sony e mount roadmap Sony reveals plans for eight new E mount lenses

There's no doubt that Sony's NEX interchangeable lens cameras have been a roaring success for the company, but many users have been disappointed with the lack of lenses. Sony did address this to some extent last year, but during the CP+ show in Japan the company unveiled a roadmap showing an additional eight lenses being planned between now and next year.

There's no doubt that Sony's NEX interchangeable lens cameras have been a roaring success for the company, but many users have been disappointed with the lack of lenses. Sony did address this to some extent last year, but during the CP+ show in Japan the company unveiled a roadmap showing an additional eight lenses being planned between now and next year.

As always with these things, Sony has been pretty vague in terms of what to expect, but the roadmap contains a wide range of lenses that should hopefully suit as wide a range of users. Starting at the top we have a Sony G branded high performance standard zoom, a lens that Sony has shown off prototypes of in the past. It's not clear what zoom range this lens will cover when it launches, but many are hoping for something like a 16-50mm f/2.8 lens, something that isn't impossible, especially considering the size of the mock up that Sony has been showing in the past, which is nearly as long as the 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 lens. Sadly this lens has been pushed back from earlier roadmaps where it looked like it would launch this year to what appears to be next year.

sony e mount roadmap Sony reveals plans for eight new E mount lenses

Moving on we have a high-magnification zoom lens, a standard zoom – which we presumed the current 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens was – a wide angle zoom, something that Sony is missing in its range and a mid-magnification zoom, another lens which isn't quite clear as to what it is. The first three should launch this year with the last coming in early 2013 judging by the roadmap.

As for prime lenses, Sony is planning a large aperture standard lens – read expensive – a middle telephoto and a “snap” lens which will be the second pancake lens for the E-mount. Only the large aperture lens is expected this year, with the other two coming next year. One of the downsides of Sony's APS-C size sensor is the fact that the company ends up making fairly large lenses for the diminutive NEX cameras, something that is at least in part negating the size of the camera bodies. We'll see how many new camera bodies Sony manages to launch before all the new lenses have arrived, but we'd guess that the company manages to launch at least a couple of new models between now and then.

Source: Sony