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They look like more good options if they perform well enough on the A7R2. As usual I'm looking forward to test results before I get too excited....
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Excellent additions to the system. A $250 nifty fifty! Strap that onto a used A7 and you've got a great full frame system for under a grand. Very nice.
The 70-300 is a long time coming for extending the reach of e-mount (of course, now they have the 2x converter for the 70-200/2.8 also). I wish the price on that 70-300 was lower, but from the MTF it looks like a stellar performer wide open, especially at the long end.
Here are the product pages with MTFs and specs for each:
Some web-sized sample images also.
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So now the inevitable question: The new 70-300 or the 70-200 w/1.4 tele-extender?
Yes the new 70-300 looks like a convenient travel zoom with a big reach. I can leave the C/Y Zeiss 100-300 at home or even sell it.
Curious how the new 50 will fare compared the existing Zeiss one.
Now hit me with that 24-105/4 OSS G FE with great IQ. You know you want to.
wide open MTFs look promising...
A Loxia 135/2.8 for me, bring it on. If not then I could live with a 90mm, love the Zeiss
These look like great additions to the lens line up. The 50mm looks to be a clone of the canon 50mm right down to the recessed front element.
Just out of curiosity:
Why have they made the 70-300 100g heavier and 10 mm longer than the A-mount lens? No, it's not because they have bolted 10 mm of piping to the older lens. They are completely different formulas, so this is a new lens. However, the A-mount lens had a very good reputation, so I would have thought that they would use the latest version of the A-mount lens if they were not going to make it smaller and/or lighter, but they seem to have made it new as well as bigger...
It isn't only Sony doing this of course. Lenses for Nikon, m4/3 and some of the Zeiss lenses are moving in the same direction. I find it strange, and with camera bodies getting smaller, somewhat uncomfortable. Also, Leica seems to have no problems making compact high quality lenses. Leica lenses are expensive of course, but so are some of the recent monsters from Zeiss, Sony and Nikon, not to speak about the mammoth lenses for "micro" 4/3, the 42.5mm f/1.2 and 300mm f/4.
Maybe they think photographers like big lenses?
But yes, if you read the most active forums, you will see that people calling for small lenses are way less numerous than people calling for more features like : AF, stabilization, extreme fast apertures, extremely long or extreme short focals, higher MB on the sensors, etc.. All that has an influence on the final products that are offered in matters of weight and size.
If you call for smaller lenses, like me you are booed. It seems that we will either get high IQ and expensive heavy monster lenses, or cheaper, lighter, more compact, but lower IQ lenses. Apparently Sony and the other manufacturers think that they can get more money selling lenses with superlative performances and extreme features, than with lenses offering superlative performances, but less extreme features (like max apertures, longer minimum focusing distance, no stabilization etc..). There may not be a market for that.
It is an error IMO to compete with extreme features, but it seems that is what sells.
I'd say Olympus is in a different situation than Sony because unlike Sony/Zeiss their lens line up is already much more complete and coherent, so they can now think about less frequently requested and more specialized lenses. Yes, the 300mm is big, but compared to Canikon lenses offering a similar reach, it is quite lighter and may represent a real alternative for photographers that are into birding and wild life and need to remain light for hiking.
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