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Sony creates 10-18mm, 16-50mm power zoom and 35mm F1.8 for NEX E-mount

By dpreview staff on Sep 12, 2012 at 04:00 GMT

Photokina 2012: Sony has announced three extra E-mount lenses for its NEX cameras, a 10-18mm wide zoom, a 16-50mm retractable power zoom and a 35mm F1.8 prime lens. The 10-18mm F4 is a mid-level wide-angle zoom covering a 15-27mm equivalent range. The 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 power zoom offers a compact standard zoom covering the 24-75mm equivalent range. Finally the 35mm F1.8 is a bright 53mm equivalent normal prime lens.  All three feature Sony's Optical Steady Shot image stabilization. The 10-18mm will cost around $850, the 16-50mm power zoom will cost around $350 and the 35mm F1.8 will be priced around $450.


Press release:

New Interchangeable Lenses for α E-mount Cameras

Sony E 35mm F1.8 OSS

Sony has also introduced three new lenses for its E-mount line of interchangeable lens cameras, adding to the system’s flexibility.

The new SELP1650 lens is an extremely light, compact 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 powered zoom model that measures only 29.9 mm thick (when fully retracted) and contains built-in Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization for clearer handheld images. Additionally, it features a dual-function ring that controls both power zoom and manual focus, depending on the camera’s focus mode. With the camera set to AF the control ring adjusts smooth, high-speed zoom with small hand movements. With the camera in MF mode, the ring controls manual focus. A smooth power zoom dial makes the lens particularly useful for shooting video.

 Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS power zoom

The new SEL35F18 lens is a wide aperture 35mm focal length model with a bright maximum aperture of f/1.8 and built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization. It offers excellent optical sharpness, clarity, and background defocus in both still images and HD video, and is exceptionally light and easy to carry.

Sony E 10-18mm F4 OSS

The new SEL1018 lens is a super-wide angle zoom with a maximum aperture of f/4.0 across its range of 10-18mm and built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization. Adopting the super ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass which reduces color aberration, the lens is capable of producing dramatic perspective effects and is ideal for shooting landscapes and interiors.

Pricing and Availability

The SELP1650 power zoom lens will be sold separately in January for about $350, and the SEL35F18 prime and SEL1018 wide angle lenses will be available this November for about $450 and $850, respectively.

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Comments

Total comments: 107
Olga Celle
By Olga Celle (Apr 16, 2013)

I am encountering some weird and unexpected vignettingin my SEL10-18 that no software program can fix. It is like taking a picture from a tube. I am so distress! I wish some colleagues from this blog could help me, perhaps I am doing something wrong. After a series of 10 landscape pictures yesterday, I noticed that it had began giving me some vignetting. I opened it from f/16 to f/11 but the problem continued until the end...I do not know if it is the camera or it is the lens.

0 upvotes
sportyaccordy
By sportyaccordy (Nov 26, 2012)

I have a C3 with the original 18-55 kit lens. Worked great on my honeymoon. All I really need is a lens with the same zoom range but 2.8 max aperture. No need to mess with primes (most of them are pretty slow anyway)

0 upvotes
eastwestphoto
By eastwestphoto (Nov 7, 2012)

I use the Sony 16mm & the 50mm & a 30 yr. old a Tamron Zoom BBAR 70~210mm in m42 w/ adapter. I just came back from Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Turkey and shot 637 exposures. The 16mm & 50mm were used with a polirizer filter and the zoom a sunshade. The results were staggering! Any fool that beleaves Nikon or Canon monster Digital cameras and Lenses are better should see what a Sony Nex 7 @ 24 Meg can really do! Even the photos shot at 263mm manual focus, exposure, are very sharp, contrasty and saleable. I would like too see Sony make a 300mm@F:4.5 in OSS as I need a longer telephoto in AF & OSS. I am shocked that photo writers untruthfully state the 16mm is a bad lens. Too this travel photographer that's a lie! Shooting with 16mm & a Polirizer allows be to crop the 24 Meg file for super composition maintaining sharpness also.

0 upvotes
keepreal
By keepreal (Sep 21, 2012)

The 10-18mm and 16-50mm are good news for NEX afficionados who like wide angles for landscapes and shoot JPEG.

But I also imagine they and the 35mm F1.8 will retain the absurd curvilinear distortion that I believe makes most Sony E lenses and many others for APSC and Four-Thirds a joke for serious work where you want to shoot RAW. I also insist upon a RAW developer of my own choosing, not SONY's because I am out for the best tone-mapping on the planet, IMO currently Oloneo PhotoEngine.

For that and want of a decent OVF since the NEX-7 EVF is also a bad joke, I will stick to my DSLR in spite of the size and weight which I admit is a serious nuisance.

By the time EVFs get up to 14 mb instead of the present 1.4 mb, maybe they will be able to distill electronically every last ounce of refinement and equal an optical viewfinder system. By if/when that ever happens, I will no longer be around, so who cares? Just get a caddy and keep to shooting through mirrors.

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Marcin Moscicki
By Marcin Moscicki (Sep 15, 2012)

Are the specs available anywhere? I'm particularily interested in weight & dimensions and how they compare to their m43 counterparts.

0 upvotes
Rooru S
By Rooru S (Sep 26, 2012)

m43 aren't counterparts at all. m43 lenses will be always smaller and lighter because they are made for a smaller sensor. So APS-C lenses will have a tendency to be bigger.

0 upvotes
mic007
By mic007 (Sep 14, 2012)

Why does the lens have power zoom when NEX cameras do not have zoom buttons like compacts?

0 upvotes
Rooru S
By Rooru S (Sep 14, 2012)

The zoom lever is on the lens so you can use it on every single NEX camera ever made. The only NEX-series cameras that does have a zoom lever on body are NEX-VG30, NEX-VG900 and NEX-FS700 but all those are for video mainly.

0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (Sep 13, 2012)

16-50 is OK. I guess depends on quality, E18-55 is incredibly bad for a modern lens.
10-18 and 35 are somewhat overpriced compared to SLR competition (Sigma 10-20 lenses are $480, Tamron 10-24 are $450 etc).

1 upvote
twald
By twald (Sep 13, 2012)

According to reviews, the E18-55 lens is on par with or better than most kit zoom lenses.

1 upvote
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Sep 13, 2012)

At US$350 list price, I am almost certain it is not going to be world-class leading optical image quality, you know.

0 upvotes
NowHearThis
By NowHearThis (Sep 13, 2012)

Neither the Sigma or Tamron ultra wides offer OSS and neither are an fixed F4. I wouldn't be surprised if the Sony came out on top in IQ too.

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (Sep 14, 2012)

Do you realize that if they reduce the gap between the lens and sensor you end with a more difficult design? You should compare mirrorless lenses with other mirrorless designs and the only comparable design is the Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 zoom, that is priced higher (even with the time it has on the market) and doesn't have OSS (priced around $50 higher last time I checked it on BH).

Overpriced? Not. Constant f/4 aperture, OSS, smaller design overall (since it doens't sit far from the sensor) and you end with a higher priced lens. Pricey? Yes, but not overpriced given these reasons.

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Giao Nguyen
By Giao Nguyen (Sep 14, 2012)

The E18-55 is pretty good. I have used the nex5 with E18-55 and many Nikon, Canon lens. I do not see any difference between them. Only Nikon prime like 50mm f1.8 really impressed me but it is a prime lens.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Sep 18, 2012)

"According to reviews, the E18-55 lens is on par with or better than most kit zoom lenses."

I don't know what reviews are you talking about. Just look at SLRGear tests. Which modern 3x kit is as bad?

0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (Sep 18, 2012)

"Neither the Sigma or Tamron ultra wides offer OSS and neither are an fixed F4."

The Tamron 10-24/3.5-4.5 is in fact brighter than the Sony 10-18 in most focal lengths they share, and only a little darker where the Sony does not shoot at all.

0 upvotes
amolkolhe
By amolkolhe (8 months ago)

If you come from a canon kit lens 18-55, the Sony E18-55 is a vast improvement :)

0 upvotes
Babka08
By Babka08 (Sep 12, 2012)

These seem like great lenses in terms of specs. I wonder if there will be a fast NEX telephoto ever? Something f4 or f2.8? (he asked, to nobody in particular)

0 upvotes
cangi
By cangi (Sep 12, 2012)

@ nemark. i have the 50mm f1.8 and the quality is very good. it is also small and light. nice lens!

0 upvotes
nemark
By nemark (Sep 12, 2012)

Probably the only Sony lens worth a penny. 16mm is disaster. And so on... I have non, so I talk according to what I read (Photozone.de, users etc...)

0 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Sep 12, 2012)

They have 16, 24, 35, and 50mm prime now. Very nice. What doesn't fit is the 30mm f3.5 macro. If they had made that an 80 or 90mm f2.8 macro then it could have been the portrait prime, too.

1 upvote
Rooru S
By Rooru S (Sep 14, 2012)

Expect a 85 or 90mm f/1.8 next year (There is a Mid-telephoto lens on roadmap and since Sony advertise the 50mm f/1.8 as telephoto, it will be between those ranges). But so far, no additional macro lens for NEX-series.

0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (Sep 18, 2012)

Sony E 50 is only OK between f/4-f/8. f/1.8-f/2 is bad. Not us ugly as 16 mm if that helps. For what is a good lens see 4/3 Oly 50/2 or m43 Oly 75/1.8. :) Even Sony Zei$$ is nowhere near.

0 upvotes
eost
By eost (Sep 12, 2012)

YES! 10-18/4.0 finally...

6 upvotes
nemark
By nemark (Sep 12, 2012)

Knowing the (POOOR) quality of Sony lenses, I`ll wait some practical results, tests and comments to create my own opinion. Nice collection of focal lengths and apertures, but discussable q. (Don`t confuse Sony with Zeiss-for-Sony.)

4 upvotes
jhinkey
By jhinkey (Sep 12, 2012)

Yes, the Nex-6 (for me) is perfect if they can pull off decent performance with their new primes and zooms. Let's wait and see. Could be an actual contender against m43 for a light weight kit to complement my D800 plus heavy (but stellar) FX lenses.

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Giao Nguyen
By Giao Nguyen (Sep 14, 2012)

Sony E lens are not all very poor. Only the 16mm is very poor. All others are pretty good. I have used my Nex5 with Nikon, Canon and Zeiss lens. I know Sony E lens is not as bad as some people say.

4 upvotes
amolkolhe
By amolkolhe (8 months ago)

Yeah, agree. I tried the 16-50 power zoom in store today. While I personally like the 18-55 more because of its build quality, 16-50 has a better range (for me). Coming from Canon DSLR, the test shots taken with both of these seem so much better than the 18-55 on canon.

0 upvotes
Vitruvius
By Vitruvius (Sep 12, 2012)

Nice to see a really wide angle zoom but I would have much rather had more aperture than the power zoom. Oh well. looks like lots of nice stuff coming out.

0 upvotes
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Sep 12, 2012)

Everyone will claim that Sony will dominate the market after today. Then others will claim that Nikon will dominate after tomorrow. Then others will claim Panasonic and Olympus(m4/3s) will dominate after Monday.

The truth is that this next week will absolutely change the camera market forever. However, all 4 of those companies will probably keep similar market shares to what they had before. The difference will be that the consumers now have 4 very complete solutions from these different companies. Each option has it strengths and weaknesses but all of them can produce wonderful pictures and videos in capable hands.

8 upvotes
Alec
By Alec (Sep 12, 2012)

Great point. More poignantly none of them will provide compelling pictures or videos in incapable hands or if kept idle.

3 upvotes
meanwhile
By meanwhile (Sep 12, 2012)

How dare you, mpgxsvcd. DPR is NOT a place for positivity and being sensible. Go not troll somewhere else.

4 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Sep 13, 2012)

"How dare you, mpgxsvcd. DPR is NOT a place for positivity and being sensible. Go not troll somewhere else."

Yeah, I tend to agree. For those wishing to spread goodwill, reason and sense, kindly move elsewhere. We are fighting warriors here!

2 upvotes
Jon Ragnarsson
By Jon Ragnarsson (Sep 12, 2012)

Finally an ultra-wide! Now the NEX system is a viable alternetive to m43.

(I still don't like Sony, but their camera designers are doing some interesting stuff these days)

1 upvote
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Sep 12, 2012)

Those are three nice little lenses. Good job Sony!

4 upvotes
Abdallah II
By Abdallah II (Sep 12, 2012)

there go's $1650 from my pocket to Sony .... counting the days to Nov

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Documensony
By Documensony (Sep 12, 2012)

If only Sony had released these lenses with the first Nex-cameras ... so much critisism about the Nex system would have silenced.

Great stuff!

13 upvotes
kewlguy
By kewlguy (Sep 12, 2012)

Let's see if these lenses will be available in stores before 2013...

2 upvotes
Ace Disgrace
By Ace Disgrace (Sep 12, 2012)

I LOVE THE BLACK COLOR!!!

2 upvotes
Cane
By Cane (Sep 12, 2012)

Ground breaking!

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Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (Sep 12, 2012)

The 10-18mm f/4 lens is very interesting. Could be very nice when used on a camera with 24MP for landscape, if it performs.

10mm seems to me like it should be called ultra wide, and not just super wide. No?

"The new SEL1018 lens is a super-wide angle zoom with a maximum aperture of f/4.0 across its range of 10-18mm and built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization. "

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Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Sep 12, 2012)

No

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io_bg
By io_bg (Sep 12, 2012)

Ultra wide angle = Super wide angle. It's the same thing.

2 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Sep 12, 2012)

Ultraman could never beat Superman, though.

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Richt2000
By Richt2000 (Sep 12, 2012)

Boom. Suddenly the NEX system becomes the most attractive CSC.

Better AF and now a good selection of lenses.
24/1.8. 35/1.8. 50/1.8. With the later 2 having OSS...
And a wide angle zoom, and a pancake lens to shut up those who say their lenses are big.

Canon has a lot of catching up to do! With the smaller sensor, m43 has less to shout about now!

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (Sep 12, 2012)

I don't think Canon will catch up or try too at this point. And I do think Samsung may consider throwing in the towel if they can't come up with something really fast. A half effort won't win this battle, Sony seems to have got that memo now.

C

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tgutgu
By tgutgu (Sep 12, 2012)

I don't see any change here. m4/3 stays by far more attractive as it has considerable more lens choices and more diversity in body concepts. The new NEX cameras still stick to the awkward, menu-driven usability concept: a no go for me. The stacking of the mode dial and the control wheel seems to be an error prone solution.

Sony NEX the most attractive CSC? No way!

7 upvotes
sadwitch
By sadwitch (Sep 12, 2012)

It's only attractive to prospective buyers that look for paper features and not shooting experience.

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Sep 12, 2012)

Phew, took them long enough! Sony's finally coming into their own, but I think m4/3 will keep a good share of the market as the lenses are still a fair bit smaller and very good quality, we'll have to wait to see whether these new Sony lenses perform as well.

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Plastek
By Plastek (Sep 12, 2012)

"more diversity in body concepts" - cause every reasonable person runs with 5 different bodies just to show that there's diversity.

lol. Yea, I get it: you bought m4/3 and think it's awesome. But for other people it's important to have 1 great body and few lenses they are interested in. It doesn't matter if there are 5 lenses or 5000 lenses available if their needs are met. Right now NEX meets the needs of most people easily, so I don't see much reason to whine.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Sep 12, 2012)

cgarrard:

Why would Samsung give up? Samsung still has better fixed focus lenses, with the exception of the Nex system Zeiss 24MM. You see Sony Nex glass doesn't have the greatest reputation. While much Samsung NX and Fuji X glass does.

Samsung has AMOLED tech, Sony doesn't

Samsung has very good sensors--like Sony.

The NX20 is excellent for video and image quality. Someday Samsung will fix the buffer.

Samsung NX menus are straight forward and consistent. Sony's often aren't.

In many ways with the Nex system, Sony is playing catch up to both Samsung and Fuji.

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (Sep 12, 2012)

tgutgu

REALLY? Menu driven? You clearly haven't touched a recent NEX-series camera.. And I'm sure you didn't read about the Quick Navi now found on NEX-6.. geez..

But yes, m4/3 got the lenses (spec wise) That's the advantage of having many manufacturers share the same mount.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Sep 12, 2012)

Re. 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 powered zoom:

"It features a dual-function ring that controls both power zoom and manual focus, depending on the camera’s focus mode. With the camera set to AF the control ring adjusts smooth, high-speed zoom with small hand movements. With the camera in MF mode, the ring controls manual focus."

Now, that's what I call a smart zoom lens. When you are focusing manually, you cannot zoom at all. It's either zooming. Of focusing, your choice. Just not both at the same time, you see.

Pretty good for your non-zooming video shots.

I dearly love Sony, and I very much like their NEX cameras. But they also have the Alpha DSLTs, and those and the Sony/Zeiss and 3rd party lenses for them are so much better overall, it's not even funny. :-)

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peyotl
By peyotl (Sep 12, 2012)

You can ALWAYS zoom in MF mode using PZ slider, although in AF mode you can zoom either manually or with PZ slider.

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meanwhile
By meanwhile (Sep 12, 2012)

"When you are focusing manually, you cannot zoom at all"

Of course you can, with the zoom switch. Read before trolling?

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Sep 13, 2012)

Bad lens design. You need one hand to focus on the lens, one hand to operate zoom switch/PZ slider on the camera, plus you need to somehow hold the camera and also operate the START/STOP button in video mode.

Of course, what can one expect for a lens list priced at only US$350, eh?

"in AF mode you can zoom either manually or with PZ slider."

This does not look like a proper MANUAL ZOOM to me. More like a servo zoom.

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (Sep 14, 2012)

Francis Carver said:
"This does not look like a proper MANUAL ZOOM to me. More like a servo zoom."

It's a power zoom after all! Geez.. And I'm sure, you can both focus and zoom with the same hand. The lever sits on the left side of the camera when the lens is mounted, so with your thumb you zoom, and with your index you focus. Or is it too hard for you?

1 upvote
micahmedia
By micahmedia (Sep 12, 2012)

Well, this does certainly answer the folks who've lamented a lack of lenses for the E mount. How about some smaller primes now?

3 upvotes
abi170845
By abi170845 (Sep 12, 2012)

in good time my friend!

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toorude
By toorude (Sep 12, 2012)

I hope these lenses will be available before 2015. The mythical Sony SEL24F18Z Zeiss 24mm lens for NEX was announced about one year ago and is still not widely available. Sony? WTF!

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (Sep 12, 2012)

Perfect name for the commentary, I might add :).

You might want to consider that the Zeiss lens takes a bit more work to produce than regular consumer grade lenses. But you don't sound like you are open to other ideas.

C

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GregGory
By GregGory (Sep 12, 2012)

Looking at the 24/f1.8 performance at SLRgear relative to the price, bulk, and no IS option - I understand they don't even bother with them..

It's a beautiful lens though!

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Sep 12, 2012)

micahmedia:

Compared to Samsung and Fuji, the Sony Nex system is still lacking good fixed focus lenses. But this 35mm helps Sony make the Nex system more serious.

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supeyugin1
By supeyugin1 (Sep 12, 2012)

That's true. 16mm is a piece of junk, then we have 24/1.8 and 35/1.8. Those two look good, but the price is kinda high. I'd go with Samsung or Fuji instead. Considering that the price of Fuji is also high, then we have only Samsung left as an alternative with 3 good pancakes.

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headofdestiny
By headofdestiny (Sep 12, 2012)

The Fuji 18/2 isn't exactly stellar at the edges, either. Fuji doesn't even have their 23mm lens yet, and the Sony 35/1.8 and 50/1.8 have OSS. Plus, the new Sony 10-18 f4 should be very good. How is Fuji ahead of Sony here?

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supeyugin1
By supeyugin1 (Sep 12, 2012)

Sony has 1 decent lense - 24. We don't know anything about the quality of 35., but let's assume it's good. So two lenses, and both are expensive. I'm sorry, but Samsung has a better selection. Fuji is also good, but expensive. The size of Sony lenses is gigantic too compared to others.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Sep 12, 2012)

And then Samsung has the 85mm 1.4, expensive, but likely very good. Then the Samsung 60mm 2.8 macro is supposed to be very good.

Just adding to the list of good Samsung fixed focus lenses, not disagreeing with your basic point.

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goshigoo
By goshigoo (Sep 12, 2012)

35 f/1.8 is sweet!
it seems it is quite light and small (45mm in length only) and it has OSS where the 24mm Zeiss does not have

Price is another factor; $450 is very reasonble

and most importantly, it is all in black; not silver!

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iudex
By iudex (Sep 12, 2012)

Yes, colour is a crucial factor for a lens ;-) (just kidding, I did not like the silver ones too).

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raizans
By raizans (Sep 12, 2012)

the 35/1.8 is image stabilized?! did i die and go to heaven? =)

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (Sep 12, 2012)

sweeeeet...! High price for the SEL1018...but searching for a small Ultrawide zoom with constant aperture and Optical Stabilization...the other comparable lens is the Lumix G 7-14 and the price is quite similar, so I don't know what people are whining right now. Remember, the SE1018 includes OSS, others not.

With the SEL50F18 being priced at 300 USD I would have prefered the SEL35F18 being priced at 375 USD...but sadly, Sony knows people wanted this lens so much that first, they're going to get some profit for a looong time. What I really want to know is...with the SEL16F28 discontinued, what wide prime lens do we have then? Only Sigma 19mm f/2.8 but that's bigger than Sony 16mm f/2.8.

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Jun2
By Jun2 (Sep 12, 2012)

The only disappointment is no distance scales on these lenses for manual focus, especially 10-18mm. Hope they can displace distance info in the viewfinder and/or LCD

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nagi603
By nagi603 (Sep 12, 2012)

That is because all e-mount Sony lenses have focus-by-wire: no mechanical linking between the ring and the actual focusing mechanism.
That said, I also would have liked a mechanically coupled focusing ring with them.

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NowHearThis
By NowHearThis (Sep 12, 2012)

Loved my Nikon 351.8 when I had my D40. Now I could have one again, and have OSS as well.... so very tempting.

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sharkfeeder
By sharkfeeder (Sep 12, 2012)

I was just whining about this on a different thread. It seems Sony has heard my prayers and responded. I'd prefer an f/1.4, but the 35mm f/1.8 means that my Sigma 30mm f/2.8 goes up for sale, along with that odious Sony 30mm f/3.5 macro. And at $450, if the 35mm f/1.8 is a decent piece of glass, it's likely to cut deep into the sale of the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 (which is perpetually out-of-stock anyway). Okay, maybe not "deep," but unless you absolutely need a 24 on this kind of camera, why pay more than twice the price. Good work, Sony. Now, let's see if you can actually deliver it in November, as stated, and not make us wait until 2014, which wouldn't be a huge surprise if past history is any indicator.

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viking79
By viking79 (Sep 12, 2012)

It won't do much to the Zeiss sales I imagine, it is totally different focal length. Wide vs standard, it might get a few that just want an f/1.8 lens, but they have the even cheaper 50 mm f/1.8 for that. I think I would have preferred $300 for this lens, but if it performs well it will be nice.

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rockjon
By rockjon (Sep 12, 2012)

I would have also preferred that price. However, 35mm lenses are typically more expensive than 50mm ones.

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itsastickup
By itsastickup (Sep 12, 2012)

Nikon managed $199, and the Sony SAL35F18 35/1.8 is about the same. Perhaps this one is FF.

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spacegoret
By spacegoret (Sep 13, 2012)

This one has OSS.

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HopeSpringsEternal
By HopeSpringsEternal (Sep 12, 2012)

prices are too high. The 35mm f/1.8 needs to cost around $250 at most.

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thx1138
By thx1138 (Sep 12, 2012)

Well normally I would agree, but these have image stabilisation in lens, so IMO the prices are reasonable. That 35 f/1.8 for $450 would be very nice. Also UWA lens are very hard to design if you want good performance and are usually expensive anyway, so again with OSS included (not sure why though) for $850 it's not ridiculous.

I assume street prices will be cheaper anyway. I can get Olympus lenses far cheaper than MSRP, so hopefully the same here.

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nawknai
By nawknai (Sep 12, 2012)

Why "$250 at most"?

What world do you live in?

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RacingManiac
By RacingManiac (Sep 12, 2012)

I think part of the high price is that these are stablized....For DSLR at least, lenses in this range are typically not stablized...Granted that problem does not exist for Sony's own A-mount....

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abi170845
By abi170845 (Sep 12, 2012)

I've been waiting for the 10mm zoom!finally! F4 but it has inbody image stabi for the nex7? 850 RRP, I hope the street price is lower, just like my fav 10mm EFS, it was about the same price when it came out. but now I can get a mint second hand for about 520 U.S

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Jun2
By Jun2 (Sep 12, 2012)

still cheaper than the launching price of Panny 7-14mm f4. If it's good, It will be worth it.

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (Sep 12, 2012)

the 10-18mm f/4 has In Lens Image Stabilization. The Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 doesn't have Image Stabilization and it's priced even higher. And haven't seen other ultra wide with constant aperture and OSS this small... so the price seems about right.

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abi170845
By abi170845 (Sep 12, 2012)

Exactly, very excited, of course we are never satified, NEX with FF in one year? hehehehe

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abi170845
By abi170845 (Sep 12, 2012)

I'd definitely get the 10mm zoom, and wait for the NEX body to go down in price. Always good idea to invest in lenses!

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Larnus
By Larnus (Sep 13, 2012)

I knew the 10-18mm was coming, but I didn't want to miss the whole summer without an ultra-wide lens for my NEX C3.

Bought the Tokina 12-24 instead (Nikon G mount). It's pretty large, but manual focus is the norm at this focal range. It even has better/comparable performance to the Sony Alpha lens. It's pretty awesome - so sharp, contrasty, sumptuous colours, v. useful range etc..

Very relieved I did - since it's less than half the price of this e-mount!

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RStyga
By RStyga (Sep 12, 2012)

Sony photo gear, especially above-average lenses, are very expensive.

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Plastek
By Plastek (Sep 12, 2012)

You obviously didn't compare it to Canon or Nikon.

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Rapidshare
By Rapidshare (Sep 12, 2012)

I want the 16-50 mm and the 36F18 Lense, but black lenses don't look very good on silver bodies, do they?

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T3
By T3 (Sep 12, 2012)

Fortunately, the NEX-7 and NEX-6 are both black.

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viking79
By viking79 (Sep 12, 2012)

Not the best, but not bad either. I much prefer the look of the black lenses though, they aren't so darned shiny.

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spacegoret
By spacegoret (Sep 13, 2012)

The 16-50 power zoom will also come in silver.

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FTW
By FTW (Sep 12, 2012)

850$ for a 10-18 and only F4. they are kiddding. So, again the lens one waits for will be out of price for the normal user. The 16-50 seems ok to me, at least. So, I will stick to the Tokina 12-24 F4 with adapter. She performs great on NEX-7, despite being much bigger and half the price of this Sony lens. Seems to me that the NEX will get pocketable with the 16-50, was great time that Sony moved there backs and made something.

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viking79
By viking79 (Sep 12, 2012)

Not bad really, a Nikon brand 12-24 mm f/4 is around $1000. It is expensive, but typical for a name brand lens in that class. A Tokina is of course a nice cheap substitute.

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NowHearThis
By NowHearThis (Sep 12, 2012)

Nikon's 10-24 and Canon 10-22 cost about the same. Panasonic's 7-14 costs even more. I'll wait to criticize the price of this lens until I see how it performs optically. As it is, this lens is high on my WANT list.

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Larnus
By Larnus (Sep 13, 2012)

+1 for Tokina 12-24. At F4 16mm mine is much brighter than the SEL16mm 2.8@F4 - weird since it has so many more air-to-glass surfaces. Could even be brighter than this new lens.

In reviews - the Tokina pretty much neck-to-neck with the Nikon - so it's perhaps a bit more than a substitute!

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Sep 12, 2012)

The price for the prime is a bit steep. f/1.8 for $450? Should be $300 and f/1.4 $500~600.

Oh, and too bad 35 f/1.8 is covered by a $1100 lens. If it is $400, 35, 50, 85mm would be fully covered by f/1.8 primes.

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FTW
By FTW (Sep 12, 2012)

f/1.4 ?????
The prices are too high, that is Sony's typical price policy. The 10-18 at 500-600 and the prime at 450 would be ok. I match your price ideas here. Let's wait first what the pictures tell us. But, at 850 the 10-18 is out of range for me. I can afford it but do not see any utility to buy it. I get a high valued Voigtlaender 15 mm for 400$ in 39 Leica mount and same for 500$ in M-mount, new in the box.

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inazuma11
By inazuma11 (Sep 12, 2012)

I need to know the weight of 10-18mm

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Charrick
By Charrick (Sep 12, 2012)

It won't be long now before it will get hard to criticize the NEX series for having a poor E-mount lens selection. Remember, you have to start somewhere. And Sony has started.

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Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (Sep 12, 2012)

Yep.....as long as these three lenses are optically good then all they need is a small 85mm F2 and they are good to go. IMO.

An optically good, small 55-200 power zoom would be good as well.

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Marcelobtp
By Marcelobtp (Sep 12, 2012)

WOWOWOW very good ones, lets see how they perform!

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futile32
By futile32 (Sep 12, 2012)

35mm F1.8 sweet

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (Sep 12, 2012)

Yup. I'll be getting one with my NEX6 I just pre-ordered :)

C

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