Sony today officially announced the new FE 20-70mm f/4 G lens, a standard zoom that extends out to the ultra-wide region while maintaining its reach at the long end.
This 20-70mm zoom range makes the lens an optimal choice for a wide range of movie and still subjects. The 20mm end allows for a wide angle of view when shooting movies with a 16:9 or 2.35:1 aspect ratio that reduces field of view. You’ll also have a minimum focus distance of 11.8″ to 9.8″ when using AF, and 9.8″ throughout the zoom range when focusing manually. The lens’ maximum magnification is 0.39x for detailed close-ups.
Designed for demanding visual creators, this ultra-wide zoom offers no compromises regarding image quality, autofocus performance, or movie-making functionality.
- Engineered for use with full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras, the lens’s constant f/4 maximum aperture maintains consistent illumination throughout the entire zoom range.
- Features a combination of three ED elements, two AA elements, one ED aspherical element, and one standard aspherical element to effectively eliminate chromatic and spherical aberrations while also rendering excellent edge-to-edge sharpness and color fidelity.
- Rounded 9-blade aperture provides deep, soft bokeh.
The unstabilized lens offers a constant F4 aperture in a relatively compact and lightweight body. The FE 20-70mm F4 G uses twin ‘XD’ linear motors, with Sony claiming its focus is 60% faster than the FE 24-70mm F4 ZA, whose focus is driven by a similar technology.
Key Features & Specs:
- Compact and lightweight ultra-wide-to-standard zoom lens for full-frame E-mount
- 20-70mm focal length range (30-105mm-eq. on APS-C)
- F4-F22 aperture range with 9-bladed circular aperture
- 16 elements in 13 groups, including 2 AA, 3 ED, 1 ED Aspherical, and 1 Aspherical element
- 0.39x maximum magnification
- 0.25m (9.8″) minimum focus
- 2x XD Linear motor AF system
- Linear Response focus motors
- Active Mode image stabilizaton compatible
- Manual aperture ring with de-click toggle switch
- Aperture (iris) lock switch
- 2 customizable Focus Hold function buttons
- 72mm filter thread
- Weight: 488g (17.2 oz.)
- Dimensions (L x D): 99mm x 78.8mm (3.89 in. x 3.09 in.)
- Dust and moisture resistant construction; Fluorine coating
- MSRP: $1,098 USD ($1,499 CAD)
Sony Electronics Introduces New Standard Zoom with Launch of the Ultra-Wide FE 20-70mm F4 G Lens
New Addition to Sony’s E-mount G Lens Line-Up Offers Versatile Zoom Range, Outstanding Image Quality, and Supreme Autofocus Performance
SAN DIEGO, CA – Jan. 17, 2023 –Sony Electronics is redefining its standard zoom category of lenses with the introduction of the full-frame E-mount 20-70mm F4 G (model: SEL2070G) that boasts a versatile zoom range, a remarkably compact and lightweight form-factor, and a constant F4 aperture throughout the zoom range. With impressive Sony G LensTM image quality, high speed accuracy and tracking autofocus (AF), and a smart design for maximum mobility and operability, this new lens is designed for a wide range of creators. The FE 20-70mm F4 G is the perfect choice for a variety of content capturing scenarios including vlogging, video production, portraits, and landscapes.
“The FE 20-70mm F4 G is our 71st E-mount lens and is redefining the standard zoom in our G Lens category to meet the needs to today’s content creators,” said Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “Having tools that creators can utilize to create both still and video content is ever more important. The FE 20-70mm F4 G ranges from 20mm to 70mm in a compact form-factor – this is an excellent lens option for hybrid content creators and those seeking versatility in a standard zoom.”
Compact with a Standard Zoom Range Ideal for Hybrid Creation
With an unprecedentedly¹ wide 20mm to 70mm zoom range and constant F4 aperture, the FE 20-70mm F4 G offers outstanding optical performance in a compact and lightweight form-factor. Combined with a compact Sony AlphaTM brand mirrorless body, this lens can deliver superb image quality in just about any situation at all focal lengths. The versatility of this lens makes it an ideal selection for still, video, and hybrid content creation.
A key benefit of a zoom lens that includes a 20mm offering is its ability to maintain a wide-angle-of-view when shooting video with a 16:9 or 2.35:1 aspect ratio. This allows content creators to capture more within a single frame, which is critical when vlogging or selfie-style shooting. The wide-angle also provides content creators with additional flexibility to crop their frames in the post-production process to increase the effectiveness of image stabilization. This is an increasingly popular editing technique that benefits creators who are filming without the stabilization support of a gimbal.
Image Quality Consistent with the G Lens Line-Up
With Sony’s latest technology, the new lens boasts unique G Lens image quality in a surprisingly compact and lightweight package. With two AA (advanced aspherical) elements, one aspherical element, three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements, and one ED aspherical element, this lens simultaneously corrects chromatic and spherical aberration for extremely high optical performance across the whole zoom range. Optimized coatings add high flare and ghost resistance for extraordinary contrast and clarity.
Beautiful bokeh is achieved with full-frame image sensors and is further enhanced by a 9-blade circular aperture and optimally controlled spherical aberration. This combination supports the naturally rendered bokeh, offering impressive, memorable imagery.
The FE 20-70mm F4 G has a minimum focus distance of up to 11.8” (30 cm) at the wide end and up to 9.8” (25 cm) at the telephoto end of the zoom range when using AF², making it easy to maneuver around subjects to find the ideal angle.
Maximizes Camera AF Performance for Stills and Video
The lens’s focus group is driven by two of Sony’s latest XD (extreme dynamic) linear motors, providing a fast, quiet, low-vibration focus drive. Thrust efficiency has been significantly improved over previous models³, resulting in up to a 60% increase in AF speed4. Because tracking performance has been improved by about two times compared to previous models5, moving subjects are tracked with consistent reliability and precision. Reliable tracking is achieved when shooting continuous stills of fast-moving subjects at up to 30 frames per second with the Alpha 1 camera6 and can smoothly record when shooting video at a high frame rate.
Video Performance Designed for Refined Imagery
The FE 20-70mm F4 G features the latest lens technology to reduce focus breathing, as well as focus and axial shift when zooming. This lens has also been carefully designed for quiet operation when shooting movies, with advanced XD linear motors and a newly developed aperture unit that dramatically reduces noise and vibration.
The Alpha brand series cameras’ Active Mode7 image stabilization is highly effective at the wide 20mm end of the FE 20-70mm F4 G zoom range. This can be particularly useful for shooting smooth, stable handheld footage while walking.
Focus is especially critical when shooting high-resolution 4K or 8K movies. The FE 20-70mm F4 G’s compact design and XD linear motors work with Alpha series camera bodies to easily acquire accurate focus and smoothly track fast-moving subjects. The ability to leave focusing to the camera when solo shooting can be a huge advantage.
In addition, the Linear Response MF8 ensures that the focus ring responds directly and linearly to subtle control when focusing manually and an independent aperture ring offers direct, intuitive aperture control.
High-Level Operability and Reliability for Any Environment
The new FE 20-70mm F4 G’s independent focus, zoom, and aperture rings feature optimized diameter, width, and positioning for full control when shooting stills as well as maximum versatility when recording video.
Customizable focus hold buttons are provided in two locations for easy access and convenient control. A focus mode switch on the side of the lens makes it possible to switch between autofocus and manual focus to quickly adapt to changing shooting conditions. To offer additional creative control, the FE 20-70mm F4 G is compatible with circular polarizing filters despite being a wide-angle zoom lens. It also includes an Iris Lock switch to prevent unwanted changes while shooting.
Lastly, the FE 20-70mm F4 G has a dust and moisture resistant design9 and the front lens element features a fluorine coating that repels fingerprints, dust, water, oil, and other contaminants10.
Pricing and Availability
The new FE 20-70mm F4 G will be available in March 2023 for approximately $1,099 USD and $1,499 CAD. It will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America.
New content will also be posted directly at the Sony Photo Gallery. For detailed product information, please visit:
- (US) – https://electronics.sony.com/imaging/lenses/all-e-mount/p/sel2070g
- (CA) – https://www.sony.ca/en/electronics/camera-lenses/sel2070g
A product video on the new FE 20-70mm F4 G can be viewed HERE.
Exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with the new FE 20-70mm F4 G and Sony’s other imaging products can be found at www.alphauniverse.com, a site created to educate and inspire all fans and customers of Sony Alpha brand.
¹ January 2023, Sony survey of full-frame constant F4 standard zoom lenses.
² 0.25 throughout the zoom range when focusing manually
³ Compared to the SEL2470Z.
4 Compared to the SEL2470Z. Sony test conditions.
5 Compared to the SEL2470Z. Sony test conditions.
6 “Hi+” continuous shooting mode. Effective at 1/125 sec. or higher shutter speed. In AF-C mode at shutter speeds of 1/250 sec. or higher the maximum continuous frame rate will depend on the shooting mode.
7 With a compatible camera. Active Mode causes a slight reduction in angle of view.
8 This feature also works effectively with cameras such as the α7 IV and FX6 AF Assist function, giving creators enhanced artistic control.
9 Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof.
10 While making it easier to wipe off any contaminants that do become attached to the lens surface.