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Sony E-mount Lens Roadmap Updated

Updated Lens Roadmap for E-mount Cameras

Macro G Lens and High Speed Prime Zeiss Added to 2014 Release

We just noticed that the E-mount lens roadmap has been updated to provide detail to the two upcoming lenses. The roadmap suggests that we will see three more lenses before years end. One will be a Sony G Macro lens - our guess? 100mm f/2.8 macro, similar to the Sony 100mm macro.

The other lens will be a Zeiss high speed prime lens - our guess? 24mm f/1.4 maybe more of a wish. This lens could be based on the NEX's 24mm f/1.8 ZA Sonnar or the A-mount Zeiss 24mm f/2 Distagon.

Save $200 on the Sony A7R Camera

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Sony is offering a $200 credit if you spend $500 at the Sony online store using a new Sony Visa. This discount applies to any NEX purchase totaling over $500 including the new Sony A7r and pre-ordering the Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS lens.

Add the Sony A7R Camera to your cart.Go to the Secure Checkout.Enter your billing and shipping address.Choose your shipping method.At the Payment screen, shown above, click on the Visa Apply Now button. A new window will pop up.Read the fine print. Fill out the Sony Card application.If you are approved, the Sony Card can be used to process the Sony A7r purchase.Now we wait 8-12 weeks and the $200 credit will appear on the Sony Card statement. There is 0% interest until October 2014.
The fine print:

In order to receive your $200 statement credit, you must make at least $500 in purchases within 90 days of account opening. The credit will appear on your monthly Sony Card statement within 8-12 weeks of your qualifying p…

Sony RX1 with Zeiss 35mm Sonnar - a NEX?

Sony RX1 with Zeiss 35mm f/2 Sonnar Lens

Sony has set the digital camera world abuzz with leaks of the Sony RX1. The RX1 uses the full frame, 24 x 34 mm, 24 megapixel sensor from the soon to be released Sony SLT-A99 camera. The pictures show that Zeiss developed an autofocus 35mm f/2 Sonnar lens for the RX1.

Is it a fixed lens camera? Zeiss will display three new prime autofocus CSC lenses later this month at Photokina. Could they be for the RX1? A 35mm, shown above? a 50mm standard? and a 90mm macro?

The speculated price for the RX1 with the Zeiss 35mm Sonnar is $2799. This is line with Sony's pricing since the NEX-7 with the Zeiss 24mm Sonnar is $2300.

RX1 with Built-in Pop-up Flash

RX1 showing Video Button

Below is a quick mock-up of the Sony NEX-7 with the Zeiss 24mm ZA ($2300), a Leica M9 with a 35mm Summicron ($9700), and the Sony RX1 with the Zeiss 35mm Sonnar ($2799).

Sony NEX-7 with 24mm Sonnar, Leica M9 with 35mm Summicron, Sony RX1 with 35mm Sonnar

What do you think abo…

Sony Alpha NEX-7 Review by Engadget

Here's the cliff notes to Engadget's review of the Sony NEX-7:Access to DSLR features and performance in a small body.Provides DSLR quality images.Provides 10 frames per second shooting.Room for improvement on high-ISO capability, recommends ISO6400 max.To fully exploit the NEX-7's 24mp sensor, quality lenses like the Zeiss 24mm Sonnar ZA E will help.18-55mm Kit Lens is capable and performs decently in low light.Focusing system accurate but not the fastest.No reason to hold back on ordering the NEX-7. Read the full NEX-7 Review by Engadget here.

Thanks Engadget!

Sony NEX-7 Video Tips from Luminous Landscape

Sony NEX-7 with 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens

Luminous Landscape posted their review of the NEX-7's video capabilities. They have an overall favorable review of the NEX-7. The article is very informative - read it.

Here is what they say about the NEX-7 as a video camera.
The Sony NEX-7 is a decent camera for shooting video. Like all DSLRs and CSCs it has its limitations, but it's not as bad as some. The scaling that Sony uses to go from 24MP down to about 2MP for video does produce some artifacts, but in many ways is better than the line skipping that Canon uses.
The reality is that in its price range it's an excellent choice. There are the usual video DSLR problems of moire, aliasing and rolling shutter, but no worse than many, and better than some. Indeed the highly regarded Canon 5D MKII's video quality is, in my opinion, worse than that from the NEX-7 in many respects.
Here's a summary of tips we learned from Luminous Landscape NEX-7 the Video Camera Review: Set the NEX t…

Zeiss 24mm ZA vs 18-55mm OSS Lens

Zeiss 24mm vs E 18-55mm OSS Lens on the NEX-5N

mco_970 took out the Sony NEX-5N and tested the kit 18-55mm OSS against the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 Sonnar ZA. The camera was set on a gorrilla pod and self-timer was used for stability. Autofocus was used on both lenses.

Here is the overall scene.

All the crops have the Zeiss on the left and the kit lens on the right. Thanks John.
Now lets look at the focus point, yellow sign, at f/4.

The focus point at f/8.

Left corner at f/8.

As we can see the 18-55mm OSS kit lens does not do too bad when it is stopped down in landscape situations where the subject is distant. There is also plenty of light where the speed of the Zeiss 24mm is not required.

The photo below is indoors and close quarters. Here is where the Carl Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 Sonnar Lens shines. You can see a lot of detail that the 18-55mm lens did not resolve.

Check out the full post by mco_970 with more samples at fredmiranda.

Thanks mco_970!

Sony NEX-7 Best ILC Popular Photography

Sony NEX-7 Gets Good Grades from Popular Photography
Popular Photography has published their Sony NEX-7 test results online and on your newsstands and they seem to like it. Here is a quote from,
Sony’s NEX-7 is currently our pick for the best ILC (interchangeable-lens compact)on the market. It combines outstanding image quality with solid ergonomics and, in addition to the normal array of preset shooting modes, plenty of useful options.
A quick comparison to the Olympus Pen E-P3 popphoto test shows that the NEX-7 bested it in most categories except for Color Accuracy - 7.8 vs 7.7 very close. The NEX-7 at ISO 6400 scored an Acceptable 2.9 on the Noise Meter while the E-P3 garnered an Unacceptable 4.6.

The NEX-7 also topped the Canon EOS Rebel T3 in all of popphoto's test criteria. The T3 resolved 2190 lines per picture height, while the NEX-7 resolved an Excellent 2740 l/ph. At ISO 3200 the T3 had Noise levels were Unacceptable at 3.0 - the NEX-7 were at a Moderate 2.4…

Sony Alpha NEX-7 vs Leica M9

Sony NEX-7 with Zeiss 24mm Sonnar vs Leica M9 with 50mm Summilux

CombatantsSony Alpha NEX-7Leica M9Number of effective pixels24.3 million pixels18 million pixelsCCD SensorAPS-C CMOS Sensor
23.5 x 15.6 mmFull Frame CCD Sensor
36 x 24 mmCrop Factor1.5x 50mm lens = 75mm FOV1x 50mm lens = 50mm FOVISO Range100 - 1600080-2500Lens MountSony NEX E-mountLeica M Bayonet MountFocusing25 Point Contrast AF and Manual FocusManual Rangefinder FocusingImage StabilizationIn Lens (Optical Steady Shot)NoneShutter Speed30s to 1/4000 with Bulb Mode32s to 1/4000 with Bulb ModeContinuous Shooting Speed10 frames per sec.2 frames per sec.LCDTiltable 3" Diagonal 921,600 Pixels2.5" TFT LCD 230,000 PixelsViewfinderElectronic OLED 2.4m dotOptical Viewfinder with Parallax CorrectionVideo Resolution1920 x 1080 / 60p-24pN/ADimensions4.75 x 2.75 x 1.7 in.
(119.9 x 66.9 x 42.8 mm)5.5 x 3.1 x 1.5 in.
(138 x 80 x 37 mm) Weight10.3 oz (291 g)20.8 oz (589 g)Price$1199.99 Body Only$6995.00 Body only

NEX-7 vs Leica M9 R…

NEX-7 Hands On Report from TheCameraStoreTV

TheCameraStoreTV has posted a video of a pre-production Sony NEX-7 with the Carl Zeiss 24mm Sonnar. They have nothing but good things to say about the camera. One minor issue they have was the eye-start sensor for the new viewfinder, but as they said in the video it can easily be fixed in the options menu.

In the video, he uses a Nikon to NEX E-mount lens adapter to show how versatile the NEX system is.

The best thing about the video is how good the NEX-7 looks in hand. It's larger than the previous NEX cameras but it still looks very compact. He looked very comfortable with the new Tri-Navi dials and electronic viewfinder. We also liked the sound of the shutter, a nice simple click.

Thanks TheCameraStoreTV!

Initial Review of Sony NEX-7 at Luminous Landscapes

Sony NEX-7 with Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 Sonnar Lens
Luminous Landscapes was lucky enough to be invited to test out a pre-production model of the Sony NEX-7 with firmware V0.6. They had access to the new Sony NEX lenses and the new LA-EA2 lens adapter with Sony Alpha lenses.

Here are a few excerpts we found interesting:
the NEX-7's user interface moves up (compared to the original NEX-3 and NEX-5) to a very high level of functionalitybuilt-in pop-up electronic flash that doubles as a wireless trigger for external flash unitscould make about a 20X30" print without any ressing up neededwould appear to have a very week anti-aliasing filterZeiss 24mm f/1.8 Lens: has the build and optical quality to justify its pricemajor players are going to have to up their game if they want to hold on to their market share

It looks like they like the NEX-7. Read the full Luminous Landscape's Sony NEX-7 First Impression article.

We can't wait to get our hands on a NEX-7 after reading that.

Sony NEX-7 Video Footage and Specs

First footage from NEX-7 1080p @ 25 frames per second.

ronydzcp posted footage from a Sony NEX-7 at the IFA Electronics Show. The following details about the video was also posted. Let us know if there's something special about the specs listed below.

ID : 0 (0x0)
Format : BDAV
Format/Info : Blu-ray Video
File size : 247 MiB
Duration : 2mn 6s
Overall bit rate : 16.4 Mbps
Maximum Overall bit rate : 18.0 Mbps

ID : 4113 (0x1011)
Menu ID : 1 (0x1)
Format : AVC
Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile : High@L4.0
Format settings, CABAC : Yes
Format settings, ReFrames : 2 frames
Format settings, GOP : M=2, N=13
Codec ID : 27
Duration : 2mn 5s
Bit rate mode : Variable
Bit rate : 15.5 Mbps
Maximum bit rate : 16.0 Mbps
Width : 1 920 pixels
Height : 1 080 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 16:9
Frame rate : 25.000 fps
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
Bit depth : 8 bits
Scan type : Interlaced
Scan order : Top Field First
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.298
Stream size : 232 MiB (94%)

ID : 4352 (0x1…

Sony NEX Carl Zeiss 24mm Sonnar E-mount

Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm f/1.8 ZA Lens
Here is the Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm f/1.8 ZA Lens for the Sony NEX E-mount camera, official Sony part number SEL24F18Z. This lens gives us an equivalent fov of 36mm - the perfect wide-normal lens. The maximum magnification ratio is 1:4. It has 8 elements in 7 groups. The minimum focus distance is 0.16 meters or 6.3 inches. The filter diameter is 49mm. The overall dimensions are 63mm (2.5") diameter by 65.5mm (2.6") long. It weighs approximately 225 grams of 0.5 lb. The lens will approximately cost $999 and will be released in December 2011.

Pre-order the Zeiss 24mm Sonnar ZA E-mount from Amazon for $999.
Carl Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 Sonnar ZA Lens Construction

Carl Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 Sonnar ZA Lens MTF Charts

Sony NEX-7 with Carl Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 Sonnar ZA Lens

NEX 24mm 50mm 55-210mm Zoom Lens

Sony NEX E-mount Lenses: 16mm, 30mm Macro, 18-55mm Zoom, 50mm, Carl Zeiss 24mm, 18-200mm Zoom, 55-210mm Zoom
Here are images of the upcoming Sony NEX E-mount lenses. F is the most anticipated E-mount lens, the 24mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss lens, equivalent FOV of 36mm. Second is a fast 50mm f/1.8 lens, equivalent FOV of 75mm - perfect for portraits. The last one is a 55mm to 210mm telephoto zoom lens, equivalent FOV of 82.5mm to 315mm. The perfect companion to the NEX-C3 kit with the 18-55mm zoom.

Carl Zeiss E-mount 24mm f/1.8 Lens
Sony NEX E-mount 50mm f/1.8 Lens
Sony NEX E-mount 55mm to 210mm Zoom Lens

Thanks to eddieaus and PaulPI for the photos.

Carl Zeiss 24mm ZA Sonnar $999 available 12/07/2011.

Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS Lens available 10/19/2011.

Sony E 50mm F1.8 OSS Telephoto Lens available 12/14/2011.

NEX Zeiss 24mm and the 2011 E-mount Lenses

Upcoming 2011 Sony NEX E-mount Lenses

Knight Like the Wind Child from Xitek Forums posted a picture of a slide from a recent Sony presentation in China. The slide shows the updated NEX lens roadmap with the newest E-mount lenses to be released this year. We posted the roadmap back in February and it has changed considerably.
First the 30mm is now clearly defined as the Sony NEX 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens with a 1:1 reproduction ratio. The SEL30M35 lens will be sold at a price of $250 and will be available in September. We have more info here.
Second, the most awaited NEX lens, the Carl Zeiss 24mm in native E-mount is now closer to reality with the maximum aperture of f/2 being defined. The lens looks to be a bit shorter than what was shown in the February lens roadmap. We are in favor of lighter and more compact lenses to keep with the NEX system's main advantage over DSLRs. 36mm FOV on the NEX is nearly the perfect normal / wide angle view for most photographers.
Third is that the …

Upcoming Sony NEX E-mount Lenses

Can anyone translate this?
Here is the current schedule for upcoming E-mount lenses for the Sony NEX system from Sony Japan. It looks like we can expect the Sony 30mm (45mm FOV), 50mm (75mm FOV), and 55-200mm (82.5 - 300mm FOV) zoom lenses this year.

The one lens most people are waiting for will also be available soon, the Carl Zeiss 24mm lens is expected to be released this year. The CZ 24mm autofocus NEX lens will provide an equivalent field of view of 36mm, wide angle normal, on the APS-C sensor.

Three more lenses will be available in 2012. Hopefully someone can translate the image above so we can have more information on what they are.

All these E-mount lenses will be autofocus lenses.

Images from Akihabara News.
E-mount: 24mm Zeiss and 50mm Sony Lenses

E-mount: 50mm Sony and 55-200mm Sony Zoom Lenses

Sony NEX Lens Family