Sony announces three new Alpha A-mount lenses (SAL70400G2, SAL50F14Z, SAL18552), a new standard flash unit (HVL-F20M), and new wired remote cable (RM-VP1).
Starting with the new Sony 70-400mm lens, we basically have a completely updated ultra high quality optical specimen!! A killer all around lens to have for any Alpha camera owner in my opinion. I used the older version of this lens on the Nex-5n with the LA-EA1 lens adapter (click here for article), and it was a blast to use!! On the Full Frame A99 it must be a dream I would imagine and perhaps I can get it to review at some point 😉
Next we have the killer long-awaited Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar SSM lens. This lens is packing extremely high quality optics and perfect for weddings, portraits, and street photography in particular. That is what I would use it for anyway, although a great low light shooter as well with such a fast f/1.4 aperture. Close range indoor sports like basketball is also another area this lens would shine in my opinion. Especially on a crop factor camera like the SLT-A57, or SLT-A77 which will give you and effective ~75mm focal length!!
Lastly on the new Sony A-Mount lenses we have an updated version of the popular 18-55mm kit lens. It has some new optics in the rear to improve quality, and some updates to mechanical parts for a better user experience. I guess the focus and zoom ring gearing or whatever.
As far as the New Sony Camera Accessories go we have a long-awaited Standard Hot Shoe Flash (HVL-F20M) that is a relatively small form factor. Designed for the Nex-6 really in my opinion 😉 It’s nice to have another standard flash option besides the really expensive pro grade HVL-F43AM Flash unit. Lastly Sony announced a new cable that can work with any versatile Multi Terminal interface that features handy controls for zoom and video recording start/stop.
Pre-Orders now available @ BHPhoto!!
Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM II Lens
Sony’s G lens line-up is strengthened for 2013 with the revised 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM II. Ideal for capturing wildlife and action-packed sports, the upgraded super-telephoto zoom builds further on the premium performance of its predecessor with enhanced optics and faster, more responsive autofocus. Thanks to a new LSI drive circuit, autofocus speed of the SSM (Super Sonic Wave Motor) is around four times quicker than before. Teamed with enhanced tracking AF, the upgraded lens is now even more suitable for capturing stills and Full HD video of fast-moving subjects.
While its optical design is carried over from the previous-generation model, the new-generation lens features Sony’s proprietary Nano AR Coating on optical surfaces. Offering around five times the efficiency of conventional anti-reflection coatings, this advanced technology reduces flare and ghosting for exceptionally high-contrast images.
Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Lens
The new Planar T* 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM joins the existing Distagon 24mm, Planar 85mm and Sonnar 135mm in the A-mount range of prime length optics by Carl Zeiss. Offering a fixed 50mm focal length and extra-bright F1.4 aperture, the premium lens is an ideal choice for quality-critical portraiture and low-light shooting.
Featuring 8 elements in 5 groups with two aspherical elements, the brand new optical design is optimised for superb results with Sony’s full-frame SLT-A99. Exceptional resolving power and contrast at all apertures are teamed with smooth, quiet autofocusing and a rear-focus system that maintains the same lens body length during AF. The dust- and moisture-resistant design extends the appeal of the new lens to a range of outdoor shooting applications.
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Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II Zoom Lens
Key Lens Specifications
|70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM II||Planar T* 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM||DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II|
|Format||35mm (full frame)||35mm (full frame)||APS-C|
|Minimum focusing distance||1.5 m||0.45 m||0.25 m|
|Maximum magnification ratio||0.27||0.14||0.34|
|Filter diameter||77 mm||72 mm||55 mm|
|Max. dimensions (diameter x length)||94.5 x 196 mm||81 x 71.5 mm||71.6 x 69 mm|
|Weight (approx.)||1,500 g
excluding tripod mount
|518 g||222 g|
New Accessories for Sony Cameras and Camcorders
HVL-F20M Standard Mount Flash
RM-VPR1 wired remote
Pre-Orders now available @ BHPhoto!!
That is it for now, but some good stuff on the way for sure!! Stay tuned for the breakdown of the three new Cyber-shot cameras that I will work on next!! The new HX300 for example has a 50x Zeiss zoom lens!!!
I’m also polishing up my Nex-5r rolling review(click Here) today if you want to check it out again. I added a ton more content including auto hdr, portrait samples, and more!! I still need to wrap up the conclusion and a few other things though, just to let you know.
Catch up with you later and please feel free to ask questions or just comment on articles if you want! Also, be sure to check out the forum as some awesome photogs are posting more and more.
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