News Categories

Sony unveils new mid-telephoto prime lens and compact flash

By Chong Jinn Wei - on 12 Feb 2017, 7:40am

Sony unveils new mid-telephoto prime lens and compact flash

Sony recently revealed new lenses and accessories suitable for E-mount interchangeable lens cameras, like the new Sony α6500. Two lenses, the FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS mid-telephoto prime lens (SEL 100F28GM), FE 85mm F1.8 mid-telephoto prime lens (SEL85F18) and the HVL-F45RM flash will be available this March 2017.

From L-R: The Sony SEL85F18; Sony SEL 100F28GM; and Sony HVL-F45RM. <br> Image Source:

Being the flagship of their G Master series, the SEL 100F28GM mid-telephoto prime lens was designed to produce incredible bokeh effects, no matter the resolution of your picture. This is ideal for professional photographers that want to draw attention to the subject in the foreground, contrasted with a soft background.

Thanks to new innovations like the unique optical apodisation lens element and a new 11 bladed aperture design, as well as a fast and smooth Auto Focus, the SEL 100F28GM is ideal for capturing fashion, nature, portrait or wedding photos.

Also announced was the SEL85F18, a more compact yet versatile mid-telephoto prime lens. Suitable for enthusiasts and working professionals, the SEL85F18 can capture impressive portraits with a soft bokeh effect. With a 9-bladed circular aperture, double linear motor and a focus hold button, the lens allows its user to capture pictures smooth and precisely.

Sony also revealed their HVL-45RM flash, a versatile yet compact lighting solution. Also designed to work with Sony’s E-mount cameras as well as their full frame α7 models, the flash provides users with sufficient lighting even with high-speed-sync (HSS) flash or bounce lighting.

As opposed to optical flash systems, the HVL-45RM is a radio-controlled flash that can be used as either a receiver or transmitter. Capable of functioning at up to 30m, the flash does not need line of sight to the camera to work. Also with its long battery life, the flash can produce up to 210 bursts. This flash also has a tilt angle of 150º vertical, 8º downward tilt and a complete 360º horizontal swivel, allowing the HVL-F45RM to have maximum versatility.

As of the time of writing, there has not been a recommended retail value yet for all three products.

For more on Sony click here.