Sony has announced two new compact wide-angle APS-C primes: the ultra-wide 11mm f/1.8 and versatile 15mm f/1.4 G. These two primes offer full-frame equivalent focal lengths of approximately 17mm and 23mm, respectively, and feature incredibly small form factors, perfect for pairing with Sony’s new ZV-E10 and a6400 APS-C camera systems.
“Amidst the ever-changing camera market, Sony’s commitment to creating industry-leading tech for all its customers is unwavering,” said Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “In recent years we’ve seen growing customer demand for video-and-vlogging-first products that are lightweight and include creator-driven features. We see the APS-C platform as the perfect option for these video-first and hybrid creators, and we’re dedicated to creating new products that will allow them to capture and create in ways they never could before.”
The E 15mm f/1.4 G lens has a wide 15mm view with impressive G lens resolution. Three aspherical elements in an advanced optical design effectively compensate for distortion and deliver excellent corner-to-corner resolution, despite the lens’ wide 15 mm angle of view. The addition of one ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass element and one Super ED glass element effectively suppresses chromatic aberration. The large f/1.4 maximum aperture, precisely controlled spherical aberration, and circular aperture mechanism make it easy to produce smooth, background bokeh for an artist effect.
With a minimum focusing distance of 0.17 meters and a maximum magnification of 0.15x when manual focus is used, impressive close-ups can be achieved for both stills and video.
Here are some sample pictures:
Fast, precise, quiet AF and tracking for both stills and video is achieved with 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. The E 15mm f/1.4 G uses Sony’s latest lens technology to reduce focus breathing so that angle-of-view variations are minimized for smooth, stable video. It also supports the breathing compensation function provided in compatible Alpha series bodies, minimizing breathing that can hinder post-shoot editing.
Linear Response MF (manual focus) ensures that the focus ring responds directly and linearly to subtle control when focusing manually. Focus ring rotation translates directly to a corresponding change in focus, so control is immediate, repeatable, and precise. By combining aspherical elements and an effective design, this lens achieves a large aperture and high resolution in a lightweight 219 grams lens that is only 66.6 mm in diameter and 69.5 mm in length. Despite its compact dimensions, the E 15mm f/1.4 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.
A focus hold button and focus mode switch are also provided for extra flexibility. The focus mode switch makes it possible to quickly switch between AF and MF as needed. A wide angle of view, compact dimensions, and light weight make it ideal for shooting starry skies, landscapes, architecture, and indoor scenes, as well as subjects that require mobility such as sports. The E 15mm f/1.4 G is designed with dust and moisture resistance providing extra reliability for outdoor use in challenging conditions.
The E 11mm f/1.8’s ultra-wide angle of view and compact size are ideal for vlogging which includes selfie-style recording at arm’s length as well as 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 are carefully 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 color fringing that is more likely to occur in the image periphery. The large f/1.8 maximum aperture of this lens makes it easy to achieve deep and natural background bokeh. Users can blur the background, so they 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.
With a minimum focusing distance of 0.12 meters and a maximum magnification of 0.2x, the lens can deliver impressive close-ups for both stills and videos.
Here are some sample pictures:
Two advanced linear motors provide fast, precise, quiet AF and tracking for both stills and video, maximizing the speed potential of the camera body used to reliably maintain accurate 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. Sony’s latest lens technology greatly reduces focus breathing and angle-of-view variations are minimized for smooth, stable video. The E 11mm f/1.8’s ultra-wide 11 mm angle of view makes vlogging against a wide background easier than ever.
Its small size and light weight are great for mobility and handling for lengthy walk-around shooting sessions. The E 11mm f/1.8 boasts a large f/1.8 maximum aperture in a compact, lightweight lens. It weighs 181 grams and is only 66 mm in diameter and 57.5 mm in length – a perfect match for compact APS-C format bodies. The lens’ dust and moisture-resistant design provides extra reliability.
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.
The E 15mm f/1.4 G will be available in July for approximately $750. The E 11mm f/1.8 will also be available in July for approximately $550.
More info on Sony’s website.