Sony 20mm f/2.8 and PZ18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS lenses announced

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Sony 20mm f2.8 lens SEL20F28

Sony PZ18-200mm f3.5-6.3 OSS lens SELP18200

The two new Sony E lenses I mentioned earlier are now official - Sony 20mm f/2.8 lens specifications (price: $348):

Sony 20mm f2.8 lens

Sony E PZ18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS (SELP18200) motorized telezoom lens specifications (price: $1198):

Sony PZ18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS lens

Press release:

Sony Expands Lens Lineup for α E-Mount Camera System with New Wide-Angle and Telephoto Models

New 20mm f/2.8 "pancake" lens and Video-friendly 18-200mm f/3.5 – f/6.3 "Power Zoom" lens extend creative possibilities

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 22, 2013 – Sony is expanding its popular E-mount camera system with the addition of two new lenses compatible with all α E-Mount cameras and semi-professional camcorders.

New 20mm F2.8 'pancake' wide angle lens (model SEL20F28)

When mounted on any Sony α E-Mount camera, the sharp new SEL20F28 "pancake" lens creates an exceptionally versatile, portable package ideal for a broad range of everyday shooting opportunities ranging from interiors to landscapes, street photography, casual snapshots and more.

The new lens features an ultra-slim design approximately 20mm from lens front to back, and with its wide angle of view (30mm on 35mm equivalent) and bright F2.8 aperture, it produces excellent contrast, resolution and clarity across the frame for both still image and full HD video shooting.

New 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Powered Telephoto Zoom Lens (model SELP18200)

Originally offered only as a kit lens for the new NEX-VG30 camcorder introduced this past fall, the new SELP18200 powered telephoto zoom lens will now be available for purchase as a stand-alone lens.

Designed for serious videographers, the high-quality lens offers a generous 11x magnification range and whisper-quiet power zoom mechanics, focusing and aperture operation. This allows for smooth cinematic transitions when adjusting zoom level or manual settings during shooting. It features a comfortably positioned zoom lever that works with a switch on the lens barrel, allowing zoom speed to be selected in three different steps – from slow, beautiful shifts in perspective to dramatic crash-zoom effects. Zoom can also be controlled directly from compatible NEX-VG900, NEX-VG30 and NEX-FS700 (requires firmware update) video cameras.

The new lens also has built-in Optical SteadyShot™, which cuts the effects of camera shake and minimizes camera blur while shooting handheld at slower shutter speeds. Additionally, Active Mode further enhances stabilization at the wide end of the 11x zoom range ensuring smooth, stable footage even if the shooter is in motion. While the new SELP18200 lens is optimized for video, it's also a flexible choice for shooting still photography – from expansive landscapes to high impact close-ups of wildlife or athletes – with Sony's α E-Mount range of interchangeable lens still cameras.

Sony α E-mount lens family expansion

These new models expand the Sony E-mount family to 13 native E-mount lenses plus two converters, covering virtually any shooting situation for photographers and videographers alike. Spanning ultra-wide angle, powerful telezoom, macro and fast, bright primes, the range includes premium optics by Sony and Carl Zeiss, and offers refined performance and easy handling throughout the line.

Pricing and Availability

The new E 20mm F2.8 (SEL20F28) wide-angle prime lens will be available this April for about $350.

The new E PZ18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS (SELP18200) motorized telezoom lens will be available this March for about $1200.

The Sony α family of cameras, camcorders, lenses and accessories can be purchased at Sony retail stores, online at www.store.sony.com and at all other authorized retailers throughout the Sony dealer network.

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  • mythbuster

    18-200, f/3.5-6.3 for 1200??? And it´s not a real cinema lens, just a motorized zoom. If you want to zoom from 18mm to 200mm, you need to set aperture at f/6.3 as maximum from the begining. And as they don´t say anything about it´s a parfocal lens, I think for sure it´s not. Sony´s marketing people seems to be smoking hard these days…

    • Pablo Ricasso

      What’s that bulge on the side of the barel? Is it where they squeezed in an image stabilization unit?
      Weird design indeed…

      • mythbuster

        It seems to be the zoom controls: the first for wide-tele selection (W-T) and the other for the velocity of zooming: low, medium or high (L-M-H). I think design is not so bad, but that cheap zoom lens don´t deserve it.

        • Slaven

          If you don’t want that cheap lens, does it mean you’re going to buy the expensive one? Something like

          Fujinon 19-90mm CABRIO, don’t you? =)

          • mythbuster

            I only said this is not a real cinema lens and way expensive. Sony says it´s for “serious videographers” and this is not true. You can´t compare them. A motorized zoom is not really necessary for making non professional films and so buying the Tamron for $160 or the non motorized Sony for 350 is a better alternative. With the $1000 extra you can get a pair of good primes too. And if you are concerned about imaging quality and really need a zoom lens, it´s better investing in a pair of good zoom parfocal lenses, like the excellent Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 macro ($750) and the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 ($350). Sigma has good lenses too.

          • Slaven

            Man, I realy don’t get it, where did you find SEL 18-200 OSS for $350. Or Tamron E 18-200 VC for $160. Yes, Sony’s E 18-200 OSS is the lens, suitable for videoshooters. But it’s price is $900 (B&H for instance).
            May be you propose a-mount SAL 18-200 and a-mount
            Tamron 18-200mm DI-II? Then hmmm… Good luck too you =)

    • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

      Cashed up holiday videographers pay top dollar for this sort of thing… “honey look… we won’t need to change lenses anymore and it works like your old Handycam”…

  • mythbuster

    I was looking pricing of similar zoom lenses in Europe now: Tamron 18-200 f/3.5-6.3 for only Euro 160 in Amazon, Sony 18-200 f/3.5-6 for 349 in Digital Factory. Why the hell Sony thinks you are willing to pay near $1000 for a little motor?

  • BP2012

    I love the look of this 20mm pancake lens and I hope the quality will be in according to price.

  • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

    Pancakes are nice, Sony, but not so excited by the f/2.8 part… Panasonic’s 20 1.7 mFT pancake lens almost covers APS-C and it’s sharp, so I’m sure you guys can make a decent 20mm f/2 around the same size, right?

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