February 27, 2019
Sony Announces New Full-frame 135mm F1.8 G Master Prime Lens for Exceptionally High Resolution and Exquisite Bokeh
Sony today introduced a highly anticipated addition to their G Master series of full-frame E-mount interchangeable lenses – a 135mm F1.8 full-frame, large-aperture telephoto prime lens (model SEL135F18GM). The new Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM Lens offers exceptionally high resolution and exquisite bokeh. The new lens combines rapid autofocus (AF) acquisition with a lightweight, portable design and a variety of professional functions, making it a versatile, high-performance tool for professional portrait photographers, wedding photographers, sports photographers and a wide variety of imaging enthusiasts.
Realizing consistently high resolution across the entire frame, even at F1.8, the Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM boasts an innovative optical design that places XA (extreme aspherical) and Super ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements in the front group to effectively suppress all common telephoto lens aberrations. The Super ED element plus one ED glass element are strategically positioned to compensate for axial chromatic aberration, minimize color fringing and maximize overall resolution, ensuring outstanding image quality.
Sony’s unique Nano AR Coating is applied to reduce flare and ghosting that can occur when shooting backlit portraits. The new telephoto prime lens utilizes its XA element, refined with Sony’s latest bokeh simulation technologies during the design and manufacturing stages, to control spherical aberration and achieve exquisite bokeh. In addition, an 11-bladed circular aperture mechanism contributes towards achieving extremely natural and beautiful background defocus.
To ensure that this lens can keep up with fast-moving portrait or sports subjects, the FE 135mm F1.8 GM has been equipped with a total of four of Sony’s proprietary XD linear motors—two for each group—that achieve rapid, reliable and speedy AF tracking and performance. All of this exceptional performance is packaged in a compact, lightweight body weighing in at 33.6 oz (950 g). The Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM Lens will ship in late April 2019 for approximately $1,900 US and $2,600 CA.