In addition to the new A3000 E-mount DSLR and the NEX-5T Interchangeable Lens Camera, Sony has just announced new lenses and accessories. This brings the total number of E-mount lenses available to 16, and we will likely see that number continue to grow in the coming months. Here’s a look at what is new in the accessory line up.
50mm F1.8 Portrait Lens in Black
I wanted a 50mm lens with F1.8 to use with my NEX-6 and had a choice of either silver or… silver. Unfortunately my camera is black but I wanted the lens and bought it. Now this same lens is available in a lovely black finish that goes nicely with any of the black NEX cameras and the new A3000. As Sony explains,
This bright, wide-aperture prime lens is ideal for capturing atmospheric handheld portraits with flattering background defocus. It also has Optical SteadyShot for reducing camera shake and smooth, quiet autofocus capabilities.
It will be available for about $300 in late September.
E 18-105mm F4 G Series Zoom Lens
The E 18-105mm F4 G power zoom lens is the first G lens for Sony’s E-mount line of cameras. The 5.8x zoom covers 18mm – 105mm and is targeted for travelers and those who want one lens that can do almost everything. As the Press Release notes,
The innovative optical design of the new zoom reflects its G Lens pedigree. Two ED glass elements are combined with three aspherical elements for high resolution and contrast throughout the entire zoom range, minimizing distortion and color aberration.
The lens offers quiet autofocus and powerzoom operation, and it has a conveniently placed zoom lever on the lens barrel. A great feature of this lens is the fact that the overall lens length remains unchanged while both focusing and zooming.
The lens will be available in December for about $600.
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS Zoom Lens
At the upper end of the three new lenses is the new Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T 16-70mm F4 zoom lens. This lens
gives photographers the opportunity to experience legendary Carl Zeiss optical excellence in a supremely compact, easy-to-carry zoom lens. A practical 4x zoom range of 16-70mm (24-105mm in 35mm full-frame equivalent) makes this model ideal for a wide range of everyday photo situations, from landscapes and portraits to informal snapshots and everything in between.
This Carl Zeiss E-mount lens maintains a constant F4 maximum aperture at all focal lengths. That, in turn, reduces the need for high ISO settings when zoomed in and allows you to use of high shutter speeds to freeze fast-moving action. The new Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* 16-70mm F4 zoom lens will be available in late September for about $1000.
Finally Sony also announced the new LCS-EBA body jacket, LCS-EMJ carrying case and BC-QM1 battery charger. These will all be available in September for about $25, $40 and $60, respectively.