E-mount lens lineup update

Started Jan 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
RGBaker
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Re: Where is the high magnification zoom for 2012?
In reply to Dirk U, Jan 31, 2013

Dirk U wrote:

Disappointment here too.

Can people who understand lens design please confirm whether there is merit in the suggestions that the NEX system cannot have a good long (say 350mm+ for game or birding) prime lens - perhaps a constraint due to the small flange back distance?

Are there so many 18 - 200 zooms because 200mm is the practical limit for NEX?

You can mount long lenses on a e-mount using an adapter, so I doubt there is any merit in a '200mm maximum' because of flange depth argument.
The simple truth is the demand for the lens you ask for is likely modest -- I worked in photographic retail for five or six years, and never once sold a lens that exceeded 300mm in length.  You're asking for something over 500mm equiv. -- a very small niche, IMHO.  A 200mm lens in APS-C represents the high end of any tele that was available in volume for FF.
The 'P' likely stands for 'power', as the newest 18-200 is a power zoom likely targetted at video shooters.

Cheers,
GB

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