How Big Are the Sony FE Lenses Really?

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Amin Sabet, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    The Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens is a good bit smaller than I expected it to be:

    Left to right: Panasonic GX7 and 25mm DG Summilux, Sony A7R and FE 55/1.8 Sonnar, Sony A7R and 50mm M Summicron

    Meanwhile, the Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens is genuinely compact:

    Left to right: Olympus E-M5 and M Zuiko 17/1.8, Sony A7R and FE 35/2.8 Sonnar, Olympus E-PM2 and M Zuiko 17/2.8
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  2. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
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    Thanks, Amin. That whole A7 package is very tidy. It's tempting - but if I'm honest with myself, I don't need full frame.
  3. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    Come on Steve, GAS has nothing to do with honesty LOL!

    That is a nice collection of gear though, Amin. Honestly.
  4. serhan

    serhan SC All-Pro

    May 7, 2011
    +1, that black 17mm looks very good also:)

  5. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
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    Black 17 plus silver EM5 is sexy!!!!
  6. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants SC All-Pro

    Mar 3, 2013
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    John Griggs
    That 35mm f/2.8 would be more attractive at the price point if it were f/1.8 or faster -- but it would likely be a bit bigger.
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  7. RT Panther

    RT Panther SC All-Pro

    Dec 25, 2012
    Amin has a lot gear! :biggrin::smile:
  8. Stan

    Stan SC Regular

    Apr 19, 2013
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    Nice comparison! The Sony A7 and A7r have reset the bar. In 2015 the FE lens lineup should fill out, and that's when I might jump ship from Canon FF.
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  9. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
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    I've got the Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 and it's a nice package when mounted on the E-PM2.
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  10. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Just to clarify, the Sony stuff is on loan for evaluation. The Micro 4/3 stuff is my gear :smile:.
  11. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
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    Sure ... heard that one before. Hehe!
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  12. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 SC Regular

    Aug 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    In FF land, slowish 35mm and 50mm (1.8) lenses are small to begin with. I have a pancake Nikon MF 50mm 1.8 that's as big as a Panasonic 20mm. I think FE fast zooms and wide/long primes will be close to the same size as DSLR equivalent lenses.
  13. RT Panther

    RT Panther SC All-Pro

    Dec 25, 2012
    I think the overarching statement is:

    "Look how small a mirrorless Full Frame interchangeable lens system can be!" :wink:
  14. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
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    you should be able to figure it out...
    There's nothing about the current A7(r) gear that puts me off in terms of size / weight. The primes look fine and even the kit and Zeiss zooms look pretty reasonable. But I'm waiting to see what a couple of wider angle options will look like size-wise and a good 120-150mm portrait type lens. If they can deliver a 24 and/or 21 that's not too large and maybe some sort of ultra-wide (prime or zoom is ok with me - but something down around 14mm), and a portrait lens, then maybe I'll take a closer look at the system. As is, I would rarely ever use the 55 even if it's the best lens in the world and I don't see any reason to side-grade to an A7 and 35 when I already have an RX1 I absolutely love.

    Definitely a system I'm keeping an eye on, but nothing compelling there for me yet...

  15. RidgeRunner22

    RidgeRunner22 SC Regular

    May 31, 2013
    Jackson, WY
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    Well on the plus side all the A7 talk sure has driven the price of the Rx1 down.
  16. adanac

    adanac SC Veteran

    Sep 30, 2011
    Vancouver, BC
    I wish the FE35 was a stop faster and wouldn't care if it's a little bigger. The FE55 is compact enough and the bod and two lenses (or more) easily fit in my smallest go-light bag.

    Since my FE55 arrived I've not mounted the FE35 once. We are having a fling but it might last a while...
  17. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen SC Regular

    Jan 10, 2014
    Of course the size issue with full frame gear will only manifest itself with telephotos, or very wide field lenses, and even in those cases, the larger max aperture examples will be worse cases. Certainly 35mm and 55mm lenses of not exceptional speed won't be where the size issue shows up. Of course those are the two examples for which the lenses could be virtually as small as for M4/3 gear. Come back when there's a 135mm f2 to compare to the Olympus 75mm 1.8, or a 28mm f2.5 to compare to the Panasonic 14mm f2.5 and see where we are then.
  18. zapatista

    zapatista SC Regular

    Jul 28, 2012
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    Mike a die-hard (sad isn't it) pixel peeper, I'm impressed with the A7r & the Sony/Zeiss FE 35mm f2.8. I've also been walking around with a Konica Hexanon 55mm f3.5 macro and the detail from that is impressive also. However, not quite the same as from the 35mm. I've got a FD(n) 35mm f2 arriving soon to test against the Sony/Zeiss FE 35mm.
  19. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac SC Veteran

    Jan 20, 2014
    Launceston & Sydney
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    Nick Clark
    The 35/f2.8 is about where I expected it to be sizewise, and after handling/lusting a few around the shops it makes a sweet handling pair.

    The 55/f1.8 not so much... Not saying it's too big, but compared to existing full-frame medium-fast 50's (there's a lot of them around) it's certainly not small, and to me the long-skinny design make it feel bigger in practice than it's weight/volume would suggest (in much the same way as my CV Nokton 25mm).

    That said, they don't seem to have skimped on quality and I'd quite happily take one home :smile:
  20. mattia

    mattia SC Regular

    Dec 20, 2013
    The 55/1.8 doesn't feel small or compact on the A7r, but it feels like it fits and balances very nicely indeed. It's just that the 35 is really dinky. And I'll take something this sharp wide open at f/1.8 over a slightly soft at f/1.4 lens that's bigger any day of the week.