Zeiss is planning to introduce three new lenses for Sony mirrorless cameras with full-frame sensors. The optics are said to be on track for an October 2016 launch during the PhotoPlus Expo in New York City.
A bunch of Zeiss optics are expected to become official sometime within the next few months. The rumor mill has previously confirmed that a Batis 18mm f/2.8 prime is coming this spring, while a Milvus 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar is also on its way.
Well, the list will get bigger during this year’s fourth quarter. Sources are reporting that three Zeiss FE-mount lenses will be unveiled at PhotoPlus this October. As they are FE-mount units, they will be designed for Sony’s full-frame mirrorless camera and they will work with APS-C-format shooters, too.
A trio of new Zeiss FE-mount lenses rumored to be unveiled this October
The rumors regarding the three Zeiss FE-mount lenses are coming from two different sources. This fact gives them more credibility, albeit our readers should never hold their breath over gossip talks, instead taking them with a grain of salt.
PhotoPlus Expo has been chosen as the event where the Germany-based manufacturer will introduce its products. This is a bit weird considering the fact that the Photokina 2016 show takes place one month earlier than PPE – Photokina opens its doors in September, while PhotoPlus begins in October.
Additionally, Photokina is world’s largest digital imaging event and it occurs in Germany, Zeiss’ home country. Well, a possible explanation might be the fact that the development of the optics will be confirmed in September and their availability details will be announced in October.
For the time being, the focal lengths, maximum apertures, or lens types are unknown. They may well be Zeiss-approved lenses and sold as Sony-branded products, but these are just uncertainties specific to early rumors.
One source did make an interesting statement. Some of the company’s managers have allegedly said that customer feedback tells them that FE-mount camera owners want the following three lenses: Batis 35mm f/1.8, 24-70mm f/2, and 16-35mm f/2.8.
This does not necessarily mean that the manufacturer will go ahead and launch the aforementioned products. However, we do have to say that it would be wise to listen to your customers and to meet their demands as soon as possible.
For now, we are inviting you to stay tuned for Camyx for more rumors about the upcoming three Zeiss FE-mount lenses.