14 February, 2016

Sony G Master Lenses

Zeiss Loxia 50mm - Queensland Gold Coast Hinterland [Click image to enlarge]

The new Sony, G Master lenses (24-70mm, 85mm and 70-200mm) are big news, so I suppose I need to say something. And, of course, I'm not going to let my never having laid my hands on any of them stop me.

But first, I think these faster lenses, designed to address the current and the future resolution of Sony's sensors, are absolutely essential in Sony's battle for the working professional market. For the moment, the Zeiss and Sony/Zeiss lenses are working for me.

Only one of these seems a possibility for me: The 24-70mm f/2.8.

I have Sony's kit 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6, and I think it's a seriously underrated lens. But, I don't use it. The Loxia 50mm, f/2.0 seems glued to my camera for walking around; but when there's work to do, it's the Sony/Zeiss 55mm, f1.8.  When I go a bit longer, I go to the Batis 85mm, f/1.8, and if I have the time, the (manual focus) Samyang 135mm, f2.0. These primes are (except for the Samyang) fast, and are are a match for the resolution of the A7RII.

If, however, this new G Master 24-70mm is as sharp and if the bokeh is as clean and smooth as Sony claims, well.... Maybe. One day.

I can't see replacing the 85mm f/1.8 Batis for the G Master 85mm f/1.4. I value the smaller sizes of both the E-Mount cameras and the lenses — and the Batis is big enough already.

Similarly, I'm very happy with the f/4.0, 70-200mm. I usually end up around f/4.0 on the 70-200mm anyway. It's claimed the new f/2.8 isn't much bigger, but it's certainly more expensive.

Here's one of Sony's (3:48) promos:

What about future sensor resolution and what that means for lenses? Here's another (2:42) Sony pitch:

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