We’ve mentioned it before, but Sony has really doubled down on releasing quality lenses for their camera systems this year. Between their G-Master Lenses (which are must-haves for anyone who uses a Sony system), and the 50mm Planar lens that we tried earlier this summer, Sony is really showing that they’re it in it for the long haul.
Their latest is the E PZ 18-110mm F4 G OSS Super 35mm / APS-C power zoom lens, which is geared towards photographers who shoot a lot of video. It appears to have a lot of in lens features like Optical SteadyShot and Smooth Motion Optics to produce quality still images. It looks like Sony is trying to get in the Cine Lens game as they claim below that this lens features 6 aspherical elements and a 7 bladed design that is supposed to help create clear, quality 4K images.
For more details, check out the full press release below.
- E PZ 18-110mm F4 G OSS (SELP18110G) with 6.1x high zoom ratio
- High resolution suited to professional 4K movie production
- Smooth Motion Optics (SMO) design and construction to minimize unwanted focus and image shifts while focusing or zooming
- Advanced operability including three separate focus, iris and zoom rings for professional operation
- Optical SteadyShotTM in-lens image stabilization
- Compact, lightweight design with dust and moisture resistance[i]
Offering moviemakers a powerful new creative tool, Sony has developed an advanced Super 35mm / APS-C format power zoom lens that starts at 18mm wide angle and extends to 110mm at the telephoto end (27mm – 165mm equiv. in 35mm format[ii]). The new lens has a 6.1x high zoom ratio, even with inner focus, and maintains a constant F4 maximum aperture throughout its zoom range for beautiful depth of field effects and stable exposure control.
An ideal companion to a wide range of α cameras, from the PXW-FS7 professional camcorder to interchangeable-lens cameras such as α7 series and α6300, this G LensTM delivers image quality that will satisfy even the most demanding of professional users. It consists of 18 elements in 15 groups, including 6 aspherical elements and 3 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and features a 7 blade circular aperture design. This highly intricate design delivers extremely high resolution image quality and is particularly suited to professional 4K movie shooting.
The E PZ 18-110mm F4 G OSS is only the second lens[iii] to benefit from Sony’s Smooth Motion Optics (SMO) design and construction, which has been developed to eliminate unwanted image shifts while making adjustments during movie shooting. SMO addresses three particular aspects of lens operation that can have a significant impact on movie quality: Focus Breathing, where shifts in angle of view during focusing are minimized by an internal focus mechanism; focus shift, where small shifts in focus that can occur during zooming are eliminated by precise focus tracking adjustment, and Axial shift, where axial image shifts during zooming are minimized by a constant length design.
The high level of operability and quiet operation of the new lens makes it a compelling proposition for its integration into professional movie production environments. Its three separate rings give control over focus, zoom and aperture, with optimal torque for a satisfyingly responsive, professional feel. Both servo and responsive manual mechanical zoom are fully supported and the zoom ring direction is switchable to match individual user preferences. Additionally, the lens length remains constant during any changes, making it easy to use with matte boxes and other lens accessories. Also, in a first for Sony α lenses, a 0.8mm pitch focus gear is built right onto the ring, providing direct compatibility with standard focusing accessories.
Optimum optical performance and operability is complimented by a dust and moisture-resistant designi, making the lens ideal for location use. Extra versatility is afforded by Optical SteadyShot technology that provides in-lens image stabilization during handheld shooting. The lens also features a compact and lightweight[iv] design making it a truly mobile solution. Additional flexibility is afforded when used with the SEL14TC and SEL20TC teleconverters for 1.4x and 2.0x extension of focal range.
The E PZ 18-110mm F4 G OSS Super 35mm / APS-C power zoom lens for professional movie-makers and photographers will available in North America from November 2016, priced at approximately $3,500 US / $4,500 CA.
[i] Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof.
[ii] With interchangeable-lens digital camera incorporating an APS-C type image sensor
[iii] The only other lens to benefit from SMO technology is the SELP28135G
[iv] 1105g without tripod mount
Sony E PZ 18-110mm F4 G OSS Technical Specifications
|Product name||E PZ 18-110mm F4 G OSS|
|Lens mount||Sony E-mount|
|35mm equivalent focal-length (APS-C) (mm)||27mm-165mm|
|Lens construction (groups-elements)||15 groups / 18 elements|
|Angle of view (APS-C) *1||76°-14°30′|
|Angle of view (35mm)||–|
|Maximum aperture (F)||F4|
|Minimum aperture (F)||F22|
|Number of aperture blade||7|
|Minimum focus distance (m)||0.4m(W) – 0.95m(T) (AF/MF)|
|0.95m (Full MF)|
|Minimum focus distance (ft)||1.31(W)-3.12(T)ft(AF/MF)|
|3.12ft (Full MF)|
|Maximum magnification ratio (x)||0.122x|
|Filter diameter (mm)||95mm|
|Image stabilization (SteadyShot)||Optical SteadyShot|
|Zoom system||Both manual and powered|
|Teleconverter compatibility (x1.4)||SEL14TC|
|Teleconverter compatibility (x2.0)||SEL20TC|
|Hood type||square shape, bayonet type|
|Dimensions dia. x length (mm)||110mm x 167.5mm|
|Dimensions dia. x length (in.)||4-3/8″ x 6-5/8″|
|Weight (approx.) (g)||1105g (Without tripod mount)|
|Weight (approx.) (oz.)||39 oz|
|Lens front cap||yes|
|Lens rear cap||ALC-R1EM|