Anyone disappointed with the FE movement?

Started Mar 11, 2014 | Discussions thread
EinsteinsGhost Forum Pro • Posts: 11,977
Re: Anyone disappointed with the FE movement?

EinsteinsGhost wrote:

I think you need to be patient. I'm a bit frustrated by the lack of lenses as well, especially since most of the FE lenses available carry the Zeiss logo and thus also the Zeiss price tag. I think we need to remember the developing a lens is quite complicated and 5 months is not a very long time to do that. I'm hoping Sony will take some of the FF Alpha lenses and make new FE versions of them, especially some fast primes and a non-zess 24-70mm f2.8 zoom.

The way I see it, Sony brought out FE bodies for a few reasons:
- People with interest in legacy lenses and wanting to use them at the purposed FOV.
- People with interest in a high quality FF option that is more portable.
- Both of the above to also get customers from Canon and Nikon camps to consider Sony even if that meNt they mostly used their existing lenses.

When we talk native lenses, it is the second point. Sony's round one is clearly about establishing E-mount (also applies to APSc cameras) as the portable solution without settling for smaller sensors. This is best met with a complete line of fast but not fastest zooms, and complimented with logically fast primes.

Take note of how many are already whining about the size/weight of 70-200G (which I find amuusing because I consider that the right size/weight for a fast tele on my NEX-6 as I use a similarly sized lens today which actually is heavier). Imagine these same folks whining about cost, size and weight of f/2.8 zooms.

For those who don't mind the size and weight, they already have the solution: A-mount via adapters, or use their existing DSLR lenses from other mounts. This works for occasional use (that is my approach). If I used the set up regularly, one should ask self: do you really care about portability? And what brings you to E-mount?

Manny, have you seen the size of the Canon 24-70mm f2.8?

This weekend, a guy at a local archery range had a 5DMarkIII with one - it's HUGE! Front element is - no lie - 82mm! Weighs almost 2 lbs, costs over $2000. To gain one f-stop over the Sony 24-70 FE.

Have you ever tried shooting a portrait with a 70mm f2.8 lens wide open? - try getting a 3/4th face completely sharp in a frame-filling image - you won't - you need to stop down to f5.8/f8.

I am not surprised. Everybody is going gaga over Fuji bringing out a 16-55/2.8 for its APSc and that thing has a 77mm filter size. It likely weighs over 600g too. If the idea behind purchasing into E-mount is portability, I don't see such lenses being a top priority. Why not just go ahead and use A-mount lenses (funny how the same people turn around and say that adapters add bulk and weight yet somehow the bulk and weight of lenses is not a concern).

I think Sony has taken the right approach: a trio of stabilized zoom lenses that are constant aperture and reasonably fast (f/4), potentially from 16mm to 200mm. Plus high quality primes that are small and light and go well with the portability aspects of the camera. I would say that the first ten lenses should follow this mantra. Later launches could include faster (hence bigger and more expensive) and slower (smaller and cheaper).

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