Sony's success in the professional photography market has made third party lens makers stand up and take notice. On the eve of Photokina, several of them revealed plans for new FE-mount prime lenses that will be released toward the end of this year and early next year. Have a look.
Zeiss Loxia 2.4/85
Sony full frame portrait photographers have some new Zeiss glass to ogle. The Loxia 2.4/85 has a minimum focusing distance of .8 meters with a long manual focus ring that turns 220 degrees for super-precise manual focusing.
It’s a manual focus lens but its electronic contacts will transmit lens EXIF data to your Sony camera body and will trigger focus zoom magnification to help you dial in your focusing. The lens is filmmaker friendly with an aperture that can be declicked and Lens Gear mount that lets you use follow focus systems on the Loxia.
The aluminum lens is weather proof and will set you back $1,399.
The new FiRIN line from Tokina will give Sony shooters a chance to shoot wide with a fast manual prime. The first model, a 20mm f/2 manual focus lens, has a wide focus ring and an aperture ring that can be declicked for quiet and smooth exposure changes during video recording. It has nine aperture blades and stops down to f/22.
Pricing information hasn't yet been released on this model.
Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D
This ultra-wide prime won't be available until "early" 2017 and we don't yet know the price-tag, but Photokina visitors can get a sneak peak during the show. Venus claims the lens will be the world’s fastest rectilinear lens for full frame cameras with "close-to-zero" distortion despite its ultra wide angle.