New Sony E-Mount (NEX) Lens Roadmap

olli

Super Moderator Emeritus
Sep 28, 2010
Sofia, Bulgaria
olli
Sony has released the latest version of the roadmap for E-mount lenses for NEX.


sony emount by ...olli..., on Flickr​

The new roadmap includes two of the three lenses previously announced for 2012 release - a G series standard zoom and a wide angle zoom. The telephoto prime has disappeared into early 2013 (difficult to tell exactly from the diagram); instead there is a 'large aperture standard' - presumably something like a 30 1.8.

Strangely there is mention also of a new 'standard zoom' - which would make three standard zooms. Other new lenses on the list (those in green) are a 'mid-magnification zoom' and a 'high-magnification zoom'. I assume 'magnification' here means the zoom multiple. So perhaps we will get something like an 18-125 and an 18-270. The final new lens is a 'snap pancake' - no idea what that is.

The real disappointment for me is that it looks like the G standard zoom isn't going to be appearing until the end of this year or possibly into next year. This was an area where Sony could have got a step ahead of the competition. Overall, though, together with the two recently announced Sigmas I like the look of this.
 

Amin

Hall of Famer
Jul 3, 2010
I wonder what the snap pancake could be. I guess that was their way of saying that they haven't picked a focal length yet.
 

Ray Sachs

Legend
Sep 21, 2010
Not too far from Philly
you should be able to figure it out...
I was wondering about the snap pancake too - maybe something like the Oly 12mm that can be more easily used for zone focus???

There's nothing on that roadmap that has me in any way second guessing my decision to scrap my Nex5 and go all-in with m43. As good as the Nex bodies are, that lens lineup, even assuming the best, just doesn't have much I'd want.

-Ray
 

Djarum

All-Pro
Jul 10, 2010
Huntsville, AL
Jason
You know, if Sony came out with a small pancake zoom like Panny did, I might be more inclined to buy into the system. Right now the lenses are too big for my taste.
 

Armanius

Bring Jack back!
Jan 11, 2011
Houston, Texas
Jack
Hmmm ... maybe Sony should focus on increasing their supply of NEX7 and 50/1.8.

A 30/1.8 would be interesting. The $200 A-mount 35/1.8 is a really good lens and not too big. So if Sony releases something similar for the NEX, it'd be a winner.
 

Julien

Top Veteran
Jan 6, 2012
Paris, France
Julien
It's not a bad lineup, but it's just not for me. Not enough pancakes, and I really can't see myself using a telelens on a NEX body. It just feels wrong.
 

BrianS

Legend
Jul 7, 2010
Zeiss should have labeled the 8 element 7 group 24/1.8 as a Biotar or a Planar- it is anything but a Sonnar. The ZM Sonnar 50/1.5 is close to the original design, the front triplet of the original design is replaced by two elements with an "air gap" in between. Functionally equivalent, the ZM retains the classic Sonnar signature.

I'm surprised at the price of the 25/1.8, $60 less than my ZM Sonnar 50/1.5.
 

serhan

All-Pro
May 7, 2011
NYC
I was at a Sony store yesterday and asked about the 50mm release date. They don't know it. So I am wondering when Sony will catch up with last years products...

30mm 1.8 will be nice if it will be a smaller lens then current 24mm/50mm e lenses. The fuji 35mm 1.4 shots that I saw look so good!

Hmmm ... maybe Sony should focus on increasing their supply of NEX7 and 50/1.8.

A 30/1.8 would be interesting. The $200 A-mount 35/1.8 is a really good lens and not too big. So if Sony releases something similar for the NEX, it'd be a winner.
 

thekeddi

Top Veteran
Aug 15, 2011
South Australia
This might be a silly question but do they make an adapter to use the E mount lenses on the a mount slr's? would they autofocus?

Having just got my a55 it's something of interest to me.
 

Julien

Top Veteran
Jan 6, 2012
Paris, France
Julien
Anyone can explain the color code they're using on that roadmap?

Blue = Zeiss lenses
Black = "G" lenses
Grey = "normal" lenses
Green = ?
 

olli

Super Moderator Emeritus
Sep 28, 2010
Sofia, Bulgaria
olli
Julien, I think that the grey ones are those that were already announced in previous roadmaps and the green are the ones that are new on this roadmap.
 

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