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Sony FE lens lineup

The launch of the mirrorless A7 and A7R cameras in October 2013 with the first full-frame E-mount lenses presented a major milestone for Sony and digital imaging. The compact, high-performance camera bodies quickly established a strong following among enthusiast-photographers, but the limited number of native lenses for the FE-mount initially presented a drawback. However, Sony provided its system users with a roadmap of lenses under development and has delivered on the promised build-up of the lens catalog. A quite comprehensive line of full-frame E-mount lenses from Sony, Zeiss and other manufacturers has meanwhile emerged and continues to develop.

Lens schedule
Sony lens roadmap (2014)[sony]

So what is rumored to be in the pipeline in terms of lens releases? The latest roadmap from September 2014 lists 11 lenses for release in 2015 or thereafter. Of these four have already been made available in 2015, notably the Sony FE 24-240 F3.5-6.3 OSS superzoom, Sony FE 28mm F2.0 wideangle prime (with super wide-angle and fisheye converters), the fast Sony Distagon FE 35mm F1.4 ZA, and the Sony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS macro lens. This left seven gray-lined entries on the road map without any further official designation. In February 2016, Sony announced three professional grade, weather-sealed lenses in a new G Master series: The Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM portrait lens, the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM standard zoom, and the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS tele zoom. In addition, two new 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters became available for use with the new 70-200mm GM lens (and likely future telephoto optics). Later in 2016, Sony announced the release of two standard primes: The Sony 50mm f/1.8 and the Sony Planar FE 50mm f/1.4, as well as a short life-size macro lens, the Sony FE 50mm f/2.8, and the Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS telezoom. Hence, all the indicated optics from the 2014-roadmap have become available.

Nevertheless, even without a new roadmap, the development of the FE catalog will continue with new launches over the coming months from Sony and third-party manufacturers, such as Zeiss, Samyang, and Voigtläander. The following timeline lists recent lens releases and upcoming lens launches – officially announced or rumored – and the subsequent table makes it possible to compare the headline specs of the new optics with existing lenses in the FE-catalog. Looks promising, doesn't it?

New FE-mount lenses

New 2017

Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 GM FE

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  • Rumored wide-angle zoom
  • G-Master Series professional quality
  • Faster alternative to the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 (pictured)
  • Weathersealed
  • Expected to be announced and available in 2017
7 Feb

Sony 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS

sony fe 100mm 28 stf
  • Full frame format portrait prime
  • G-Master Series of Professional Lenses
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Rounded Eleven-Blade Diaphragm
  • Apodization Element for Smooth Bokeh
  • One Aspherical Element, One ED Element
  • Nano AR Coating
  • Direct Drive SSM Focus System
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Moisture and Dust Sealed
  • Ring-Switch to Change Focus Setting
  • Available from March 2017
  • Launch Price: $1,499
  • Street Price: check availability at Amazon
7 Feb

Sony 85mm f/1.8

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  • Full frame format portrait prime
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22
  • Rounded Nine-Blade Diaphragm
  • One Extra-Low Dispersion Element
  • Double Linear Autofocus Motor
  • Customizable Focus Hold Button
  • Available from March 2017
  • Launch Price: $599
  • Street Price: check availability at Amazon
15 Sep

Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4

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  • Manual Focus Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.4 to f/22
  • Manual Aperture Can Be De-Clicked
  • 7 elements in 7 groups
  • Three Anomalous Partial Dispersion Elements
  • Sonnar Optical Design
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • All-Metal Barrel, Engraved Scales
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.80m
  • Weather-Resistant Lens Mount Gasket
  • Front filter: E52
  • Diameter: 62.5mm
  • Length: 94.8mm
  • Weight: 594g
  • Available from mid-December
  • Launch price: $1,399
  • Street Price: check availability at Amazon
8 Sep

Tokina Firin 20mm f/2.0

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  • Manual Focus Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
  • Three Super-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Multi-Layered Coating
  • Aperture Ring Can Be De-Clicked
  • Nine-Blade Diaphragm
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.28m
  • Front filter: E62
  • Diameter: 69mm
  • Length: 81.5mm
  • Weight: 490g
  • Launch price: $799
  • Street Price: check offers at Amazon
30 Aug

Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro

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  • AF macro prime lens for full-frame
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/16
  • Seven-Blade Circular Diaphragm
  • 8 elements in 7 groups
  • One Extra-Low Dispersion Element
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Life-Size 1:1 Magnification
  • Focus Range Limiter and Focus Hold Button
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.16m
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Front filter: E55
  • Diameter: 70.8mm
  • Length: 71mm
  • Weight: 236g
  • Launch price: $499
  • Street Price: check availability at Amazon
17 Aug

Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC

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  • Autofocus wide-angle for FE
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Front filter: E67
  • Dimensions (diameter x length): 85.5 x 97.5 mm
  • Weight: 470 g
  • Sold under the Rokinon brand in North America
  • Launch price: €699
  • Street Price: check availability at Amazon
11 July

Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA

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  • AF standard prime lens for full-frame
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/22
  • Eleven-Blade Circular Diaphragm
  • 12 elements in 9 groups
  • 2 aspherical and 1 ED element
  • Zeiss T* coating
  • Ring-type Ultrasonic Focusing Motor
  • Optical SteadyShot (OSS) Image Stabilization
  • Internal Focus, Full Time Manual Override
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.45m
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Front filter: E72
  • Diameter: 84mm
  • Length: 108mm
  • Weight: 778g
  • Launch price: $1,500
  • Street Price: check availability at Amazon
Headline Specifications of FE-Mount Lenses
Wideangle Focus
System
(type)
Front
Filter
(type)
Weather
Sealing
(y/n)
Overall
Length
(mm)
Max
Diameter
(mm)
Lens
Weight
(g)
Launch
Date
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Voigtlander 10mm f/5.6 Hyper-Wide-Heliar MF 72 no 74 68 371 2016 1099 latest check
Samyang 12mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS FISH-EYE MF no no 99 77 525 2014 499 latest check
Voigtlander 12mm f/5.6 Ultra-Wide-Heliar MF 67 no 74 67 230 2016 699 latest check
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC MF no no 122 87 570 2010 399 latest check
Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC AF no no 98 86 470 2016 849 latest check
Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro MF 77 no 65 84 410 2015 479 latest check
Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5 Super-Wide-Heliar MF 58 no 68 66 294 2016 799 latest check
Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS AF 72 YES 99 78 518 2014 1349 latest check
Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 AF 77 YES 95 78 330 2016 1499 latest check
Samyang 20mm f/1.8 ED AS UMC MF 77 no 114 83 525 2016 599 latest check
Tokina Firin 20mm f/2.0 FE MF MF 62 no 82 69 490 2016 799 latest check
Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 MF 52 YES 72 62 394 2015 1499 latest check
Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC MF 77 no 124 83 590 2011 599 latest check
Handevision Iberit 24mm f/2.4 MF 49 no 68 58 320 2016 619 latest check
Samyang 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt/Shift MF 82 no 139 86 734 2012 999 latest check
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 AF 67 YES 78 81 335 2015 1299 latest check
Sony FE 28mm f/2.0 AF 49 YES 60 64 200 2015 449 latest check
Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC MF 77 no 138 83 735 2011 599 latest check
Sony Distagon FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA AF 72 YES 112 79 630 2015 1599 latest check
Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 MF 52 YES 59 62 340 2014 1299 latest check
Handevision Iberit 35mm f/2.4 MF 49 no 35 58 280 2016 579 latest check
Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar AF 49 YES 37 62 120 2013 799 latest check
Standard Focus
System
(type)
Front
Filter
(type)
Weather
Sealing
(y/n)
Overall
Length
(mm)
Max
Diameter
(mm)
Lens
Weight
(g)
Launch
Date
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM AF 82 YES 136 88 886 2016 2199 latest check
Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar AF 67 YES 95 73 426 2013 1199 latest check
Sony FE 24-240 f/3.5-6.3 OSS AF 72 YES 119 81 780 2015 999 latest check
Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS AF 55 YES 83 73 295 2013 499 latest check
Sony FE 28-135mm f/4 G PZ OSS AF 95 YES 163 105 1215 2014 2499 latest check
Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 MF 67 no 87 69 720 2014 849 latest check
Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC MF 77 no 101 82 565 2014 499 latest check
Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC AF 67 no 98 74 560 2016 699 latest check
Sony FE 50mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar AF 72 YES 108 84 778 2016 1499 latest check
Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 AF 49 no 69 60 186 2016 249 latest check
Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 MF 52 YES 59 62 320 2014 949 latest check
Handevision Iberit 50mm f/2.4 MF 49 no 55 58 250 2016 549 latest check
Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro AF 55 YES 71 71 236 2016 499 latest check
Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar AF 49 YES 71 64 281 2013 999 latest check
Lensbaby Velvet 56 f/1.6 MF 62 no 94 72 400 2015 499 latest check
Tele Focus
System
(type)
Front
Filter
(type)
Weather
Sealing
(y/n)
Overall
Length
(mm)
Max
Diameter
(mm)
Lens
Weight
(g)
Launch
Date
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS AF 77 YES 200 88 1480 2016 2599 latest check
Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS AF 72 YES 144 84 854 2016 1199 latest check
Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS AF 72 YES 144 84 854 2016 1199 latest check
Handevision Iberit 75mm f/2.4 MF 49 no 65 58 270 2016 549 latest check
Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2 MF 77 no 96 83 921 2015 799 latest check
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical IF MF 72 no 101 78 569 2008 299 - check
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC MF 72 no 101 78 570 2013 399 latest check
Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM AF 77 YES 108 90 820 2016 1798 latest check
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 AF 67 YES 92 81 475 2015 1199 latest check
Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 AF 67 YES 82 78 371 2017 599 latest check
Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 MF 52 YES 95 63 594 2016 1399 latest check
Handevision Iberit 90mm f/2.4 MF 49 no 69 58 340 2016 489 latest check
Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS AF 62 YES 131 79 602 2015 1099 latest check
Samyang 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC MACRO MF 67 no 149 73 730 2015 599 latest check
Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF OSS GM AF 72 YES 118 85 700 2017 1499 latest check
Venus Optics Laowa STF 105mm f/2.0 MF 67 no 99 76 745 2016 699 latest check
Samyang 135mm f/2.0 ED UMC MF 77 no 148 82 845 2015 599 latest check

Further Reading

If the existing catalog of native E-mount lenses does not contain what you are looking for, what about using some lenses from other mounts on your mirrorless Sony via an adapter? Many of the Canon EF lenses can even autofocus on the latest Sony cameras. Or if you are willing to focus manually, there is the entire set of excellent Leica-R lenses, which just crave for a modern digital camera.