Sony E 20mm f/2.8

January 23, 2013 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses | 6 Comments |
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Sony has expanded its E-mount lens range with a pancake lens, the 30mm equivalent Sony E 20mm f/2.8. Featuring an optical formula comprising six elements in six groups and a seven-bladed iris diaphragm that stops down to f/16, the lens weighs in at a mere 69 grams.  Claimed to produce “excellent contrast, resolution and clarity across the frame for both still image and full HD video shooting,” the Sony E 20mm f/2.8 SEL20F28 wide-angle prime lens will be available this April for about $350.

Furthermore, Sony has announced that the 18-200mm OSS power zoom, originally offered only as a kit lens for the NEX-VG30 camcorder, will now be available for purchase as a stand-alone product, starting this March for about $1200.

Sony Press Release

More ways to see the world as Sony extends choice of E-mount lenses 23 January 2013

New 20mm pancake lens and video-friendly 18-200mm power zoom for ? E-mount cameras and camcorders

Photographers and video makers are spoiled for choice with two additions to the range of E-mount interchangeable lenses for Sony ? E-mount cameras and semi-professional camcorders.

E 20mm F2.8 ‘pancake’ wide angle lens
Measuring approximately 20mm from lens front to back, this short focal length ‘pancake’ lens makes an ultra-slim yet tough ‘walkaround’ partner for your ? E-mount camera.

With the 35mm equivalent of its 30mm wide angle of view and bright F2.8 aperture, it’s perfect for a broad range of everyday shooting opportunities – from interiors to landscapes, street scenes and casual snaps. Excellent contrast and resolution are augmented by enhanced clarity in corner areas to satisfy the most discerning photographer.

E PZ18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS powered telephoto zoom lens
Offering a generous 11x magnification range, this high-quality telephoto zoom makes an ideal partner for shooting video with the E-mount interchangeable lens Full HD camcorders. The NEX-VG30EH is already supplied as a kit with this E PZ 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Power Zoom lens.

A comfortably positioned zoom lever is partnered with a switch on the lens barrel, allowing zoom speed to be selected in six steps – from slow, beautiful shifts in perspective to dramatic crash-zoom effects. Thanks to a newly-developed internal linear motor, power zoom is complemented by exceptionally smooth, whisper-quiet focusing and aperture operation. Zoom can also be controlled directly from NEX-VG900, NEX-VG30 and NEX-FS700*.

*Firmware update is required for NEX-FS700.

Built-in Optical SteadyShot cuts the effects of camera shake, allowing handheld use of slower shutter speeds without image blur. Active Mode further enhances stabilisation at the wide end of the 11x zoom range – even when you’re walking along. This makes the lens a compelling choice for capturing smooth, stable video footage.

While optimised for video, it’s also a flexible choice for shooting stills with Sony’s ? E-mount interchangeable lens still cameras - from expansive landscapes to high impact close-ups of wildlife and athletes

E-mount lens family keeps growing
There’s now a family of thirteen E-mount lenses plus two converters, covering virtually any shooting situation with your Sony ? E-mount camera or camcorder. Spanning ultra-wide angle, powerful telezoom, macro and fast, bright primes, the range includes premium optics by Sony and Carl Zeiss. Beautifully styled to complement your ? E-mount camera, every E-mount lens offers refined performance and easy handling.

The availability of the new E-mount interchangeable lenses for Sony ? E-mount cameras and camcorders is E 20mm F2.8 from February and E PZ18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS from April 2013.

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#1 JS

It's 4mm(6)short of an ideal focal lenth...

11:31 am - Wednesday, January 23, 2013

#2 A.J.

I love pancake glass; used them for years. And while there has always been a little bit of a premium for the pancakes, I'm not sure how many of these Sony will manage to sell at a $1200 price point; especially when considers the consumer base for E-series glass.

4:13 pm - Wednesday, January 23, 2013

#3 JS

@A.J. It's $350!

5:12 pm - Wednesday, January 23, 2013

#4 emopunk

Weird and unexplainable focal length on APS-C.

6:37 pm - Wednesday, January 23, 2013

#5 Zoltan Arva-Toth

A.J. the pancake lens is priced at $350, it's the powerzoom lens that costs $1200.

6:52 pm - Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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10:00 pm - Wednesday, January 23, 2013