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Old June 16th, 2011, 07:42 AM   #1
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Waiting for E-mount lenses... Waiting, Waiting...

Now the excitement is gone - the FS-100 has arrived it's time to do a reality check. What happened to all the promised e-mount lenses? It is officially summer here.
I just did a quick check on blog updates and it looks bleak for any new lenses this summer. Sigma-Tamron and even Zeiss all stated they would have e-mount lens options - unless the tech blogs were overly optimistic which is often the case.

Yes I know adapters are out there - I have them. But native e-mount lenses give run and gun film makers more options for fast speedy shooting - one of my reasons to get onboard.

Anyone have an update to add to this?
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Old June 19th, 2011, 08:57 AM   #2
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Except for the $249 Sony 30mm f3.5 macro announced a few weeks ago (and not expected until October), all I hear is the sound of crickets.

I feel your pain -- I am a micro 4/3 shooter who is hoping that the flurry of announcements of new manufacturers joining the m4/3 system a couple of months ago turns into real lenses.

In the meantime, FS100 shooters are going to have to live with the http://www.amazon.com/Sony-Alpha-LAEA1-Mount-Adaptor/dp/B003QK1VK4 adapter and Sony Alpha lenses if they want any kind of "auto" lens capability.
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Old June 25th, 2011, 11:04 AM   #3
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Bill,

The only auto is auto iris on alpha lens, at least the one I tried. I don't understand why it wouldn't have auto focus too. I was wanting to see if I should buy alpha or nikon, well I guess it's nikon.

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Old June 25th, 2011, 02:08 PM   #4
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I am testing the Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 with Alpha mount. so far looks fine. Iris works fine. I am told the stabilization works as well.
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Old June 25th, 2011, 02:29 PM   #5
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Jon, does the auto focus work? I was looking at the Tokina 16-50 2.8 for Nikon but I would go with Sigma if it would auto focus. Keep us posted.

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Old June 25th, 2011, 06:46 PM   #6
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I was told by the staff at "Sony Style" that only alpha lenses with SAM or SSM autofocus would autofocus using the E mount adapter
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Old June 25th, 2011, 10:35 PM   #7
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Laurence, Thank you for that info. At least now I know what to get. The only problem is there isn't that many choices. Here is one but very pricey
Sony SAL-1635Z 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss SAL1635Z B&H



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Old June 26th, 2011, 02:50 AM   #8
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I intend to buy this lens. The lens doesnt extrude when you zoom which is great if you want to use a matte box
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Old June 26th, 2011, 05:14 AM   #9
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Laurence, Thank you for that info. At least now I know what to get. The only problem is there isn't that many choices. Here is one but very pricey Sony SAL-1635Z 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss SAL1635Z B&H

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Dan,

The 16-35 f2.8 is a fabulous piece of glass, but if you don't mind giving up a little at the wide end, the SAL-2875Z 28-75mm f2.8 SAM will save you over $1000 (and at http://www.amazon.com/Sony-28-75mm-2-8-SAM-67mm/dp/B0030MRYMW you get a little filter and cleaning kit to go along with it too ;-)).

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Old June 26th, 2011, 07:11 AM   #10
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The reason for the big price difference is that the SAL-2875Z 28-75mm f2.8 is not Zeiss.

Using A-mounts - Alpha lenses I am told the auto-focus when it does work is very very slow.... which really makes it impossible to use for video.

Auto focus does not work on the Sigma A-mount. But I never shoot in AF anyway. At $670 for the Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 its a great deal.
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Old June 26th, 2011, 12:50 PM   #11
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Jon, I had a suspicion that those lens wouldn't work. The only lens I have seen is the kit lens that focus slow. Here is an example some one did. Sony NEX-FS100 Automatic Focus Test - Sony NEX-FS100 Super 35mm User Group on Vimeo I think that the Carl Zeiss
lens would in theory be a lot faster being a 2.8, correct if i'm wrong. Bill, I need wider lens for wedding work. That is the main reason I need auto focus to. I don't do a lot of doc work where you always manual focus, I am more a run and gun shooter. But for reception were it is really dark I could get away with manual focus lens were it would be hunting to focus anyway. Decisions decisions.

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Old July 31st, 2011, 07:33 AM   #12
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Lens options for FS100 on a Steadicam

Hi guys.

I operate a Steadicam with an NEX-FS100 camera, and I need to find a non-extruding zoom lens. As you all know, balance is everything with Steadicam. I can't have a lens extruding forward every time I want to do a telephoto shot. It would completely throw off the balance, and force me to reconfigure the sled for every shot. Highly impractical at best.

I also need a wide angle of at least 18mm, auto focus, auto iris, and a reasonable zoom range.

It would be nice if this were available as an E-mount option, but I won't get my hopes up just yet.

I'm not above using an adapter if I have to.

What do you suggest.
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Old August 1st, 2011, 01:37 PM   #13
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Re: Waiting for E-mount lenses... Waiting, Waiting...

How about this lens:

Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM Zoom For Sony D-SLRs

Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM Zoom For Sony D-SLRs 861205
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Old August 1st, 2011, 02:41 PM   #14
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The only problem is they are not auto focus. The sad truth is the only auto focus are the E-mount lens. The 18-55 Sony E-mount would be your best bet in my opinion.
Sony E-Mount SEL 1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens SEL1855 B&H
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Old August 4th, 2011, 05:51 PM   #15
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Re: Waiting for E-mount lenses... Waiting, Waiting...

Hey guys,

On August 23rd or 24th, Sony will be announcing 3 new NEX lenses: Zeiss 20mm/1.8 ($999), 50mm 1.8 with OSS ($349) and 55-210 f4-6.3 with OSS plus a new Sony Alpha lens - 16-50 f2.8 ($799). Sony is also announcing the A65, A77 and NEX-7 (a Pro version) - all 24MP and using the AVCHD 2.0 standard which records at 28Mb/s - as well as a new VG-20 video camera with more manual controls.

There will also be a new LA-EA2 adapter allowing Alpha lenses to be used on the FS100 with very FAST AF speed similar to what you get on a current Alpha SLT camera.

FYI, Sony usually announces in the summer and releases for sale in October.
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