Sony and Zeiss could be on the verge of announcing a couple of new prime lenses for FE-mount mirrorless cameras. The optics in question are the 25mm f/2 and 85mm f/1.8, and they are allegedly in the prototype phase right now.
The Alpha-series of E-mount mirrorless cameras with full frame image sensors are highly-regarded in the photographers’ community. However, their biggest flaw is a rather thin lens line-up.
Sony has promised that more optics are coming for the A7, A7II, A7R, and A7S cameras, telling users that the FE-mount will comprise more than 20 units by the end of 2015.
This pledge is far from being close to becoming a reality, but there is no doubt that the PlayStation maker is actively trying to make it happen. Sources have revealed two more lenses that could be introduced by the end of 2015 in the bodies of the Zeiss 25mm f/2 and 85mm f/1.8.
Zeiss FE 25mm f/2 lens to be released by the end of 2015
Sony has confirmed that a FE 28mm f/2 lens will be released by the end of 2015. However, an insider is claiming that a Zeiss FE 25mm f/2 lens is real and that it could become available, too.
The already-confirmed FE 28mm f/2 would be very similar to the FE 25mm f/2, so some photographers would be confused that both of these lenses will come to the market, considering the fact that Sony has other focal lengths to cover.
The key thing here is that Zeiss is already offering a 25mm f/2 wide-angle prime lens for full frame Canon and Nikon SLRs. This means that the company has to make only a few adjustments to this version, such as adding an autofocus motor, and to release it for FE-mount mirrorless cameras.
Sony is testing a Zeiss FE 85mm f/1.8 lens prototype, too
The second lens mentioned by the same source is the already-rumored Zeiss FE 85mm f/1.8. This product has been mentioned in gossip talks ever since the inception of the FE-mount, but it has not been confirmed by Sony for the time being.
It would become a bright telephoto prime lens that would be welcomed by photographers, as the Alpha-series is quite scarce in this department. A 90mm f/2.8 Macro OSS lens is being planned for a 2015 release, but an 85mm f/1.8 version will surely attract a lot of attention.
The source said that the build quality of both optics is similar to the one offered by Touit and Loxia series whose image quality was “very sharp”. However, the most important thing is that both lenses will support autofocus.
Do not jump to any conclusions for now, as the lenses are said to be in the “prototype” phase, and make sure to take this information with a pinch of salt, as usual.