With more and more people vlogging and creating, the need for video-centric and hybrid camera gear has vastly increased. With this in mind, Sony has announced a trio of new wide-angle lenses to help you create more! The first new lens is the E PZ 10-20mm F4 G, the world’s smallest and lightest, ultra-wide angle, constant F4 APS-C power zoom lens. The second new lens is the E 15mm F1.4 G, offering beautifully shallow depth of field plus superb G lens resolution in a versatile APS-C lens design. Then the third lens is the E 11mm F1.8, a compact, large aperture, ultra-wide APS-C prime lens. Together, the three lenses bring the Sony E-mount lens family up to 70, offering more options than ever for still, video and hybrid content creators!
The E PZ 10-20mm F4 G packs an extreme, wide-angle view into a compact, lightweight design with clean and clear images from corner to corner at all zoom settings. Three aspherical elements are perfectly positioned to suppress field curvature and astigmatism, common issues in ultra-wide-angle lenses. There is also two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements that effectively subdue chromatic aberration and an ED aspherical element, which contributes to the high resolution to the image edges.
With two linear motors for focus drive, delivering fast, quiet AF, the E PZ 10-20mm F4 G has astonishing AF performance which gives still and video shooters unprecedented freedom. The AF can smoothly track subjects when shooting high frame rate video and reliably follow fast-moving subjects when shooting stills continuously at high speed.
The E PZ 10-20mm F4 G features a new electronic power zoom system that ensures direct, responsive control and adjustable zoom speed. Even the subtlest zoom ring rotation is precisely detected and immediately converted to actual zoom operation. Power zoom minimizes camera shake so that solo shooters can produce smooth, stable imagery and the internal zoom and focus mechanisms work to maintain a constant length when zooming or focusing.
The minimum autofocus distance is 20 centimetres (8 inches) with a maximum magnification of 0.14x, while minimum manual focus distance is 13 to 17 centimetres (5 to 6.7 inches) with a maximum magnification of 0.18x. The constant F4 at all focal settings makes it possible for the lens to maintain stable image quality when recording.
The E 15mm F1.4 G combines a wide 15mm view with impressive G lens resolution. Three aspherical elements in an advanced optical design effectively compensate for distortion and deliver excellent resolution corner-to-corner. One ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass element and one Super ED glass element effectively suppresses chromatic aberration.
By combining aspherical elements and an effective design, this lens achieves a large aperture and high resolution in a lightweight 219 grams (7.7 ounces) lens that is only 6.66 centimetres (2.6 inches) in diameter and 6.95 centimetres (2.74 inches) in length. Despite its compact dimensions, the E 15mm F1.4 G includes an aperture ring for direct, intuitive control with an aperture click switch that can be switched ON or OFF: ON for tactile feedback that lets the user “feel” the stops, or OFF for smooth, continuous, silent aperture control. The OFF setting enables smooth and stable control for video and is also ideal when silent operation is essential.
The E 15mm F1.4 G produces fast, precise, quiet AF and tracking for both stills and video thanks to two advanced linear motors. This maximizes the speed potential of the camera body used to maintain accurate focus, even when focusing on fast-moving subjects. Using the latest Sony lens technology, the E 15mm F1.4 G has reduced focus breathing for smooth, stable video.
The large F1.4 maximum aperture, precisely controlled spherical aberration and circular aperture mechanism make it easy to create smooth background bokeh for an artist effect. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 17 centimetres (6.7 inches) and a maximum magnification of 0.15x when manual focus is used. The E 15mm F1.4 G is also dust and moisture resistant, providing extra reliability for outdoor use in challenging conditions.
Ideal for vlogging, the E 11mm F1.8 has an ultra-wide angle of view making selfie-style recording at an arm’s length easy and perfect for interior shots and images that make expressive use of depth of field. Three aspherical elements and three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements achieve consistently high resolution in the entire image frame. The aspherical lenses have been thoughtfully positioned to compensate for distortion and deliver excellent corner-to-corner resolution, even with the aperture wide open. The addition of ED glass further suppresses chromatic aberration and effectively reduces colour fringing that is more likely to occur in the image periphery.
Two advanced linear motors provide fast, precise, quiet AF and tracking for both stills and video, maximizing the speed and accuracy of focus, even on moving subjects. Linear Response MF ensures that the focus ring responds directly and linearly to subtle control when focusing manually so it feels immediate and precise.
The E 11mm F1.8’s ultra-wide 11 mm angle of view makes vlogging against a wide background easier than ever and with a minimum focusing distance of 12 centimetres (4.7 inches) and a maximum magnification of 0.2x the lens can deliver impressive close-ups for both stills and videos. The large F1.8 maximum aperture of the E 11mm F1.8 makes it easy to achieve deep and natural background bokeh. Users can blur the background so they can stand out clearly when vlogging, or create beautiful blur in ultra-wide night scenes. Precisely controlled spherical aberration and a circular aperture mechanism further contribute to the smooth bokeh produced by this unique lens.
Its small size and lightweight are great for mobility and handling for lengthy walk-around shooting sessions. The E 11mm F1.8 boasts a large F1.8 maximum aperture in a compact, lightweight lens. It weighs 181 grams (6.4 ounces) and is only 6.6 centimetres (2.6 inches) in diameter and 5.75 centimetres (2.26 inches) in length. Despite its compact dimensions, this lens offers flexible, intuitive control with features such as a focus hold button and focus mode switch. An alternative function chosen by the user can be assigned to the focus hold button from the body menu. The E 11mm F1.8 also accepts front filters, which is a feature that is often lacking on ultra-wide-angle lenses.
Want to see Dave’s first impressions of these three lenses? Check out the latest TCSTV episode below!
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