Mike99999: Sony "releases"? Some of these lenses won't be available until July!
So my initial statement was true and you are trolling with weird comments now. And you knew it was true before your insults.
The Sony 'team' were pushing the roadmap on prospective buyers in Sept last year. You must have been one because you didn't deny it. It sunk in your head - I was right about the '15 lenses before 2015' saying and now you want blame someone else :D Calling people names is a tip you got caught saying something incorrect.
Happy Jones: I am with everyone. A 60mm F/2 macro would have been better. IMHO, APSC is better for macro work. Short lenses, longer working distance, or larger DoF. I'd take a 60mm macro on an A6000 over an A7 with a 90mm macro, and buy a slew of other lenses with the savings.
Not everyone since more e-mount owners own APSC bodies exclusively. 60mm lenses are smaller and lighter for the APSC bodies, the NEX series, the A5100 and A6000.
I was referring to native Sony auto focus lenses. The kind your average consumer would consider. Not manual focus lenses with a fuji or e-mount adapter glued on. (legacy macros are cheaper and possibly a better option)Hint: A big majority of APSC camera buyers would NEVER consider manual focus lenses, especially $1000 ones.
"All told, Sony plans to offer a total of 15 FE lenses before 2015, including a macro and a wide-angle zoom."
Sony had the lenses on their roadmap for release in 2014. The roadmap was displayed at several press events. Don't you remember telling every 15 new lenses by the end of 2014? Do you want me to link to Sony's slides showing the roadmap?As a 'sales' guy you knew this. :D
Calling everyone a 'troll' who points out what Sony said kills your credibility, but this forum already knows you all too well.
These were all scheduled for 2014. They've been delayed a few times. It was a sales strategy to say lenses were coming faster. Last year buyers were told they'd be out very soon. Now it is July 2015 for some.There will not be any more lenses until 2016.
jalywol, myself and a bunch of other people were not happy with A6000 focusing. Read jalywol's thread she started.
DPR and Sony's site do not list an APS-C E mount 50mm macro. There is a poorly reviewed 30mm F/3.5 macro with only a 1 inch working distance. Little use for us who enjoy a longer working distance for macros.
I am with everyone. A 60mm F/2 macro would have been better. IMHO, APSC is better for macro work. Short lenses, longer working distance, or larger DoF. I'd take a 60mm macro on an A6000 over an A7 with a 90mm macro, and buy a slew of other lenses with the savings.
Nordstjernen: Some people can not imagine that keeping the left hand under the lens will balance about any lens without adding a bulky and heavy camera. I use my Minolta APO 400 mm f:4.5 with the A7 with no balance problems. But then, the A7 is about the same size and weight as old SLR film cameras.
Some people struggle even more to imagine that you can put a small lens om such a camera to get a ultra-compact FF system and use bigger lenses if bright apertures or longer focal lengths is needed.
But then, some people think that bashing makes their own brand look better.
Nah, too busy trying to "balance" the massive lens with my hands. With normal cameras you can hold the camera and lens combo with your right hand with you finger ready to go on the shutter buton. No 2nd hand needed! Image that!And why can't they make a $400 85mm F/1.8 lens like everyone else? If they do in few years it will be as big as a house and retail for $1500.
Sony needs to put the shutter button and control wheels on the bottom of these new lenses then. Or maybe we need to grow a 3rd hand :) It is fun to read the excuses though.
In the article is shows an APS sensor does not use the full aperture of a FF lens. Since f-stop is focal length divided by lens diameter and has no relationship to sensor size, this is confusing. Couldn't an APS lens be made with a much smaller diameter since much of it is not being used and still have the same light gathering? Are we saying an APS F1.8 lens projects more light on to an APS sensor since f-stop does not change with sensor size? An APS lens will vignette on a FF sensor because it concentrates light more to the center than a FF lens. Say for a 50mm lens couldn't a lens direct all the light of a 28mm opening towards an APS size sensor rather than spreading it out over a FF size sensor? We would see vignetting on the FF sensor with the lens because the light is more focused. To me then this F/1.8 lens would put the same amount of light on the APS sensor (but more concentrated to a smaller area) as a FF lens would on a FF sensor.
I want to thank Panasonic for knocking a little sense in to Sony pricing. Isn't there an LX8 coming soon too? ;) Thank you for the comparison. The FZ looks formidable and so far I prefer its RAW files over the RX. I like the longer reach option too since it is a fixed lens.
G1Houston: The mirrorless market is small and the one for m4/3 is even smaller which now already has two players. Adding a third player will first compete with the two existing ones, which means even less profits for everyone. Less profit means even more difficult time to survive and to invest in R&D. Kodak does not bring anything really new to the market but may only chip away the profit from the BIG two. If any one of the big two decides to quit, can Kodak take its place? Kodak has neither the expertise in optics nor videos. Without true innovation in the products, how can it compete with SONY? I don't see this as a good thing at all.
I think just the opposite. More members of this lens mount group equals more choice and perceived dominance. The format with its wider aperture lens and IBIS from what I can see is every bit as good as APS. Sony for some odd reason is not designing APS lenses anymore and no one else makes e-mount bodies. Perception is a proprietary mount with little corporate support. The more I think about it, micro four thirds makes more sense to the consumer. Go Kodak! :)