By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
Sony has announced the new Zeiss Planar T* FE 50mm prime with a f/1.4 maximum aperture. For those of you who love a bright prime, today’s your day! The new model is a definite improvement over the Sony FE 50mm f/1.8, as it uses the Zeiss Planar T* glass formulation.
Weighing in at 27.5 ounces, the Planar T* 50mm features a dust and moisture-resistant design with Zeiss’ flare-and-ghostbusting T* coating, as well as an 11-bladed rounded aperture, which will give you a nice bokeh in your shallow depth-of-field shots. The minimum focus distance of the lens is about 1.8 feet.
Functionally, the lens sports a 72mm thread for filters, and the physical controls include an aperture ring with on/off switch, as well as a focus ring with an AF/MF switch. According to Sony, the automatic focus super sonic wave motor system that is said to be nearly silent, which is something that will please videographers who want to use the autofocus feature for filming.
The Planar T* FE 50 f/1.4 ZA is scheduled to ship in July with a retail price of $1498 USD and Sony is currently taking pre-orders now.
That’s not all that Sony is announcing, as they’ve made the pricing and availability for the FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS G Master lens, and its related teleconverters known. The 70-200mm G Master will have a retail price of $2698 USD, while the 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters, which were announced simultaneously with the 70-200 GM back in February, will retail identically for $550 USD per converter.
The 70-200 GM, 1.4x teleconverter, and 2.0x teleconverter will ship in July, and Sony is also taking pre-orders for them starting July 13.
Finally, Sony’s FA-WRC1M wireless radio commander and FAWRR1 wireless radio receiver has also been given a shipping date and pricing. Unlike the lenses above, the wireless lighting control system will be shipping slightly later in August, rather than July. The system is capable of remotely controlling up to fifteen strobes in pairs of three, up to 98 feet away.
The wireless commander will retail for $350 USD while the receiver will run you about $200 USD.