G Master lenses are at the pinnacle of Sony’s mirrorless lens catalogue. They are designed and built to meet the rigorous requirements of professionals both in the field and in the studio. They are heavily weather sealed for use outdoors, they have the best available lens coatings to minimize flare and maximize contrast, and they are build using the latest materials to minimize weight despite the often complex optical formulae.
The data table on this page contains the specifications for all Sony G Master lenses, allowing you to compare the available options for building a Sony kit around the very best lenses they offer. If you are unfamiliar with the nomenclature that Sony uses to describe their lenses, I recommend you read our previous post entitled Sony Lens Terminology and Abbreviations.
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|Lens Name||Release Date (MDY)||Focal length||Aperture Range||Angle of View (h)||Length||Diameter||Weight||MFD||MM||Optical Design||Filter||Aperture Blades||OSS||Check Price|
|FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM - Scroll to details||07/07/20||12-24mm||2.8-22||122° to 84°||5.39" / 137 mm||3.84" / 97.6mm||1.86 lb / 847 g||11.02" / 28 cm||0.14x||17 Elements in 14 Groups||Rear||9||No||Amazon / B&H|
|FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM||5/17/17||16-35mm||2.8-22||107° to 63°||4.79" / 121.6mm||3.48" / 88.5mm||1.5lb / 680g||11.02" / 28cm||0.19x||16 Elements in 13 Groups||82mm||11||No||Amazon / B&H|
|FE 24mm f/1.4 GM||9/20/18||24mm||1.4-16||84°||3.64" / 92.4mm||2.97" / 75.4mm||15.7oz / 445g||9.45" / 24cm||0.17x||13 Elements in 10 Groups||67mm||11||No||Amazon / B&H|
|FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM||2/3/16||24-70mm||2.8-22||84° to 34°||5.35" / 136 mm||3.45" / 87.6mm||1.95lb / 886g||1.25' / 38cm||0.24x||18 Elements in 13 Groups||82mm||9||No||Amazon / B&H|
|FE 35mm f/1.4 GM - Scroll to details||13/1/2021||35mm||1.4-16||63°||3.8" / 96mm||3" / 76mm||1.2lb / 524g||9.8" / 25cm||0.26x||14 Elements in 10 Groups||67mm||11||No||B&H / Adorama / Amazon|
|FE 85mm f/1.4 GM||2/3/16||85mm||1.4-16||29°||4.23" / 107.5mm||3.52" / 89.5mm||1.8lb / 820g||2.62' / 80cm||0.12x||11 Elements in 8 Groups||77mm||11||No||Amazon / B&H|
|FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS||2/3/16||70-200mm||2.8-22||34° to 12° 30'||7.87" / 200mm||3.46" / 88mm||3.3lb / 1480g||3.15' / 96 cm||0.25x||23 Elements in 18 Groups||77mm||11||Yes||Amazon / B&H|
|FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS||2/7/17||100mm||2.8-20||24°||4.65" / 118.1mm||3.35" / 118.1mm||1.5lb / 700g||1.87' / 57 cm||0.25x||14 Elements in 10 Groups||72mm||11||Yes||Amazon / B&H|
|FE 135mm f/1.8 GM||4/10/19||135mm||1.8-22||18°||5" / 127mm||3.52" / 89.5mm||33.5oz / 950g||2.3' / 70 cm||0.25x||13 Elements in 10 Groups||82mm||11||No||Amazon / B&H|
|FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS||4/19/17||100-400mm||(4.5-5.6)-(32-40)||24° to 6° 10'||8.07" / 205mm||3.7" / 93.9mm||49.2oz / 1395g||3.22' / 0.98m||0.12 to 0.35x||22 Elements in 16 Groups||77mm||9||Yes||Amazon / B&H|
|FE 400mm f/4 GM OSS||6/27/18||400mm||2.8-22||6° 10'||14.13" / 359mm||6.22" / 158.1mm||6.4lb / 2895g||8.86' / 2.7m||0.52x||23 Elements in 17 Groups||N/A||11||Yes||Amazon / B&H|
|FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS||6/11/19||600mm||4-22||4° 10'||17.68" / 449mm||6.44" / 163.6mm||6.7lb / 3.04kg||14.8' / 4.51m||0.14x||24 Elements in 18 Groups||N/A||11||Yes||Amazon / B&H|
|SEL14TC - 1.4x Teleconverter||2/3/16||N/A||N/A||N/A||1.3" / 33.6mm||2.5" / 63.5mm||5.9oz / 167g||N/A||N/A||6 Elements in 5 Groups||N/A||N/A||N/A||Amazon / B&H|
|SEL20TC - 2.0x Teleconverter||2/3/16||N/A||N/A||N/A||1.68" / 42.7mm||2.50" / 63.5mm||7.3oz / 207g||N/A||N/A||8 Elements in 5 Groups||N/A||N/A||N/A||Amazon / B&H|
Sony 35mm f/1.4 GM
The Sony 35mm f/1.4 GM shares many of the same physical design elements as the extremely popular 24mm f/1.4 GM. In a camera bag, it would be easy to confuse the two. This means that for a 35mm f/1.4 lens it is remarkably small, yet it manages to outperform the older Sony/Zeiss ZA 35mm f/1.4 lens in every optical area. Although the Zeiss 35mm lens is technically still a current lens in the Sony catalogue, there should be no reason for anyone to buy that ageing lens now that there is a modern GM version. Not only does the newer 35mm f/1.4 GM outperform the old lens optically, but it’s also smaller, lighter and cheaper.
When Sony created this lens they poured all of their latest technology into it, including the XD linear focus motors that have been used on the 135mm GM and the 12-24mm GM for the fastest possible autofocus performance. This lens is also the second Sony lens, after the 12-24mm GM, to receive the new Nano AR Coating II on the front lens element for impressive resistance to flare, and remarkable microcontrast.
35mm prime lenses have always been popular as walk-around primes for general purpose photography, but are particularly loved by wedding photographers, travel photographers and street photographers. The fast f/1.4 aperture also makes it a good choice for astrophotography.
Sony 12-24mm f/2.8 GM
The 12-24mm f/2.8 GM is Sony’s widest rectilinear G Master lens, tied for a wide field of view with the cheaper 12-24mm f/4 G lens. At the time of its launch in 2020, this lens was the widest f/2.8 zoom lens on the market from any manufacturer.
Of particular note: Despite the wide aperture and extremely wide focal length, the lens itself is only very slightly longer than the 24-70mm f/2.8 GM, and several hundred grams lighter than some other extreme wide-angle lenses such as the Canon 11-24mm f/4 L. A remarkable achievement from the Sony lens designers.
The lens features a total of 4 XD Linear Focus Motors for incredibly fast focus performance and one of Sony’s most complex lens designs to date. 17 elements in 14 groups, comprised of a series of XA, aspherical, Super ED, and ED elements. The front element of the lens is coated in a brand new coating called Nano AR Coating II. This newly created coating was necessary for this lens to deliver improved resistance to flare and ghosting while maintaining a front lens element with such extreme curvature.
The wide field of view makes this lens a dream for architectural and travel photographers, as well as a popular option for landscape photographers who do not require the use of screw-on filters. The wide aperture also makes it an excellent option for astrophotography.