Sigma greatly expands its Art series lineup, announces 4 new entries: 3 Mirrorless and one Dslr lens.

Whoever thought the CP+ event would be a minor one-beyond the cheapo inexpensive digicam crap range, will have to rethink. We're to the tune of 9 new lenses announced so far, and Sigma contributes the heavy metal part: 4 new 'Art' series lenses, all made with Aluminum bodies and fitted with brass bayonets. You may recognize the Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN and Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN names, but the 60mm F2.8 DN lens is a totally new entity. All three lenses share the metal construction  and updated optics, come in silver or black color, and will be available in micro 4/3 and Sony E mount versions. They also share lack of information by Sigma regarding availability and price.

As for the fourth lens, its an update to the venerable 30mm f1.4 DC lens announced back in 2005. The newcomer is compatible with Sigma's USB dock, and completely overhauled, inside out. It will come in Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts at an unknown date for an unknown price. . . . read more

Sigma Super lens deal comes to Europe too: 2 Sigma primes at 99 Euros each, the 19mm f/2.8 EX DN and 30mm f/2.8 EX DN, available in both micro 4/3 and NEX mounts.

Sigma extends its 'prime lenses at half the price' deal to Europe, too, prices start at just 99 Euros per lens!
The lenses on offer are the Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN and the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN, available in micro 4/3 and NEX mounts. Their reviews have generally been very positive ones, and sure as heck they're worth their price. Most of the European dealers have updated their prices, in case you cannot find one, check this link on Sigma's page for a dealer list.

Sony introduces two new NEX lenses: the 20mm f/2.8 pancake, and the 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Powered Telephoto Zoom Lens

The Sony NEX mount is no longer the one with more cameras than lenses. Since we first wrote that, a year ago, Sony has unveiled a handful of new glassware, including the fantastic 10-18mm f/4.0 OSS. Today they unveil another Pancake, the not very ambitious 20mm f/2.8 and the motorized E 18-200mm OSS Power Zoom, a lens that previously existed as the kit lens of the NEX-VG900 video camera. On compatible Sony camcorders the lens can be zoomed via rockers on the body, making up for some nice smooth & steady zooming action. On the other hand the 20mm f/2.8 is in no way remarkable, except for its relatively high price.  . . . read more

Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS Lens review (tested with a NEX7) by Matthew Durr: There’s no denying that the 35mm f/1.8 is the prime lens that a large majority of NEX photographers have been waiting for.

The 35mm f/1.8 is a fantastic lens, despite its focusing limitations dependent on CDAF. The only “real” knacks against it—heavy vignetting and noticeable fringing wide-open—can easily be worked around depending on the situation, what settings you shoot at, and how much post-processing you are used to doing. This lens truly is an all-purpose E-mount lens for excellent video and low-light photographs with shallow depth of field. Though other cheaper options exist in the general focal range for the system (the tack-sharp Sigma 30mm f/2.8 for E-mount) or other camera manufacturers (Samsung NX 30mm f/2), there’s no denying that the 35mm f/1.8 is the prime lens that a large majority of NEX . . . read more

Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS Lens (mounted on a NEX-7) review at 3D-Kraft.de: This lens get's a strong recommendation from me and I think it will be a big challenge for the Zeiss Distagon 12mm F2.8 E-Mount prime lens.

After NEX users had to go for such a long time without a good ultra wide angle, now Sony is on target with its new E 10-18mm F4 OSS (SEL1018). We were very curious to see how it performs especially on the NEX-7, which is very challenging as many short focal lengths adapted from Leica M mount produced strong color shifts.

The zoom lens starts at a viewing angle of 109° comparable to a 15mm UWA lens on a fullframe camera allowing dramatic perspectives for close ups as well as for architecture and landscape photography. The lens is constructed  . . . read more

Steve Huff does a mega double review of the Sony NEX-6 and 5R, compares them to the E-M5 and X-E1, and throws in the new 35mm f/1.8 OSS and 10-18mm f/4.0 OSS lenses in the mix.

"Sony is having a huge 2012 and as we approach 2013 I have a feeling they will be very successful with their latest and greatest camera releases. The RX1 made “Camera of the Year” for me and I stand behind that one 100%. As for the NEX cameras, well, they are NEX’s! You know what to expect if you have ever shot with one and these are basically the same as the ones that came before with some refinements, enhancements and new lenses.

They are more mature but at the same time they throw in even more features which make them feel like mini . . . read more

Sony 10 – 18mm f/4 E OSS Lens Review at Luminous-Landscape: Very good, but for 900 bucks it should not be made of plastics.

"The right side is not 100% of the crispness of the center, but this is normal for the kind of lens, distance and subject matter at hand; for this class of lens the result is nonetheless very good and can be further improved with output sharpening. The results at f/8 and f/11 were ever so slightly sharper, but the difference would be hardly noticeable converted to JPEG for screen viewing. I show below the result for 10mm f/16, to illustrate the slight onset of diffraction's impact on resolution - if you can see it by comparison of center snippets just above and below. The image is still OK, and amenable to further improvement with output sharpening, but just not quite as good as its f/5.6~f/11 comparators." . . . read more

Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens Sample Photos review at photodo

"The new Sony NEX E Mount 50mm portrait lens gives anyone who has the standard NEX E Mount kit lens (18-55mm), or the NEX E Mount 16mm pancake, the ability to take portrait photos with a wide f/1.8 aperture, for more out of focus backgrounds, and better subject seperation. . . . read more

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