In addition to the two wide-angle APS-C prime lenses, Sony has expanded its E-mount lens lineup with the introduction of the power zoom G lens E PZ 10-20mm f/4 G. The E PZ 10-20mm f/4 G is the world’s smallest and lightest, ultra-wide angle, constant f/4 APS-C power zoom lens. This compact zoom lens brings together outstanding G Lens imagery, impeccable autofocus (AF) performance, and versatile power zoom. The end result is a lens that remains a constant length throughout the zoom range and offers refined visual expression and operability that only a power zoom lens can provide.
The E PZ 10-20mm f/4 G provides an extremely wide angle of view with a 10-20mm zoom range and a clean and clear image from corner to corner at all zoom settings. Three aspherical elements are ideally positioned to suppress field curvature and astigmatism, both of which are common problems in ultra-wide-angle lenses. The optical path also includes two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements that effectively subdue chromatic aberration. An ED aspherical element further contributes to the high resolution of the image edges.
A circular aperture and carefully designed control of spherical aberration work together to deliver naturally rendered G Lens bokeh that can contribute to impressive imagery. The minimum autofocus distance is 8 inches (0.2 meters) with a maximum magnification of 0.14x, while the minimum manual focus distance is 5 to 6.7 inches (0.13 to 0.17-meters) with a maximum magnification of 0.18x.
With astonishing AF performance that gives still and video shooters unprecedented freedom, it uses two linear motors for focus drive, delivering fast, quiet AF. Fast, reliable 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 new lens also reduces focus breathing so that angle-of-view variations are minimized for smooth, stable video.
The E PZ 10-20mm f/4 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. Users have extensive control of zoom speed and operation from the lens, the camera, and even compatible remote controls to support creative opportunities not possible with other zoom lenses. Power zoom minimizes camera shake so that solo shooters can produce smooth, stable imagery. Moreover, the lens uses internal zoom and focus mechanisms, to maintain a constant length when zooming or focusing. Shifts in the lens’ center of gravity are minimal, making it a great choice for stable vlogging and gimbal-mounted video shooting.
A constant f/4 at all focal settings makes it possible for the lens to maintain stable image quality when recording. In addition, buttons can be assigned on compatible bodies for convenient custom zoom control.
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The E PZ 10-20mm f/4 G is 20% lighter than its predecessor (SEL1018), making it the smallest and lightest lens in its class with a total weight of just 6.3 ounces (178 grams). The compact power zoom lens E PZ 10-20mm f/4 G is designed to maximize control and versatility for video as well as stills with a focus ring, zoom ring, and zoom lever. A customizable focus hold button and focus mode switch have been thoughtfully incorporated to easily adapt to changing shooting conditions. Users can attach 62mm screw-on filters, such as variable ND filters, for more creative control. The lens has also been designed to be dust and moisture-resistant to provide extra reliability.
The Sony E 10-20mm f/4 PZ G will be available in July for $750.
More info on Sony’s website.