Sony Announces E-Mount 50mm f/1.8 OSS, 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3, Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 Lenses

Amin Sabet

The big day is here, and as expected Sony announced three new lenses for the Sony E-mount (NEX mount):
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The long-awaited Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 ZA lens has been officially announced, and various sites are reporting that it will be priced at $1000-1099.

The new Zeiss lens has a 36mm equivalent angle of view and as we previously showed, it is slightly larger than the existing 18-55mm kit zoom lens. Based on size, price, and the Zeiss name, this lens is expected to have superior performance and leverage the new 24MP sensor in the NEX-7.

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The Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS has a 75mm equivalent angle of view and brings a portrait lens to the NEX system. It is also the fastest optically stabilized lens currently produced for any interchangeable lens camera system. Price has been reported by various sites at $300-349.

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The third lens announced today is the Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 zoom pictured above. The new zoom lens has an equivalent 83-315mm angle of view and will cost between $350 and $399. NEX users finally have a somewhat affordable telephoto zoom option.

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Finally, Sony announced a new lens mount adapter, the LA-EA2, which essentially turns your NEX camera into an SLT camera, promising fast phase detect AF with all existing Sony A mount (DSLR) lenses. The new adapter is expected to cost $399.


TalkEmount Regular
The primes are as big if not bigger than the kit zoom 18-55. Wish they were smaller. But looking at the NEX7 video, it appears that the NEX7 will balance well with the chunky lenses. It won't look as odd as it does with my NEX3. Price of $1000+ for the Zeiss is pretty steep, although not as pricey as the A mount version of $1250. $300-350 for the 50/1.8 is pricier than the $150 for the A mount. But I suppose we are paying extra for the image stabilization, which I find unnecessary for a fast portrait lens.


TalkEmount Veteran
The A-mount Zeiss 24 is built like a tank and is for FF. I still think the E-mount 24 is overpriced.


TalkEmount Regular
If I invest on these NEX lenses, is it possible to use this on A mount DSLR? Or is there an adapter?


TalkEmount Regular
I think I might pick up the 50mm f1.8 (just of the sake of AF) and the 30mm Macro. Both are affordable enough. I dont think I wanna spend anymore on the Zeiss 24mm. Im already broke having two ZM lenses (50mm Sonnar and 25mm Biogon) as of now. Any suggestions?