Sony has revealed plans for the introduction of seven new lenses for the mirrorless NEX cameras during 2011 and 2012, including four primes (a macro, portrait, mid tele and one Carl Zeiss wide-angle), a high-performance G-series zoom and two further zooms; one wide, one tele. Sony also announced a firmware upgrade will be made available in October supporting AF operation with both A-mount SAM and SSM lenses when using the optional LA-EA1 Mount Adaptor.
E-mount system cameras: NEX-5 and NEX-3
The growing range of E-mount system cameras, lenses and accessories is also on display at Photokina. The compact, beautifully styled NEX-5 and NEX-3 feature an APS-C size sensor, allowing photographers to capture DSLR-quality stills and video with the creative freedom of interchangeable lenses. On show are prototypes of seven new E-mount lenses that will be available during 2011 and 2012.
· Wide fixed focal length CZ available from 2011
· Telephoto zoom available from 2011
· Macro available from 2011
· Portrait available from 2011
· High performance standard zoom G available from 2012
· Wide zoom available from 2012
· Mid-telephoto available from 2012
Available from mid-October, a firmware update adds fresh functionality to the NEX-5 and NEX-3 models. Autofocus operation is now supported when using A-mount SAM and SSM lenses with the optional LA-EA1 Mount Adaptor (upgrade for NEX-VG10 is available from mid-November). There’s also a new custom function that allows assignment to buttons of frequently-used functions, plus a new function to record movies with set up aperture.