Fly through the sky or reach for the stars with the FE 14mm f/1.8 GM

Sony has announced today the imminent release of the widest prime yet in the G Master series: the FE 14mm f/1.8 GM. This one looks especially promising for astrophotographers and on-the-go videographers.

Check out the impressive promo video and feature set below, and get your pre-order in online or at your local Mike’s Camera. These are expected to start arriving in late May, but you can never be too sure how many will be available. Order early to minimize your wait!

Pack unbeatable scene-catching power in your palm with this 14mm. While keeping it compact enough for easy drone and/or gimbal use, the image samples and body specs seem to show they didn’t skimp on the top-of-the-line features we’ve come to expect from G Master lenses. Here are a few highlights:

  • Extremely high resolving power
  • Wide maximum aperture which can produce gorgeously supple bokeh
  • Dual XD Linear Motors to provide quick & quiet AF that can easily keep up with modern α-series cameras’ advanced autofocus features
  • Linear-response MF for ultimate control
  • Aperture ring with switchable clickiness
  • XA (eXtreme Aspherical) and Super ED (Extra-low DIspersion) elements to eliminate deformations
  • Nano AR Coating II to eliminate chromatic aberrations and flares
  • Dust- and moisture-resistant

Videographers: this lens is also fully compatible with Active Mode Stabilization. We all know that stabilization is a must when you’re working with such crisp footage, so that’s a relief. There’s also a slot in the rear mount for filters, so you won’t have to worry about bulky adapters to attach to the built-in hood on this very wide lens.

Perhaps most importantly of all, this lens maintains its impressive clarity and resolution all the way to the corners of the images it’s used to produce, even with the aperture cranked all the way open. (For star photography, that means sagittal coma flare is essentially eliminated!) Wide-angle doesn’t have to mean weird angle. If you want to capture everything at once but won’t sacrifice minute control over clarity, this is the lens for you.

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