Sony has officially announced five new E-mount lenses for the newly-introduced A7 and A7R full frame cameras, as well as a new A-mount optic.
Following the announcement of the two E-mount mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras with full frame image sensors, the A7 and A7R, Sony has introduced five new lenses, specially designed for such cameras.
Although not all of them will be available at the December 2013 launch, they will go on sale by the end of February 2014, while the entire series will reach 15 lenses by 2015 and will include a macro and a wide-angle zoom.
The new NEX-FF line-up consists of a kit lens from Sony, a G-class model from the Japanese company, and three premium optics from Zeiss.
Furthermore, the company has refreshed an older A-mount G-class lens, that is now environmentally-sealed.
Sony 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS zoom is the kit lens for the A7 full frame camera
First things first, the Sony 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS is a zoom lens that will be offered as a kit with the A7.
The A7R will only be offered as a body-only version, while the 28-70mm will not be sold separately, meaning that the 36.4-megapixel camera will have to be purchased alongside the more expensive optics.
This lens comes packed with Optical SteadyShot technology, three aspherical elements and a single ED glass element. These will make sure that shakes are minimized, while chromatic aberrations and other optical flaws are kept to the minimum.
Sony G 70-200mm f/4 OSS lens keeps its maximum aperture throughout its focal range
Sony G 70-200mm f/4 OSS is a telephoto zoom lens aimed at travel photography by taking you closer to the subjects.
Its design reduces distortions and aberrations, but its most important trait is the ability to maintain the maximum aperture of f/4 throughout the zoom range.
The company has not announced its release date, nor its price, but these details should become official soon.
Another constant aperture lens: the Zeiss 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Vario-Tessar T*
Zeiss is one of Sony’s long-time partners. The first lens for the A7 and A7R FF MILCs is the 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Vario-Tessar T*.
The zoom lens also maintains a constant f/4 aperture regardless of focal length. It is also stabilized to reduce shakes, while its elements cut down glaring and increase contrast.
Photographers will be able to buy this product as of January 2014 for a price of $1,199.99. It can be pre-ordered at Amazon for $1,198.
Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 Sonnar T* lens to be present at the A7 and A7R launch
The Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 Sonnar T* will be marketed as a tiny wide-angle lens weighing 120 grams.
Sony says that street / indoor / landscape / low-light photographers will enjoy this optic very much.
The lens is environmentally-sealed therefore users should not worry about dust and moisture.
It will be released this December for $799.99. It can already be pre-ordered at Amazon for $798.
Bright Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 Sonnar T* lens to improve your portraits in 2014
The third Zeiss lens is the 55mm f/1.8 Sonnar T*. It offers a very bright aperture which will provide out-of-focus backgrounds, thus being perfect for portrait photography.
It comes with a 9-blade aperture that will offer beautiful bokeh effects. Additionally, it is resistant to dust and moisture, while the optical quality is among the highest around.
Sony will begin selling this optic as of January for $999.99. You can pre-order it at Amazon for $998.
New Sony G 70-200mm f/2.8 SSM II lens for A-mount cameras
Today’s sixth lens is the Sony G 70-200mm f/2.8 SSM II telephoto zoom. It is the second-generation of an impressive A-mount optic that keeps its bright f/2.8 through the entire focal length scope.
The lens is aimed at a broad range of photography types, including portrait, wildlife, and sports.
The new Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 telephoto zoom lens comes with quiet autofocus system with AF Tracking support and a Nano AR coating that decreases internal reflections.
It will become available for purchase for $2,999.99 as of January. A-mount camera owners can pre-order it at the same retailer for $2,998.