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Sony E-lenses or FE-lenses on Sony a6000

Started Mar 13, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Re: Probably should stick with APS-C emount
In reply to wb2trf, Mar 14, 2014

wb2trf wrote:

Not to any significant benefit do they delete that feature however. When looking at DXOMark's comparison of the E50 vs. FE55 on the Nex 7 there's no big IQ edge of the FE55. Sometimes IS is useful for stills, and it always for video.

That might explain a fact is not present: if the FE55 on the Nex7 was much better than the E50, which it is not, then it would be useful to see that Canon L agrees with Zeiss. But, since it is not materially better, why is it relevant what Canon does? This isn't a church where we pay homage to certain demigods like "L lenses". We're just trying to offer current best rationality.

Yes but you a) you will add bulk and lose features, as I have said, b) and you will have fewer lenses, or lower quality ones, because of the much higher cost of FE lenses that deliver no benefits now. For the price of the FE55 (no better than the E50 on APS-C) you can get the E50 and the E35 and the Sigma 19 or whatever. How does one argue that the FE55 delivers advantages that offset such lineups at the same aggregate price on the A6000?

wb2trf, you're making assumptions based on DXO Mark scores and not based on practical experience. I have both the E50 and FE 55, and I personally find the FE 55 to be "materially better". Whether it's $700 better is a separate discussion with no right or wrong answer, and that's not something I'm interested in arguing. But it's better. DXO Mark tends to emphasize sharpness above all else, and I'd say the color/contrast is where the 55 is better.

Also the pricing of the 55 is consistent with the Zeiss APS-C lenses like the 24mm, Touit 12 and Touit 32, so it's not clear that there's significant cost being added because it's a full frame lens. There's clearly significant cost being added because it's a Zeiss lens. I doubt that a Zeiss 55mm APS-C e-mount would be priced all that much cheaper.

To be clear I do wish that Sony was coming out with new APS-C lenses, and I certainly agree that an FE lenses is going to be bigger than an APS-C designed lens would be. I'm just saying that, at least as far as the 55 is concerned, there's not a lot of compromise there. It's only marginally bigger and heavier than the SEL50.

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