Gadgets & Gizmos

It’s true that Apple and other phone makers have new cameras that feature a shallow depth-of-field effect. They obviously know something and perhaps it’s as simple as creating photos with a difference to get people to notice your work.

As enthusiast photographers, we can take this a step further by using a mid-telephoto lens instead of the phone camera’s wideangle, resulting in even shallower depth-of-field and an effect that smart-phones can’t replicate (yet)! Sony’s G Master FE 135mm f1.8 fullframe lens (SEL135F18GM) is a great example of pushing the creative envelope with high quality optics.

And the trick to a high quality, wide-aperture zoom is keeping the image sharp from corner to corner, not just in the middle of the frame. The FE 135mm f1.8 GM boasts an innovative optical design that places XA (extreme aspherical) and Super ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements in the front group to effectively suppress all common telephoto lens aberrations.

Additionally, the Super ED element plus one ED glass element are strategically positioned to compensate for axial chromatic aberration, minimise colour fringing and maximise overall resolution, ensuring outstanding image quality.

For further clarity, Sony’s Nano AR Coating is applied to reduce flare and ghosting that can occur, for example, when shooting backlit portraits.

An 11-bladed circular aperture mechanism contributes towards achieving extremely natural and beautiful background defocus (bokeh), and the effect is maximised wide-open at f1.8.

The new lens features dual-autofocus groups in a floating focus arrangement for improved close-up capability, allowing a minimum focus distance of just 0.7 metre.

To ensure that this lens can keep up with fast-moving portrait and sports subjects, the FE 135mm f1.8 GM has been equipped with four XD linear motors to achieve rapid, reliable and speedy AF tracking and performance. There is also a control algorithm that helps to maximise control response and ensure quiet, low-vibration AF.

For further information, contact your camera retailer or visit www.sony.com.au

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