Sony announces trio of new alpha mount lenses, a new compact flash, and a wired remote commander.

Availability for these new products has only been announced for Europe (March 2013), rest of the world is TBA

Sony Press Release: 

Full-frame G Lens 70-400mm telephoto zoom; Full-frame Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm F1.4; DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 standard zoom; compact add-on flash and remote commander. . . . read more

Sony: 3 new lenses, 1 Dslt camera, and one NEX camera pics leaked ahead of official launch.

Source is as usual our favorite suspect,the Japanese Digicame.info site. List of goodies: The NEX-3n, entry level NEX camera, the A58 aps-c sized 20 Megapixel Dslt camera, and 3 new lenses: Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II, 70-400mm f/4-5.6G SSM II and the Sony Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZA SSM. Compared to the prototypes displayed at CP+ the final versions of the lenses appear to have at least some cosmetic differences, such as in color, and name plate position. . . . read more

5 reasons why you need an 85mm lens, at DigitalRev TV.

Kai W chooses the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM lens as a showcase for the 85mm necessity. Coming up: 5 reasons why you need a pinhole lens.

"Carrying on from "5 reasons you need a 50mm lens" and "5 reasons why you need a 35mm lens", we are giving you 5 reasons why you need a bokehlicioius 85mm lens!"

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 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Prime Lens review by Chris Gampat at the Phoblographer: The build quality is impeccable, the image quality overall is something to brag about to all your friends, and it’s a lens that you will never get tired of using.

"Overall lens sharpness is exceptional and gets better down to f5.6. In our real life tests, we saw excellent sharpness in the corners and the center area. Additionally, the lens resolved tons of detail–which sometimes made retouching a bit more work than we’d typically like. For the simplest workflow, we used Perfectly Clear. For the best results in camera, use studio lights to add more specular highlights to your image and therefore bring out more details and enhance perceived sharpness. . . . read more

Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* AF Lens review by Chris Gampat at the Phoblographer: The Sony 135mm f1.8 couldn’t be a better lens for Sony’s current lineup of cameras. Not only is it super sharp, but it is extremely well built and focuses fast.

"The Sony 135mm f1.8 exhibits some of the sharpest lens performance I’ve seen from any optic at f1.8 (wide open). With that said though, you’ll need to keep in mind a couple of parameters when shooting this wide open:

- Because you’re lens is so long, you’ll need to shoot at a higher shutter speed to compensate for camera shake despite the fact that the A99 has stabilization on the sensor. . . . read more

Roger Cicala asks Santa to bring gifts to his favorite camera and lens manufacturers, notes that Sigma and Tamron have both been very nice kids this year.

"Nikon: I’m asking for a lot here, Santa, but ‘tis the season to help those in need.

First, if you could fit a quality control department in the sleigh that would be lovely.

Also, could you bring Nikon USA a reasonable Factory Service Center, too? If that’s not possible, then I’ll go ahead and ask you to bring them some customers in 2014 or so, because they’ll be needing new customers about then. And . . . 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 Sal20tc AND SAL14 1.4X Tele converters review by Kurt Munger: Expensive and limited functionality, but very good optics.

"I like the 1.4X TC, it does what it's supposed to do, and that's providing extra focal length with real resolution increases.  It comes at a cost though, and that's not just one stop of light loss, it's really two stops (or 3 with the 2.0X) as you can see above.  You need to stop down one extra stop to clear up the spherical aberration.  The 2.0X isn't so useful on the zoom lens, maybe it is on the 300mm F/2.8, I haven't been able to review that lens yet. . . . read more

Sony roadmap shows 8 lew lenses coming during 2012 and 2013.

Sony's NEX mount, the one with more cameras (and roadmaps) than active lenses is finally about to receive a healthy dose of new glass in the next 2 years. Specifically, Sony promises 8 new lenses, using vague terms like 'mid-magnification zoom' and 'large-aperture standard' to describe them. . . . 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

Sony NEX 55-210mm OSS Zoom Lens Sample Photos

"The new Sony NEX E Mount 55-210mm telephoto zoom lens gives anyone who has the standard NEX E Mount kit lens (18-55mm), the next step up in telephoto zoom. With optical steady shot (image stabilisation), it should be possible to get sharp photos even when using the telephoto end of the lens."

Sony DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM review at photodo

"Sony's DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM lens boasts a smooth autofocus motor (SAM), bright f/1.8 maximum aperture and lightweight construction all for around £145. It is designed for Sony's range of APS-C DSLRs and so cannot be used on a full frame camera. The SAM focusing system is compatible with Sony's cameras that rely on the lens having a motor built in to focus, such as their NEX range of

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Sony 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM review at photodo

"Sony's 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 G SSM lens is one of their line of professional quality lenses, sporting sturdy build quality and a fast silent focusing motor for a price tag of around £730, making it one of the most expensive 70-300mm lenses available at the moment. Here Gary Wolstenholme will investigate whether the performance and build of this lens justifies the high price tag.

This popular focal range is well catered for by third-party manufacturers with all of them offering lenses

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Sony DT 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 review at photodo

:Sony's DT 16-105mm f/4.5-5.6 is a general 'walk about' lens that costs around £480 and covers popular focal lengths equivalent to a 24-157.4mm lens on a full-frame camera. Lenses like this tend to be a popular upgrade for those looking for a little more than their typical 18-55mm kit lens offers in terms of focal length. Having a larger zoom range like this also minimises the need to change lenses, . . . read more

Sony DT 30mm f/2.8 SAM Macro review at photodo

"Available for under £160, Sony's 30mm Macro will surely appeal to photographers on a budget who would like a lens to give them a good introduction to macro photography. It is only compatible with Sony SLRs that have an APS-C sized sensor such as the Alpha A230, A330, etc.

None of the third-party manufacturers currently offer a Sony-compatible macro optic comparable on price or specification at the moment. The nearest match is Sigma's 50mm f/2.8 macro lens, which costs . . . read more

Sony DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM review at photodo

"Replacing Sony's 18-70mm as the standard kit lens bundled with their digital SLRs, the 18-55mm was released as a better quality replacement that is also more compact and lightweight. If you were to buy one on its own, as a replacement or an upgrade, it would set you back just under £130.For a few extra pennies - actually 600 extra pennies as it costs £190 - will get you Sigma's 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS, which has

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Sony DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM review at photodo

"Replacing Sony's 18-70mm as the standard kit lens bundled with their digital SLRs, the 18-55mm was released as a better quality replacement that is also more compact and lightweight. If you were to buy one on its own, as a replacement or an upgrade, it would set you back just under £130.For a few extra pennies - actually 600 extra pennies as it costs £190 - will get you Sigma's 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS, which has . . . read more

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