Sony announces four new FE full frame E-mount lenses
While Sony's full frame mirrorless cameras like the A7 II and A7S have impressed us with what they are capable of, there's no disputing the lack of lenses designed for the system has been a major draw-back. Sony is now addressing this with the launch of four new FE full frame E-mount lenses including two wide angles, a telephoto macro, and a travel-focused zoom.
Potentially the most interesting is the Distagon T* FE 35-mm F1.4 ZA from Zeiss. The 35-mm lens is the first E-mount offering to feature a F1.4 aperture, and has a 9-bladed circular aperture for smooth bokeh. It also features a Direct Drive SSM (DDSSM) system for quiet precision focusing, and its dedicated aperture ring can be set for smooth or click-stop operation depending on whether you're shooting video or stills. It will go on sale in April for US$1,600.
The second wide angle prime is the considerably more affordable Sony FE 28mm F2, which is also smaller and lighter. This lens also has a 9-blade circular aperture for smooth bokeh, and it uses three aspherical lens elements, including one advanced aspherical element, and two ED glass elements to ensure image sharpness. It will be available in May for about $450.
Designed for shooting close-ups and portraits, the FE 90-mm F2.8 Macro G OSS is a medium telephoto macro lens. It uses Optical SteadyShot (OSS) image stabilization, to reduce blur, and will be available in July for $1,100. Meanwhile, with a 10x zoom, the FE 24-240-mm F3.5-F6.3 OSS is Sony’s new "all-in-one" full frame E-mount lens aimed at photographers who want to travel light. It also features OSS and will cost $1,000 when it arrives later this month.
Finally, Sony also announced a pair of converters for use with the Sony FE 28mm F2. The Ultra-wide Converter will give the lens a 21-mm angle of view with a F2.8 maximum aperture, while the Fisheye Converter gives a 16-mm F3.5 fisheye. Both converters will be available in May for about $250 and $300, respectively.