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Sony announces 18-105mm f/4 and Zeiss 16-70mm f/4 lenses

Sony has continued its series of announcements with the launch of two new E-mount lenses, Zeiss 16-70mm f/4 and 18-105mm f/4, and the black version of the 50mm f/1.8.

It has been a busy day for photography fans as Sony has refreshed its E-mount lineup with a couple of new cameras. The DSLR-like A3000 and the NEX-5T are now official and they will grace the market as of September 8, 2013 at very attractive prices.

Sony introduces three new lenses for E-mount cameras

Meanwhile, the lens lineup has not been forgotten as three new E-mount optics have been announced. Two of these units are absolutely new and the third is a black version of an existing model.

The first is the Zeiss 16-70mm f/4 Vario-Tessar T* lens, while the other one is the Sony 18-105mm f/4 G. As for the black unit, it consists of the 50mm f/1.8 optic for portrait photography.

Zeiss 16-70mm f/4 lens
Zeiss 16-70mm f/4 lens will become available for E-mount APS-C cameras in September with a 35mm equivalent of 24-105mm.

Zeiss 16-70mm f/4 Vario-Tessar T* ZA OSS lens brings “optical excellence” to E-mount shooters

Sony has revealed that it is aiming to provide “that” Zeiss quality to E-mount photographers. A new product that will provide such an “optical excellence” is the 16-70mm unit, which provides a 35mm equivalent of 24-105mm.

The T* coating is great for cutting down optical flaws, such as flaring and ghosting. Moreover, one of its biggest advantages is the ability to maintain its maximum aperture of f/4 throughout its entire zoom range.

Sony 18-105mm f/4 lens
Sony 18-105mm f/4 lens provides a 35mm equivalent of 27-157.7mm. It will be released for E-mount APS-C shooters this December.

Sony PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS lens keeps its largest aperture throughout the entire focal range

The first E-mount “G” lens ever is the PZ 18-105mm f/4 power zoom optic. It comes packed with a 5.8x optical zoom and a full frame focal length equivalent of 27-157.5mm.

It sports a pair of ED elements and three aspherical elements among others. All of these will be helpful to reduce chromatic aberration and distortions. Just like its Zeiss counterpart, it can maintain a maximum f/4 aperture throughout its full focal range.

Black Sony 50mm f/1.8 lens
Black Sony 50mm f/1.8 lens joins the silver version. However, it packs the same features, including a full frame equivalent of 75mm.

Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS portrait lens gets black makeover

The Sony 50mm f/1.8 prime lens does not need any introduction. It appears that the company has not altered the internal design in any way, as the only changes have been made at the surface.

The black looks good and it will match E-mount cameras with the same color. It is worth noting that the 50mm f/1.8 prime lens and the two new optics come packed with Optical SteadyShot technology to help with image stabilization when a tripod is nowhere near to be found.

Availability details are live

Sony will begin selling the black 50mm f/1.8 in late September for a price of $299.99. The 18-105mm f/4 G is coming sometime in December for $599.99.

Meanwhile, the Zeiss 16-70mm f/4 lens is scheduled to be released this September for $999.99.

The silver 50mm f/1.8 can be purchased for $298 at Amazon right now, while the black version can be pre-ordered for the same price with a September 22 estimated shipping date.

Amazon is also allowing users to pre-order the Sony PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS for $598 and the Zeiss 16-70mm f/4 Vario-Tessar T* ZA OSS for $998.

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