Sony is rumored to extend the FE-mount lens line-up with several new lenses, taking the total up to 14, by the end of 2014.
The whole world had watched in awe as Sony announced the A7 and A7R full frame mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras.
People were thinking that it was impossible to put a full frame sensor and an interchangeable lens mount into such a small package. However, Sony has proven them wrong with the help of the aforementioned cameras.
There is only one problem with the A7 and A7R. It consists of lens availability. Although all E-mount lenses can be mounted on these shooters, the optics will work in crop mode and they come with other small irks because they are designed for APS-C image sensors.
Sony is working on fixing this issue, says the rumor mill. Sources are claiming that this issue will be forgotten by the end of 2014 as the Japanese company will provide 14 lenses for A7 and A7R as well as new A7S users.
Zeiss wide-angle zoom and wide-aperture prime FE-mount lenses to be announced this spring
The first lens to be revealed for FE-mount cameras is a wide-angle zoom optic made by Zeiss. This product will offer a constant maximum aperture of f/4, although its focal length remains unknown.
It might become official during the Sony A77II launch event that will take place in early May along with some A-mount lenses.
Zeiss will throw a prime lens with a large aperture into the mix this spring. Its announcement date might be the same with the wide-angle f/4 model, so we will have to wait a couple of more weeks to see if this is true.
Sony 28-135mm f/4 PowerZoom and G Macro lenses coming before Photokina 2014
Interesting things will occur right before the Photokina 2014. Sony will introduce a G Macro prime lens. As you expect, the focal length and the maximum aperture have not been disclosed.
Another optic made by Sony will consist of a 28-135mm f/4 PowerZoom model. It could be revealed ahead of the Photokina, but the rumor mill will keep us updated on this one.
Five new Zeiss manual focus prime lenses to be unveiled at Photokina 2014
Speaking of the Photokina 2014, Zeiss will come prepared to the event. The company will introduce five new prime lenses of high quality and all of them may offer very wide apertures.
The focal lengths are also unknown to us, but we have learned that they will not support autofocus – they will be manual focus only. Another thing that we can expect is for each model in this quintet to be very expensive.
What you can buy for your Sony FE-mount camera right now
There are five Sony FE-mount lenses available for the users: two from Sony and a trio from Zeiss.
As for the Zeiss models, the Sonnar T* 35mm f/2.8 ZA, Sonnar T* 55mm f/1.8 ZA, and Vario-Tessar T* 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS lenses can be purchased right now for less than $800, $1,000, and $1,200, respectively, at the same retailer.