Reminder: Without a single word Sony decided to postpone the FE lens launch. Back at Photokina the first shipment was “targeted” to be in February. And even their current Sony Japan site advertise the new lenses. But at Cp+ Sony decided to not answer any question about that. Anyway, the real pricing and shipment announcement should come very soon as reported by DC.watch.
The Sony FE lenses at the Sony booth:
Newsshooter writes about the Zeiss FE 35mm f/1.4 lens:
The new lens felt very solid in the hand and although not a light lens it did not feel unbalanced on a Sony a7. The lens features a 72mm front and comes with a nice lens hood. From the limited time I had using the lens I was left with a positive impression. It is very sharp, produces nice bokeh and seems to have good control of chromatic aberration and vignetting.
Newsshooter also posted a Sony 28mm f/2.0 Hands-on video and writes:
The build quality is fair, but not in the same class as the 35mm F1.4 FE ZE. From my quick play with the lens, it optically looked pretty good. It also had pretty close focus ability that I estimated to be around the 30cm mark. Once you put the adapters on expect a drop in optical performance. The Ultra Wide Adapter had quite a lot of barrel distortion and definitely looked a little softer in the corners. The Fish Eye Adaptor does produce minor vignetting in full frame mode.
UPDATE: Newsshooter also posted a 90mm macro hands-on video and writes:
I had a bit of hands on time with the lens at CP+ and was very impressed by the optical performance. It is very sharp and the OSS definitely makes a big difference when shooting any type of macro work. Even when not used as a Macro lens the 90mm looked to provide nice separation between your subject and the background. Build quality was very nice and was right up there with any of the FE ZE lenses on offer.
DC.watch posted a new set of images. Click on them to enlarge:
Image from the Sony CP+ conference. Courtesy of Matthew Allard.
Back at Photokina Sony said they would launch the four new FE lenses in February (24-240mm FE) and March (rest of the lenses). Well, they cannot keep up with the promise. Sony said the release date and price will not be unveiled at CP+ but sometimes later. But at least according to DC.watch the final announcement will come very soon. Sony is officially the only company not showing ANYTHING new at CP+. And I guess it has to do with their new strategy to announce stuff off the big shows to get the full spotlight (just like they did with the A7II announcement).
I will try to get info about the exact announcement date the next couple of hours…
Reminder: This was the original shipment plan back at Photokina:
— Matthew Allard ACS (@mattallardACS) February 13, 2015
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UPDATE: No new info about the FE lenses. And DC.watch reports price and release will be announced soon…but not here at CP+