Sony FE 28-70mm f/4 lens is rumored to become the kit optic for the NEX-9, the long-rumored E-mount full frame camera which will be announced this October.
It has become almost obvious that Sony will introduce an NEX full frame camera soon. The device will be capable of supporting current E-mount lenses, but they will function in crop mode. This means that the company must release some optics which are aimed for use with full frame sensors.
At least four new lenses will be launched, sources say. Two of them will be Zeiss’ works, while the other will be made by Sony. It is worth noting that the rumor mill is speculating six optics, but only four of them are almost sure to come in October.
Sony FE 28-70mm f/4 lens rumored to be the kit optic for the NEX-9 full frame camera
It appears that one of these is a Sony FE 28-70mm f/4 lens. The product will be a part of the NEX-9 kit, which means that it will most likely be the best-selling among its siblings.
Although users would have preferred a wider aperture, maintaining a maximum f/4 one throughout the entire focal range is no small feat and it should provide enough light for most photography conditions.
The Japan-based company is currently offering a 28-75mm f/2.8 lens for A-mount shooters. It is a fairly expensive model, as it is available for $898 at Amazon. The 28-70mm version for E-mount is expected to be significantly cheaper.
Sony NEX-9 is the first E-mount camera aimed at photography, cheaper version soon to follow
The Sony NEX-9 will become the first photography-bound E-mount camera with a full frame sensor. It will cost around $3,000, while a cheaper version is also in the works.
The less expensive device will compete against the Canon 6D and Nikon D600, as it will be priced at $2,000. Unfortunately, the launch date of the entry-level model is still unknown.
Multiple NEX-FF lenses to become official this October
The NEX-FF lineup will be completed by a FE 70-400mm f/4-5.6 telephoto zoom lens from Sony. Zeiss will join the party with a 24-70mm f/2.8, while the 35mm f/2.8 model is also expected to come next month.
Other possible optics for the E-mount full frame cameras are Zeiss’ 55mm f/1.8, 85mm f/1.8, and Sony’s 120mm f/2.8.
There are many ifs, ands, or buts regarding the PlayStation maker’s full frame lineup, therefore you should take this with a pinch of salt. Thankfully, the skies will become clearer sometime in October, possibly before PhotoPlus Expo 2013.