New Sony Cameras, Lenses and accessories announced

70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM II

Last year I was looking at getting the 70-400 but waited when i was told there would be a new version early this year.  The revised 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM II is ideal for capturing wildlife and action-packed sports. The upgraded super-telephoto zoom builds further on the premium performance of its predecessor with enhanced optics and faster, more responsive auto-focus. With its new LSI drive circuit, auto-focus speed of the SSM (Super Sonic Wave Motor) is around four times quicker than before. Teamed with enhanced tracking AF, the upgraded lens is now even more suitable for capturing stills and Full HD video of fast-moving subjects.

RM-VPR1 wired remote

RM-VPR1 wired remote, which can be used to fire the shutter, zoom, record video, and perform bulb exposures. The new remote is compatible with the Multi Terminal used on some Sony cameras and camcorders, as well as the older remote terminal found on others.

 

18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II

The new “kit lens” is a DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II is a light, compact 3x zoom that’s designed for for A-mount cameras with APS-C sensors. While retaining the same smooth AF motor (SAM) as its predecessor, newly-designed rear lens elements suppresses flare and ghost, while mechanical elements have been upgraded.

HVL-F20M

The HVL-F20M is a space-saving, easy to carry new flash for Multi Interface Shoe mounted cameras. Despite its compact size, it’s packed with features like wireless control for fuss-free multi flash set-ups, simple bounce operation and Auto White Balance compensation for more accurate, natural-looking white balance. It’s refreshingly easy to use: just raise the flash head to switch on… then turn off again by lowering when the flash isn’t needed. I just hope they have solved the delay problem several people complained about in the older version (with the standard Sony/Minolta) hotshot.

 

Carl Zeiss “Planar T* 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM”

The icing on the cake has to be the long awaited 50mm Zeiss with AF. The new Planar T* 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM joins the existing Distagon 24mm, Planar 85mm and Sonnar 135mm in the A-mount range of prime length optics by Carl Zeiss. Offering a fixed 50mm focal length and extra-bright F1.4 aperture, the premium lens is an ideal choice for quality-critical portraiture and low-light shooting.

Featuring 8 elements in 5 groups with two aspherical elements, the brand new optical design is optimised for superb results with Sony’s full-frame α99. Exceptional resolving power and contrast at all apertures are teamed with smooth, quiet auto-focusing and a rear-focus system that maintains the same lens body length during AF. The dust- and moisture-resistant design extends the appeal of the new lens to a wide range of outdoor shooting applications. I saw the prototype of this lens at Fotokina last year. And as exciting as it is I still want to see Sony bring out a 1.2 lens

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