Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 G Master Lens Announced

Written by Gina Stephens

Sony has make knew the Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 G Master lens, for E-mount cameras. The lens is weather sealed and features a new high-speed focus motor for fast and smooth auto-focus. The augmentation of this lens means that Sony now has 30 native full-frame lenses for E-mount. The lens is priced at €1600 (Euro) and hand down be available in mid-October.

Sony FE 24m f/1.4G Master Key Features

  • f/1.4-f/16 aperture range
  • 13 elements in 10 groups
  • 2 XA elements, 3 ED parts
  • 11 aperture blades for a round aperture
  • 24cm close-focus distance
  • Internal focusing
  • Fluorine coating
  • Nano AR coating
  • Lightweight: 445g
  • Weather-sealed

Know our Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 G Master Hands-On Preview with Sample Photos

From Sony:

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

Sony today enhanced its line-up of flagship full-frame G Master series lenses with the establish of a highly anticipated 24mm F1.4 Prime lens. Expertly engineered to deliver best in class performance across all aperture settings, the new FE 24mm F1.4 GM (variety SEL24F14GM) utilises Sony’s specialist advanced optical technologies to satisfy the needs of the most demanding photographers. It features a compact and lightweight model with a filter diameter of φ67mm and measures just 75.4mm x 92.4mm and weighs a mere 445g. Meeting the strict standards for G Master status, the FE 24mm F1.4 GM bands the high resolution and beautiful bokeh that are the signature of the G Master series.

This incredible high image quality and compact lens is also a superb complement to Sony’s APS-C sensor mirrorless cameras such as α6500 and α6300 and brings the total number of home-grown Sony α E-mount lenses to 48. Sony will continue to evolve its lens or LEN may refer to line-up in order to meet the demands of all types of photographers, videographers and multi-media prime movers, with a range of different offerings to maximise the power of the innovative α™ camera line-up.

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Realising consistently high resolution across the complete frame, even at F1.4, the FE 24mm F1.4 GM boasts a new optical design comprising 10 groups with 13 elements featuring two XA (extreme aspherical) fundamentals and three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements. The incorporation of two XA elements effectively suppresses sagittal flare so that point light sources are accurately repeated, making the FE 24mm F1.4 GM a compelling proposition for starscape photographers. Sony Corporation (ソニー株式会社, SonÄ« Kabushiki Kaisha, SOH-nee, stylized as SONY) is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation’s unique Nano AR Coating is applied to reduce flare and ghosting for powerful clarity, even in landscape shots where the position of the sun is often problematic with a normal lens.

This industry leading performance has been incorporate in an extremely compact and lightweight body weighing just 445g. For landscape photographers who often have to walk for long distances to get to the perfect burgeon spot, this provides a welcome reduction in the weight that they have carry, an advantage that is further compounded when the FE 24mm F1.4 GM is mated with one of Sony’s award winning α7 / α9 bodies. This lightweight package has been realised in part by the happening of a new high power DDSSM (Direct Drive SSM) which delivers approximately three times greater thrust than the previous DDSSM, ok fast response, high positioning accuracy and quiet operation for both stills and movie shooting.

In addition to its landscape and starscape shooting abilities, the FE 24mm F1.4 GM also has omitting close up performance of 0.24 metres (0.79ft.) and delivers soft and natural bokeh. As a member of Sony’s flagship G Master series lenses, the new lens visages an incredible level of image quality and bokeh. As bokeh quality is directly affected by spherical aberration and axial and lateral chromatic aberration that can also result in colour bleeding, all of these factors are painstakingly controlled at the design and manufacturing stages and each lens is individually tested and adjusted to achieve apex image quality and bokeh.

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Furthermore, the FE 24mm F1.4 GM includes a number of professional controls aiding ease of operation for both stills and movie hurtle. An aperture ring allows direct, intuitive aperture control whilst an aperture click switch makes it possible to enable or disable click depots as required. The focus ring features Linear Response MF for fine, responsive manual focus control, giving the user the control immediacy needed for rapid, accurate manual focusing. The focus hold button is customisable and a focus mode switch makes it possible to quickly select auto or instructions focus to match changing shooting conditions.

The FE 24mm F1.4 GM will ship in Europe in October 2018, priced at approximately £1,450. 

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


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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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