Earlier this week, we got to play with the new Sony FE 100mm f2.8 STM G Master Lens for Sony FE cameras. After our first impressions, we were able to bring back image samples in addition to talking with Sony’s reps about the lens. Mike Bubolo of Sony was nice enough to give us a guided tour and insight into how the Sony FE 100mm f2.8 STM G Master Lens works.
Some of the best things about the Sony FE 100mm f2.8 STM G Master Lens:
- the new element which enhances color is basically an ND filter. So that also cuts down on light. It’s best used with a flash.
- Only two elements move when the lens is focusing, so the autofocus is incredibly fast
- It’s weather sealed and has a magnesium alloy body
- Aperture ring
- Built very well
- Capable of delivering very sharp images.
Plus, the Sony FE 100mm f2.8 STM G Master Lens is not that expensive for what it is. In fact, it’s most likely a very bang for your buck option especially if you’re a studio photographer. Additionally, consider the fact that it has optical image stabilization.
Personally speaking, I’m very torn here. The 85mm f1.4 G Master is way out of my own personal budget, but this 100mm f2.8 is very attractive. At the same time, I’ve fallen for the company’s 85mm f1.8 FE lens. It’s weather sealed, fast to focus, and delivers beautiful image quality. Plus, I’ve been working with the 85mm focal length for years and am familiar with how to work with it and see the world in that field of view. But that doesn’t mean I can’t change or somehow adapt to the Sony FE 100mm f2.8 STM G Master Lens.
F1.8 also means I get more light gathering abilities; though if I’m going to be honest, I typically shoot with a flash, prefer to make my own lighting, and almost never shoot above ISO 800. My shooting method is very film-style and that’s how I get super sharp photos. Combine this with a smaller overall size with the 85mm and you’ve got a winner.
We’re calling both units in, and plan on having lots of fun with them soon.