Sony India has enhanced its flagship full-frame G Master series lenses line-up with the launch of the 24 mm F1.4 Prime lens. Engineered for superior performance across all aperture settings, the new FE 24mm F1.4 GM (model SEL24F14GM) features a compact and lightweight design with a filter diameter of φ67mm, measures 75.4 x 92.4 mm and weighs a mere 445 g. The FE 24mm F1.4 GM combines high resolution and beautiful bokeh, both of which are redeeming features of G Master.
The FE 24mm F1.4 GM boasts a new optical design comprising 13 elements in 10 groups featuring two XA (extreme aspherical) elements and three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements. The incorporation of the XA elements effectively suppresses sagittal flare so that point light sources are accurately reproduced, making the FE 24 mm F1.4 GM a compelling proposition for starscape photographers. Sony’s Nano AR Coating is applied to reduce flare and ghosting for better clarity, even in landscape images where the position of the sun often causes problems with a normal lens.
For landscape photographers who often have to walk for long distances to get to the perfect vantage point, the reduced weight is a definitive advantage. This lightweight portable package has been realised in part by the development of a new high power Direct Drive SSM which delivers approximately three times greater thrust than the previous Direct Drive SSM, enabling fast response, high positioning accuracy and quiet operation for both stills and movie shooting providing ultra-image stabilization.
The FE 24mm F1.4 GM also provides excellent close up performance of 0.24 metres (0.79ft.). As a member of Sony’s flagship G Master lens series, the new lens features an incredible level of resolution and soft, natural bokeh. As bokeh quality is directly affected by spherical aberration and axial and lateral chromatic aberration that can also cause colour bleeding, all of these factors are painstakingly controlled at the design and manufacturing stages to achieve maximum image quality. An aperture ring allows direct, intuitive aperture control whilst an aperture click switch makes it possible to enable or disable click stops as required. The focus ring features Linear Response MF for fine, responsive manual focus control, giving the user the control immediacy needed for fast, accurate manual focusing. The focus hold button is customisable and a focus mode switch makes it possible to quickly select auto or manual focus to match changing shooting conditions.
The newly launched product will be available in selected Sony Center, Alpha flagship stores and major electronic stores across India at an MRP of INR 129,990.