If you own a Sony and love taking portraits then this is a very, very big day for you, because the brand has just unveiled its new FE 135mm f/1.8 G Master lens. As the name suggests, the full-frame, large-aperture telephoto prime is part of Sony’s flagship G Master series and is capable of producing some insane bokeh.
The new G Master lens will ship in April and is perfect for portraits.
To prove just how good this new lens is, Sony has released a series of portrait work captured using the new 135mm f/1.8 G Master lens and the results look truly bokehlicious. To help create this high image quality, Sony used a new optical design that places XA (extreme aspherical) and Super ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements in the front group to help suppress common telephoto lens aberrations, thus delivering sharper, clearer imagery.
The lens is part of Sony’s superior G Master series. Image by Sony.
The glass also benefits from Sony’s Nano AR Coating to reduce flare and ghosting – problem that is particularly tricky to control when shooting backlit portraits.
A fast aperture of f/1.8 makes the lens suitable for wedding portraiture. Image by Cristiano Ostinelli/Sony
As you can see from the sample portraits, the bokeh is rich and well rounded and this is helped by the 135mm f/1.8 G Master’s 11-bladed circular aperture mechanism design. Another feature making it ideal for portraiture work is the minimum focusing distance of just 70cm – pretty good for a 135mm optic.
Insane well-rounded bokeh can be created thanks to the 11-bladed circular aperture mechanism design/Image by Sony.
The 135mm f/1.8 G Master isn’t just for portrait though – thanks to the fast f/2.8 maximum aperture and no less than four of Sony’s proprietary XD linear motors, the 135mm will also keep up with fast-moving subjects if you wish to put it to work during some sports or wildlife photography.
Thanks to the AF technology, the lens can also be used to shoot moving subjects, too. Image by Sony.
Despite all this bokeh-friendly technology, the 135mm f/1.8 lens tips the scales at just 950g and is scheduled to ship in April priced at £1,750 / 2000 Euros / $1900.
The lens features a closest focusing distance of 70cm. Image by Cristiano Ostinelli/Sony
Watch a video about the lens above…