Sony Announces new E-mount full frame lenses and new RX10 Mark III

On march 29. Sony announced new full frame E-mount lenses and next incarnation of its popular RX10 bridge camera. The lenses are FE 50mm F/1.8 and FE 70-300 F/4.5-5.6 G OSS. 50mm lens is particularly interesting for its attractive price tag – $250. This will be very popular alternative to quite pricey Zeiss FE 55/1.8 (around $1000). I can allready see it as part of a three prime lens combo (28/2, 50/1.8 and currently non-existing affordable 85/2).

Sony FE 50mm F/1.8 specifications:

  • Aperture: F/1.8 – F22
  • Optical stabilization: No
  • Diaphragm blades: 7
  • Elements/groups: 6/5
  • Min. focus: 0.45m
  • Magnification: 0.14x
  • Filter size: 49mm
  • Hood: supplied
  • Sealing: No
  • Weight: 186 g
  • Size (diameter x length): 96mm x 60mm

The second lens, FE 70-300 F/4.5-5.6 G OSS will also be very well accepted since this is as of yesterday longest native E-mount telephoto. It featuers optical stabilization what will make it quite attractive even for APS-C users (none of crop E-mount cameras have sensor stabilization). At launch price of $1200 this will be great paired with the new A6300.

Sony FE 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6 G OSS specifications:

  • Aperture: F/4.5-5.6 – F/22-29
  • Optical stabilization: Yes
  • Diaphragm blades: 9
  • Elements/groups: 16/13
  • Min. focus: 0.9m
  • Magnification: 0.31x
  • Filter size: 72mm
  • Hood: supplied
  • Sealing: Yes
  • Weight: 854 g
  • Size (diameter x length): 84mm x 144mm

A very popular RX10M2 camera got upgraded and now features 24-600mm F/2.4-4 lens. Beside the lens, almost nothing else is changed (few tweaks and a bit bigger grip). Mark II model will continue to sell alnogside so you will be able to choose betwwn more optical zoom and constant aperture on Mark II (important for video work).

I reviewed RX10M2 last summer and was very impressed with overall image quality, features set and 4K video. You can check video quality in this video and very interesting slow motion mode in this one. RX10M3 will have same capabilities, just with more optical zoom.

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