2019 Lens Wishlist

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Kharan Senior Member • Posts: 1,881
Re: 2019 Lens Wishlist

JohnNEX wrote:

sportyaccordy wrote:

E system is long overdue for a set of good, affordable, light weight midrange lenses. If someone could make a set of primes and zooms for under $500/500g- 24/2, 40/2, 55/2, 85/2, 135/2.8, 18-35/4, 24-85/4, 70-200/4 possibly- I think they'd do very well

Don't the primes already largely exist?

Samyang 24/2.8 is currently $279

It's really mediocre and only f/2.8, although it's better than nothing.

Sony FE 28/2 is $448

Lots of sample variation, but good copies are fine. With this one there isn't a lot of room for an f/2.8 version.

Sony FE 50/1.8 is currently $200

Ugh, garbage.

Samyang 35/2.8 is currently $269

Also weak, and too slow for a versatile 35mm.

Samyang 45/2.8 is $399

You mean f/1.8. I hope it's good, because I like it.

Sigma 70/2.8 macro is currently $469


Sony FE 85/1.8 is often at $548 and will come down more over time.

Not by much, but it's the uncontested king of that space, and competitive with similar offerings from other brands. That's one true gem of the lineup.

Samyang 85/1.4 for $699 (a bit above your $500/500g but its amazing value and will also come down in price).

Yeah, it looks good, and once it becomes cheaper it might be a popular choice.

I am not the sort of person who, given the choice between a 24/2.8 and a 28/2 says, oh no I really want a 24/2 (or a 28/2.8), how unlucky! There will always be some combination that does not exist.

But asking for a faster 24mm, or a wider prime, or a good and affordable 35mm isn't some crazy, unreasonable expectation - these are lenses that form part of the extensive and complete Nikon F and Canon EF catalogs, for example, and even of Micro Four Thirds.

Assuming that you are not that pedantic, the key question is what level of image quality do you want. There is no way that these lenses will have Batis or GM level IQ and cost less than $500, no matter who makes them, and if they have decent IQ then there will be serious compromises elsewhere - the FE 50/.18 is a good example, with very good IQ but AF stinks.

A cheap long prime is still missing, but the cheapest AF 135mm lens in any mount is the ancient Canon 135/2L for $999. I think it will be a while before we get a 135mm AF lens at $500/500g. A expect Samyang to do one for around $700, but it will be a brick.

Personally, I don't think that E mount is long overdue for anything - the FE lenses have existed for only 5.5 years and the lenses have been coming out very fast over most of that time.

But with strange omissions and duplicated offers... There's still quite a few holes to plug, honestly, before the system truly equals the more established DSLR mounts.

Anyway, now that CaNikon have their mirrorless systems underway, the third party folk will start producing a lot more, using the same designs with the different mounts.


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