One of the biggest criticisms towards Sony NEX system has always been lack of high quality, fast lenses. While they certainly make very competent and attractive from a technological standpoint mirrorless cameras, lack of decent “glass” has put off a lot of potential buyers. It seems, however, Sony is not just about superzooms and kit lenses. Today, they’ve announced three new additions to their lens lineup, and it should please some owners and, possibly, attract new ones.
All lenses seem to offer something likeable – the new kit zoom offers pancake design and is both affordable and compact, and thus will suit small NEX system cameras very well. With 35mm f/1.8 lens Sony has finally given it’s E-mount users a (relatively) cheap, fast normal prime – let’s just hope it’s good! And, finally, the ultra-wide 10-18mm f/4 zoom lens offers constant aperture – something not always found even in older APS-C DSLR systems. All lenses feature in-built optical image stabilization.
We will have these lenses reviewed as soon as we get our hands on them.
Official Press Release
Here is the official press release from Sony covering all three lenses:
New Interchangeable Lenses for α E-mount Cameras
Sony has also introduced three new lenses for its E-mount line of interchangeable lens cameras, adding to the system’s flexibility.
The new SELP1650 lens is an extremely light, compact 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 powered zoom model that measures only 29.9 mm thick (when fully retracted) and contains built-in Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization for clearer handheld images. Additionally, it features a dual-function ring that controls both power zoom and manual focus, depending on the camera’s focus mode. With the camera set to AF the control ring adjusts smooth, high-speed zoom with small hand movements. With the camera in MF mode, the ring controls manual focus. A smooth power zoom dial makes the lens particularly useful for shooting video.
The new SEL35F18 lens is a wide aperture 35mm focal length model with a bright maximum aperture of f/1.8 and built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization. It offers excellent optical sharpness, clarity, and background defocus in both still images and HD video, and is exceptionally light and easy to carry.
The new SEL1018 lens is a super-wide angle zoom with a maximum aperture of f/4.0 across its range of 10-18mm and built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization. Adopting the super ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass which reduces color aberration, the lens is capable of producing dramatic perspective effects and is ideal for shooting landscapes and interiors.
Pricing and Availability
The SELP1650 power zoom lens will be sold separately in January for about $350, and the SEL35F18 prime and SEL1018 wide angle lenses will be available this November for about $450 and $850, respectively.