoom with the benefit of image stabilization available in the industry.

Quick and precise focusing is delivered by Sony’s Super Sonic wave Motor (SSM) technology. This SSM system utilizes a solid-state focus drive motor that features silent, high-speed response with high-torque and fine rotational control – especially important for large, wide aperture lenses. A mode selector for manual and automatic focus as well as a focus hold control is provided on the lens barrel.

70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G

The SAL70300G lens incorporates the optical performance of Sony’s G series in a compact and flexible telephoto zoom lens ideal for sports and portrait photography.  Constructed of 16 elements in 11 groups, with one extra-low dispersion element, this lens offers superb contrast and sharpness across its wide focal length range.

The use of extra-low dispersion glass compensates for chromatic aberrations which challenge long telephoto zoom lens design, maintaining excellent optical characteristics from center to periphery. Internal focus construction not only realizes compact size, but also a close focusing capability of just 47 inches (1.2m), unusual for a lens of this focal length range.

Like the SAL2470Z, focus drive is provided by Sony’s Super Sonic wave Motor (SSM) technology.  Silent and highly accurate, the SSM system is ideal for providing larger lenses with the speed and rotational precision often required by telephoto shooting. To match auto focus operation to the situation, a focus range limiter can be set to a minimum distance of three meters.  A lens barrel mounted focus hold button locks focus if desired.

Price and Availability

Both lenses will be available this spring. The Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA lens will be available for about $1,750 and the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G lens will be available for about $800. Both lenses will be available at sonystyle.com, Sony Style® retail stores (www.sonystyle.com/retail), military base exchanges, and authorized dealers nationwide. Online pre-orders begin today at www.sonystyle.com/dslr.

Sony lens specifications (preliminary)

Lens name Vario Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/2.8 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G
Focal length 24-70mm 70-300mm
Angle of view (APS-C) 61°-23°  
35mm equiv. focal length 36-105mm 105-450mm
Angle of view 35mm 84°-34°  
Maximum aperture f/2.8 f/4.5-5.6
Minimum aperture f/22 f/32
Lens construction 13 groups 17 elements 16 groups 11 elements
Closest focus distance 34cm / 13in 120cm / 48in
Maximim reproduction ratio 1:4 1:4
Aperture blades 9 9
Filter attachment size 77 mm 62 mm
Focusing SSM motor SSM motor
Dimensions 83mm×111mm (3.3in × 4.4in) 82.5mm×135.5mm (3.3in × 5.4in)
Weight 955g / 33.3oz 800g / 28oz
Supplied accessories • Case
• Petal-type Hood (ALC-SH101)
• Case
• Petal-type Hood (SH0010)