2012: Which lenses do you want? (+ rumor collection)

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Lenses' started by Poki, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    So, 2012 is coming, and it's gonna be an awesome year for the Sony NEX lens choices. So, before you put your wish in the ring, let's recap what we know:

    these AF-lenses are currently available:

    • 16mm f/2.8
    • 24mm f/1.8 Zeiss
    • 30mm f/3.5 macro
    • 50mm f/1.8 portait
    • 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
    • 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3
    • 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 (Sony and Tamron)

    What Sony said (if you still trust them ;)):
    • "In 2012, there will be 6 new lenses for the NEX-system." (- Sony press event, filmed by BHphoto, via YouTube)
    • "For 2012, we plan to introduce some pancake style lenses." (- japanese Sony interview)
    (These are not exact quotations, but that's basically what they said.)

    The original lens roadmap says we'll get these lenses in 2012:
    • Medium Telephoto Lens
    • Wide Angle Zoom Lens
    • High Performance Standard Zoom Lens G

    While the zooms are relatively clear, and the mid telephoto probably is something like a stabilized 85mm f/1.8 (or f/2.8), there are three lenses you can dream of. Which lenses do you want? What do you think are the lenses which get most probably launched next year?

    My bets are:
    • 35mm f/1.8 pancake
    • 85mm f/1.8 pancake
    • 100mm f/2.8 OSS macro
    • 135mm f/1.8 OSS portrait

    Share your opinion! :cool:
  2. Bugleone

    Bugleone TalkEmount Veteran

    Aug 21, 2011
    I don't want any of their lenses until I know whether Sony are going to run true to type and be 'unable' to repair NEX cameras if/when they malfunction. In short; are the NEX models actually throwaway cameras without us knowing. My NEX3 is the only sony item in my house and it will be the only one. IF Sony proves that it is going to change it's ways and treat it's customers with some basic respect in offering cost effective repair/product lengevity, THEN I might start to think about Sony lenses. If they hold true to type and use the usual 'not economic to repair, just buy the new model' then they can stuff their lenses and the NEX.........So, Sony is NOT getting any more of my money until they up their game with some common integrity.

    ......I like my NEX3 well enough but I'm counting down the days now until one or more of the others offer a better mirrorless platform for my Canon FD and Pentax lenses and then it's 'good riddance Mr Sony'.....I waited until the NEX3 was down to half the introduction price and spent the money knowing it was probably money down the swaney in the next 18 months or so.....by which time there will hopefully be alternatives.
  3. macjim

    macjim TalkEmount Regular

    Aug 10, 2011
    I quite agree with you, I like my NEX-5N but I've applied for my pension early and that means a nice tax free bonus that's going to buy me a Leica M9 and lenses too. So, I will need to think over which camera I'll keep — I have an nex-5n and a Leica D-Lux 5 — and which one will go!
  4. macjim

    macjim TalkEmount Regular

    Aug 10, 2011
    I don't know what happened with my last comments but there not there! Here goes: I quite agree with you as I will need to decide which camera I will keep and which one will have to go when I get a Leica M9. I've got a NEX-5N and a Leica D-Lux 5 so one will need to go as I don't need three cameras.
  5. Bobcat

    Bobcat TalkEmount Rookie

    I don't know enough about Sony yet to guess what they will offer next year, but I'd be interested in:

    35mm f/1.8 pancake
    85mm f/1.8 pancake

    However, I'd rather have great IQ than a pancake lens with IQ that only matches what the current kit lenses deliver.
  6. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Hmm.. it seems like everyone is really afraid that Sony may discontinue the NEX system or something like this ... Well, I guess this would be the worst thing - spending thousands of dollars in lenses and don't be able to use them further or sell them ... But to be realistic, the NEX is (according to Sony) the best selling mirrorless system on the market, and it even exceeds Sonys own expectations. So why should they stop development the next, say, 10 years?

    As for their support and service - haven't contacted them so far, but I think they'll be able to repair a damaged camera in a Sony Style store. Or at least they should.
  7. Bugleone

    Bugleone TalkEmount Veteran

    Aug 21, 2011
    Sony specialises in NOT offering any repairs if at all possible. Sony habitually practices poor business and marketing ethics (or, more accurately, NO ethics) I have NEVER succeeded in getting a Sony product repaired once the guarantee period was up,....they ALWAYS say that it will cost mpore to repair than buying a new one!......

    ........My Sony camcorder was going to be my LAST Sony product since it failed at two years old with blank viewfinder,.....I could have had Sony repair it,..for £600!!!

    Also, I have never had a Sony produ8ct last more than 3 years before failure,...I wonder why?

    There is only ONE way for Sony to change it's ways and that is for sales to go down and people to take a grievance against it as a company,.....and with NEX sales going thru the roof that's not going to happen........

  8. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    That sounds really bad. :(

    I never bought many Sony products. To be honest, the last one was a Sony notebook, which worked almost 4 years without any failure - then I replaced it. And my NEX-5 also still works perfectly, so I personally see no reason to avoid Sony products. Lets see if a failure of my NEX will change that ...
  9. olli

    olli TalkEmount Veteran

    Aug 16, 2011
    Washington DC
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    G standard zoom, affordable 24 1.8, and a 35 1.8 but not pancake.