Wide apertures, top-notch optics and pro-friendly features could help G-Master appeal to the folks who shoot photos for a living. Look elsewhere if all you want is shots of your gang partying like the world’s about to end.
Considering how good mirrorless cameras have gotten in recent years, it’s safe to say DSLRs are slowly on their way out. But one advantage your bulky DSLR still has over a high-end mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera is the wide variety of lenses. All that’s changing as well and even though amateur photographers might still have to wait for affordable, ‘glass’ for their mirrorless camera, the pros have enough choice to cover any shooting scenario.
Christmas for the pros
And things just got better. In a nutshell, G-Master is Sony’s lens lineup for pro photographers, the kinds who actually make a living off their work (not some of us who keep procrastinating about editing photos in Adobe Lightroom) and wear khaki and olive green not to make a style statement, but ‘cos they’re either trying to not spook tigers in the wild, or are dodging insurgents’ bullets in some war-torn area.
The new lenses
The range comprises 3 lenses - an 85mm, f/1.4 prime, a 24-70mm, f/2.8 zoom and a 70-200mm, f/2.8 zoom. The new lenses are all E-mount compatible, which means they’ll also work with consumer cameras like the A6000 and the new A6300, but since they’re also Full Frame models, you can hang on to ‘em when you upgrade to a fancy A7R II. All three of the new lenses use Sony’s ‘Super Sonic Wave Motor’ (not a superhero weapon despite the name), AF/MF switches and are dust and moisture resistant.
The 85mm, f/1.4 prime should make for a great portrait lens, with Sony promising fantastic bokeh from the 11-blade construction. You also get an aperture ring and glass covered in a Nano AR Coating to reduce flare. How much is this going to cost you? ₹1,29,990. Hey, good quality optics ain’t cheap! As for the 24-70mm, f/2.8 lens, its range along with features like focus hold, zoom lock and hood release buttons should make it great for travel.
This is gonna cost you ₹1,54,990. You can get these two lenses now at the shops and as for the the 70-200mm, f/2.8 G-Master (compatible with 1.4x and 2x teleconverters, which should make it great for wildlife gurus), it’s expected to hit shelves in August (pricing details for this aren’t out yet).