The new 50mm f/1.4 lens bears the Zeiss branding and quality, while the new lighting system expands the possibilities of the flagship Alpha system
Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA
Sony has introduced the new FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Prime Lens, a high-resolution, high-contrast prime that offers strong optical quality throughout the entire frame.
With a maximum aperture of f/1.4, the new 50mm offers pin-sharp results even when used wide-open, and Sony has included AA (Advanced Aspherical) and ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements to reduce spherical and chromatic aberration.
A sample image taken with the new 50mm
The lens is also equipped with Zeiss T* Coating to minimise flare and ghosting, while the 11-bladed circular aperture should ensure pleasing bokeh. A ring drive Super Sonic wave Motor (SSM) will provide smooth, fast and silent autofocus.
An example of the bokeh creation
The new FE 50mm f/1.4 lens will ship this month, and is priced around €1,800 (currently about £1500).
Sony Radio-controlled Lighting System
Also today, Sony has announced a new lighting system for its Alpha cameras, which will allow users to create sophisticated but portable lighting setups.
Sony says the system could be useful for wedding photographers and other professionals for whom full studio lighting is too cumbersome.
The system carries a maximum range of 30m and can offer wireless flash shooting support for a maximum of 15 separate flash units, whether in TTL, Manual or Group modes (up to five groups).
Remotely controlled flashes are operated via the local commander, which features a large control panel that makes the status of all units visible at a glance.
The system will be capable of flash sync speeds of up to 1/240sec, with High Speed Sync available as well.
Sony released a video explaining more about the system, which you can watch below: