Sony has announced three new lenses designed for the hybrid photographer/videographer: the 10-20mm f/4 PZ, 15mm f/1.4 and 11mm f/1.8.
Sony says the number of creators producing both photo and video content has increased dramatically over the past few years. The company cites that around 60% of creators surveyed said they were hybrid shooters in 2019, but in 2022 that number has risen to 80%.
To that end, Sony has created these three new lenses that are designed for video-focused photographers with Sony’s APS-C cameras, but also have the ability to deliver excellent performance for capturing stills. .
“Sony’s cameras have continued to lead the way in creating both stills and video, and these innovative new lenses bring features to the APS-C lineup that have never been seen before,” says the company. . “Linear motors, responsive autofocus, minimal focus breathing, etc., are hallmarks of these new lenses.”
The company says these three additions are a sign of its continued support of its APS-C optics for users who want a compact system but don’t want to sacrifice performance or high image quality.
10-20mm f/4 PZ G
The first of the three lenses is a 10-20mm f/4 motorized zoom lens which Sony says offers superb edge-to-edge performance. The company claims it’s the world’s smallest ultra-wide APS-C zoom designed for the videographer or vlogger who needs a powerful, reliable and smooth zoom as well as the best image quality of its category. The motorized zoom capability makes it easy to get consistent shots, and that zoom is also internal, keeping the lens the same size at different focal lengths, making it ideal for gimbal use.
Sony claims the lens manages edge-to-edge sharpness thanks to two ED glass elements and one aspherical ED element. It has minimal focus breathing and two linear motors which it says allow for ultra-fast and very precise focusing. The lens can focus as close as 5.11 to 6.69 inches (10mm to 20mm) with manual focus (0.18x) and 7.87 inches with autofocus (0.14x).
It’s smaller and lighter than its nearest competitors, making it highly portable: it’s 46% lighter than its competitors at 6.2 ounces.
The Sony E 10-20mm f/4 PZ G will be available in July for $750.
Sony describes the 15mm f/1.4G as a pro-level wide-angle lens with Sony’s G-class image quality. This means the promise of stunning bokeh and fast, accurate focusing in stills and video. The company claims this lens also has quiet focusing thanks to its linear motors and distortion-free image production thanks to the high-end optics.
The lens uses three aspherical elements to enable excellent resolving power and corner-to-corner sharpness in front of a seven-blade aperture which Sony says creates a smooth and pleasing bokeh. This lens has several controls on the body like a de-clicking aperture ring, MF/AF switch and focus hold button.
The 15mm f/1.4G can focus as close as 0.2 meters (approx. 7.87 inches) in autofocus (0.12x) and 0.17 meters (approx. 6.69 inches ) in manual focus (0.15x).
Like the 10-20mm f/4 PZ G, the 15mm f/1.4 G is 46% lighter than its competitors but also 25% shorter. It will be available in July for $740.
Described as an ultra-wide-angle prime lens, the 11mm f/1.8 promises excellent bokeh, superb image quality and fast focusing for both stills and video in a package Sony calls ” affordable”.
The lens features three aspherical elements for excellent resolving power and corner-to-corner sharpness. Like the other two lenses advertised above, the 11mm f/1.8 has fast and reliable autofocus thanks to its linear motor system. It shares the same aperture diaphragm as the seven-blade 15mm f/1.4 and can focus as close as 0.12 meters (approx. 4.7 inches) in autofocus (0.2x) and as close as 0 .15 meters (approx. 5.9 inches) in manual focus (0.13X).
The 11mm f/1.8 will be available in July for $550.