Sony E-mount

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The E-mount is a lens mount designed by Sony for their NEX ("New E-mount eXperience"[citation needed]) series of camcorders and mirrorless cameras.[1]
Initially this mount is implemented in Sony Alpha NEX-3 and NEX-5 with APS-C sensor size.[2] E-mount integration into Sony camcorder products is provided with the Sony Handycam NEX-VG10.[3] On 24 August 2011 new products were announced, specifically the NEX-5N as a successor for the NEX-5, the NEX-7 as a prosumer product,[4] as well as the NEX-VG20 as the successor to the NEX-VG10. The Sony E-mount is also implemented on 35 milimeter video camera of Sony FS-100.[5] The successor to the NEX-3 named NEX-C3 was released a few weeks earlier. The NEX-C3 was replaced by the NEX-F3 in June 2012, which was succeeded by the NEX-3N in March 2013. The first third-party camera to use the E-mount is the Hasselblad Lunar, announced at Photokina on 18 September 2012 and expected to be released in early 2013.[6]
In September 2013, Sony announced the first model from new ILCE series, the ILCE-3000. In October 2013, the first models with full-frame sensor size were released as ILCE-7 and ILCE-7R.

Available bodies[edit]

Name Model Code System Format Sensor Hotshoe Latest Firmware User level Announce date Release date Availability
Interchangeable lens compact digital camera
NEX-3 NEX-3 (with Eye-Fi), NEX-3C (without Eye-Fi) CX75210 Alpha (α) APS-C, 23.4×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor, 14.2 MP Smart Accessory Terminal 1 5 Entry level 2010-02-21, 2010-05-11 June 2010 Discontinued
NEX-5 NEX-5 (with Eye-Fi), NEX-5C (without Eye-Fi) CX75110, CX75121, CX75141 Alpha (α) APS-C, 23.4×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor, 14.2 MP Smart Accessory Terminal 1 5 Midrange 2010-02-21, 2010-05-11 June 2010 Discontinued
NEX-C3 NEX-C3 CX75400, CX75420 Alpha (α) APS-C (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 16.2 MP Smart Accessory Terminal 1 2 Entry level 2011-06-08 August 2011 Discontinued
NEX-5N NEX-5N CX75500, CX75520 Alpha (α) APS-C (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 16.1 MP Smart Accessory Terminal 2 1.02 Midrange 2011-08-24 September 2011 Discontinued
NEX-7 NEX-7 CX75600, CX75620 Alpha (α) APS-C, 23.5×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 24.3 MP Auto-lock Accessory Shoe (4-pin iISO) 1.03 Advanced Amateur 2011-08-24 December 2011 Discontinued
NEX-F3 NEX-F3 CX75700 Alpha (α) APS-C, 23.5×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 16.1 MP Smart Accessory Terminal 2 1.01 Entry level 2012-05-17 June 2012 Discontinued
NEX-5R NEX-5R CX75820 Alpha (α) APS-C (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 16.1 MP Smart Accessory Terminal 2 1.03 Midrange 2012-08-29 October 2012 Discontinued
NEX-6 NEX-6 CX76060 Alpha (α) APS-C, 23.5×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 16.1 MP Multi Interface Shoe 1.03 Advanced Amateur 2012-09-12 November 2012 Discontinued
NEX-3N NEX-3N CX76200 Alpha (α) APS-C, ca. 23.5×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, ca. 16 MP N/A 1.00 Entry level 2013-02-20 March 2013 Current
NEX-5T NEX-5T CX76500 Alpha (α) APS-C (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 16.1 MP Smart Accessory Terminal 2 1.01 Midrange September 2013 Current
ILCE-3000 ILCE-3000 (α3000) CX77100, CX77121 Alpha (α) APS-C, ca. 23.5×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 20.1 MP Multi Interface Shoe 1.00 Entry level September 2013 Current
ILCE-7 ILCE-7 (α7) CX77800 Alpha (α) Full Frame, 35.8×23.9mm, (1.0×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 24.3 MP Multi Interface Shoe 1.02 Semi-Professional 2013-10-16 November 2013 Current
ILCE-7R ILCE-7R (α7R) CX77900 Alpha (α) Full Frame, 35.9×24.0mm, (1.0×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 36.4 MP Multi Interface Shoe 1.02 Semi-Professional 2013-10-16 November 2013 Current
ILCE-5000 ILCE-5000 (α5000) CX77300, CX77361 Alpha (α) APS-C, ca. 23.2×15.4mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 20.1 MP N/A 1.00 Entry level January 2014 Current
ILCE-6000 ILCE-6000 (α6000) CX77500 Alpha (α) APS-C, ca. 23.5×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 24.3 MP Multi Interface Shoe 1.00 Advanced Amateur February 2014 April 2014 Current
ILCE-3500 ILCE-3500 (α3500) Alpha (α) APS-C, ca. 23.2×15.4mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 20.1 MP Multi Interface Shoe Entry level March 2014 Announced
Camcorder
NEX-VG10 NEX-VG10E, NEX-VG10A, NEX-VG10J CX36000, CX36001 Handycam APS-C, 23.4×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 14.2 MP Auto-lock Accessory Shoe (4-pin iISO) 3 Advanced Amateur 2010-05-11, 2010-07-14 September 2010 Discontinued
NEX-VG20 NEX-VG20E, NEX-VG20A, NEX-VG20J CX36100 Handycam APS-C, 23.4×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 16.1 MP Auto-lock Accessory Shoe (4-pin iISO) 1 Advanced Amateur 2011-08-24 November 2011 Current
NEX-VG30 NEX-VG30E CX43500? Handycam APS-C, 23.4×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 16.1 MP Multi Interface Shoe + ISO-518 (0-pin) 1 Advanced Amateur 2012-09-12 November 2012 Announced
NEX-VG900 NEX-VG900E CX45600 Handycam Full Frame, 35.8×23.9mm, (1.0×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 24.3 MP Multi Interface Shoe 1 Semi-Professional 2012-09-12 November 2012 Announced
NEX-FS100 NEX-FS100E, NEX-FS100U, NEX-FS100J CX94500, CX94600 NXCAM Super-35mm, 23.6×13.3mm (1.6×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 3.5 MP 2 Semi-Professional 2010-11-17, 2011-03-23 July 2011 Current
NEX-FS700 NEX-FS700E, NEX-FS700U, NEX-FS700J CX96000, CX96100 NXCAM Super-35mm, 23.6×13.3mm, (ca. 1.6×) CMOS, Exmor, 4K-ready, 11.6 MP 3 (NEX-FS700R) Professional 2012-04-02 June 2012 Current
NEX-EA50 NEX-EA50E, NEX-EA50U CX95100, CX95300 NXCAM APS-C, 23.5×15.6 mm (ca. 1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 16.1 MP ISO-518 (2-pin) 2 Semi-Professional 2012-08-17 November 2012 Current

Available lenses[edit]

List of Sony E-mount lenses:

Model Lens VX code Format Filter Weight Release date Comments
Prime Lenses

SEL-16F28 E 2.8/16mm VX9100 APS-C, Super-35mm 49mm 67g 2010 silver, accepts VCL-ECU1 and VCL-ECF1 front converters

SEL-20F28 E 2.8/20mm VX9114 APS-C, Super-35mm 49mm 69g 2013-04 black, also accepts VCL-ECU1 and VCL-ECF1 front converters

SEL-24F18Z Sonnar T* E 1.8/24mm ZA VX9105 APS-C, Super-35mm 49mm 225g 2011-12 Zeiss design, black

SEL-30M35 E 3.5/30mm Macro VX9104 APS-C, Super-35mm 49mm (hood) 138g 2011-06 macro lens, 1:1 magnification, silver

SEL-35F18 E 1.8/35mm OSS VX9115 APS-C, Super-35mm 49mm 155g 2012-12 black

SEL-35F28Z Sonnar T* FE 2.8/35mm ZA VX9110 Full-frame 49mm 120g 2013-08 Zeiss lens, black

SEL-50F18 E 1.8/50mm OSS VX9106 APS-C, Super-35mm 49mm 202g 2011-12 portrait lens, silver, also available in black

SEL-55F18Z Sonnar T* FE 1.8/55mm ZA VX9124 Full-frame 49mm 281g 2013-10 Zeiss lens, black
Zooms

SEL-1018 E 4/10-18mm OSS VX9108 APS-C, Super-35mm 62mm 225g 2012-11 black

SEL-P1650 E PZ 3.5-5.6/16-50mm OSS VX9109 APS-C, Super-35mm 40.5mm 116g 2013-01 Power Zoom, black, also available in silver

SEL-1670Z Vario-Tessar T* E 4/16-70mm ZA OSS VX9107 APS-C, Super-35mm 55mm 308g 2013-08 Zeiss lens, black

SEL-1850 E 4-5.6/18-50mm APS-C, Super-35mm 55mm  ? 2014 black

SEL-1855 E 3.5-5.6/18-55mm OSS VX9101 APS-C, Super-35mm 49mm 194g 2010 silver, black versions come with the NEX-7 kit

SEL-P18105G E PZ 4/18-105mm G OSS VX9116 APS-C, Super-35mm 72mm 427g 2013-08 Power Zoom, black

SEL-18200 E 3.5-6.3/18-200mm OSS VX9103 APS-C, Super-35mm 67mm 524g 2010 silver, optically and mechanically different from SEL-18200LE

SEL-18200LE E 3.5-6.3/18-200mm OSS LE VX9113 APS-C, Super-35mm 62mm 460g 2012 black, optically and mechanically different from SEL-18200, almost identical to Tamron 18-200

SEL-P18200 E PZ 3.5-6.3/18-200mm OSS VX9123 APS-C, Super-35mm 67mm 649g 2012 Power Zoom, black, available for purchase as a stand-alone lens in 2013-03

SEL-2470Z Vario-Tessar T* FE 4/24-70mm ZA OSS VX9111 Full-frame 67mm 426g 2014-01 (2013-10) Zeiss lens, black

SEL-2870 FE 3.5-5.6/28-70mm OSS VX9129 Full-frame 55mm 295g 2013-10 black

SEL-P28135 FE PZ 4/28-135mm OSS  ? Full-frame  ?  ? 2014-04 black

SEL-55210 E 4.5-6.3/55-210mm OSS VX9102 APS-C, Super-35mm 49mm 345g 2011-10 silver, also available in black

SEL-70200G FE 4/70-200mm G OSS VX9126 Full-frame 72mm 840g 2014 (2013-10) white
Front Converters

VCL-ECF1 Fisheye Converter 0.62x VX9191 APS-C, Super-35mm 150g 2010 Front converter for SEL-16F28 and SEL-20F28, not an E-mount lens

VCL-ECU1 Ultra Wide Converter 0.75x VX9192 APS-C, Super-35mm 125g 2010 Front converter for SEL-16F28 and SEL-20F28, not an E-mount lens
Mount Converters

LA-EA1 Lens Adapter E-A 1 VX9176 APS-C, Super-35mm 2010 glass-less adapter for A-mount lens on E-mount camera, CD-AF / OS-PD-AF with SSM/SAM lenses only

LA-EA2 Lens Adapter E-A 2 APS-C, Super-35mm 2011 adapter for A-mount lens on E-mount camera, SLT-PD-AF with all AF lenses

LA-EA3 Lens Adapter E-A 3 Full frame, APS-C, Super-35mm 110g 2012 glass-less adapter for A-mount lens on full-frame E-mount camera, CD-AF / OS-PD-AF with SSM/SAM lenses only

LA-EA4 Lens Adapter E-A 4 Full frame, APS-C, Super-35mm 160g 2013 adapter for A-mount lens on E-mount camera, SLT-PD-AF with all AF lenses
E "Standard E-mount" series for the APS-C and Super-35mm image format.
FE "Full-frame E-mount" series for 35mm full-frame image format.
G "Gold" series, Sony's line-up of high-grade lenses.
LE "Light edition", lenses designed to be particularly light.
OSS "Optical SteadyShot", lenses with optical image stabilization.
PZ "Power Zoom", lenses with motor zoom facility.
ZA "Zeiss Alpha", lenses for Sony Alpha cameras. ZA lenses are designed and manufactured by Sony in Japan, once the designs get approval by Carl Zeiss AG to meet their quality standards.


Third-party lens manufacturers[edit]

On 8 February 2011 Sony announced the release of the specifications for the E-mount lens system allowing for third-party lens makers to create lenses for the NEX cameras without having to pay royalties. The mount specifications have been released to registered parties since April 2011.[7]

List of manufacturers of third-party lenses:

List of third-party APS-C format E-mount lenses with autofocus and electronic control:

  • Tamron 3.5-6.3/18-200mm Di III VC (B011) (announced 2011-12)
  • Sigma 2.8/19mm EX DN
  • Sigma 2.8/30mm EX DN
  • Sigma 2.8/19mm DN (announced 2013-01, new edition, available in black and silver, filter 46mm)
  • Sigma 2.8/30mm DN (announced 2013-01, new edition, available in black and silver, filter 46mm)
  • Sigma 2.8/60mm DN (announced 2013-01, available in black and silver, filter 46mm)
  • Zeiss Touit Distagon T* 2.8/12mm (announced 2012-09 for mid-2013)
  • Zeiss Touit Planar T* 1.8/32mm (announced 2012-09 for mid-2013)
  • Zeiss Touit Makro Planar T* 2.8/50mm (announced 2012-09 for spring 2014-02)

List of third-party full-frame E-mount lenses (manual, no electronics):

  • Carl Zeiss Distagon T* Compact Prime CP.2 15mm/T2.9
  • Carl Zeiss Distagon T* Compact Prime CP.2 Super Speed 35mm/T1.5
  • Carl Zeiss Planar T* Compact Prime CP.2 Super Speed 50mm/T1.5
  • Carl Zeiss Planar T* Compact Prime CP.2 Super Speed 85mm/T1.5
  • Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* Compact Prime CP.2 135mm/T2.1
  • Carl Zeiss T* Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200mm/T2.9
  • Rokinon 14mm T3.1 Cine Lens
  • Rokinon 24mm T1.5 Cine Lens
  • Rokinon 35mm T1.5 Cine Lens
  • Rokinon 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens
  • Zunow Super Wide Angle SWV-E11-16

List of third-party APS-C E-mount lenses (manual, no electronics):

  • Samyang / Rokinon 2.8/8mm UMC Fisheye
  • Samyang / Rokinon 3.5/8mm Fisheye CS VG10
  • Yasuhara Nanoha 4x-5x macro lens with built-in LED light ("NANOHAx5(E)")
  • SLR Magic HyperPrime 50mm F0.95
  • SLR Magic CINE 35mm f/1.4 (Announced for Dec 2012)
  • SLR Magic HyperPrime 23mm F1.7 (Announced for Feb 2013)
  • SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 35mm T0.95 (Announced for ???)

Available adapters[edit]

Due to the short flange focal distance of the Sony E-mount, many lenses can be adapted to be used on the Sony E-mount, although a crop factor will have to be taken into account for all cameras with APS-C or Super-35mm sensor format.
Minolta, Konica Minolta and Sony A-mount lenses can be used via the Sony LA-EA1,[8] LA-EA2, LA-EA3, or LA-EA4 mount adapters which provide electronic contacts and electro-mechanical diaphragm control. They allow the body to control the aperture of the lens and provide automatic exposure and Exif data support. The LA-EA1 and LA-EA3 support slow (2–7 seconds) contrast autofocus with SSM and SAM lenses, other lenses can be used with manual focus only.[9] Older samples of the LA-EA1, NEX-3 and NEX-5 require a firmware update for this to work. The LA-EA2 and LA-EA4 adapters support fast phase-detection autofocus with all A-mount lenses (except for the few dedicated manual focus A-mount lenses), including screw-driven AF lenses. However, their translucent-mirror design requires an optical element in the light path and thus causes a light fall-off of about 30% for the autofocus to work. Also, it slightly decreases image quality. The LA-EA1 and LA-EA3 do not need optical elements in the light path and thus will not change image quality in any way. The LA-EA1 and LA-EA2 are designed to cover the APS-C format only, whereas the LA-EA3 and LA-EA4 are full-frame capable (when used on a full-frame camera).

The following lens mounts can be used on the Sony E-mount with the use of various adapters available from third-parties:[10]

Comparison with similar lens mounts[edit]

Maker Mount Flange focal distance
(mm)
Outer diameter
(mm)
Frame size
(mm)
Sony E-mount 18 46.1 35.9×24.0
Canon EF-M-mount 18 54?[citation needed] 22.3×14.9
Fujifilm X-mount 17.7 44 23.6×15.6
Panasonic/Olympus μ4/3 20 44 17.3×13
Samsung NX-mount 25.5 42 23.4×15.6[citation needed]

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