Sony Reveals FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM, FE 85mm f/1.8, and HVL-F45RM Flash; More Info at B&H

Photography News: Sony has come to WPPI with a trio of new announcements, including the high-end FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS lens, a compact FE 85mm f/1.8 lens, and a radio-equipped HVL-F45RM flash

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NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - February 07, 2017) - B&H Photo would like to share Sony's announcement at WPPI 2017 of two new lenses, the FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS and the FE 85mm f/1.8, and the HVL-F45RM Wireless Radio Flash. The pair of short telephoto lenses appeals greatly to those looking to take high-quality portraits with their full-frame E-mount cameras. The newly designed flash is ideal for creating portable wireless flash setups, thanks to its compact design and ability to operate as both a commander and remote unit, with full support for Sony P-TTL / ADI metering.

Leading the pack is the latest G Master lens, the FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS, which incorporates an apodization element to create exceptionally smooth bokeh, while keeping the subject in sharp focus. This filter does reduce light transmission, resulting in a T-stop of T5.6 when the lens is set to f/2.8. The lens also features an 11-blade circular diaphragm as well, to help create round bokeh, and a ring switch, which allows for selecting between standard and close-up focusing distance ranges. Additionally, the lens uses one aspherical and one ED element for combatting aberrations, while a Nano AR Coating limits flare and ghosting. In terms of physical attributes, the 100mm offers fast and silent focusing through a Direct Drive SSM motor, and will compensate for camera shake through built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization. In addition, the dust- and moisture-resistant lens offers a programmable focus-hold button and a physical aperture ring, which can be unclicked via a physical switch.

Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS Lens

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 20 | T5.6 to 22
  • Apodization Element for Smooth Bokeh
  • One Aspherical Element, One ED Element
  • Nano AR Coating
  • Direct Drive SSM Focus System
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Ring-Switch to Change Focus Setting
  • Rounded 11-Blade Diaphragm

Ensuring that the full-frame E-mount system remains accessible, Sony has released the FE 85mm f/1.8, a more compact option that joins the FE 28mm f/2 and FE 50mm f/1.8 as affordable alternatives that still deliver outstanding image quality. Using an ED element, the 85mm can effectively minimize aberrations, while a nine-blade circular aperture ensures smooth out-of-focus areas. Also, it features a double linear motor system for fast autofocus, while the physical focus ring provides a responsive manual focus option. Additionally, it features a programmable focus-hold button.

Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Lens

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22
  • One Extra-Low Dispersion Element
  • Double Linear AF Motor
  • Customizable Focus Hold Button
  • Rounded Nine-Blade Diaphragm

Finally, the HVL-F45RM is the first Sony flash to come with a built-in 2.4GHz radio transceiver, expanding on the wireless radio flash system introduced with the FA-WRC1M Wireless Radio Commander and FA-WRR1 Wireless Radio Receiver released last year. This flash can work directly with this radio system at distances of up to 98', either as a commander or a remote flash. Also, the system boasts support for up to 15 flashes in five groups with a choice of 14 channels while transmitting complete P-TTL / ADI information, including High Speed Sync. This flash can work in existing optical systems as well, with both commander and remote flash optical modes.

Sony HVL-F45RM Wireless Radio Flash

  • 2.4 GHz Radio Transceiver with 98' Range
  • Compatible with Sony ADI / P-TTL
  • Guide Number: 148' at ISO 100 and 105mm
  • Zoom Range: 24-105mm (15mm with Panel)
  • Tilts from -8 to 150°
  • Rotates Left & Right 180°
  • Radio or Optical TTL Commander or Remote
  • LED Video Light
  • Flash Distribution and Memory Settings
  • Dust- & Moisture-Resistant Construction

Beyond the radio system, the HVL-F45RM makes many improvements upon its predecessor, including a size reduction of more than 10%, moisture and dust resistance, and an improved guide number of 148' at ISO 100 and 105mm. The flash also boasts a faster recycle time of 2.5 seconds at full power, an LED video light, a zoom head of 24-105mm, new flash distribution settings, and an upgraded memory setting. Users will also be able to tilt the flash head from -8 to +150° and rotate it 360°. The controls have been improved as well, with programmable buttons and a Quick Navi interface. Additionally, it has a Micro-USB port for future firmware updates. The flash is designed to work with Sony cameras which feature a Multi Interface Shoe, however, wireless radio features are limited to the a7 II, a7R II, a7S II, a99 II, and a6500.

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