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Photography News: Sony Is Making a Splash This Year With the Unveiling of the a6300 APS-C Mirrorless Camera, With the World's Fastest AF and Internal UHD 4K Video, Along With the G Master Series of Full-Frame E-Mount Glass That Includes an 85mm f/1.4, 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 lEnses, as Well as 1.4x and 2.0x Teleconverters
NEW YORK, NY --(Marketwired - February 03, 2016) - B&H Photo would like to share the announcement of the Sony a6300 Alpha Mirrorless Digital Camera and the G Master lens series for full-frame E-mount cameras, including the FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM, FE 85mm f/1.4 GM, and FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS lenses, as well as the FE 1.4x Teleconverter and FE 2.0x Teleconverter.
Sony a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera
The a6300 pushes sensor technology forward by using thinner copper wiring to boost low-light sensitivity to ISO 51200, allowing faster processing speeds of the 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor combination. The sensor is also equipped with an enhanced Fast Hybrid AF system that leverages an incredible 425 phase-detect points with almost 100% coverage for a notably fast AF time of just 0.05 seconds. This 4D FOCUS system is about 7.5x denser than its predecessor, enabling High-density Tracking AF Technology for more precise focusing with moving subjects. Speed ties into continuous shooting as well, with up to 11 fps capture rate with full AF/AE, or 8 fps when live view is active. This AF system is compatible with A-mount lenses when using the LA-EA1 and LA-EA3 adapters. Another addition is silent shooting, which uses a purely electronic shutter to practically silence the camera's operation.
Moving on from stills to the now-almost-standard UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) video specs, we find that the a6300 is very much in line with Sony's latest a7S II in terms of capabilities. This includes the XAVC S format at up to 100 Mbps at 30/25/24p, S-Log3 and S-Log2 gammas with Picture Profile control and Gamma Display Assist, and Full HD 120 fps shooting, along with time code/user bit and the Enhanced Zebra function. One advantage of the a6300 turns out to be the higher-resolution sensor, which makes use of the full 20MP (6000 x 3376) resolution of the Super35mm image area for 2.4x oversampling. The a6300 implements a standard stereo 3.5mm audio input jack for external microphones. Also, the enhanced Fast Hybrid AF system will improve AF speeds by up to two times. And it can output uncompressed UHD 4K footage over HDMI.
Sony a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera kit with 16-50mm Lens
The a6300 camera body has been built using magnesium alloy for enhanced durability, is sealed for weather resistance, and incorporates an upgraded OLED Tru-Finder EVF with a 2.36m-dot XGA resolution, as well as a mode for 120 fps viewing for fast subjects. The lens mount has been reinforced to handle larger, heavier lenses, and the grip and shutter button have a better feel for improved ergonomics. The a6300 will be available for purchase on Wednesday, February 10th as a body only or in a kit with a 16-50mm lens.
On the full-frame front, Sony has just unleashed a new trio of lenses that are the beginning of the high-resolution G Master series. These lenses guarantee exceptional resolution on the latest digital cameras, and feature the latest in optical technology, including XA, or extreme aspherical lens elements that produce sharp, crisp imagery with minimal ghosting and flare. In addition to this, they are built with advanced weather sealing to prevent damage in less than ideal conditions.
Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens
Sure to please professionals and demanding amateurs, Sony has released two constant f/2.8 zoom lenses: the mid-range FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM and the classic telephoto FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS. The 24-70mm offers users the workhorse wide-to-short telephoto focal lengths which offer outstanding resolution by including three aspherical glass elements, a newly developed, extremely precise XA element, an ED, and a Super ED element, which minimize aberrations, maximize bokeh, and provide natural colorations. A Nano AR Coating has also been applied to significantly reduce flare and ghosting in strong lighting conditions. It also has a Direct Drive SSM motor for speedy and precise focusing. The 70-200mm perfectly complements the mid-range zoom by continuing the range through the classic telephoto options. It also has a variety of advanced optics in its design, and features excellent close-focusing performance down to 3.1' with 0.25x magnification. This telephoto zoom also has Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to minimize the effects of camera shake, and it has a ring SSM focusing motor for quick and quiet focusing performance. Additionally, it has been designed with many physical switches and buttons for fast operation in the field.
Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens
Alongside the two zooms is a classic portrait lens: the FE 85mm f/1.4 GM. The super-fast f/1.4 aperture creates images with exceptionally shallow depth of field, and allows photographers to work in low light. It also has excellent resolution when needed, and features an 11-blade circular aperture for smooth bokeh. This lens has great tactile control for both stills and video, thanks to the use of a physical aperture dial, which can be clicked or de-clicked by flipping a switch on the side of the body. It is equipped with a ring SSM motor for fast AF, and uses a variety of specialized elements, much like the other G Master lenses. The lens is weather sealed for reliable performance in all conditions. The FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM and FE 85mm f/1.4 GM will be available for purchase on Wednesday, February 10th.
Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM Lens
Another addition to Sony's FE line is a pair of teleconverters, a 1.4x and a 2.0x, which can boost the focal length of the FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS lens. These feature the same dust- and moisture-resistant design as the G Master lens, and maintain full communication and AF between the camera body and lens.
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