Sony announces FE 14mm F1.8 GM ultra-wide lens

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Sony has announced its newest prime lens, the FE 14mm GM F1.8.

The lens is Sony’s widest full-frame prime lens, and the company says they see it particularly well-suited to astrophotography, architecture and landscapes. It features 14 elements in 11 groups, with these including one aspherical and two 'extreme' aspherical elements, as well as one ED (extra-low dispersion) and one 'super' ED glass element to suppress chromatic aberration.

Like with Sony's other lenses, a Nano AR Coating II helps manage flare and ghosting.

The internal focus is driven by two linear motors, and has a minimum focus distance of 25cm. On the exterior, there's a manual aperture ring, an AF/MF switch and a customisable focus hold button.

The lens is weather-sealed and has a fluorine coating on the front element to repel water and oil. Like with the Sony 12-24mm f/2.8, there is a slot for sheet filter cutouts on the rear of the lens, and Sony provides a template for creating your own filters as well. Weight wise, it's surprisingly light - coming in at a relatively featherweight 460g, which is about 1/3rd the weight of the Sigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art lens for E mount (1170g).

The FE 14mm F1.8 GM will be available in Australia from late May 2021, and will have a RRP of $2299.00.

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