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Sony Product Announcement: 4 Full-Frame E-Mount Lenses for A-Series Cameras

Caleb Ward

The latest Sony product announcement brings some much needed focal lengths to their full-frame lens line.

In an effort to become more competitive in the lens market, Sony has announced a few new lenses and converters designed to make their cameras more functional for professional use. While this announcement is clearly more exciting for photographers, there are a few implications for filmmakers out there, especially if you are an A7S owner.

Sony FE 28mm f/2 Lens

28mm Lens

The new Sony 28mm f/2 lens is fairly basic, with not a lot of frills attached. The lens has a manual focus ring, as well as internal autofocus built-in. Unfortunately for filmmakers, the focus ring isn’t grooved to work with a follow focus, but for casual productions it should work just fine. Like all Sony lenses, the 28mm f/2 is dust and water resistant.

  Mount   Sony E-Mount (Full Frame)
  Autofocus   Linear Actuator Autofocus
  Stabilization   None
  Aperture   f/2 Internal Aperture Control
  Minimum Focus Distance   11.5 inches
  Thread Size   49
  Price   $448 on B&H
  Availability   May 5th (Pre-Order)

 

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

35mm Lens

In terms of professional quality, the Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens looks to be the most promising. The lens comes equipped with Sony’s patented super sonic autofocus technology making it incredibly fast and accurate.

This video shows a quick product tour of the new 35mm lens:

Sony also claims that the external aperture ring can be easily declicked, making this an extremely valuable tool for filmmakers looking for smooth aperture control. If paired with a camera like the A7S, the Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA lens will likely allow you to shoot in virtually any lighting situation.

  Mount   Sony E-Mount (Full Frame)
  Autofocus   Direct Drive Super Sonic AF
  Stabilization   None
  Aperture   f/1.4 Physical Aperture Ring (Declickable)
  Minimum Focus Distance   12 inches
  Thread Size   72mm
  Price   $1,598 on B&H
  Availability   April 14th (Pre-Order)

 

Sony FE 90m f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens

90mm Lens

The Sony FE 90m f/2.8 Macro G OSS lens is a macro workhorse. The lens gives users the ability to quickly switch between autofocus and manual using a sliding focus ring, rather than a button. The lens also allows users to select focus ranges.

For example, users of the lens can define focus ranges so that the lens doesn’t have to examine the entire focus range when finding sharp and accurate focus. The lens was also designed to produce extremely circular bokeh. Meaning the out of focus parts of your image will distort into smooth circles.

  Mount   Sony E-Mount (Full Frame)
  Autofocus   Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave AF
  Stabilization   Optical SteadyShot
  Aperture   f/2.8 Physical Aperture Ring
  Minimum Focus Distance   11 inches
  Thread Size   62mm
  Price   $1,098 on B&H
  Availability   July 7th (Pre-Order)

 

Sony FE 24-240mm F/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens

24-240mm Lens

The Sony FE 24-240mm F/3.5-6.3 OSS lens is a good entry-level lens for those looking to have a decent all-purpose lens. Equipped with an autofocus motor and physical aperture ring, this lens might be a good lens to recommend to newbie photographers.

  Mount   Sony E-Mount (Full Frame)
  Autofocus   Linear Motor AF System
  Stabilization   Optical SteadyShot
  Aperture   f/3.5-6.3 Physical Aperture Ring
  Minimum Focus Distance   19.7 inches
  Thread Size   72mm
  Price   $998 on B&H
  Availability   March 17th (Pre-Order)

 

Fisheye and Ultra-Wide Converters

In addition to releasing 4 lenses, Sony has also unveiled a few new wide-angle converters designed to take your existing wide-angle Sony lenses and make them even wider. The lens converters will work with the 28mm f/2 and the 16mm f/2.8. There are four separate teleconverters: a fisheye full-frame, an ultra-wide full frame, a fisheye cropped, and an ultra-wide cropped.

Teleconverter

By using the wide-angle converters with the respective lens, you can achieve up to 180 degrees of coverage. Prices range from $160 to $298 depending on the converter.  All four are expected to be released in May, but you can pre-order them immediately.

Want to learn more about these new lenses and converters? Check out a few of the following resources:

What do you think about these new lenses? Share in the comments below.

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