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Benefits of Pairing Sony G Master Lenses with Sony a7 Cameras

Photographers, videographers, and cinematographers haven't always had a wide selection of affordable, native mount lenses for their Sony α7 cameras. G Master lenses change that with high resolution and a beautiful bokeh. Sony's durable optical design helps minimize artificial coloration and provides coverage for future large sensor cameras. The G Master lineup covers from 24mm to 200mm and includes both prime and zoom lenses, with wide-angle, portrait, and a zoom suited to sports or wildlife – all in an FE mount that attaches to your α7 camera without the need for an adapter.

In 2013, the Sony α7 series of mirrorless cameras launched with a limited number of lens choices with FE mounts. Sony customers like you spoke up to demand a quality f/2.8 zoom and a f/1.4 prime. Design changes from past Sony lenses, which enhanced the G Master family, include combining focus groups with independent actuators to deliver smoother focusing. That unique design delivers smoother focusing to effectively correct aberrations across the full aperture range.

Sony understands that focusing accuracy is paramount. The 5-axis image stabilization on α7 series cameras pairs well with the XA (Extreme Aspherical) Element in G Master lenses to deliver a crisp and high-resolution image. 5-axis Image Stabilization (IS) accurately compensates for blur caused by camera shake from five different directions (vertical, horizontal, pitch, yaw, and roll), as opposed to only two directions in previous systems. This translates to improved image capture when you walk or run. The XA Element also produces a beautiful bokeh. Some G Master lenses include two ED (Extra-low-Dispersion) glass elements to reduce chromatic aberration.

The α7R II and α7R III include a Fast Hybrid AF system to further enhance your focus ability. The α7R III also features Doubled AF tracking, even during continuous shooting at up to 10 fps.

Circular aperture blades enhance the beautiful bokeh of the G Master lenses. Several of the G Master lenses feature 11-bladed apertures, the most of any Sony lens. The addition of an XA Element improves the ability of your Sony α7 camera to capture the atmosphere of your subject and shooting environment. As mentioned previously, the G Master is designed for extreme sharpness and beautiful bokeh. The optic design also helps to minimize artificial coloration.

The internal design does more than protect your image capture abilities. Not only are the G Master lenses dust and moisture-resistant, to perform well in challenging shooting situations, the G Master lens family also features a fluorine-coated front element to help prevent dust and grease marks on the lens surface. Their ability to withstand the test of time and the rigors of production is reflected in the internal components of the G Master lenses. Future versions of the α7 cameras will expand to larger megapixel sizes. Since G Master lenses incorporate a minimum resolution of 50 line pairs per millimeter, your lens choice now will benefit you down the road when cameras expand to larger sensors.

When using the α7R III 35mm Full Frame Camera with Auto Focus, you also enable high-resolution 4K movies and support HDR workflows. The advantages of the camera and G Master lens combination will help carry you forward to future-proof your purchases.


G Master Lens Highlights


FE 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master – lightweight wide-angle zoom

  • Large XA Element and 11-bladed aperture
  • (2) ED (Extra-low-Dispersion) glass elements to reduce chromatic aberration
  • Customizable focus hold button
  • Hood release button
  • Weight: 1.5 lb


FE 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master – mid-range zoom with quiet, precise focus and Direct Drive SSM

  • Resolution and bokeh with XA lens element
  • Maintains low-light capability or action-stopping shutter speeds
  • 18 elements in 13 groups, plus ED and Super ED elements
  • 9 circular blades for defocus effects
  • Zoom lock


FE 85mm f/1.4 G Master – mid-range telephoto prime

  • 11 circular aperture blades
  • 3 ED elements
  • Focus hold button


FE 100mm f/2.8 STG G Master OSS – mid-range telephoto prime with STF for portraits

  • STF (Smooth Trans Focus) optics for improved bokeh without vignetting
  • Close-up capability up to 0.25x magnification
  • Fast and precise DDSSM autofocus
  • 11 circular aperture blades
  • SteadyShot Image Stabilization


FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 G Master OSS – super-telephoto zoom

  • Fast and precise autofocus for distant action
  • Natural rendering and color with (2) ED Elements and (1) Super ED Element
  • Blur-free images without a tripod due to Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Ideal for sports and wildlife with distant action


FE 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master OSS – telephoto lens ideal for sports and wildlife

  • 2 focus motors optimize the speed and accuracy of your zoom
  • 23 elements in 18 groups with (1) XD, (4) ED, and (2) Super ED elements
  • 11 Circular blades
  • Minimum focus of 3.15 feet (for up to 0.25x magnification)
  • Zoom lock and hold focus buttons


Sony A7 Camera Highlights


The cameras in Sony's a7 family accept E-Mount lenses and offer WiFi connectivity to your smartphone or tablet.

Sony Alpha α7s II Mirrorless Camera 

  • 2 MP Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • 5-axis SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Full HD (1920x1080) at up to 120 fps
  • Records internal 4K Full-Frame movies internally at up to 30 fps
  • Single-Shot AF or Continuous AF


Sony Alpha α7R II Mirrorless Camera 

  • 4 MP Full Frame Exmor R CMOS Sensor with back-illumination
  • Capture 4:2:2 uncompressed video externally or 4:2:0 at 8-bit internally
  • Fast Hybrid AF with 399-point detection
  • 5-axis SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Continuous shooting up to 5 fps


Sony Alpha α7R III Mirrorless Camera 

  • 4 MP Full Frame Exmor R CMOS Sensor with boosted processing speed
  • 4K video recording and up to 8MP stills during playback with frame grab
  • 15-stop dynamic range
  • 5-axis SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Standard ISO 100-32000 range
  • Fast Hybrid AF with 399-point detection
  • Silent continuous shooting up to 10 fps wit

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