|This article is outdated. (June 2013)|
The E-mount is a lens mount designed by Sony for their NEX ("New E-mount eXperience") series of camcorders and mirrorless cameras.
Initially this mount is implemented in Sony Alpha NEX-3 and NEX-5 with APS-C sensor size. E-mount integration into Sony camcorder products is provided with the Sony Handycam NEX-VG10. 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, 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. 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.
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.
- 1 Available bodies
- 2 Available lenses
- 3 Third-party lens manufacturers
- 4 Available adapters
- 5 Comparison with similar lens mounts
- 6 References
|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||Discontinued|
|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||Current
(except Europe and North America)
|ILCE-7S||ILCE-7S (α7S) ||CX78500||Alpha (α)||Full Frame, 35.6×23.8mm, (1.0×)||CMOS, Exmor HD, 12.2 MP||Multi Interface Shoe||Semi-Professional||2014-04-06||Summer 2014||Current|
|ILCE-5100||ILCE-5100 (α5100) ||Alpha (α)||APS-C, approx. 23.2×15.4mm (1.5×)||CMOS, 24 MP||N/A||?||Entry level||August 2014||Announced|
|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|
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List of Sony E-mount lenses:
|Model||Lens||VX code||Lens ID||Type||Filter||Weight||Release date||Comments
|SEL-16F28||E 2.8/16mm||VX9100||32784||Prime||49mm||67g||2010||silver, accepts VCL-ECU1 and VCL-ECF1 front converters
|SEL-20F28||E 2.8/20mm||VX9114||32798||Prime||49mm||69g||2013-04||black, also accepts VCL-ECU1 and VCL-ECF1 front converters
|SEL-24F18Z||Sonnar T* E 1.8/24mm ZA||VX9105||32789||Prime||49mm||225g||2011-12||Zeiss design, black
|SEL-30M35||E 3.5/30mm Macro||VX9104||32788||Prime||49mm (hood)||138g||2011-06||macro lens, 1:1 magnification, silver
|SEL-35F18||E 1.8/35mm OSS||VX9115||32799||Prime||49mm||155g||2012-12||black
|SEL-35F28Z||Sonnar T* FE 2.8/35mm ZA||VX9110||32794||Prime||49mm||120g||2013-08||Zeiss lens, black 
|SEL-50F18||E 1.8/50mm OSS||VX9106||32790||Prime||49mm||202g||2011-12||portrait lens, silver, also available in black 
|SEL-55F18Z||Sonnar T* FE 1.8/55mm ZA||VX9124||32808||Prime||49mm||281g||2013-10||Zeiss lens, black 
|SEL-1018||E 4/10-18mm OSS||VX9108||32792||Zoom||62mm||225g||2012-11||black
|SEL-1635Z||Vario-Tessar T* FE 4/16-35mm ZA OSS||?||?||Zoom||?||?||2014-05||
|SEL-P1650||E PZ 3.5-5.6/16-50mm OSS||VX9109||32793||Zoom||40.5mm||116g||2013-01||Power Zoom, black, also available in silver
|SEL-1670Z||Vario-Tessar T* E 4/16-70mm ZA OSS||VX9107||32791||Zoom||55mm||308g||2013-08||Zeiss lens, black 
|SEL-1855||E 3.5-5.6/18-55mm OSS||VX9101||32785||Zoom||49mm||194g||2010||silver, black versions come with the NEX-7 kit
|SEL-P18105G||E PZ 4/18-105mm G OSS||VX9116||32800||Zoom||72mm||427g||2013-08||Power Zoom, black 
|SEL-18200||E 3.5-6.3/18-200mm OSS||VX9103||32787||Zoom||67mm||524g||2010||silver, optically and mechanically different from SEL-18200LE
|SEL-18200LE||E 3.5-6.3/18-200mm OSS LE||VX9113||32797||Zoom||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||32807||Zoom||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||32795||Zoom||67mm||426g||2014-01 (2013-10)||Zeiss lens, black 
|SEL-2870||FE 3.5-5.6/28-70mm OSS||VX9129||32813||Zoom||55mm||295g||2013-10||black 
|SEL-P28135G||FE PZ 4/28-135mm G OSS||?||?||Zoom||?||?||2014-04||black
|SEL-55210||E 4.5-6.3/55-210mm OSS||VX9102||32786||Zoom||49mm||345g||2011-10||silver, also available in black
|SEL-70200G||FE 4/70-200mm G OSS||VX9126||32810||Zoom||72mm||840g||2014 (2013-10)||white 
|VCL-ECF1||Fisheye Converter 0.62x||VX9191||N/A||Front converter||?||150g||2010||for SEL-16F28 and SEL-20F28, not an E-mount lens
|VCL-ECU1||Ultra Wide Converter 0.75x||VX9192||N/A||Front converter||?||125g||2010||for SEL-16F28 and SEL-20F28, not an E-mount lens
|LA-EA1||Lens Adapter E-A 1||VX9176||1?||Mount adapter||2010||for A-mount lenses on E-mount camera, glass-less, CD-AF / OS-PD-AF with SSM/SAM lenses only
|LA-EA2||Lens Adapter E-A 2||2?||Mount adapter||2011||for A-mount lenses on E-mount camera, SLT-PD-AF with all AF lenses
|LA-EA3||Lens Adapter E-A 3||3||Mount adapter||110g||2013||for A-mount lenses on full-frame E-mount camera, glass-less, CD-AF / OS-PD-AF with SSM/SAM lenses only 
|LA-EA4||Lens Adapter E-A 4||6?||Mount adapter||160g||2013||for A-mount lenses on full-frame 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
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.
List of manufacturers of third-party lenses
- Carl Zeiss AG
- Cosina Co., Ltd.
- Samyang Optics / Rokinon
- Sigma Corporation
- Tamron Co., Ltd.
- SLR Magic
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)
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
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 ???)
- Digital King 12mm f/7.4 Fisheye
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, 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. 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:
- Alpa mount
- Sony A-mount (Sony LA-EA1, LA-EA2, LA-EA3, LA-EA4 and 3rd part adapters with aperture ring)
- BNCR mount
- Canon EF and Canon EF-S
- Canon FD-mount
- Contax G
- Contax/Yashica bayonet (adapter variant with tilt available)
- Exakta lens mount
- Fujica X bayonet
- Hasselblad Xpan
- Konica AR (bayonet)
- Leica M-mount (bayonet)
- Leica M39 lens mount (LTM/L39) (screw)
- Leica R-mount (adapter variant with tilt available)
- M42-mount (screw) (adapter variant with tilt available)
- Micro Four Thirds
- Minolta SR-mount
- Minolta/Konica Minolta A-mount (Minolta/Konica Minolta AF/Alpha/Dynax/Maxxum and Sony Alpha DSLRs) (Sony LA-EA1, LA-EA2 and 3rd party adapters with aperture ring)
- Nikon F-mount (adapter variant with aperture ring for G lenses available, adapter variant with tilt available)
- Olympus OM-mount
- Olympus Pen F
- Pentax Auto 110
- Pentax K-mount (adapter variant with aperture ring for DA lenses available)
- PL mount
- T2-mount (screw)
Comparison with similar lens mounts
|Maker||Mount||Flange focal distance
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