New Release: 3 New E-mount lenses from Sony

Sony had introduced 3 new E-mount lenses to their NEX-line which are the SEL50F18, a well known prime lens but come with a cosmetic change; the SELP18105G F4 mid range zoom lens, the first ever Sony premium G lens for E-mount series; and the SEL1670Z F4 mid range zoom lens, the first Sony made Carl Zeiss zoom lens. With these new lenses, Sony has a total of 18 E-mount lenses (excluding the 2 converter lenses).



First of all is the SEL50F18. It had gained a good reputation in terms in its price and image quality previously but only available in silver color. I believe that this black SEL50F18 is introduced to match those black body NEXs like NEX-7, NEX-6, NEX-5R and so on. This lens features a F 1.8 large aperture and come with OSS as its silver version which provides a very shallow DoF and good performance in low light shooting.

SELP18105G F 4 

SELP18105G F 4
SELP18105G F 4

Secondly, the SELP18105G which is the first ever Sony premium G lens for E-mount lens, a 5.8 x mid range zoom lens. It incorporates 2 ED glass elements and 3 aspherical  elements which provides excellent contrast throughout the entire focal length and also the effective control of the distortion and color aberration. The maximum aperture of F 4 is constant throughout the entire zoom range as well to provide fast shutter speed in relatively low-light situation. Power zoom is controlled by the lever on the side of the lens and it allows for both fixed and variable speed power zooming, with the help of maintaining the stable grip while zooming hence to reduce the blur due to the camera shake. This lens is bulkier than the SEL18200 but it is the world first mid range zoom lens which features the “floating axis” construction which used in Handycam, achieving smooth and quite zoom experience, and keep the length of lens remains unchanged during zooming and focusing. The SELP18105G also has a built-in OSS which is great in handling low-light shooting situation.

SEL1670Z F 4 

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* 16-70 mm F 4
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* 16-70 mm F 4

Lastly, the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* 16-70 mm F4 (also known as the SEL1670Z F 4), the first Sony made Carl Zeiss mid range zoom lens with a 4.4 x zoom range for the E-mount series lenses. It also features a constant F 4 largest aperture throughout the entire zoom range and the Sony OSS technology which ideal for video and low light shooting situation. This lens has the renowned T* coating on optical surfaces that minimizes the glare and ghosting and contributing to the natural color reproduction as well as the superb definition and clarity. 4 aspherical elements and 1 ED glass elements are incorporated in this lens which provides a first-class image quality with a minimum overall lens size.

Specification Comparison

I get their specification from the Sony official website and put them into a table in order to get a clearer overall view of these 3 new lenses.

  SEL50F18/B SELP18105G SEL1670Z
Aperture (Max.) f/1.8  f/4.0  f/4.0
Aperture (Min.) f/22 f.22 f.22
Focal Length (35mm equivalent) 75mm 27-158 24-105
Filter Diameter 49mm 72mm 55mm
Lens Groups-Elements 8 groups, 9 elements 12 groups, 16 elements 12 groups, 16 elements
AF for Movie Capture Yes
Minimum Focus Distance 15.3″ (0.39m) 1 ft. 6 in. (.45m) (W), 3 ft. 1-1/2 in. (0.95m) (T) 13-3/4 inches (.35m)
Angle of View 32°  76°-15°  83°-23°
Aperture Blade 7 blades (Circular aperture) 7 blades (Circular aperture) 7 blades (Circular aperture)
Dimensions (Max. Diameter x Length) 2-1/2 x 2- 1/2″ (62x62mm) 3-1/16 x 4-5/16 inches (78 x 110 mm) 2-5/8 x 2-15/16 inches (66.6 x 75 mm)
Direct Manual Focus Yes
Exterior Finish Metal
Internal Motor Yes (Stepping motor)
Lens Weight 7.25 oz (202g) 1 lb. 1 oz. (482 g) 10.8 oz. (308 g)
Low Noise During Movie Capture Excellent
Maximum Magnification 0.16x 0.11x 0.23x
Mount Material Metal Metal Metal
Distance Encoder Yes Yes
Distance Scale Yes Yes
Aspheric Elements 3 4
Extra-low Dispersion (ED) 2 1
OSS Yes Yes Yes

Bottom Line

Finally, Sony had introduced high grade zoom lenses to its E-mount series lenses. The SEL50F18 is estimated to ship at 24 Sep 2013 at USD 299, and the SEL1670Z is estimated to ship at 2 Oct 2013 at USD 999, while the SEL18105G is still not available yet. However, all these lenses are not available in Singapore yet and there is no news from the official website about their release date and prices. All the info and images are taken from the Sony USA official website.

So which lens do you prefer and what do you think about these lenses? Welcome to left your comment and share your thought here.

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