The new Sony G Master lens line-up is suitable for the next generation of photo and 8K video
At a press event for the launch of the new Sony G Master series of lenses, the Japanese company was keen to emphasise that lenses weren’t just a perfect pairing for today’s 4k cameras, but also for the next generation of high resolution sensors.
With the ‘Tomorrows lenses today, from Sony’ tag line, the emphasis was on the fact that the high production values, and resolving power of the lenses meant that they were going to be ready for future stills and video resolutions, with mention that they would be able to meet the optical quality needed for 8K video capture, which is expected to arrive in consumer cameras by the end of the decade. With Canon having already announced and shown a working prototype of its 8K Cinema EOS camera, speculation will no doubt ramp up again that Sony will introduce a 8K FS camera in the next year.
The G Master lenses are built using a production technique that enables them to make what it is calling ‘XA’, Extra Aspherical, lens elements with a surface tolerance of just 0.01 microns. Sony claims that machinery for this level of production is currently used exclusively by them, and the resulting quality of the optical elements produces is what helps to enable the high resolution of the G Master lens range.
Currently three G Master lenses have been announced – a FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM, FE 85mm f/1.4 GM and a FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM. All three lenses are full frame E mount lenses designed for Sony’s A7 range of compact system cameras, and they are meant to represent the pinnacle of Sony’s lens line-up, sitting along side the Zeiss range of lens.
We had the chance to try the FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM and FE 85mm f/1.4 GM lenses, and were very impressived with the quality of both the build and handling, and also the images themselves. The 85mm f/1.4 lens in particular looks incredibly sharp.
We’ll be shooting some video footage with the lenses when we have them in for review, but here is a short clip we shot (mainly) with the 85mm f/1.4 lens on the Sony Alpha 7R II. The video was shot in 4K and has been cropped and downsampled in places. Check out just how shallow the depth of field is with the lens. This can be seen as the subject move around slightly. Focus was locked.