Sony NEX E-mount roadmap 2012-2013

Sony NEX E-mount lens roadmap 2012-2013

Sony NEX E-mount roadmap 2012-2013 (click on image for larger view)

This is is Sony's E-mount (NEX) roadmap for 2012-2013:

  • G high performance standard zoom
  • High magnification zoom
  • Standard zoom
  • Wide angle zoom
  • Mid-magnification zoom
  • Large aperture standard prime
  • Middle telephoto prime
  • Pancake (prime)
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  • pooh

    Large aperture standard prime – super expensive;

    Pancake – 2013.


  • Steve

    Lens mock ups have been shown for a long time – with two left – wide zoom and G zoom. Now it seems the G zoom has been put on a back burner so we can have more crappy low grade stuff. Really frustrating if you own an NEX 7.

    • Steve

      …oops actually 3 left of the mock ups – that mid tele lens.

  • jack

    Slow and steady wins the race?

    • Steve

      Not so sure about steady but I agree with slow.

      • Mr. Sony… No.

        Hahahaha.. funny but true.

    • Jojo

      No, slow and steady means more people give Sony a miss and go into other systems instead. For example, I like the NEX7 enough to have chosen the camera but I’ve invested in another CSC for now. Even at Photokina, Focus, etc, Sony have had rough mock ups for 18 months, but little idea of anything remotely definite for spec or availability – hence lost camera sales. Sony need to give us a few more lenses not more roadmaps!
      I’ll look at Sony NEX again when it shows signs of actually becoming a system, but of course there will be even more other choices by then.

  • Christopher M

    Between the NEX 7 and Fuji X Pro 1, the big difference for me is the lens selection. Sony focused on slow zooms, while Fuji launched with 3 fast primes. Maybe, after 2.5 years, sony will have a large aperture normal. Maybe.

  • Abandon system all ye who entered here.

    • fred


      er, I mean +4.5-6.3

  • Steve

    This is why I cancelled my NEX 7 order and pre-ordered the Fuji. One good lens. Fuji already has three basics covered and will have 9 total lenses by the end of 2013 including basically all the primes you need for that style of camera. I really don’t understand what Sony is doing, but after seeing this lens road map I won’t even bother looking at their cameras. This is clearly not a company interested in photography the way Fuji is.

    • tino

      Not only that, Sony continue to make lens that make no sense for the 1.5x sensor.

      What the hell is the 50/1.8 for, super ghetto portrait?

      How about a 18 or 20mm pancake Sony?

      And make them not look like soda cans.

    • “This is clearly not a company interested in photography the way Fuji is.”

      I’m a bigger fan of Fuji than I am of Sony… but saying that the Sony hasn’t concentrated on better photography with the Nex line just goes to show that you’re most likely very new to all these.

      You are forgetting:

      1. Sony was the first to bring out such a small interchangeable lens camera with a such a big sensor. You couldn’t pocket pre-Nex microFourThirds or Samsung NX cameras but now they all jumped in on the bandwagon with the GF3s, E-PMs and NX200s… all because of Sony. Not because of Fuji. And why is the Fuji X-1 so big? Slight differences in absolute sizes aside, one might as well carry a FF DSLR.

      2. Sony, after the release of the Nex 3 and 5 got to know that their cameras are very popular with people using adapted lenses and they actively supported those who do by adding peaking focus and allowing customisable on-screen menus through firmware updates. Has Fuji even addressed the focus ring sensitivity issues in the X100 that every X100 user’s whining about after all this time? Fuji X100 users were specifically asking for mechanically-coupled focus rings in future models but the X-1 again has the same focus-by-wire system. Did Fuji listen?

      3. Have you ever picked up a Nex-5N? I’m guessing not. It will make you take better photos because of the swivel touch screen that allows for easy “tap focusing”. If you say that doesn’t help one take better photos then either (1) you’re lying to yourself or (2) you don’t know how to take photos.

      So, yeah… we all hate the fact that Sony doesn’t have more fast primes, etc. but to say that they’re not interested in photography the way Fuji is quite ignorant.

      • fred

        Your argument is as weak as your personal judgement of Steve is childish. I’ve been doing this for 30 years and I agree with Steve.

        • Sounds like it’s time to retire grandpa… you’re starting to get reading and comprehension issues.

          • fred

            Well, you’ve proven my claim that you’re childish. Keep going.

      • Rich

        I agree with Steve and Fred. And why on earth would tap-focusing make you a better photographer??!

        • For starters, touch focus helps you be more creative with the shots because you can focus anywhere on the frame with a single touch and you don’t need to focus-recompose (which is not accurate). And you can do that quickly between each shot. I guess one needs to own a SLR/DSLR to realise this benefit.

      • Emanuel

        Well, the first company to introduce APS-C size sensor in mirrorless cameras was not Sony but Samsung with its NX10.

        • “… such a small… ”

          Never said Sony was the absolute first.

  • JG10

    I’m sure some people will like this lens lineup but for me it’s terrible. So glad I didn’t get a Nex. From my standpoint they’re great cameras with a terrible selection of lenses.

  • dbas

    JG10 well said. Sony have the best sensors hands down, but the native lens selection is a joke. Since November, B&H have been pushing back the release date of the 50 1.8 one month.

    • Mr. Sony.. not

      Sony’s background is electronic. So it is understandable if they offer interchangeable body rather than interchangeable lens system.

  • Is the roadmap “make. believe.”?

    Any idea what the green color-coding is supposed to mean?

    • Steve

      The green seems to be for the newly planned lenses. It can’t be for changes cos they have bumped the G and not put that in green. 😉

      I’m totally with most everyone else here. It’s great they release a lens roadmap, but it appears to be unreliable, which makes it little more than marketing, so I won’t be getting an NEX this year as planned. Indeed, maybe never now.

      Too little, too late, too dark, too crap, too many bodies, too few lenses.

      • Steve

        To Sony,

        Brand image is primarily about trust. If you publish a roadmap you absolutely must stick to it or widely publicize why you can’t.

        When you lose trust, you damage your brand and that can be very hard to recover.

  • Pikemann Urge

    If you’re buying it for adapting SLR or RF lenses then it’s a top-notch system. But it is odd that there are no professional-grade lenses (unless Sony is happy for Sigma etc. to make those).

    You can adapt A-mount lenses with either of two A-E adapters. One of them has a fixed mirror to provide phase-detection AF.

  • c.d.embrey

    The Sony NEX could be a great PRO camera, but not without a series of great PRO lenses. The Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 is a good start, but where are the Zeiss 16mm (=24), 35mm (=52.5), 58mm (=87) and 90mm (=135)?? Without these lenses on the “roadmap” why would a Pro buy into this system?? The maddening thing is that Sony makes some of the best Pro Video/Digital Cinema available — and they could do the same with still cameras.

    After seeing the “roadmap” I’ve decided NOT to get two NEX 7 to replace my Canon DSLRs for still work. Maybe CaNikon (or even Sony) will give us a REAL Mirrorless Pro camera in the future.

    The NEX 5n is a great video camera, as a crash cam it is better than the small sensor GoPro. For this kind of work the 16mm f/1.8 is a good lens, and a wide angle adapter will make it better. You can use PL lenses on a FS100 with an adapter and on an F3 without and adapter, so lenses are no problem for video production.

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