At a private event in New York this week, Sony announced its plans to release new, high-grade optics for its FE- and E-mount system cameras. Dubbing the lenses "G Master," Sony took clear aim at its partner Zeiss—and even upstart rival Sigma—with cutting-edge imaging technology.
What's notable here is that, conscious of the rapid development of sensor technology, Sony is attempting to design lenses that can outresolve today's sharpest CMOS chips. The idea is that they will continue to deliver top-notch image quality well into the foreseeable future. Naturally, when Sony gave us two of these new lenses to try out, it paired them with its highest-resolution camera, the 42.4-megapixel A7R Mark II.
The two lenses available to us were the 85mm f/1.4 GM and 24-70mm f/2.8 GM. In our brief time with them, both proved to be able performers. The 85mm demonstrated superb sharpness for portraits, while the 24-70mm offered great flexibility and very sharp results of its own. Sony was especially emphatic about quality of the falloff between the in-focus subject and the background at wide apertures, and it really did impress.
In addition to these lenses, there's a 70-200 f/2.8 GM in the pipeline; Sony had one on display, but no working models. Alongside that telephoto, Sony also introduced two compatible teleconverters good for 1.4x and 2x magnification. The two lenses we shot with will start shipping in March, while the 70-200mm f/2.8 should be on sale starting in May.
85mm f/1.4 GM Sample Images
All shots in this gallery are unedited JPEGs, and were shot with a preproduction 85mm f/1.4 GM lens on a Sony Alpha A7R II body.
24-70mm f/2.8 GM Sample Images
All shots in this gallery are unedited JPEGs, and were shot with a preproduction 24-70mm f/2.8 GM lens on a Sony Alpha A7R II body.
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