Tamron has just launched a 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD (Model A057) zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. This is a compact, ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a max aperture range of F5-6.7. You can use it on an APS-C crop Sony Alpha body as well and can get the extra reach thanks to the crop factor.
Tamron 150-500m Sony E-mount Lens Price in the US: $1,399 ( Expected shipping date: June 10 2021 – will be available to pre-order from Amazon US / B&H Photo / Adorama etc in the coming weeks ).
Tamron 150-500mm is made with 25 elements in 16 groups optical construction and has a length of just 209.6mm ( 8.3 in ) zoomed out. When you extend the lens to 500mm, the length increases to 283mm (11.1 in). For good auto-focus, Tamron uses linear motor focus mechanism VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) and has and VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization to get the best shots when shooting handheld.
At 150mm, this lens has a min focus distance of 0.6m (23.6 in). At 500mm, the min focus distance is 1.8m (70.9 in). The arc of rotation of the zoom ring is only 75° which lets you zoom in and zoom out easily. To get the best image quality, Tamron is using XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion), LD (Low Dispersion) and hybrid aspherical lens elements in this lens’ construction. To suppress ghosting and flare, it has BBAR-G2 (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection Generation 2) coating as well.
Tamron 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD (Model A057) Specs
Sony E 14 mm F1.8 GM Lens ( SEL14F18GM ) up for Pre-order online on Amazon US | Price: $1,599 US.
Sony has launched the E 14 mm F1.8 GM Lens ( SEL14F18GM ) in the US. It has a pre-order price tag of $1,599 USD and is now in stock online on Amazon US ( check here).
Sony FE 14 mm F1.8 GM ( SEL14F18GM ) is a compact, large F1.8 aperture, an ultra-wide-angle lens that is part of their premium G-Master series of lenses. This is made for Sony Alpha E-mount Full Frame cameras. You can use it on a crop sensor APS-C camera as well, albeit with a crop ( 21mm ).
The fast F1.8 aperture makes it a great lens to have for astrophotography. The ultra-wide 14mm focal length and G Master lens quality make it a wonderful lens to use in real estate interior photography and landscape photography as well. This lens boasts sharp resolution from corner to corner with little to no distortion. It weighs just 460g. Comparing to the Sigma 14mm lens, this lens is much compact and lightweight. Check out the Dpreview review of this lens comparing these two lenses here.
Sony has used Two XA (extreme aspherical) elements and one aspherical lens element to get an excellent resolution out of this lens. It also has Two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and one Super ED glass element to suppress chromatic aberration issues and offer good contrast and image quality. To get a circular and smoother bokeh, this lens has a 9-blade circular aperture mechanism.
Usually,, ultra-wide-angle lenses do not need super fast autofocus features. Sony, however, is using two XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors to get fast and accurate Auto-focus even at wide open at F1.8. To use filters like ND filters, you will have to use the rear filter holder as you can’t screw in a filter at the front due to the bulbous front glass which is common on ultra-wide-angle lenses. As always with a G-Master lens, Sony FE 14 mm F1.8 GM SEL14F18GM lens also has a dust and moisture resistant design.
Sony FE 14 mm F1.8 GM Lens Specifications
Mount: Sony E-mount 35 mm full-frame
Focal length: 14mm
Aperture range: F1.8 – F16
Lens construction: 14 elements in 11 groups
Min focus distance: 0.82 ft
Two XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors for Autofocus
9 bladed circular aperture
Customizable focus hold button
Aperture ring with click-stop switch
Linear Response MF
Fluorine coating on the front and rear elements
2x ultra-precise XA elements
2x ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements
One Super ED (Extra-low Dispersion)
Nano AR Coating II
Dust and moisture resistant design
APS-C focal length: 21mm
Weight: 460 g
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Sony has launched their first 50mm F1.2 lens for their E-mount mirrorless bodies. The Sony SEL50F12GM FE 50 mm F1.2 GM has a price tag of $1,998 in the US and $2,600.00 in Canada. It will be available to pre-order online from Amazon US, B&H Photo, Adorama etc in the coming days.
Mar 17 2021 Update: Sony 50mm F1.2 now available to pre-order from Amazon US ( check here ). This item will be released on May 13, 2021.
SEL50F12GM is the 60th lens made for the E-mount system by Sony. Since this is a G Master lens, Sony has used the premium materials available to make this lens offering excellent image quality, beautiful bokeh, and quick quiet autofocus. This lens has a 14 elements in 10 groups construction including three XA (extreme aspherical) lens elements to get the best resolution across the range. Sony’s Nano AR Coating II which we also saw on many other GM lenses, helps to minimize internal reflections, eliminate flare and ghosting issues.
According to Sony, this lens has a newly developed 11-bladed circular aperture unit that offers smooth, deep bokeh in both the foreground and background. Since this has an extreme shallow depth of field, Sony is using 4 XD linear AF motors to quickly get the subject in focus. This lens has a minimum focus distance of 1.32 feet and has a 72mm filter thread. It weighs 27.5 oz ( 779.6g ) which is lighter than Nikon and Canon’s F1.2 lenses.
Sony has launched FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 Full-Frame Compact Zoom Lens (SEL2860) in the US online. It has a pre-order price of $498 in the US. It is now in stock online on Amazon US (check here for the lowest price ).
Sony FE 28-60mm SEL2860 is the smallest and lightest full-frame E-mount standard zoom lens currently available to purchase from the Japanese giants. Sony launched this lens as a kit-lens combo with the recently launched Sony Alpha A7C Full Frame Camera.
This is a Full Frame lens and can be used with APS-C Sony bodies like A6400, A6600, A6000 etc as well. On APS-C due to the crop factor, the focal length will be 42–90mm. The max aperture of this lens is F4 at the widest end and F5.6 at the tele-end. It has 7 aperture blades and weighs just 167g, perfect to carry around on a mirrorless camera.
Tamron has launched a 70-300mm F/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD lens for Sony E-mount cameras in the US. It has a Pre-order price of $549.00. It is now in stock online on Amazon.com.
June 2021 update: The current lowest price is $491.97.
Tamron 70-300mm F/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD lens is made for Sony Full Frame Cameras. You can also use it with crop sensor cameras like Sony A6400, A6600, etc. For $549, it’s a good value for money lens to get as the Sony-made 70-350mm lens ( SEL70350G ) sells for a much higher price of $998. Also, that lens is an APS-C lens, so you can’t use it on a full-frame camera like Sony A7M3 or A7R4 unless you put it in APS-C crop mode.
If you are looking for an affordable medium telephoto lens for a Sony E-mount camera, this is one of the best you can get today in the market. Thanks to the crop factor, this lens has an equivalent focal length of 450mm on APS-C bodies.