Sony Polarizing Filters and a Remote Commander

The biggest Sony mirrorless news this week is about the 135mm G Master lens. In addition, Sony announced two important accessories for Sony shooters: polarizing filters and a remote commander.

Polarizing filters
Sony’s new polarizing filters are available in May.

New Circular Polarizing Filters

The new lineup of Circular Polarizing Filters minimizes flare. They are thin to prevent image vignetting and maximize overall performance.

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However, I wish enough sun shined on Seattle to use filters, photogs in brighter climates will appreciate them. The filters ship in May 2019 from retailers like B&H, Amazon, and locally Glazer’s camera.

  • 49mm (model VF49CPAM2) – $100 US
  • 55mm (model VF55CPAM2) –  $110 US
  • 62mm (model VF62CPAM2) –  $140 US
  • 67mm (model VF67CPAM2) –  $155 US
  • 72mm (model VF72CPAM2) –  $165 US
  • 77mm (model VF77CPAM2) –  $180 US
  • 82mm (model VF82CPAM2) –  $230 US

Remote Commander with Bluetooth

The new remote commander provides a reliable, responsive solution to precisely control a camera. It’s applicable to landscape, architecture, astrophotography, stills, and group portraits.

Bluetooth remote.
The remote operates with Bluetooth.

For instance, instead of the PlayMemories app, I could’ve used the remote in Maui when I took long exposures. The RMT-P1BT operates with a 0.05 seconds release-time-lag, ensuring precise accuracy. An LED light indicates operating status. Perfect for a shoot like I did on the beach, the remote resists dust and moisture. Photographers should expect it to work in cold and hot temperatures.

The RMT-P1BT features focus buttons for manual control. The C1 custom button is programmable, like toggling shutter modes. The commander includes start/stop movie recording with zoom control.

In ‘Bulb’ exposure mode, the commander will open and close the shutter with clicks of the main button. Similarly, that eliminates the need to press and hold the button throughout exposure time.

Pricing and Availability

The RMT-P1BT Wireless Remote Commander ships in April for approximately $80 from retailers like B&H and Amazon. Above all, like the 135mm, the new filter and commander indicate Sony’s commitment to professional photographers. In conclusion, they will continue to drive market-leading innovation in the camera business.

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