Sony has announced the price and availability of four new full frame E-Mount lenses as well as four new teleconverters. The lenses are specifically for the popular a7 camera series. The new lenses are the Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA wide angle lens, the FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS lens, the FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS hi-magnification zoom lens and the FE 28mm F2 wide angle prime lens.
Additionally, Sony also announced two sets of new ultra-wide and fisheye converters, one set exclusive for the new full-frame FE 28mm F2 lens and another set for use with existing 16mm (SEL16F28) and 20mm (SEL2028) APS-C E-mount lenses .
Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA (model SEL35F14Z) Full-frame Wide Angle Lens
With a minimum focusing distance of approximately 12 inches, the Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 is the first E-mount lens to feature an extremely fast and much sought after F1.4. The lens has a 9-bladed circular aperture for smooth bokeh. Sony also says that the lens should boast exceptional corner-to-corner sharpness throughout the aperture range thanks to its advanced optical design with three aspherical elements, including one Sony advanced aspherical element and a 9-bladed circular aperture. It also features Zeiss T* coating that suppresses flare and ghosting for natural color reproduction and excellent contrast.
FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS (model SEL90M28G) Medium Telephoto Macro
The first mid-telephoto macro lens for the ? E-mount line, the FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS features built-in Optical SteadyShot (OSS) image stabilization, which Sony says should allow for pin-sharp images at up to 1:1 magnification, even when shooting handheld. The smooth, quiet Direct Drive SSM (DDSSM) mechanism drives two ‘floating’ focus groups independently, ensuring extremely precise focus positioning that’s crucial for macro photography.
The new macro lens maintains the same overall length at all focal distances – very helpful for macro shooting – and has a focus hold button and sliding focus ring that can instantly switch between manual and auto focus. It is also dust and moisture resistant.
FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS (model SEL24240) Full-frame Zoom
The FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS 10x zoom lens is Sony’s “all-in-one” lens which should be popular in the consumer market thanks to its huge 24-240mm range (10x zoom).
FE 28mm F2 (model SEL28F20) Full-frame Wide Angle Prime
A popular focal length for landscapes, the new full-frame FE 28mm F2 wide angle prime features a bright F2.0 maximum aperture and a compact design that should compliment Sony’s ?7 series full-frame camera bodies (it also carries a design that matches the bodies). The FE 28mm F2 has a 9-blade circular aperture, three aspherical lens elements – including one advanced aspherical element – and two ED glass elements. All lens surfaces are multi-coated to suppress flare and ghosting with backlit shots. Like the new FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS macro lens, overall lens length will remain constant during focusing.
SEL075UWC Ultra-wide Converter and SEL057FEC Fisheye Converter
For even wider perspectives, the full-frame FE 28mm F2 wide angle prime lens can be combined with either the SEL075UWC Ultra-wide Converter or SEL057FEC Fisheye Converter to respectively increase angle of view to 21mm or 16mm fisheye with full 180° coverage. Maximum aperture of each converter when mounted on the FE 28mm F2 is F2.8 and F3.5 respectively. In a first for ? lens converters, corresponding EXIF data for each adapter is generated when they are attached to the lens.
VCL-ECU2 Ultra-Wide and VCL-ECF2 Fisheye APS-C converters
Sony has also introduced new wide angle converters for E-mount APS-C camera bodies. The new VCL-ECU2 converter is compatible with the E 16mm F2.8 (SEL16F28) and E 20mm F2.8 (SEL20F28) wide angle APS-C lenses, boosting ultra-wide angle performance to 12 mm (with E 16mm F2.8) or 16 mm (E 20mm F2.8). The VCL-ECF2 Fisheye Converter creates exaggerated perspective effects for both lenses with full 180° coverage. Each converter sports a smart new black finish.
Pricing and availability for each of the lenses/converters is below:
- Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA full-frame wide angle prime (SEL35F14Z) will be available in April for about $1600
- 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS lens (SEL90M28G) will be available in July for about $1100
- Sony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS lens (SEL24240) will be available in March for about $1000
- Sony FE 28mm F2 wide angle prime (SEL28F20) will be available in May for about $450
- Full-frame SEL075UWC Ultra-wide Converter and SEL057FEC Fisheye Converter will be available in May for about $250 and $300, respectively
- VCL-ECU2 Ultra-Wide and VCL-ECF2 Fisheye APS-C converters will be available in May for about $160 and $180, respectively