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Alongside the two new production-ready FE-mount lenses it's showing off at Photokina 2014, Sony also announced the development of four more full-frame lenses. The works in progress include a superzoom, an inexpensive 28mm prime, a fast Zeiss wide-angle, and a 90mm macro.
It's exciting news for glass-starved Sony A7 and A7R shooters, as well as videographers using the A7S and NEX-VG900 camcorder.
We've already offered up our thoughts on the new Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* 16–35mm f/4 ZA OSS, and will have an in-depth look at the 28–135mm f/4 G cinema lens soon. In the meantime, here are some shots (under glass, alas) of the promised new optics.
Offering a 10x zoom ratio, this optically stabilized superzoom will provide an everyday walk-around zoom option for FE-mount shooters. The slow aperture range won't win it any enthusiast cred, but more casual photographers should cherish the versatility.
One thing the FE mount family lacks right now is affordable lenses. The cheapest—the 28–70mm kit zoom—is $500 new, and the next cheapest is the Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm f/2.8 at $800. Yowza.
Sony has promised that this 28mm f/2 will not only be "affordable," but that it will come with two fun adapters for fisheye effects and extra wide-angle reach.
Sony loves its Zeiss branding, and the German optics gravy train shows no signs of slowing any time soon.
The Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4 should pair nicely with the existing Sonnar T* 55m f/1.8, though we're a little surprised Sony decided to double up on 35mm lenses instead of going for an untapped focal length with a 21mm or 85mm Zeiss prime.
If you need biting sharpness and extreme versatility, nothing beats a macro lens—something the FE mount family currently lacks. Sony is set to fix that with this 90mm f/2.8 G OSS. The new lens offers a range limiter switch, OSS control, and what looks to be an autofocus lock button.
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