Sony has just announced the FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM (model SEL1224GM) large-aperture ultra-wide zoom lens, further bolstering its full-frame lens lineup. The new lens is the latest in Sony’s flagship G Master series lenses and offers versatility in an 847-gram body.
The FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM is said to have the world’s widest zoom at 12mm with F2.8 aperture. The Sony G Master F2.8 series, with the introduction of the new lens, now extends from 12mm to 200mm.
The lens features three precise XA (extreme aspherical) elements including the largest XA element made for an α (Alpha) lens. These are said to effectively suppress astigmatism, coma and field curvature right out of the image edges. In addition, it has three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and two Super ED glass elements which are said to quell chromatic aberration while minimizing color fringing. It also has Nano AR Coating II which is said to suppress internal reflections and minimize flare and ghosting.
The new G Master lens has a floating focus mechanism that divides the lens’ focus group into two independently controllable groups. This ensures maximum sharpness at any distance and realizes a constant 28cm minimum focusing distance. It also has four XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors.
The combination of the lens’ XA elements and a 9-blade circular aperture are said to deliver exquisite bokeh.
The FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM is dust and moisture resistant and the front lens features a fluorine coating that repels water, oil, and other contaminants. The fluorine coating also makes it easier to wipe off any fingerprints from the lens. It has a rear filter holder which accommodates standard sheet-type ND, color correction, and other filters. Sony includes a cutting template for sheet filters in the box.
The Sony FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM will be available in selected countries in the Asia Pacific from July 2020. Price and availability have yet to be announced.
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