Zeiss 24mm Lens for Sony NEX to be an f/2 Pancake?

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Amin Sabet, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator Moderator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Sony Alpha Rumors found a forum discussion at Xitek where a member shared a photo taken of a recent Sony presentation:

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    Interestingly, this presentation given just yesterday shows a Zeiss 24mm f/2 lens. Sony Japan previously announced that a Zeiss 24mm was in development; however, while the f-stop was not given by Sony, it was rumored by Sony Alpha Rumors to be an f/1.7 lens. Images released by Sony showed that this upcoming Zeiss lens was not a pancake:

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    It's hard for me to follow the Xitek discussion via Google-translated Chinese, but it seems that they are saying that the lens may have been redesigned for a more compact form. That said, the images on the roadmap do not appear to be drawn to scale, because on the roadmap the new 30mm macro appears half the size of the 18-55 zoom, whereas in reality those two lenses are similar in size.

    Interestingly, the previously announced Sony 50mm lens (previously said by Sony Alpha Rumors to be f/1.8) is nowhere to be seen on the roadmap, seemingly replaced by a new 40mm f/2 optically stabilized lens.

    Did Sony redesign both lenses to make them slower and more compact? If so, I'd say that was a good move on their part. Either way, the NEX normal prime, portrait lens, and telephoto zoom are all expected to be formally announced this year.
     
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  2. Pelao

    Pelao SC All-Pro S.C. Charter Member

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    Very interesting. If the lenses are good performers, Nex becomes more competitive in my eyes.
     
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  3. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 12, 2010
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    For me, Nex is the system in the lead and the others competing against it.
    In the compact arena, there is no other camera with a screen and peaking like the Nex.
    Let's face it, after a short time on a camera, most want to be able to use MF lenses. That is where the Nex destroys the competition.
    With the new lenses coming, it will no doubt bring many new users to the Nex system.
    M43 makers better wake up and rise to the occasion.
     
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  4. Pelao

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    Which just goes to show the importance of individual needs. To me the Nex system is nowhere near the capability of the M4/3 system.

    I like the peaking feature, but MF is not essential to my photography. Good lenses are, and the Nex family are just not there with native lenses - a roadmap is not actual delivered performance. I also want an EVF.

    I would want to see the rumored Nex 7, and real lenses which can equal or exceed my M4/3 lenses before Nex is up there for my needs.
     
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  5. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator Moderator

    Jul 3, 2010
    I doubt that is true. I personally enjoy using them occasionally, but not for most things, and I'm guessing that most people would rather entirely stick with native AF lenses.
     
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  6. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

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    Weeeeel', forget not my friend...I am deep into the X100. New firmware or not...
    It's my camera. The Nex is getting better but still will never be used as my X100. Never!
    As far as m43 goes, I'm out of it for the time being but as the Terminator said....
    I'll be back!
     
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  7. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

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    Is there a price point for this lens yet?
     
  8. Pelao

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    Gotta appreciate the X100 passion! I am terrified of what you will be like with the X200...
     
  9. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator Moderator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Not yet, but I'm guessing the Micro 4/3 Summilux is going to put some price pressure on them to keep it in the same ballpark (~$600).
     
  10. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

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    Well, that seems fair if the lens performs properly. Amin, maybe you can get your hands on one for your favorite MALE admin to try out.....
     
  11. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator Moderator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Wish I could help my favorite male admin with that one, but I don't think I can come through.
     
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  12. BBW

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    :rofl: Favorite is right!:wink:
     
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  13. BBW

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    Sounds like a great lens!
     
  14. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

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    BB, ye walk the path that many have walked before you.... be careful young lady....it's a dark journey to cross the shooter, the keeper of the light....
     
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  15. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

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    I guess Brian will be upset....
     
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  16. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator Moderator

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    Brian is currently emeritus, which makes you my only male admin :wink:. BB has always been my favorite female admin :biggrin:.
     
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  17. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

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    You guys/gal are cracking me up!!!
     
  18. BBW

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    I'm extra special.:biggrin:
     
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  19. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

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    Indeed!
     
  20. BBW

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