Sony unveils FE 12-24mm F4 G ultra wide-angle full-frame zoom
The Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G is a full-frame-compatible ultra-wide angle lens for the company's E-mount mirrorless system. It uses a 'Direct Drive Supersonic Wave Motor' which uses a piezoelectric element to shunt a relatively heavy lens assembly quickly and precisely. The internal focus design means the lens doesn't change length on focusing, which helps for video work.
Like the also-announced 16-35mm lens, the 12-24 is dust and weather resistant. It also includes Sony's 'Nano AR' coating to improve transmission and reduce internal reflections (something especially important on a wide-angle design, which has to accept highly off-axis light rays).
The lens features a 7-blade aperture design with rounded blade edges to give circular rendering to bokeh, from F4 down to F8. The 7-bladed design should give 14-pointed 'sunstars' when stopped-down and shot into the sun. Our initial shots show them to be more diffuse than sharp.
The design includes four aspheric elements, one Super ED (extra-low dispersion) and three ED elements. It weighs in at a surprisingly low 565g, half the weight of the Sigma 12-24mm F4 Art lens (impressive if we're to believe Sony's MTF curves vs. Sigma's).
The 12-24 F4 will be available in August at a price of $1700.
Sony Introduces Two New Wide-Angle Full-Frame E-Mount Lenses
New 16-35mm F2.8 GM Completes the E-mount F2.8 G Master “trinity”; 12-24mm F4 G covers widest angle among all full-frame E-mount lenses
SAN DIEGO, May 17, 2017 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today announced two new additions to their growing lineup of full-frame E-mount lenses.
The new lenses include the FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM large aperture wide-angle zoom lens (model SEL1635GM) and the FE 12-24mm F4 G ultra wide-angle zoom lens (model SEL1224G). The FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM lens brings the incredible high-resolution and beautiful bokeh of Sony’s flagship G Master series to a wide 16-35mm focal length for exceptional landscapes, cityscapes, portraits and more, while the 12-24mm F4 G, Sony’s widest full-frame E-mount lens to date, offers a dynamic new perspective for all Sony E-mount shooters. In total, Sony’s full-frame E-mount lens lineup now covers from ultra-wide 12mm to super-telephoto 800mm (with teleconverter) focal length range.
New FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Wide-Angle Zoom Lens
The new FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM wide-angle zoom joins the acclaimed FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM and FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS to round out Sony’s lineup of F2.8 large aperture zoom lenses. Equipped with a variety of Sony’s most advanced lens technologies, it is the first wide-angle G Master model, making it ideal for an extensive variety of shooting situations - landscapes, architecture, close up portraits, sports, action and much more. It is also exceptionally lightweight and compact, maximizing portability and usability.
The new lens features exceptional corner-to-corner sharpness, with an optical design that includes five aspherical elements, two of which are Sony’s original XA (extreme aspherical) elements that reduce aberration and delivers the ultimate resolution throughout the entire zoom and aperture range. The front XA element on the FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM is the largest XA element ever produced, ensuring optimum quality. Additionally, two ED (Extra-low-Dispersion) glass elements keep chromatic aberration to a minimum while maximizing resolution, and Sony’s original Nano AR coating suppresses internal reflections to ensure excellent image contrast and clarity.
The lens features a near circular aperture shape at all settings, and the combination of the aforementioned XA element with its 11 blade aperture design produces images with sharply focused subjects and beautifully defocused backgrounds or “bokeh”. It also has two DDSSMs (Direct Drive SSM) that compose a floating focusing system and ensure that AF acquisition is speedy and quiet, making it an ideal choice for shooting still images as well as movies.
The FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM is also dust and moisture resistant1, has a fluorine coating on the front lens that helps to both prevent dust or grease marks and remove them easily if they do become a trouble. There is also a customizable focus hold button and a hood release button.
New FE 12-24mm F4 G Ultra-Wide-Angle Zoom Lens
A uniquely designed ultra wide-angle zoom lens, the new FE 12-24mm F4 G lens produces outstanding image quality in a compact, lightweight design, weighing in at approximately 20 oz. Sony’s widest full-frame E-mount lens, it offers a dynamic perspective for landscape, architecture and interior photography, and is well-suited for both stills and video shooting.
The lens features an innovative optical design with four aspherical elements that ensure excellent corner to corner sharpness and resolution. Additionally, the lens has three ED glass elements and one Super ED glass element that minimize chromatic aberration throughout the entire image, and also includes Sony’s original Nano AR coating.
The new FE 12-24mm F4 G lens includes a DDSSM (Direct Drive SSM) for fast, quiet and precise AF performance, plus a customizable focus hold button and focus mode switch. It is also dust and moisture resistant1.
Pricing and Availability
The new FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Wide-angle Zoom Lens will ship this August and will be sold for about $2,200 US and $3,000 CA.
The new FE 12-24mm F4 G Ultra wide-angle Zoom Lens will ship this July sold for about $1,700 US and $2,300 CA.
1. Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof.
Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G specifications
|Lens type||Zoom lens|
|Max Format size||35mm FF|
|Focal length||12–24 mm|
|Lens mount||Sony FE|
|Number of diaphragm blades||7|
|Special elements / coatings||Aspherical, ED & Super ED elements, Nano AR & fluorine coatings|
|Minimum focus||0.28 m (11.02″)|
|Full time manual||Yes|
|Weight||565 g (1.25 lb)|
|Diameter||87 mm (3.43″)|
|Length||117 mm (4.61″)|
|Zoom method||Rotary (extending)|
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