Sony Adds Two New Lenses and Radio-Controlled Flash

February 7, 2017

By Greg Scoblete

Sony is building out its lens portfolio with two new E-mount lenses. They’re also readying a radio-controlled flash for May.

First up is a new lens in the company’s high-end G Master Series. The FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS features 11 aperture blades and an optical apodization lens element, which Sony says helps creates smooth transitions of in-focus to out-of-focus areas within an image.

The 100mm lens supports both contrast AF and focal-plane phase detection AF  and uses a direct drive SSM (Super Sonic Motor) system to drive autofocusing. You’ll enjoy a magnification of 0.25x and there’s a built-in macro switching ring for when you’re shooting up close (up to 1.87 feet from the front of the lens).

There’s Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to keep your shots blur-free plus a customizable focus hold button. The lens has a dust and moisture-resistant build and feature’s a dedicated AF/MF switch and an aperture ring.

It will ship in March for $1,500.

FE 85mm F1.8

The new 85mm features a nine blade aperture and a double linear motor system to drive autofocus. There’s a customizable focus hold button and an AF/MF switch. Like the new 100mm G-Master lens, the new 85mm f/1.8 is dust and moisture resistant.

The 85mm can focus on subjects as close as 2.63 feet from the lens and stops down to f/22.

The lens also ships in March for $600.

HVL-F45RM Flash

Sony’s new radio-controlled flash is designed to work with the company’s wireless remote controller (FA-WRC1M) and receiver FA-WRR1. It’s dust and water resistant and incorporates a new menu system that Sony says more closely mirrors the menu on its interchangeable lens cameras.

The radio capabilities of the HVL-F45RM allow it to be used as a transmitter or a receiver at up to 30m (approx. 98 feet) and doesn’t need a direct line-of-sight to work. It has a battery life of up to 210 flashes and can be tilted up to 150-degrees. You can also spin the light 360-degrees horizontally or tilt it downward up to 8-degrees.

Look for the new flash in May for $400.