Do you think the 35mm f1.8 e-mount will make the 50mm f1.8 even cheaper when it comes out ???

Started Oct 14, 2012 | Questions thread
Nell27 Senior Member • Posts: 2,708
Re: No, but...

kapanak wrote:

No company has ever replaced a lens one year after the older version came out.

If you believe the PDAF/Hybrid AF feature was something Sony cooked up in less than one year after the introduction of the SEL50F18, you are severely naive, good sir.

The Hybrid AF has been in the works for as long as the Sony Alpha A99 DSLT has been in the engineers' hands. All NEX lenses shipped with a silent stepping motor designed specifically for Contrast Detect AF AND Hybrid AF, which uses Phase Detect AF to quickly jump to the right plane of focus and then uses Contrast Detect AF to fine tune it. Another example of "not-so-silent" stepping motor is the new Canon EF, EF-S, and EF-M lenses using the STM motors.

SEL50F18 WILL be supported by a firmware ... but we might be waiting quite a while (at least 6 months to a year) for it.

LMAO. Well, I'll bow to your expertise.  However, I did say eventually the 50mm 1.8 that doesn't support PDAF would be phased out.

In your expert opinion please explain why Sony would continue to manufacture a 50mm lens that doesn't support PDAF and will need some kind of a firmware upgrade to align with their newer cameras.

The firmware  upgrade will be available for those people who have the older lens but sooner or later people will be buying the new and improved version and the older model will be unavailable.

By the way, Canon replaced their original 16-35 2.8 L lens with version ll about a year after the original came out (maybe a little longer, but not much).

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