Sony has announced several new alpha E-mount lenses and converters; four FE full-frame E-mount lenses complement the alpha 7 camera lineup. They are a Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35 mm f/1.4 ZA wide angle lens, an FE 90 mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS lens, an FE 24-240 mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS zoom lens, and an FE 28 mm f/2 wide angle prime lens, as well as two sets of ultra-wide and fisheye converters, one set exclusive for the new full-frame FE 28 mm lens and another set for use with existing 16 mm and 20 mm APS-C E-mount lenses.
With a minimum focusing distance of approximately 12 inches, the 35 mm lens is the first E-mount lens to feature a fast aperture of f/1.4. The lens has a 9-bladed circular aperture, and the company says the lens produces excellent corner-to-corner sharpness – even at maximum aperture – thanks to its advanced optical design with 3 aspherical elements including one Sony advanced aspherical element. It also features Zeiss T* coating that suppresses flare and ghosting for natural colour reproduction and excellent contrast.
The lens has a Direct Drive SSM (DDSSM) system that enables whisper-quiet precision focusing, even at the shallowest depth of field, says Sony. A dedicated aperture ring can be set for smooth, continuous operation – ideal for movie-making – or with click-stops. The lens is also dust and moisture resistant.
Designed for close-ups and portraits, the new 90 mm lens is the first mid-telephoto macro lens for the alpha E-mount line, and features built-in Optical SteadyShot (OSS) image stabilization, allowing for sharp images at up to 1:1 magnification, even when shooting handheld. The smooth, quiet mechanism drives two ‘floating’ focus groups independently, ensuring extremely precise focus positioning, the company notes. The macro lens maintains the same overall length at all focal distances 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.
Sony’s 24-240 mm lens includes five aspherical elements and one ED glass element, contributing to what Sony says is “excellent optical performance in a compact design.” It features an advanced linear motor that drives the focusing mechanism for quick, smooth response throughout the extensive zoom range, as well as built-in Optical SteadyShot (OSS) stabilization and dust and moisture resistance.
The 28 mm prime features a high-grade aluminum finish, a 9-blade circular aperture, three aspherical lens elements – including one advanced aspherical element – and two ED glass elements that work together to ensure excellent edge-to-edge sharpness. All lens surfaces are multi-coated to suppress flare and ghosting with backlit shots.
The inner focus mechanism is driven by an advanced linear actuator, allowing for whisper-quiet AF, says Sony. Overall lens length will remain constant during focusing.
The 28 mm wide angle lens can be combined with either the Ultra-wide Converter or Fisheye Converter to respectively increase angle of view to 21 mm or 16 mm fisheye with full 180° coverage. Maximum aperture of each converter when mounted on the 28 mm lens is f/2.8 and f/3.5 respectively.
Sony suggests in a first for alpha lens converters, corresponding EXIF data for each adapter is generated when they are attached to the lens.
The new wide angle converters for E-mount APS-C camera bodies are interesting, to say the least. The VCL-ECU2 converter is compatible with the E 16 mm f/2.8 and E 20 mm f/2.8 APS-C lenses, boosting ultra-wide angle performance to 12 mm (with the 16 mm) or 16 mm (20 mm). The Fisheye Converter creates exaggerated perspective effects for both lenses with full 180° coverage. Each converter sports a smart new black finish.
The Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35 mm f/1.4 ZA full-frame wide angle prime will be available in April for $1949.99.
The 90 mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS lens will be available in July for $1349.99.
Sony’s FE 24-240 mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS lens will be available in March for $1199.99.
The Sony FE 28 mm f/2 wide angle prime will be available in March for $529.99.
The Ultra-wide Converter and Fisheye Converter will be available in March for $299.99 and $359.99, respectively.
VCL-ECU2 Ultra-Wide and VCL-ECF2 Fisheye APS-C converters will be available in May for $159.99 and $189.99, respectively.