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RESOLUTION, AUTO-FOCUS, BOKEH
G Master — lenses that professionals
can count on

By Kong Chong Yew, Commercial Photographer

As a professional photographer, I need to work with the best tools and equipment available. Moments are brief, and you can’t remake them. That is why I rely on my camera and the best lenses to do the heavy lifting; nailing the focus and rendering perfect bokeh, all at high resolutions. 

Alpha 9 II | FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM | 16mm | 1/500 sec | F2.8 | ISO 400

Alpha 9 II | FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM | 16mm | 1/500 sec | F2.8 | ISO 400

Fast movements can be found in all scenarios. From event coverage to corporate photography, I can always count on my Alpha camera and G Master lenses. Covering major events such as the General Elections means being on the move, in anticipation of the next valuable photo opportunity. As I always look to capture spontaneous, light-hearted moments, the SEL1635GM lens is my go-to lens with its wide-angle, fast auto-focus (AF), and bright F2.8 aperture. Lenses with fast AF are especially important in situations when you are recording a piece of history.

Capturing every crucial moment

In my line of work, access to sensitive areas is rare and one-off. When COVID-19 hit us last year, I was given the valuable opportunity to document our healthcare professionals on the frontlines. I followed them to dormitories, hospital intensive care units, and other isolated facilities which were closed to the public.

Due to logistic and contamination concerns, I was only given a few hours in each location with a limited set of lenses to work with. The SEL70200GM lens was an excellent choice, allowing me to shoot from afar and still get detailed shots. With a bright and shallow aperture of F2.8, it helped me to focus on crucial details that bring out a story. I managed to capture sweat droplets coming out of the protective goggles that our frontline healthcare workers wear, showing the immense effort they put in to curb the spread of the disease. 

Alpha 9 II | FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS | 200mm | 1/500 sec | F2.8 | ISO 3200

Alpha 9 II | FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS | 200mm | 1/500 sec | F2.8 | ISO 3200

Chasing speed and action

I was also assigned in my photography career to cover major sporting events such as the SEA Games and the Tokyo2020 Olympics. Sports photography is particularly demanding and unforgiving, especially on the world’s biggest stage where records are broken in milliseconds. Every single frame counts towards documenting a breakthrough in sporting history.

As a professional photographer, I believe that image quality should never be compromised. Sony’s G Master lenses offer the best performance in ways that non-native lenses never could. Knowing they can complement any current or upcoming Alpha cameras perfectly gives me the confidence in nailing great quality images in the long run.

The launch of Sony’s Alpha 1 was a game-changer in my workflow. As an action photographer, I rely solely on my Alpha 1 to give me the fastest burst rate of 30fps which is only achievable when used with G Master lenses. With reliable and precise AF, I can focus on the action in front of me.

Long heavy prime lenses are always associated with sports photography. However, the SEL100400GM lens is an excellent choice that covers a huge focal length with just a fraction of its weight. Being lightweight means better handling in the field, allowing me to stay nimble and mobile while changing positions or angles. There are times when we have to chase after the action, and having a fast lens cuts down our reaction time.

Alpha 1 | FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS | 379mm | 1/1000 sec | F5.6 | ISO 20000

Alpha 1 | FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS | 379mm | 1/1000 sec | F5.6 | ISO 20000

Having been accustomed to shooting wide open most of the time, accurate focus and natural bokeh are the top things I look out for in a lens. Within the excellent G Master lineup, my favourite lens has to be the SEL35F14GM lens. Its shallow F1.4 aperture allows for excellent subject-to-background separation and its versatile zoom range allows me to shoot up close and at medium distances. I use it for almost everything, from portraits to action shots.

When paired with the Alpha 1, the SEL35F14GM lens is a beast in low-light conditions boasting fast and accurate focus. Shooting in dark places doesn’t mean that I have to compromise on camera angles at wide open apertures. I used to keep a lookout for direct light sources and flares all the time, but with excellent flare control at F1.4, I can shoot under all kinds of lighting conditions.

Alpha 1 | FE 35mm F1.4 GM | 35mm | 1/3200 sec | F1.4 | ISO 800

Alpha 1 | FE 35mm F1.4 GM | 35mm | 1/3200 sec | F1.4 | ISO 800

With its flawless performance, the SEL35F14GM lens greatly expands the possibilities of when and where you can shoot. As one of the lightest and most compact prime lenses, this lens occupies a permanent spot in my camera bag. It is also the lightest 35mm F1.4 lens in the market.

Being a professional photographer means that the quality of photos I take should be consistent. The Sony Alpha ecosystem helps me achieve that with its fast and accurate focus, sharp images, and sophisticated bokeh. Setting up for a successful shoot means more than just having a good camera body. I can count on all of my G Master lenses to back me up no matter the assignment.

Chong Yew’s gear list
ILCE-1
Alpha 1

ILCE-1

ILCE-9M2
Alpha 9 II

ILCE-9M2

SEL35F14GM
FE 35mm F1.4 GM

SEL35F14GM

SEL1635GM
FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM

SEL1635GM

SEL70200GM
FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS

SEL70200GM

SEL100400GM
FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS

SEL100400GM