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Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM, a Full-Frame E-Mount Mirrorless Lens for Astrophotography and Landscape/Adventure Photography: Most Compact and Lightweight in Its Class, Fast and Quiet AF, Soft & Natural Bokeh, Easy De-click for Movies, Focus-Mode Switch, Dust-/ Moisture-Resistance

Photo by Manny Ortiz
Photo by Manny Ortiz

The following video presents Sony | Lens | SEL24F14GM | Product Feature:
Stunning F1.4 resolution in a mobile prime lens FE 24mm F1.4 GM Unsparing application of leading-edge technology achieves refined G Master performance with consistently high resolution and soft, natural bokeh even at the widest F1.4 aperture setting. The lens is both compact and the lightest in its class*, maximizing portability. It also offers fast, precise AF drive, top-level control and reliability.

*Compared to 24mm F1.4 auto focus lenses for 35mm full-frame format cameras, as of September 2018, Sony survey.

Sony introduced a new addition to their G Master series of full-frame E-mount lenses, a 24mm F1.4 prime lens.

Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM (model SEL24F14GM) lens’ highlights include:

  • DDSSM (Direct Drive SSM) for quiet, highly precise focus lens control
  • Circular 11-blade aperture for beautiful defocus effects
Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM (model SEL24F14GM): "An 11-blade circular aperture enhances soft, natural looking bokeh achieved through advanced design and a manufacturing process that includes precise control of spherical aberration. A minimum focusing distance of 0.79 ft (0.24 m) and maximum magnification of 0.17x mean close-up capability that, combined with the wide-angle view of the lens, can produce dramatic perspectives that also make good use of deep, lush bokeh." Image Courtesy of Sony

Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM (model SEL24F14GM): “An 11-blade circular aperture enhances soft, natural looking bokeh achieved through advanced design and a manufacturing process that includes precise control of spherical aberration. A minimum focusing distance of 0.79 ft (0.24 m) and maximum magnification of 0.17x mean close-up capability that, combined with the wide-angle view of the lens, can produce dramatic perspectives that also make good use of deep, lush bokeh.” Image Courtesy of Sony

  • 10 groups with 13 elements, including two XA (extreme aspherical) and three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements.
Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM (model SEL24F14GM):[1] Extreme aspherical lens (XA lens) [2] ED glass

Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM (model SEL24F14GM): [1] Extreme aspherical lens (XA lens) [2] ED glass

  • Two XA (extreme aspherical) elements in an optical design contribute to G Master’s high resolution
Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM: "Natural reproduction of point sources is particularly important for scenes that include stars or city lights at night, for example. (1. A star shot with the FE 24mm F1.4 GM shows no sign of sagittal flare. 2. Pronounced sagittal flare on a star shot with a conventional 24-mm f1.4 lens.)" Image Courtesy of Sony

Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM: “Natural reproduction of point sources is particularly important for scenes that include stars or city lights at night, for example. (1. A star shot with the FE 24mm F1.4 GM shows no sign of sagittal flare. 2. Pronounced sagittal flare on a star shot with a conventional 24-mm f1.4 lens.)” Image Courtesy of Sony

  • Dust and moisture-resistant design*
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 0.79 ft (0.24 m)
  • Maximum Magnification ratio (x): 0.17
  • Filter Diameter (mm): 67
  • Weight: 15.7 oz (445 g)

*Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture-proof.

Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM: A new optical design incorporating two precision XA elements suppresses sagittal flare, a common aberration in large-aperture lenses. Sagittal flare can cause an unnatural spreading of point light sources that becomes more pronounced towards the image periphery. Image Courtesy of Sony

Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM: A new optical design incorporating two precision XA elements suppresses sagittal flare, a common aberration in large-aperture lenses. Sagittal flare can cause an unnatural spreading of point light sources that becomes more pronounced towards the image periphery. Image Courtesy of Sony

PRESS RELEASE

Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM (model SEL24F14GM)

Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM (model SEL24F14GM)

Sony Expands Full-Frame Lens Lineup with Launch of 24mm F1.4 G Master™ Prime

New Large Aperture Wide-Angle Prime Lens is the most compact and lightest in its class[i], with superb sharpness even at F1.4

Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM: Image Courtesy of Sony

Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM: Image Courtesy of Sony

Sony Electronics

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Electronics, Inc. – a global leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer – has today introduced an exciting new addition to their acclaimed G Master series of full-frame E-mount lenses, a 24mm F1.4 prime lens.

Expertly engineered to deliver best in class performance across all aperture settings, the new FE 24mm F1.4 GM (model SEL24F14GM) utilizes Sony’s most advanced optical technologies to satisfy the needs of the most demanding photographers. The new lens is the most compact and lightweight in its classi, measuring approx. 3.0 inches x 3.64 inches and weighing only 15.7 ounces, with a filter diameter of 67mm. Built to meet the strict standards of Sony’s flagship G Master series, the FE 24mm F1.4 GM offers exceptionally high resolution and beautiful bokeh, two qualities that are signature attributes of the G Master brand.

“We are continuing to evolve our lens lineup to maximize the power of our innovative α camera lineup, ” said Neal Manowitz, vice president of imaging solutions at Sony Electronics. “The new 24mm prime brings an exciting new perspective to our flagship lens series. With its incredibly lightweight design and signature G Master quality, our 30th native full-frame mirrorless lens opens up a new world of creative opportunities for today’s photographers, videographers and multi-media creators.”

Realizing consistently high resolution across the entire frame, even at F1.4, the FE 24mm F1.4 GM boasts a new optical design comprised of 10 groups with 13 elements, including two XA (extreme aspherical) and three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements. The incorporation of two XA elements effectively suppresses sagittal flareii to ensure that point light sources like distant stars can be accurately reproduced, making the FE 24mm F1.4 GM a compelling proposition for astrophotography. For impressive clarity, Sony’s unique Nano AR Coating is applied to reduce lens flare and ghosting, even in landscape shots where the position of the sun can be problematic with a normal lens.

This outstanding performance is packaged in an extremely compact and lightweight body weighing only 15.7 ounces, a welcome relief for landscape or adventure photographers that are hiking, climbing or traveling over long distances. This advantage is further compounded when the FE 24mm F1.4 GM is paired with one of Sony’s award winning α7 / α9 cameras. The lightweight lens design has been realized in part by the development of a new high power DDSSM (Direct Drive SSM) that delivers approximately three times greater thrust than the previous focus system, enabling fast response, high positioning accuracy and quiet operation for both stills and movie shooting.

This incredible lens is also a perfect complement to Sony’s APS-C sensor mirrorless cameras such as α6500 and α6300, and brings the total number of native Sony α E-mount lenses to 48iii.

In addition to its landscape and starscape shooting abilities, the FE 24mm F1.4 GM also has excellent close up performance of 0.24 meters (0.79ft.) and delivers soft and natural bokeh, a feature that is common across Sony’s entire G Master series of lenses. This is achieved by extreme control over factors like spherical aberration, and axial and lateral chromatic aberration, at the design and manufacturing stages, as each lens is individually tested and adjusted to achieve maximum performance.

The FE 24mm F1.4 GM also includes a number of professional controls that aide ease of operation for both stills and movie shooting. These include an aperture ring that allows direct, intuitive aperture control, and a focus ring that features Linear Response MF for fine, responsive manual focus control. There is also a customizable focus hold button, and a focus-mode switch that makes it possible to quickly select auto or manual focus to match changing shooting conditions.

Pricing and Availability

The FE 24mm F1.4 GM will ship in October 2018 for approximately $1,400 US and $1,900 CA. The lens will be sold at a variety of Sony authorized dealers throughout North America.

A variety of exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with the new lens and other Sony α products can be found at www.alphauniverse.com, a site built to educate and inspire all fans and customers of the Sony α brand.

The new content will also be posted directly at the Sony Photo Gallery and the Sony Camera Channel on YouTube. Detailed information pages within Sony.com for the new products can be found at:

About Sony Electronics Inc.

Sony Electronics is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America and an affiliate of Sony Corporation (Japan), one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world, with a portfolio that encompasses electronics, music, motion pictures, mobile, gaming and financial services. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Sony Electronics is a leader in electronics for the consumer and professional markets. Operations include research and development, engineering, sales, marketing, distribution and customer service. Sony Electronics creates products that innovate and inspire generations, such as the award-winning Alpha Interchangeable Lens Cameras and revolutionary high-resolution audio products. Sony is also a leading manufacturer of end-to-end solutions from 4K professional broadcast and A/V equipment to industry leading 4K Ultra HD TVs. Visit www.sony.com/news for more information.

iCompared to other full-frame 24mm F1.4 auto-focus prime lenses. As of September 2018 press release, based on Sony research
iiA phenomenon that results in an unnatural spreading of point light sources that appears somewhat like a bird spreading its wings and becomes more pronounced towards the image periphery. It is most common in large-aperture lenses
iiiIncluding converters, excluding discontinued models


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