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Sony FE E-mount full frame lenses

introduction

  • all Sony FE lenses to date are weather-sealed
  • Sony G master series of lenses are premium pro quality lenses with resolution to a 50 lines per mm standard instead of 30mm or less and optimised bokeh, in addition, have dust and moisture resistance, and also dedicated control buttons like AF/MF and Focus Hold

AF lenses

wide angle AF lenses

  • Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G
    • announced May 2017
    • 'Direct Drive Supersonic Wave Motor' AF motor; no filter thread;
    • internal focus; fluorine coating on the front element of the large extreme aspherical element; 7 blades;
    • 565g
    • $US1700
  • Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN
    • coming late 2019
    • close focus 0.28m giving 0.14x magnification; 11 rounded blades; 18 Elements in 13 Groups;
    • rear gel filter;
    • 3.35 x 5.16″ / 85.0 x 131.0 mm;28.04 oz / 795 g
    • $US1399
  • Sony Vario-Tessar 16-35mm f/4 Carl Zeiss ZA OSS
    • 72mm filter; close focus 0.28m
    • $AU1600
      • Sharpness is good across the field even at maximum aperture but there’s some field curvature/astigmatism that’s more noticeable at the long focal lengths causing some image degradation, similar sharpness to the Canon equivalent but not as sharp as the Nikon f/4
      • Distortion is little higher than expected, not so much at the shorter focal lengths but at the longer-end, where the lens has noticeable pincushion distortion from around 24mm onwards
      • CA is most noticeable at 16mm, not only in the corners but as a donut-shaped ring in the center of the field, much more than the Canon and Nikon equivalent lenses
  • Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM
    • announced May 2017
    • fluorine coating on the front element of the large extreme aspherical element
    • 11 blades; 82mm filter
    • two DDSSMs (Direct Drive SSM) AF motors
    • partial weathersealing “Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof”
    • 680g
    • $US2200
    • the highest DxO Mark score for any wide angle zoom lens as of 2017
    • smaller with much less vignetting, coma and star distortion than the Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8L III but lack's the Canon's mechanical MF ring with its infinity marking, making it a nice option for astrophotographic landscapes of the Milky Way 1)
    • when used with a slide in filter holder, there will be vignetting at 16mm but should settle by 17mm; while sharp at f/2.8 edge to edge, optically is best at f/8-11, while sunstars are best at f/16 - perhaps one of the best lenses for sunstars, helped by the excellent flare control 2)
  • Tamron 17-28mm Di III RXD f/2.8
    • close focus 0.19m; 9 rounded blades, 67mm filter, 420g, 73 x 99 mm
    • $US899
  • Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8:
    • announced April 2016
    • 11 elements in 10 groups, and four of those elements are aspheric on both sides
    • close focus 0.25m
    • 330g, 77mm filter
    • $US1499
  • Sony PZ 18-110mm f/4 G OSS
    • $AU5300
  • Tamron 20mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2
    • 67mm filter; close focus 0.11m giving 1:2 magnification
    • $US349 available Jan 2020
  • Tamron 24mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2
    • 67mm filter; close focus 0.12m giving 1:2 magnification
    • $US349
  • Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM
  • Samyang 24mm f/2.8
    • inexpensive, light
    • unlike the Samyang 35mm f/2.8 it is quite soft wide open and is not weathersealed
    • 49mm filter
  • Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2
  • Sony FE 28mm f/2
    • $AU640
  • Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN
    • coming late 2019
    • 82mm filter; 11 rounded blades; close focus to 0.3m giving 0.19x magnification; 17 Elements in 12 Groups;
    • 3.46“ x 5.36″ / 87.8 x 136.2mm; 38.45 oz / 1090g
    • $US1499
    • $AU2250
  • Samyang 35mm f/1.4 FE
    • announced Oct 2017
    • 11 elements in 9 groups, 2 aspherical lenses, 2 high-refractive lenses, and ‘Ultra Multi’ Coating
    • Linear Supersonic AF motor, close focus 0.3m
    • 9 circular blades, 67mm filter; 645g w/o lens cap/hood; 115mm long
    • $US790
  • Sony FE 35mm f/1.8
    • announced July 2019
    • weathersealed; 55mm filter;
    • Linear Response Manual Focus for fine, responsive manual focus control; customizable Focus Hold button
    • quiet linear-motor AF drive system
    • 280g; 73mm long; 9 circular blades; close focus 0.22m giving 0.24x macro;
    • $US750
  • Sony FE 35mm F2.8 Carl Zeiss
    • close focus 0.35m;
    • 61.5×36.5mm; 120g; 49mm filter;
    • $AU750
      • 0.7% moustache style pincushion; 1.4EV vignetting; 0.5px CA; significant long. CA wide open; slightly nervous bokeh;
      • soft corners; sharpest overall at f/5.6
  • Tamron 35mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2
    • 67mm filter; close focus 0.15m giving 1:2 magnification
    • $US349
  • Samyang 35mm f/2.8
    • announced June 2017
    • close focus 0.35m; 49mm filter; only 86g w/o lens hood and 33mm long!
    • 7 elements in 6 groups, contains 2 aspherical elements and one “High Refractive” element
    • 7 aperture blades; UMC coating; not weathersealed; MF not great but AF is good except in low light but not silent;
    • 1.5EV vignetting wide open which reduces as close down; quite sharp wide open with minimal improvement stopping down although edges are best at f/5.6-8. Minimal CA; Some barrel distortion; Similar optical performance as the Sony 35mm f/2.8.
    • a handy super light, relatively inexpensive travel / street photography lens for social media use.
    • $US299!

standard AF zoom lenses

  • Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM
    • announced Feb 2016
    • Direct Drive Supersonic AF motor (SSM) for incredibly fast, accurate, and silent AF
    • $AU3300
  • Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art
    • announced Nov 2019
    • Super Multi-Layer Coating, Nano Porous Coating, 3 aspheric lenses, 11-blade rounded diaphragm
    • dust and splash-proof body and zoom lock mechanism
    • close focus 0.18m at 24mm giving 1:2.9 magnification (1:4.5 at 70mm)
  • 24-70mm F4 Carl Zeiss OSS
    • close focus 0.4m; 67mm filter;
    • 94.5mm x 73mm; 426g
    • $US1199
      • very soft away from centre at all focal lengths even on stopping down
      • minimal CA; 1.5EV vignetting; complex distortion pattern with both pincushion and barrel distortion being present within the frame at the same time
  • Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS
  • Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.5 OSS
    • $AU1350
  • Sony FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
    • kit lens for the A7
    • $AU329
  • Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 FE
  • Sony FE PZ 28-135mm F/4 G OSS power zoom lens:
    • late 2015
    • $A3399
    • ‘Smooth Motion Optics’ design for video work
    • smooth and silent drive with Super Sonic wave Motor (SSM) for zooming and “double linear motor” for focusing
    • weathersealed

40-60mm prime lenses

  • Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF close focus
    • announced Sept 2018
    • 67mm filter
    • close focus to 9.45 inches (24cm) with a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:3.3
    • focus limiter switch
    • $US1299
  • Samyang 45mm f/1.8 compact
    • announced may 2019
    • 9 blades; close focus 0.45m; 49mm filter; 56x62mm; 162g;
    • not weathersealed
    • $US399
      • sharp in centre but soft edges wide open - need to stop down to f/5.6 to get sharpness across the frame
      • lively bokeh and color rendition although does have cat's eye bokeh towards the edges
      • mild lat. CA
  • Sigma 45mm f/2.8 DG DN
    • coming late 2019
    • close focus 0.24m giving 0.25x magnification; 7 rounded blades;8 Elements in 7 Groups;
    • 55mm filter
    • 2.52 x 1.82″ / 64.0 x 46.2 mm; 7.58 oz / 215 g
    • $US549
  • Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Carl Zeiss
    • $AU2300
  • Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE
    • 9 blades; 67mm filter; close focus 0.45m; 98mm long; 585g; $AU860;
  • Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 macro
    • $AU800
  • 55mm F1.8 Carl Zeiss

portrait prime lenses 85-105mm

short telephoto prime lenses 135mm

  • Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 G
    • announced Feb 2019
    • focus range limiter 0.7-2m and 1.5m to infinity, gives 0.25x macro
    • two customizable focus hold buttons
    • 4 XD linear AF motors and dual-autofocus groups in a floating focus arrangement
    • 952g
    • $US1900
  • Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 APO Sonnar
    • announced April 2017;
    • OIS, CDAF optimised linear autofocus motor, dust- and weather-sealed
    • close focus 0.87m
    • 67mm filter; 81x120mm; 614g;
    • $US2000

telephoto zoom lenses

  • Tamron 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD
    • announced 2019, presumably available 2020
  • Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 G OSS
    • announced Feb 2016
    • 11 aperture blades; 77mm filter; bayonet lens hood;
    • close focus 0.96m giving 0.25x macro; 3m to infinity focus range limiter;
    • dual AF system: two focus groups at either end of the lens are driven by different actuators. A ring drive SSM drives the front AF group while dual linear motors drive a floating rear group. The result is fast continuous autofocus and silent AF for video, as well as in impressive minimum focus distance of <1m
    • 1480g 200mm long;
    • $AU3599
      • sharpest at f/4 but excellent wide open
  • Sony 70-200mm F4 G OSS

super-telephoto lenses

  • Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS
    • announced June 2019
    • 24 elements in 17 groups including 1 aspherical element and 5 ED elements
    • 11 aperture blades; close focus 2.4m
    • DDSSM AF system;
    • fully compatible with Sony's two teleconverters
    • 111.5mm x 318mm (4.38”x 12.51“);
    • 2,115g (4.6 pounds)
    • $US1999
  • Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 OSS GM
    • mid 2018
    • 11 circular diaphragm blades
    • 23 elements in 17 groups, including 1 ED and 3 Fluorite elements; Fluorine coating
    • close focus 2.7m / 8.9ft
    • 40.5mm drop in filters
    • Dimensions: 359 x 158.1mm (14.13 x 6.22″)
    • Weight: 2895g (6.38 lbs) (almost 1kg lighter than the Canon and Nikon versions)
    • $US12,000
  • Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS
    • announced June 2019
    • 24 elements in 18 groups, including 1 XA elements, 2 ED elements, and 3 fluorite elements
    • 11 aperture blades; close focus 4.5m
    • XD AF motors plus Linear Response MF; 40.5mm drop-in filter slot;
    • Compatible with the Sony FE 1.4x and 2x teleconverters
    • 3,040g (6.71 pounds) - the lightest full frame 600mm f/4 lens available
    • 163.6mm x 449mm (6.44” x 17.67“)
    • $US12,999

manual focus E-mount full frame lenses

Carl Zeiss Loxia lenses

  • these premium lenses are designed primarily for Cine shooters
  • they are COMPACT, weathersealed, all have same filter thread size and position of aperture and focus rings
  • focus rings have a long throw for more precision work
  • aperture ring can easily be de-clicked by turning a screw on the mount using their de-click key set
  • can be a bit hard to remove from camera as sealing gasket makes it tight and there are few places to grab on the lens which doesn't turn
  • they can be bought as a kit for $US6000
  • Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8
  • Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4
  • Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2
  • Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2
  • Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4

Other MF lenses

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