Sony Announces 4 ‘FE’ full-frame E-mount Lenses, Converters And Software Update

Mar 4, 2015

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Mar 4, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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Joining Sony’s system of over 60 lenses are the ZEISS Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA wide angle lens, an FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS lens, an FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS hi-magnification zoom lens and an FE 28mm F2 wide angle prime lens.

The lenses are all currently listed as “New Arrival” shipping within 7-14 business days at B&H, but that is most likely a mistake as they should be available in April, July, March (in two weeks time, so this one is correct) and May, respectively.

The new α E-mount lenses are accompanied by two sets of ultra-wide and fisheye converters, one for the newly announced 28mm lens and the other for existing APS-C E-mount lenses.

Sony has also released a software update for several FE full-frame E-mount lenses that will shorten start up time.

Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to 16
  • One AA & Three Aspherical Elements
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave AF System
  • Physical Aperture Ring Can Be De-Clicked
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 12″
  • Dust and Moisture Resistant
  • Filter Diameter: 72mm
  • Circular 9-Blade Diaphragm

The lens will be released on April 14th and can be pre-ordered for $1,598.

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Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 22
  • 1:1 Magnification Ratio; Internal Focus
  • Aspherical, ED and Super ED Elements
  • Nano AR Coating
  • Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave AF Motor
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Focus Hold Button & Range Limiter Switch
  • Sliding Focus Ring for AF/MF Selection
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 11″

The lens will be released on July 7th and can be pre-ordered for $1,098.

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Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-6.3 to 22-40
  • One ED and Five Aspherical Elements
  • Linear Motor AF System
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Internal Focus; Physical MF & Zoom Rings
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 19.7″
  • Dust and Moisture Resistant
  • Filter Diameter: 72mm
  • Circular 7-Blade Aperture

The lens will be released on March 17th and can be pre-ordered for $998.

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Sony FE 28mm f/2 Lens

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to 22
  • Aspherical, AA, and ED Elements
  • Linear Actuator Autofocus System
  • Internal Focus; Physical MF Ring
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 11.5″
  • Dust and Moisture Resistant
  • Filter Diameter: 49mm
  • Circular 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Optional Ultra-Wide & Fisheye Converters

The lens will be released on May 5th and can be pre-ordered for $448.

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Ultra-Wide and Fisheye Converters

The first set will work exclusively with the new FE 28mm f/2 lens and will increase the angle of view to 21mm with the ultra-wide converter or 16mm with full 180 degree coverage when using the fisheye converter.

Using the converters will come at a price though, as the maximum aperture will be reduced to f/2.8 and f/3.5 respectively.

Sony states that these will be the first α lens converters that will allow the corresponding EXIF data to be generated.

The SEL075UWC ultra-wide converter (pre-order) and SEL057FEC fisheye converter (pre-order) will be available in May for about $248 and $298, respectively.

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FFFISH2The second set of wide angle converters is for E-mount APS-C camera bodies and will work with the E 16mm f/2.8 and E 20mm f/2.8 APS-C lenses. The Ultra-wide angle converter will increase the viewing angle to 12mm or 16mm (18mm and 24mm equivalent), respectively, while the fisheye converter will allow full 180 degree coverage at on both lenses at 10mm and 13mm (15 and 20mm equivalent).

This is basically a new iteration of the previous APS-C converters which were silver and only worked with the 16mm lens.

The VCL-ECU2 Ultra-Wide (pre-order) and VCL-ECF2 Fisheye (pre-order) APS-C converters will be available in May for about $160 and $180, respectively.

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Software Update

Sony has not forgotten about its existing clients and released a software for the following lenses:

This update will shorten start up time when mounting the lenses on α E-mount camera bodies.

An additional software update for lens performance is expected to be released later this month.

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