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Sony NEX lens database

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This is a list of most E-Mount lenses released today, complete with links to reviews, videos, the official websites and much more. In this first post, only lenses optimized for APS-C sensors are listed. If you are looking for FE lenses for Sony's full frame A7/r/s cameras, scroll down to the second post. All FE lenses are fully compatible with APS-C E-Mount cameras.

Primes:
  • Samyang 8mm f/2.8 Fisheye
  • Samyang 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye
  • Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 [Touit 2.8/12]
  • Samyang 12mm f/2.8
  • Sony 16mm f/2.8 [SEL16F28]
  • Sigma 19mm f/2.8
  • Sony 20mm f/2.8 [SEL20F28]
  • SLR Magic 23mm f/1.7
  • Sony Carl Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 [SEL24F18z]
  • SLR Magic 28mm f/2.8
  • Sigma 30mm f/2.8
  • Sony 30mm f/3.5 macro [SEL30M35]
  • Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 [Touit 1.8/32]
  • SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7
  • SLR Magic 35mm f/1.4
  • SLR Magic 35mm T/0.95
  • Mitakon 35mm f/0.95
  • SLR Magic 50mm f/0.95
  • SLR Magic 50mm T/0.95
  • Sony 50mm f/1.8 [SEL50F18]
  • Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 macro [Touit 2.8/50]
  • Sigma 60mm f/2.8


Zooms:
  • Sony 10-18mm f/4
  • Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ
  • Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
  • Sony Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 16-70 f/4
  • Sony 16-105 f/4G PZ
  • Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3
  • Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 LE
  • Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 PZ
  • Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3
  • Sony 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3






Detailed information: Primes

Samyang 8mm f/2.8

The newer Fisheye from Samyang is just a much smaller, faster version of the "old" f/3.5 one. It is a very high quality manual focusing lens. Because of the ultra wide angle of view, almost everything is in focus even wide open, so auto focus is not really necessary. The lens sports a very compact, tightly assembled plastic body and a full 180 degree field of view.

Review on ePhotozine
Review on ThePhoBlographer
Review by Kurt Munger
Review by SonyAlphaLab
[video=youtube;IW7GXQL9XIQ]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IW7GXQL9XIQ[/video]
Available in black and white, 349 USD, manual focus only



Samyang 8mm f/3.5

With a focal length of 8mm it's just about a standard fisheye. This manual focusing lens can be found from about 249$ and features excellent image quality for it's price. Photozone rates it 3/5 stars for optical quality, but 5/5 stars price/performance wise. As it's optically about as good as the newer f/2.8 version, It's highly recommended to get the newer one as it's much smaller, lighter and better assembled.

Review on Photozone
Available in black, 349 USD, discontinued, manual focus only



Carl Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8

Available from June for about 1.249 USD. Seen as low as €999 in Europe. Not as wide as the Sony 10-18mm and missing OSS, it's expected to offer better quality while not being much more expensive to satisfy users who prefer to shoot with primes.

Product Site
Sample Gallery at DCFever
Hands-on at Transcontinenta's Blog (via Google Translate)
Review by DSLRmagazine (via Google Translaste)
Review by PetaPixel
Review by LensTip
[video=youtube;mXFFdg73b98]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXFFdg73b98[/video]
Available in black, 1.249 USD



Samyang 12mm f/2.8

A not yet released ultra-fast and ultra-wide lens for NEX cameras.

Product Website
Available in black, 399 USD



Sony 16mm f/2.8

The SEL16F28 was one of the first lenses available. With it's pancake-style, the currently smallest lens on the E-Mount looks nice and performs okay for casual users. It's not really sharp at the borders - not even stopped down - but it has a nice color rendering and many users love this lens. If you are after the sharpest lens without errors, you won't be happy with it.

Review on Photozone
Review and specs by SLRgear
Review by Kurt Munger
TalkNEX Sample Archive
Comparison Review by SLRlensreview (Sony 2.8/16 vs Sigma 2.8/19)
Official Website
Available in silver, 249 USD, discontinued



Sigma 19mm f/2.8

A wide angle lens made by Sigma. It's much higher optical quality than the Sony 16mm pancake, so it's a good choice for everybody looking for a moderately wide landscape or normal lens. Since 2013, a newer version of this lens with a metal barrel is available, the optical design had not changed.

Review by dpreview
Review by Photographyblog
Review of all three Sigma ART lenses for NEX by SonyAlphaLab
Review by PCmag
Review by Kurt Munger
Review by PhotoReview
Review by SLRgear
Review by WhatDigitalCamera
Review by Steve Huff
Review by DXOmark
Review by ePhotozine
Review by erPhotoReview
Review by LeicaBoss
Review by AdmiringLight
Comparison Review by SLRlensreview (Sony 2.8/16 vs Sigma 2.8/19)
[video=youtube;97jATvCML_U]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97jATvCML_U[/video]
Available in black, 199 USD



Sony 20mm f/2.8

The second pancake prime from Sony. Better quality than the 16mm f/2.8, black and small it's a very tempting option for those looking for the smallest possible standard lens for their NEX-cameras.

Review by ePhotozine
Review by SonyAlphaLab
Review by ThePhoBlographer
Review by DXOmark
Available in black, 299 USD



SLR Magic 23mm f/1.7

This lens was announced december 2011, but soon discontinued. Now it's reintroduced by SLRmagic, and they claim to have improved the optical design to match the high expectations customers had. Not available yet.

Comparison Review by Steve Huff (Zeiss 1.8/24 vs SLRmagic 1.7/23)
Specifications
Official Website
Available in black, 349 USD



Sony Carl Zeiss 24mm f/1.8

Sold for about 1000 bucks the SEL24F18Z based on a Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* design is claimed to be the highest quality lens currently available for the NEX system. As reviews state it's somewhat expensive but without doubt a great lens in every perspective.

Review and specs by SLRgear
Review by PhotographyBlog
Review by Kurt Munger
Comparison Review by Steve Huff (Zeiss 1.8/24 vs SLRmagic 1.7/23)
Review by ePhotozine
Review by DXOmark
Review by ThePhoBlographer
Review by SLRlensreview
Samples at SonyAlphaLab
[video=youtube;mzJm_i9C6BY]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzJm_i9C6BY[/video]
Official Website
Available in black, 999 USD



SLR Magic 28mm f/2.8

The somewhat small 28 mm lens from SLR Magic features a very special aperture ring, which is to my knowledge not available in any other lens. Steve Huff likes the lens especially for the price of just about 150$, but this all manual lens also has its disadvantages like somewhat bad contrast and a "special effect" look when shot wide open. Check out the samples after the link below to judge by your own.

Review by Steve Huff
Available in black, 139 USD



Sigma 30mm f/2.8

A 30mm autofocus lens made by Sigma. It's well regarded to be one of the sharpest lenses on the NEX system - and the sharpest lens for it's money on just about any system. A newer version with a metal barrel is now available, however, the optical design has not been changed from the first version. Note that this is not a macro lens like the Sony 30mm one.

Review on Photographyblog
Review on dpreview
Review on SLRlensreview
Review of all three Sigma ART lenses for NEX by SonyAlphaLab
Review by Imaging Resource
Review by PhotoReview
Review by SLRgear
Review by ePhotozine
Review by PhotographyBay
[video=youtube;K0yxtk3xnmE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0yxtk3xnmE[/video]
Available in black, 199 USD



Sony 30mm f/3.5 macro

The first macro lens for the E-Mount comes as a slow normal lens (in 35mm film terms), but features 1:1 magnification ratio with a close focusing distance of just about 2 cm from the front lens to the subject. It's made in China and feels cheaper than other Sony E-Mount lenses, but according to user experiences it actually performs very well.

Review on SLRgear
Review on Photozone
Review by SLRlensreview
Review by Kurt Munger
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7fQ580Gusw
TalkNEX Sample Archive
Official Website
Available in silver, 249 USD



Carl Zeiss 32mm f/1.8

One of the new 'Touit' lenses by Carl Zeiss. It's expected to be the high-end counterpart of the widely loved Sony 35mm f/1.8 lens and is a CZ branded standard lens for the NEX-system. The price point is said to be around 1000 USD when it's released in June 2013.

Official product site
Samples at Systemkamera-Forum.de
Review by DSLRmagazine (via Google Translaste)
Review at cameralabs
Review by Kurt Munger
Review by AdmiringLight
Review by LensTip
Review by Fstoppers
Comparison Review by 3D-kraft (Touit 1.8/32, Sony 1.8/35, SLRmagic 35/0.95)
[video=youtube;LVdD0n5SRvo]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVdD0n5SRvo[/video]
Available in black, 999 USD



Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS

The awaited "cheap" standard lens for the NEX system. While offering a fast aperture together with optical steady shot, this lens is the high-quality standard lens the E-Mount system was missing so long.

Review by Kurt Munger
Review by ePhotozine
Review by Matthew Durr
Review at ThePhoblographer
Review at SonyAlphaLab (including video)
Comparison Review by 3D-kraft (Touit 1.8/32, Sony 1.8/35, SLRmagic 35/0.95)
Review by danhawk
[video=youtube;bjZYLT2suKo]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjZYLT2suKo[/video]
Available in black, 449 USD



SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7

You actually can get this lens for about 35$ as a C-Mount version with adapter. The only difference is this 100$-version has the adapter built in. But either way, it's a cool special effect lens which could be well suited to some situations. I definitely recommend reading some reviews and look into tons of samples before spending any money on this lens.

Review by Steve Huff
Available in black, 35 USD



SLR Magic 35mm f/1.4

Available from december 2012 onwards, this lens brings a faster and more affordable solution for those people loving this normal focal length. No autofocus or OSS available.

Press release
Available in black, 279 USD



SLR Magic 35mm T/0.95

A ultra fast normal prime for NEX cameras. Sports a metal body, nice bokeh and killer low light performance. Not clinically sharp, but with a nice 'old school' rendering.

Review by Lighting Leica
Review by Steve Huff
Review by 3D-Kraft
Comparison review by 3D-Kraft
Comparison of 35mm lenses by 3D-Kraft
Available in black, 899 USD


Mitakon 35mm f/0.95

A quite new lens with similar specs to the SLR Magic 35 T/0.95. No reviews available, but some samples are online.

Samples by RAWFA here on TalkNEX
Samples on SAR
Image pool on Flickr
Available in silver or black, 820 USD



SLR magic 50mm f/0.95

The fastest lens available for the NEX. It's huge aperture and cool design sets it apart from any other lens on the market, but it vignettes a bit, is full manual (not that easy to focus at f/0.95) and its color rendition is probably a thing by personal preference. If you want the fastest speed available for your system and you like the samples, buy it. Otherwise invest your money in some more serious lenses.

Review by Steve Huff
Official Website
Available in black, 899 USD



SLR magic 50mm T/0.95

Not to mistake with the lens above, the T/0.95 is a video optimized lens for Leica M-Mount that can be adapted easily to the Sony NEX system. Optically pretty good, but quite expensive. Also hard to find as SLR Magic has problems producing this lens.

Review by 3D-Kraft
Comparison with the Leica Noctilux f/0.95 by 3D-Kraft
Available in black, 3000 USD (without rangefinder coupling)



Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS

Sony's nifty fifty will be shipped in a few weeks. The current samples are as promising as the MTF chart, and as it's actually the first 50mm f/1.8 lens with image stabilization from ANY company, it's going to be interesting how well it performs in low light. According to Steve Huffs review, it's definitely not the sharpest 50mm lens, but it features a very nice Bokeh and color rendition. For 300 bucks it seems to be a must have for any NEX photographer. Rumored to be available in black soon.

Review by Steve Huff
Review by ePhotozine
Review by Kurt Munger
Specs on SLRgear
[video=youtube;RiYjAbg0XD0]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiYjAbg0XD0[/video]
Official Website
Available in silver, 299 USD



Carl Zeiss 50mm f/2.8 macro

As high-quality short macro lens, this serves the purpose as ultra-sharp close-up lens on the NEX system. It will be released in late 2013 and is said to be priced around 1000 dollars.

Available in black, 999 USD



Sigma 60mm f/2.8

A relatively cheap, high quality tele lens. It features a metal body with a huge focus ring as well as stunning optical quality, but neither is it a macro lens nor a very fast portrait lens. Recommended to everyone who seeks a high quality allround tele lens.

Review on Photozone
Review by Kurt Munger
Review of all three Sigma ART lenses for NEX by SonyAlphaLab
Available in black, 239 USD



Detailed information: Zooms

Sony 10-18mm f/4 OSS

A wide-angle zoom lens, which offers optical steady shot together with an ultra wide angle of view and a constant aperture of f/4. Quality is pretty good, although it has some slight color shifts when used with a NEX-7.

Review by The Luminous Landscape
Review by Kurt Munger
Review by ePhotozine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7jbc-_eX0Y
Available in black, 849 USD



Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ OSS

The current kit lens for NEX cameras. With a retractable design it's almost pancake size while offering more wide angle room than most kit lenses. IQ is not great, especially at the wide end, but 'good enough' for most users while being almost pocketable.

Review by PhotographyBlog
Review by ePhotozine
Preview on dpreview
[video=youtube;xr_nsqyx2b0]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xr_nsqyx2b0[/video]
Available in silver and black, 349 USD



Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS

The standard kit lens for any NEX camera. According to many reviews it's surprisingly good and well build for a kit lens, but on the NEX-7 it started to show it weaknesses. Either way, it's a great lens to start shooting with a Sony mirrorless camera, and you can get it pretty cheap within the kit. If you plan to purchase it separately, make sure the pictures convince you enough to spend 300$ on this rather slow standard zoom.

Review on Photozone
TalkNEX Sample Archive
Official Website
Available in silver, 299 USD



Sony Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 16-70 f/4

Rumored to be released soon. 55mm Filter diameter. First picture can be seen here on SAR.

Available in black, 999 USD



Sony 16-105 f/4G

Rumored to be released soon. 77mm filter diameter. First picture can be seen here on SAR.

Available in black, 999 USD



Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS

A big lens compared to the NEX bodies, however just normal sized for a 11 times super zoom. Quality wise it's the best lens in it's class except the excellent (but super expensive) Panasonic Leica 18-200mm for m4/3 (according to the test data on Photozone.de). With a street price of about 650 USD you pay a lot for the convenience of not having to change lenses, and it's slow too, but if you're into a super zoom, you can't go wrong with this Sony lens. According to SLRgear, it's even better than the kit zoom in the 18-55mm range, so if you only want one lens, this is the way to go.

Review on Photozone.de
Review and specs on SLRgear
TalkNEX Sample Archive
Official Website
Available in silver, 849 USD



Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 LE OSS

It's a smaller, lighter and cheaper version of the "normal" Sony 18-200mm lens. While it's 'just' a rebranded Tamron design which is even missing the active OSS from the video optimized original superzoom for the NEX-system, it offers support for Sony's new hybrid-AF, which Tamron won't be able to.

Review on imaging-resource
Review on SLRgear
Available in black, 699 USD



Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 PZ OSS

A powered zoom optimized for video usage in Sony's high-end NEX VG-series of video cameras.

[video=youtube;z90u5k2uakQ]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z90u5k2uakQ[/video]
Preview at ePhotozine
Available in black, 1199 USD



Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS

This Tamron lens was the first step for their new "VC III" series of lenses, which is dedicated to mirrorless cameras. It's the same lens as the Sony 18-200 mm LE, but can be had much cheaper in some stores. The image quality is better than on the SEL18200, but the stabilization doesn't work as well in video use.

Press release
Review at ePhotozine
Available in black, 599 USD



Sony 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS

The cheaper alternative to the superzooms above and a perfect match for the kit lens. The big disadvantage: You still have to change lenses. However, if you want the additional focal length for as low money as possible, you get about the same quality as with the SEL18200 here.

Specs on SLRgear
Official Website
Available in silver, 349 USD






To be updated with more links, information and pictures soon!

Last Update: 13 April 2014
 

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Thanks Poki!

This thread will be super useful to anyone who owns a NEX camera to anyone who is planning to buy one.

Good stuff mate, well done
 

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As I just saw somebody wanting this, I'll update it today with all the new additions since the introduction, including the just announced Zeiss lenses. If somebody finds good reviews of lenses missing here, please help me and post the link here! Thanks.
 

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Great info. Don't go on the DP forums with this. People are always complaining about not enough lenses.
I don't understand them anymore. We got everything now. Well, a longer portrait and macro lens and a pro grade zoom aren't there, okay - but these are all types of lenses someone can easily adapt because they'll be big anyways.
 

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-- Updated with the 20mm pancake, pricing info on the 18-200 PZ and some reviews added --
 

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Native Nex e-mount lens lineup at ephotozine
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Sony NEX E Mount Lens Range January 2013. Dummy models, from rear, left: 18-200mm LE, 18-200mm PZ, 18-200mm, 55-210mm, 10-18mm, 18-55mm Standard zoom, 50mm f/1.8, 24mm Zeiss, 30mm f/3.5 Macro, 35mm f/1.8, Wide/Fisheye adapters, 16mm f/2.8 pancake, 16-50mm Silver PZ, 16-50mm Black PZ.
 

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Updated with many new links, updated descriptions and embedded videos.
 

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Thanks, I added those three lenses (the SLR magic 50 f/0.95 was in the guide, but not the T/0.95) together with the links for the Zeiss lens reviews.
 
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