Sony Adds 2 E-Mount Lenses to the Lineup—One Teeny, One Beefy

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NEX cameras owners should feel a bit better about their purchase after tonight, as Sony just announced two additional E-Mount lenses to pick from—a 20mm f/2.8, and 18-200 f/3.5-6.3 power zoom.


The 18-200 actually already exists, but until now it was only available as a kit lens for the VG-30 camcorder. The new lens is geared toward filmmakers, sporting motorized zoom that can be controlled directly through some of Sony's video cameras such as the VG-30, FS-700, and VG-900.

The pancake lens is a bit peculiar, as Sony already has a 16mm f/2.8 pancake. That lens has its flaws, but it performs well enough for most, while offering a nice wide field of view. It might come as a surprise that Sony isn't choosing first to fill the more obvious gaps in it's E-Mount lineup with a medium-telephoto prime, or a high quality / wide-aperture zoom lens.

The 20mm f/2.8 will be available in April for around $350, while the 18-200 f/3.5-6.3 will be available a bit earlier, in March, for around $1200. [Sony]


I Approve This...

I currently own a Sony NEX-5N that I am very happy with this camera. I chose it because of its features and great quality pictures it takes even in low light; BUT I feel so out of the water when I go through the posts and you guys start talking about the details of the lenses(Just thought they were to get closeups)/exposure/aperture... etc. Is there somewhere I can go, blog or noob walkthrough, where I might be able to learn this stuff for my camera?

I would like to be able to get better shots and appreciate my camera even more by taking the time to learn the full use of it!