Press Release – Sony New Zealand Limited
Sony is expanding its already strong line-up of A-mount lenses with new models that will appeal to seasoned and aspiring photographers alike. Sony Expands A-Mount Lens Line-Up For DSLR Cameras With Three New Lenses
Sony is expanding its already strong line-up of A-mount lenses with new models that will appeal to seasoned and aspiring photographers alike
• SAL24F20Z Distagon T* 24mm F2 ZA SSM A-mount lens
• SAL35F18 DT 35mm F1.8 SAM A-mount lens
• SAL85F28 85mm F2.8 SAM A-mount lens
The Distagon T* 24mm F2 SSM (SAL24F20Z)
The 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.
This lens is distinguished by its fast response focus and extremely quiet, very smooth operation thanks to its built-in SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor). It 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 suitable for daily professional performance.
The DT 35mm F1.8 SAM (SAL35F18)
The SAL35F18 weighs just 170g, offering photographers at all levels great value in a compact form. 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 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 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. The 85mm F2.8 SAM (SAL85F28)
The 85mm focal length is a standard for portraiture because of the natural perspective that it provides. On an APS-C sensor camera the 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 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.
The SAL24F20Z, SAL35F18 and SAL85F28 lenses will be available in New Zealand from September 2010 for $2,499.95 (SAL24F20Z), $299.95 (SAL35F18), and $479.95 (SAL85F28).