Excellent contrast at high spatial frequencies means superb resolution even at F2.8. Two high-precision XA (extreme aspherical) elements, two ED (Extra-low dispersion) glass elements, two Super ED glass elements, and a floating focus mechanism control aberration, for sharp, clear images at all zoom and aperture settings.
Nano AR Coating II technology produces a uniform anti-reflection coating on lens surfaces, effectively subduing flare and ghosting. The lens’s design suppresses internal reflections that can reduce clarity when shooting landscapes, sports, and a variety of other subjects. Excellent clarity is also an advantage for live streaming and similar events.
Beautiful F2.8 bokeh extends throughout the zoom range thanks to advanced optics and a new 11-blade aperture unit. Bokeh is enhanced by precise control of spherical aberration during both design and manufacture. Two precision XA elements suppress onion ring bokeh, while ED glass elements prevent colour bleeding for natural-looking circular bokeh.
Minimum focusing distance is 0.21 meters at 24mm and 0.30 meters at 70mm, with maximum magnification of 0.32x. Deep bokeh at F2.8 is great for close ups. Floating focus ensures ideal sharpness throughout the zoom range and at all focusing distances, while inner focus enables impressive close-up stills or movies where space is limited.
Four of Sony’s original XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors, a floating focus mechanism, and advanced lens control achieve high AF precision and tracking. Shoot at up to 30 frames per second0 with a compatible camera body. A new aperture unit also contributes to high speed, enabling full AF tracking performance with the aperture stopped down1.
Focus is critical for slow motion, 4K, or 8K movies. With α-series bodies this lens reliably acquires focus and smoothly tracks moving subjects. Its four XD Linear Motors and advanced control technology achieve extraordinarily precise AF. Subjects are smoothly tracked, making it possible to leave focusing entirely to the camera.
Two customisable focus hold buttons are provided for easy access and convenient control when shooting in horizontal or vertical orientation, and just about any angle. An alternative function can be assigned to the focus hold buttons from the body menus.
An aperture ring provides direct, rapid control. The aperture ring click stops can be turned ON to provide tactile feedback when shooting stills, or OFF for smooth, silent control when shooting movies. There is also an iris lock switch that prevents the aperture ring from being accidentally moved between the [A] and F2.8 ~ F22 settings.
An updated dust and moisture resistant design0 provides extra reliability for outdoor use in challenging conditions. Silicon seals around buttons and switches and a rubber gasket around the lens mount greatly reduce the likelihood of dust and moisture incursion.
The front lens element features a fluorine coating that repels water, oil and other contaminants, while making it easier to wipe off any contaminants or fingerprints that do become attached to the lens surface.