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Sony SLR lenses

Mark Peters
Photokina report
Saturday 31st, July 2010
Posted by: Mark Peters

Photokina 2010 News - Sony is expanding its already strong line-up of over 30 A-mount lenses with new models that will appeal to seasoned photographers and those new to digital SLR cameras alike. The Sony Distagon T* 24mm F2 ZA SSM (SAL24F20Z) features the acclaimed Carl Zeiss Distagon design and rounds out the existing Planar (SAL85F14Z) and Sonnar (SAL135F18Z) models also developed in conjunction with Carl Zeiss. It is intended to appeal to experienced photographers looking for a large-aperture wide-angle lens of real distinction. The Sony DT 35mm F1.8 SAM (SAL35F18) adds the important 35mm focal length to the ‘Easy Choice’ series. ‘Easy Choice’ is intended to provide great value, compact and lightweight lenses that are attractive to entry-level and advanced photographers.

Sony SLR lenses
The Sony 85mm F2.8 SAM (SAL85F28) is another ‘Easy Choice’ lens, this time offering the 85mm focal length considered the standard for portraiture because of the natural perspective it provides. True to type it is extremely compact and light, weighing just 175g.

Sony SLR lenses

Sony Distagon T* 24mm F2 SSM (SAL24F20Z)
The Distagon T* 24mm F2 SSM (SAL24F20Z) functions as a wide-angle 24mm lens on full-frame cameras with 35mm sensors, or as a 36mm equivalent lens ideal for general use on cameras with APS-C sensors. Jointly developed with Carl Zeiss, it features the highly-regarded Carl Zeiss Distagon retro-focus lens configuration designed for wide-angle lenses. The Sony Distagon lens is distinguished by its fast response focus and extremely quiet, very smooth operation thanks to its built-in SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor). The new Sony lens offers a wide and therefore highly versatile focal range from 0.19m to infinity, and features a nine-blade circular aperture that along with the large F2 maximum aperture contributes to smooth, natural bokeh effects. In keeping with traditional Carl Zeiss design, the all-metal lens barrel has been finished to a very high standard resulting in a visibly high-quality appearance.

Sony Distagon T* 24mm
• Focal-length : 24mm
• Lens (groups/elements) : 7-9
• Aspherical elements : 2
• ED glass : 2
• Min. focus distance : 0.19m
• Max. magnification : 0.29
• Built-in Auto focus motor : SSM
• Image stabilization : Yes (body integrated)
• Filter dia. : 72mm
• Dimension : Φ78×76mm
• Weight : 555g
• Accessory : Hood, case, front & rear caps

Sony SLR lenses

Sony DT 35mm F1.8 SAM (SAL35F18)
Part of the ‘Easy Choice’ series, offering photographers at all levels great value, compact and lightweight lenses, the Sony DT 35mm F1.8 SAM (SAL35F18) weighs just 170g. It can be added to a lens kit system and carried without noticeably increasing the weight of the bag. With an approximately 50mm (35mm equivalent) focal length on an APS-C sensor, this Sony lens is ideal for snapshots and portraits under a wide range of shooting conditions. The high-speed F1.8 maximum aperture is particularly advantageous for hand held shooting in low light. At just 0.23 metres, the Sony DT 35mm F1.8 SAM (SAL35F18) has the shortest minimum focus in its class, making it an excellent choice for dramatic close-ups too. Whatever the shot, the internal Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) drives the focussing group directly and ensures responsive and fluid autofocus operation.

Sony DT 35mm
• Focal-length : 35mm
• Lens (groups/elements) : 5-6
• Aspherical elements : 0
• ED glass : 0
• Min. focus distance : 0.23m
• Max. magnification : 0.25
• Built-in Auto focus motor : SAM
• Image stabilization : Yes (body integrated)
• Filter dia. : 55mm
• Dimension : φ70×52mm
• Weight : 170g
• Accessory : Hood, front & rear caps

Sony SLR lenses

Sony 85mm F2.8 SAM (SAL85F28)
This is the first full-frame lens in the ‘Easy Choice’ range, so its launch represents an important development of the line-up as a whole. The 85mm focal length is a standard for portraiture because of the natural perspective that it provides. On an APS-C sensor camera the 85mm F2.8 SAM (SAL85F28) functions as a 127.5mm (35mm equivalent) telephoto lens - and features a Sonnar-type optical design that is considered ideal for mid-range telephoto lenses. The Sony lens is sharp center to corner, and features smooth defocusing thanks to its large F2.8 maximum aperture and circular aperture design. At 0.6 metres, the minimum focusing distance is the shortest in its class, and SAM motor technology ensures smooth autofocus operation. The quality optical and mechanical features of the lens mean it is suitable for serious photography and should more than satisfy intermediate to advanced users.

Sony 85mm
• Focal-length : 85mm
• Lens (groups/elements) : 4-5
• Aspherical elements : 0
• ED glass : 0
• Min. focus distance : 0.6m
• Max. magnification : 0.2
• Built-in Auto focus motor : SAM
• Image stabilization : Yes (body integrated)
• Filter dia. : 55mm
• Dimension : φ70×52mm
• Weight : 175g
• Accessory : Hood

Sony SLR lenses

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