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Sony FE lenses

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-up 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
19 Apr

Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS

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  • Tele-photo zoom for full frame E-mount
  • G-Master Series professional quality
  • Construction with 22 lenses in 16 groups
  • 9 circular aperture blades
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
  • Weather sealing
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.98m (3.22 ft)
  • Dimensions (diameter x length): 94 x 205mm (3-3/4 x 8-1/8")
  • Weight: 1395g (49.3 oz)
  • In stock at major vendors in May 2017
  • Launch price: $2,499
  • Street price: check availability at Amazon
5 Apr

Zeiss Batis Apo-Sonnar 135mm f/2.8

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  • Autofocus tele-lens for full frame E-mount
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Apo-chromatic correction for superior sharness and contrast
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • OLED Display for Focus Distance and DoF
  • Linear Autofocus Motor
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Dust and moisture sealing
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.87m
  • Front filter diameter: 67mm
  • Length: 120mm
  • Maximum diameter: 81mm
  • Weight: 614g
  • In stock at major vendors in May 2017
  • Launch price: $1,999
  • Street price: check availability at Amazon
23 Feb

Voigtlander 65mm f/2 Macro Apo-Lanthar

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  • Full frame format macro lens
  • Fast aperture for macro photography with shallow depth of field
  • Manual focus
  • Transmission of EXIF data
  • Operational with in-body image stabilization
  • Allows automatic magnification when focusing
  • Minimum focus distance of 31cm
  • Maximum shooting magnification is 1:2
  • Also suitable for portrait photography
  • Price: check availability at Amazon
23 Feb

Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 Nokton

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  • Full frame format wide-angle prime
  • Modified optical design optimized for Sony E-mount cameras
  • Manual focus
  • Transmission of EXIF data
  • Operational with in-body image stabilization
  • Allows automatic magnification when focusing
  • Minimum focus distance of 40cm
  • Aperture can be de-clicked for video shooting
  • Price: check availability at Amazon
23 Feb

Voigtlander 35mm f/1.4 Nokton

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  • Full frame format wide-angle prime
  • Modified optical design optimized for Sony E-mount cameras
  • Manual focus
  • Transmission of EXIF data
  • Operational with in-body image stabilization
  • Allows automatic magnification when focusing
  • Beautiful bokeh wide open or enhanced sharpness when stopped down
  • Price: check availability at Amazon
7 Feb

Sony 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS

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  • 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 offers 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 offers 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 offers 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

All Sony FE full-frame lenses

The following listing provides an overview of lens availability for the Sony FE-mount, and reports the main specs of the optics for comparison. The listed prices are those at release time, so they may have changed since then. The catalog comprises optics from Sony and other lens producers. Both autofocus and manual focus lenses are shown, but you can suppress the MF-lens listings by un-selecting the respective checkbox in the table header. Kindly note that APS-C lenses for NEX/E-mount cameras are not shown in this listing, but can be found in the broader E-mount catalog.

Headline Specifications of FE-Mount Lenses
Wide-angle Focus
System
(type)
Filter
Type
(size)
Weather
Sealing
(y/n)
Lens
Dimensions
(dia x len)
Lens
Weight
(net)
Product
Launch
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Voigtlander 10mm f/5.6 Hyper-Wide-Heliar MF 72 no 68 x 74 mm 371 g 2016 1099 latest check
Samyang 12mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS FISH-EYE MF no no 77 x 99 mm 525 g 2014 499 latest check
Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D MF no no 75 x 83 mm 609 g 2016 979 latest check
Voigtlander 12mm f/5.6 Ultra-Wide-Heliar MF 67 no 67 x 74 mm 230 g 2016 699 latest check
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC MF no no 87 x 122 mm 570 g 2010 399 latest check
Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC AF no no 86 x 98 mm 470 g 2016 849 latest check
Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro MF 77 no 84 x 65 mm 410 g 2015 529 latest check
Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5 Super-Wide-Heliar MF 58 no 66 x 68 mm 294 g 2016 799 latest check
Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS AF 72 YES 78 x 99 mm 518 g 2014 1349 latest check
Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 AF 77 YES 78 x 95 mm 330 g 2016 1499 latest check
Samyang 20mm f/1.8 ED AS UMC MF 77 no 83 x 114 mm 525 g 2016 599 latest check
Tokina Firin 20mm f/2.0 FE MF MF 62 no 69 x 82 mm 490 g 2016 799 latest check
Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 MF 52 YES 62 x 72 mm 394 g 2015 1499 latest check
Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC MF 77 no 83 x 124 mm 590 g 2011 599 latest check
Handevision Iberit 24mm f/2.4 MF 49 no 58 x 68 mm 320 g 2016 619 latest check
Samyang 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt/Shift MF 82 no 86 x 139 mm 734 g 2012 999 latest check
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 AF 67 YES 81 x 78 mm 335 g 2015 1299 latest check
Sony FE 28mm f/2.0 AF 49 YES 64 x 60 mm 200 g 2015 449 latest check
Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC MF 77 no 83 x 138 mm 735 g 2011 599 latest check
Sony Distagon FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA AF 72 YES 79 x 112 mm 630 g 2015 1599 latest check
Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 MF 52 YES 62 x 59 mm 340 g 2014 1299 latest check
Handevision Iberit 35mm f/2.4 MF 49 no 58 x 35 mm 280 g 2016 579 latest check
Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar AF 49 YES 62 x 37 mm 120 g 2013 799 latest check
Standard Focus
System
(type)
Filter
Type
(size)
Weather
Sealing
(y/n)
Lens
Dimensions
(dia x len)
Lens
Weight
(net)
Product
Launch
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM AF 82 YES 88 x 136 mm 886 g 2016 2199 latest check
Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS CZ Vario Tessar AF 67 YES 73 x 95 mm 426 g 2013 1199 latest check
Sony FE 24-240 f/3.5-6.3 OSS AF 72 YES 81 x 119 mm 780 g 2015 999 latest check
Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS AF 55 YES 73 x 83 mm 295 g 2013 499 latest check
Sony FE 28-135mm f/4 G PZ OSS AF 95 YES 105 x 163 mm 1215 g 2014 2499 latest check
Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 MF 67 no 69 x 87 mm 720 g 2014 849 latest check
Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC MF 77 no 82 x 101 mm 565 g 2014 499 latest check
Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC AF 67 no 74 x 98 mm 560 g 2016 699 latest check
Sony FE 50mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar AF 72 YES 84 x 108 mm 778 g 2016 1499 latest check
Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 AF 49 no 60 x 69 mm 186 g 2016 249 latest check
Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 MF 52 YES 62 x 59 mm 320 g 2014 949 latest check
Handevision Iberit 50mm f/2.4 MF 49 no 58 x 55 mm 250 g 2016 549 latest check
Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro AF 55 YES 71 x 71 mm 236 g 2016 499 latest check
Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar AF 49 YES 64 x 71 mm 281 g 2013 999 latest check
Lensbaby Velvet 56 f/1.6 MF 62 no 72 x 94 mm 400 g 2015 499 latest check
Tele-photo Focus
System
(type)
Filter
Type
(size)
Weather
Sealing
(y/n)
Lens
Dimensions
(dia x len)
Lens
Weight
(net)
Product
Launch
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Venus Optics Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro MF 62 no 70 x 95 mm 503 g 2014 429 latest check
Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS AF 77 YES 88 x 200 mm 1480 g 2016 2599 latest check
Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS AF 72 YES 80 x 175 mm 840 g 2013 1499 latest check
Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS AF 72 YES 84 x 144 mm 854 g 2016 1199 latest check
Handevision Iberit 75mm f/2.4 MF 49 no 58 x 65 mm 270 g 2016 549 latest check
Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2 MF 77 no 83 x 96 mm 921 g 2015 799 latest check
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical IF MF 72 no 78 x 101 mm 569 g 2008 299 discont. check
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC MF 72 no 78 x 101 mm 570 g 2013 399 latest check
Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM AF 77 YES 90 x 108 mm 820 g 2016 1798 latest check
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 AF 67 YES 81 x 92 mm 475 g 2015 1199 latest check
Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 AF 67 YES 78 x 82 mm 371 g 2017 599 latest check
Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 MF 52 YES 63 x 95 mm 594 g 2014 1399 latest check
Handevision Iberit 90mm f/2.4 MF 49 no 58 x 69 mm 340 g 2016 489 latest check
Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS AF 62 YES 79 x 131 mm 602 g 2015 1099 latest check
Samyang 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC MACRO MF 67 no 73 x 149 mm 730 g 2015 599 latest check
Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF OSS GM AF 72 YES 85 x 118 mm 700 g 2017 1499 latest check
Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS AF 77 YES 94 x 205 mm 1395 g 2017 2499 latest check
Venus Optics Laowa STF 105mm f/2.0 MF 67 no 76 x 99 mm 745 g 2016 729 latest check
Samyang 135mm f/2.0 ED UMC MF 77 no 82 x 148 mm 845 g 2015 599 latest check
Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 AF 67 YES 81 x 120 mm 614 g 2017 1999 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.