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]) and ILCE series of camcorders and mirrorless cameras.[1] The E-mount supplements Sony's A-mount, allowing the company to develop more compact imaging devices while maintaining compatibility with 35mm sensors. E-mount achieves this by:

  • Minimizing mechanical complexity, removing mechanical aperture and focus drive.
  • Shortening the flange focal distance to 18 mm compared with earlier offerings from Sony which used 44.5 mm.
  • Reducing the radius of the flange.

The short flange focal distance prohibits the use of an optical viewfinder, as a mirror box mechanism cannot be included in this reduced distance. Therefore all E-mount cameras use an electronic viewfinder.

Development overview[edit]

Initially, E-mount was implemented on the Sony α NEX-3 and NEX-5 consumer-targeted devices with APS-C sized sensors.[2] E-mount integration into Sony camcorder products was 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, and 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 was brought to the 35 millimeter video camera market with the Sony NEX-FS100.[5]

The first third-party camera to use the E-mount was the Hasselblad Lunar, announced at photokina on 18 September 2012 and released in early 2013.[6][7]

In September 2013, Sony announced the first model from new ILCE series, the Sony α3000. In October 2013, the first models with full-frame sensor size were released, the Sony α7 and Sony α7R.

On 19 April 2017, Sony revealed their new model Model ILCE-9, the Sony α9, characterized as a professional mirrorless camera system.

In September 2017, Sony revealed their high-end camera for video-production, VENICE - a 6K 16bit RAW recording camera.

Available bodies[edit]

List of Sony E-mount cameras:

Name Model Code ID System[citation needed] Type[citation needed] Format[citation needed] Sensor[citation needed] Touch to focus Touch menus 5 axis IBIS Eye AF Fastest mechanical shutter speed Max FPS Continuous Shooting Mechanical shutter Fastest electronic shutter speed Max FPS Continuous Shooting Electronic shutter Phase Detect AF points Contrast AF points Maximum ISO in Auto modes Custom buttons on the body Memory buffer Screen Viewfinder Flash Battery Weight Full HD Video 4k Video Video duration limit S&Q Slow and Quick video DxOMark Low Light ISO Charging Hotshoe[citation needed] Latest[when?] firmware[citation needed] User level[citation needed] Announce date[citation needed] Release date[citation needed] Availability[citation needed]

Sony NEX-3 NEX-3 (with Eye-Fi), NEX-3C (without Eye-Fi) CX75210 279[8] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, 23.4×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor, 14.2 MP No touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS No 1/4000 s 7 fps without AF-C,

2.3 fps with AF-C

No Silent Electronic Shutter No 25 Smart Accessory Terminal 1 5 Entry level 2010-02-21, 2010-05-11 2010-06 Discontinued

Sony NEX-5 NEX-5 (with Eye-Fi), NEX-5C (without Eye-Fi) CX75110, CX75121, CX75141 278[8] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, 23.4×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor, 14.2 MP No touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS No 1/4000 s 7 fps without AF-C,

2.3 fps with AF-C

No Silent Electronic Shutter No 25 1600 ISO No custom buttons on the body Tiltable 45° down and 90° up Sony FDA-EV1S viewfinder accessory Flash accessory 1080 mAh NP-FW50 287 g 1920 x 1080 No 4k video 30 min video duration limit NO S&Q Slow and Quick video 796 DxOMark Low Light ISO Battery can only be charged in external charger Smart Accessory Terminal 1 5 Midrange 2010-02-21, 2010-05-11 2010-06 Discontinued

Sony NEX-C3 NEX-C3 CX75400, CX75420 284[8] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 16.2 MP No touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS No 1/4000 s 7 fps without AF-C,

2.3 fps with AF-C

No Silent Electronic Shutter No 25 Smart Accessory Terminal 1 2 Entry level 2011-06-08 2011-08 Discontinued

Sony NEX-5N NEX-5N CX75500, CX75520 288[8] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 16.1 MP Touch to focus Yes, touch menus No IBIS No 1/4000 s 10 fps without AF-C,

3 fps with AF-C

No Silent Electronic Shutter No 25 3200 ISO No custom buttons on the body Tiltable 45° down and 90° up Sony FDA-EV1S viewfinder accessory Flash accessory 1080 mAh NP-FW50 269 g 1920 x 1080 No 4k video 30 min video duration limit NO S&Q Slow and Quick video 1079 DxOMark Low Light ISO Battery can only be charged in external charger Smart Accessory Terminal 2 1.02 Midrange 2011-08-24 2011-09 Discontinued

Sony NEX-7 NEX-7, (Hasselblad Lunar, Hasselblad Lunar Limited Edition) CX75600, CX75620 289[8] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, 23.5×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 24.3 MP No touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS No 1/4000 s 10 fps without AF-C,

3 fps with AF-C

No Silent Electronic Shutter No 25 Auto-lock Accessory Shoe (4-pin iISO) 1.03 Advanced Amateur 2011-08-24 2011-12 Discontinued

Sony NEX-F3 NEX-F3 CX75700 293[8] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, 23.5×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 16.1 MP No touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS No 1/4000 s 5.5 fps without AF-C,

2.5 fps with AF-C

No Silent Electronic Shutter No 25 Smart Accessory Terminal 2 1.01 Entry level 2012-05-17 2012-06 Discontinued

Sony NEX-5R NEX-5R CX75820 296[8] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 16.1 MP Touch to focus Touch menus No IBIS No 1/4000 s 10 fps without AF-C,

3 fps with AF-C

No Silent Electronic Shutter 99 25 Smart Accessory Terminal 2 1.03 Midrange 2012-08-29 2012-10 Discontinued

Sony NEX-6 NEX-6 CX76060 295[8] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, 23.5×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 16.1 MP No touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS No 1/4000 s 10 fps without AF-C,

3 fps with AF-C

No Silent Electronic Shutter 99 25 Multi Interface Shoe 1.03 Advanced Amateur 2012-09-12 2012-11 Discontinued

Sony NEX-3N NEX-3N CX76200 305[8] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, ca. 23.5×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, ca. 16 MP No touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS No 1/4000 s 4 fps without AF-C,

2.5 fps with AF-C

No Silent Electronic Shutter No 25 N/A 1.00 Entry level 2013-02-20 2013-03 Discontinued

Sony NEX-5T NEX-5T CX76500 307[8] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 16.1 MP Touch to focus Touch menus No IBIS No 1/4000 s 10 fps without AF-C,

3 fps with AF-C

No Silent Electronic Shutter 99 25 Smart Accessory Terminal 2 1.01 Midrange 2013-08-24 2013-09 Discontinued

Sony α3000 ILCE-3000[9] CX77100, CX77121 302[8] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, ca. 23.5×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 20.1 MP No touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS No 1/4000 s 3.5 fps without AF-C,

2.5 fps with AF-C

No Silent Electronic Shutter No 25 Multi Interface Shoe 1.00/1.01 Entry level 2013-08-27 Discontinued

Sony α7 ILCE-7 CX77800 306[8] α (Alpha) MILC Full frame, 35.8×23.9mm, (1.0×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 24.3 MP No touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS AF-S 1/8000 s 5 fps without live view,

2.5 fps with live view

No Silent Electronic Shutter 117 25 Multi Interface Shoe 3.20 Semi-Professional 2013-10-16 2013-11 Current

Sony α7R ILCE-7R, (Hasselblad Lusso) CX77900 311[8] α (Alpha) MILC Full frame, 35.9×24.0mm, (1.0×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 36.4 MP No touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS AF-S 1/8000 s 4 fps without AF-C,

1.5 fps with AF-C

No Silent Electronic Shutter No 25 Multi Interface Shoe 3.20 Semi-Professional 2013-10-16 2013-11 Current

Sony α5000 ILCE-5000 CX77300, CX77361 313[8] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, ca. 23.2×15.4mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 20.1 MP No touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS AF-S 1/4000 s 2.5 fps with live view No Silent Electronic Shutter No 25 3200 ISO No custom buttons on the body Tiltable 45° down and 180° up No viewfinder Flash accessory 1080 mAh NP-FW50 269 g 1920 x 1080 No 4k video 30 min video duration limit NO S&Q Slow and Quick video 1089 DxOMark Low Light ISO Battery can be charged with micro-usb cable or in external charger.

Can't be charged while in use.

N/A 1.10 Entry level 2014-01-07 2014-03 Discontinued

Sony α6000 ILCE-6000 CX77500 312[8] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, ca. 23.5×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 24.3 MP No touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS AF-S 1/4000 s 11 fps without live view (HI),

2.5 fps with live view (LO)

No Silent Electronic Shutter 179 25 3200 ISO C1, C2, AEL, Rotary dial Tiltable 45° down and 90° up 1440 k dots viewfinder In body pop-up tiltable flash 1020 mAh NP-FW50 344 g No 4k video 30 min video duration limit NO S&Q Slow and Quick video 1347 DxOMark Low Light ISO Battery can be charged with micro-usb cable or in external charger.

Can't be charged while in use.

Multi Interface Shoe 3.20 Advanced Amateur 2014-02-12 2014-04 Current

Sony α3500 ILCE-3500 CX77100 302[8] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, ca. 23.2×15.4mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 20.1 MP No touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS No 1/4000 s 3.5 fps without AF-C,

2.5 fps with AF-C

No Silent Electronic Shutter No 25 Multi Interface Shoe 1.01 Entry level 2014-03-21 2014-03 Discontinued

Sony α7S ILCE-7S[10] CX78500 318[8] α (Alpha) MILC Full frame, 35.6×23.8mm, (1.0×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 12.2 MP No touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS AF-S 1/8000 s 5 fps without AF-C or live view,

2.5 fps with AF-C and live view

1/8000 s 5 fps without AF-C or live view,

2.5 fps with AF-C and live view

No 25 Multi Interface Shoe 3.20 Semi-Professional 2014-04-06 2014-06 Current

Sony α5100 ILCE-5100[11] CX78300? 339[8] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, approx. 23.5×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 24.3 MP Touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS AF-S 1/4000 s 6 fps without live view (HI),

3 fps with live view (LO)

No Silent Electronic Shutter 179 25 3200 ISO No custom buttons on the body Tiltable 45° down and 180° up No viewfinder In body pop-up tiltable flash 1020 mAh NP-FW50 283 g No 4k video 30 min video duration limit NO S&Q Slow and Quick video 1347 DxOMark Low Light ISO N/A 3.10 Entry level 2014-08-18 2014-09 Current

Sony α7 II ILCE-7M2 340[8] α (Alpha) MILC Full frame, 35.8×23.9mm, (1.0×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 24.3 MP No touch to focus No touch menus 5 axis IBIS AF-S 1/8000 s 5 fps without live view (HI),

2.5 fps with live view (LO)

No Silent Electronic Shutter 117 25 Multi Interface Shoe 4.00 Semi-Professional 2014-11-20 2015-01 Current

Sony α7R II ILCE-7RM2 347[8] α (Alpha) MILC Full frame, 35.8×23.9mm, (1.0×) BSI CMOS, Exmor R HD, 42.4 MP No touch to focus No touch menus 5 axis IBIS AF-C 1/8000 s 5 fps without live view (HI),

2.5 fps with live view (LO)

1/8000 s 5 fps without live view (HI),

2.5 fps with live view (LO)

399 25 Multi Interface Shoe 4.00 Semi-Professional 2015-06-10 2015-06 Current

Sony α7S II ILCE-7SM2 350[8] α (Alpha) MILC Full frame, 35.6×23.8mm, (1.0×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 12.2 MP Touch to focus No touch menus 5 axis IBIS AF-S 1/8000 s 5 fps without AF-C or live view,

2.5 fps with AF-C and live view

1/8000 s 5 fps without AF-C or live view,

2.5 fps with AF-C and live view

No 169 Multi Interface Shoe 3.00 Semi-Professional 2015-09-11 2015-11 Current

Sony α6300 ILCE-6300 357[8] α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, ca. 23.5×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor, 24.2 MP No touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS AF-C 1/4000 s 11 fps without live view (HI+),

8 fps with live view (HI)

1/4000 s electronic shutter 2.5 fps in silent mode (LO) 425 169 C1, C2, AEL, AF/MF, Rotary dial Tiltable 45° down and 90° up 2359 k dots, 100 Hz viewfinder In body pop-up tiltable flash 1020 mAh NP-FW50 403 g 4k video 30 min video duration limit 1 fps to 120 fps S&Q Slow and Quick video 1437 DxOMark Low Light ISO Battery can be charged with micro-usb cable or in external charger.

Can't be charged while in use.

Multi Interface Shoe 2.01 Advanced Amateur 2016-02-03 2016-03 Current

Sony α6500 ILCE-6500 ? α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, ca. 23.5×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor, 24.2 MP Touch to focus No touch menus 5 axis IBIS AF-C 1/4000 s 11 fps without live view (HI+),

8 fps with live view (HI)

1/4000 s electronic shutter 2.5 fps in silent mode (LO) 425 169 6400 ISO C1, C2, C3, AEL, AF/MF, Rotary dial Tiltable 45° down and 90° up 2359 k dots, 100 Hz viewfinder In body pop-up tiltable flash 1020 mAh NP-FW50 453 g 4k video 30 min video duration limit 1 fps to 120 fps S&Q Slow and Quick video 1405 DxOMark Low Light ISO CAN be charged while in use.

Battery can be charged with micro-usb cable or in external charger.

Multi Interface Shoe 1.05 Advanced Amateur 2016-10-06 2016-12 Current

Sony α9 ILCE-9 ? α (Alpha) MILC Full frame, 35.9×24.0mm, (1.0×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 24.2 MP Touch to focus No touch menus 5 axis IBIS Real-time 1/8000 s 5 fps (HI+) 1/32,768 electronic shutter only works in M and S modes 20 fps (HI+),

10 fps (HI) in silent mode

693 Phase Detect AF C1, C2, C3, C4, AEL, AF-On, 2xRotary dial, Exposure compensation Tiltable 45° down and 90° up 3686 k dots, 100 Hz viewfinder NO in body pop-up tiltable flash 2280 mAh NP-FZ100 673 g 4k video unlimited video duration 1 fps to 120 fps S&Q Slow and Quick video 3517 DxOMark Low Light ISO Multi Interface Shoe 4.10 Professional 2017-04-19 2017-05 Current

Sony α7R III ILCE-7RM3 ? α (Alpha) MILC Full frame, 35.8×23.9mm, (1.0×) BSI CMOS, Exmor R HD, 42.4 MP Real-time 1/8000 s Multi Interface Shoe 2.10 Professional 2017-10-25 2017-11 Current

Sony α7 III ILCE-7M3 ? α (Alpha) MILC Full frame, 35.8×23.9mm, (1.0×) BSI CMOS, Exmor R HD, 24.2 MP Touch to focus No touch menus 5 axis IBIS Real-time 1/8000 s 10 fps without live view (HI+),

8 fps with live view (HI)

1/8000 s 10 fps without live view (HI+),

8 fps with live view (HI)

693 Phase Detect AF C1, C2, C3, C4, AEL, AF-On, 2xRotary dial, Exposure compensation Tiltable 45° down and 90° up 2359 k dots, 100 Hz viewfinder NO in body pop-up tiltable flash 2280 mAh NP-FZ100 650 g 4k video unlimited video duration 1 fps to 120 fps S&Q Slow and Quick video 3730 DxOMark Low Light ISO Multi Interface Shoe 2.10 Professional 2018-02-27 2018-04 Current

Sony α6400 ILCE-6400 ? α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, ca. 23.5×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor, 24.2 MP Touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS Real-time 1/4000 s 11 fps without live view (HI+),

8 fps with live view (HI)

1/4000 s electronic shutter 2.5 fps in silent mode (LO) 425 Phase Detect AF C1, C2, AEL, Rotary dial Tiltable 45° down and 180° up 2359 k dots, 100 Hz viewfinder In body pop-up tiltable flash 1020 mAh NP-FW50 404 g 4k video unlimited video duration 1 fps to 120 fps S&Q Slow and Quick video 1431 DxOMark Low Light ISO Multi Interface Shoe ? Advanced Amateur 2019-01-15 2019-04 Current

Sony α6600 ILCE-6600 α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, ca. 23.5×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor, 24.2 MP Touch to focus No touch menus 5 axis IBIS Real-time 1/4000 s 11 fps without live view (HI+),

8 fps with live view (HI)

1/4000 s electronic shutter 2.5 fps in silent mode (LO) 425 Phase Detect AF C1, C2, C3, C4, AEL, AF/MF, Rotary dial Tiltable 45° down and 180° up 2359 k dots, 100 Hz viewfinder NO in body pop-up tiltable flash 2280 mAh NP-FZ100 503 g 4k video unlimited video duration 1 fps to 120 fps S&Q Slow and Quick video Multi Interface Shoe 2.00 Advanced Amateur 2019-08-28 2019-10 Current

Sony α6100 ILCE-6100 α (Alpha) MILC APS-C, ca. 23.5×15.6mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor, 24.2 MP Touch to focus No touch menus No IBIS Real-time 1/4000 s 11 fps without live view (HI+),

8 fps with live view (HI)

1/4000 s electronic shutter 2.5 fps in silent mode (LO) 425 Phase Detect AF C1, C2, AEL, Rotary dial Tiltable 45° down and 180° up 1440 k dots viewfinder In body pop-up tiltable flash 1020 mAh NP-FW50 396 g 4k video unlimited video duration 1 fps to 120 fps S&Q Slow and Quick video Multi Interface Shoe Advanced Amateur 2019-08-28 2019-10 Current

Sony α QX1 ILCE-QX1 346[8] α (Alpha) QX-series MILC
(lens-type, smartphone-mounted)
APS-C, approx. 23.2×15.4mm (1.5×) CMOS, 20.1 MP None Unknown Advanced Amateur 2014-09-03 Discontinued

Sony NEX-VG10 NEX-VG10E, NEX-VG10A, NEX-VG10J CX36000, CX36001 Handycam Camcorder 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 2010-09 Discontinued

Sony NEX-VG20 NEX-VG20E, NEX-VG20A, NEX-VG20J CX36100 290[8] Handycam Camcorder 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 2011-11 Discontinued

Sony NEX-VG30 NEX-VG30E CX43500? 300[8] Handycam Camcorder 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 2012-11 Discontinued

Sony NEX-VG900 NEX-VG900E CX45600 299[8] Handycam Camcorder Full frame, 35.8×23.9mm, (1.0×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 24.3 MP Multi Interface Shoe 1 Semi-Professional 2012-09-12 2012-11 Discontinued

Sony NEX-FS100 NEX-FS100E, NEX-FS100U, NEX-FS100J CX94500, CX94600 NXCAM Camcorder Super-35mm, 23.6×13.3mm (1.6×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 3.5 MP 2 Semi-Professional 2010-11-17, 2011-03-23 2011-07 Discontinued

Sony NEX-FS700 NEX-FS700E, NEX-FS700U, NEX-FS700J, NEX-FS700R CX96000, CX96100 NXCAM Camcorder Super-35mm, 23.6×13.3mm, (1.6×) CMOS, Exmor 4K, 11.6 MP 2 (non-R w/o 4K), 3 (NEX-FS700R w/ 4K) Professional 2012-04-02 2012-06 Discontinued

Sony NEX-EA50 NEX-EA50E, NEX-EA50U CX95100, CX95300 NXCAM Camcorder APS-C, 23.5×15.6 mm (1.5×) CMOS, Exmor HD, 16.1 MP ISO-518 (2-pin) 2 Semi-Professional 2012-08-17 2012-11 Discontinued

Sony PXW-FS7 PXW-FS7 XDCAM Camcorder Super-35mm, 23.6×13.3mm, (1.6×) CMOS, Exmor 4K, 11.6 MP ISO-518 cold shoe Professional 2014-09-12 Discontinued
Sony PXW-FS5 PXW-FS5 XDCAM Camcorder Super-35mm, 23.6×13.3mm, (1.6×) CMOS, Exmor 4K, 11.6 MP ISO-518 cold shoe Professional Discontinued
Sony PXW-FS7 II PXW-FS7 XDCAM Camcorder Super-35mm, 23.6×13.3mm, (1.6×) CMOS, Exmor 4K, 11.6 MP ISO-518 cold shoe Professional Current
Sony VENICE VENICE CineAlta Digital Cinema Camera Full frame, 36.2x24.1mm, (1.0×) CMOS, 6K, 24.4 MP 4.0 Professional Current
Sony PXW-FS5 II PXW-FS5 XDCAM Camcorder Super-35mm, 23.6×13.3mm, (1.6×) CMOS, Exmor 4K, 11.6 MP Professional Current
Sony PXW-FX9 PXW-FX9 XDCAM Camcorder Full frame, 36.2x24.1mm, (1.0×) CMOS, 6K, 24.4 MP Professional Current

Available lenses[edit]

Name Model VX code Lens ID[12][13] Type Format Focal Length/Range Filter Weight Release date Comments

Sony E 16mm F2.8 SEL-16F28 VX9100 32784 Prime APS-C 16mm 49mm 70g 2010-06 silver, accepts VCL-ECU1, VCL-ECU2, VCL-ECF2 and VCL-ECF1 front converters
Sony E 20mm F2.8 SEL-20F28 VX9114 32798 Prime APS-C 20mm 49mm 69g 2013-04 black, also accepts VCL-ECU1, VCL-ECU2, VCL-ECF2 and VCL-ECF1 front converters
Sony FE 20mm F1.8 G SEL-20F18G ? ? Prime 35mm 20mm 67mm 373g 2020-02 black
Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm F1.8 ZA SEL-24F18Z VX9105 32789 Prime APS-C 24mm 49mm 225g 2011-12 Sony / Zeiss design, black
Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM SEL-24F14GM ? ? Prime 35mm 24mm 67mm 445g 2018-10 black
Sony FE 28mm F2 SEL-28F20 VX9132 32816 Prime 35mm 28mm 49mm 200g 2015-03 black, also accepts SEL-075UWC and SEL-057FEC front converters
Sony E 30mm F3.5 Macro SEL-30M35 VX9104 32788 Prime APS-C 30mm 49mm (hood) 138g 2011-06 macro lens, 1:1 magnification, silver
Sony Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA SEL-35F14Z VX9130 32814 Prime 35mm 35mm 72mm 630g 2015-03 (2014-09) Sony / Zeiss design, black
Sony E 35mm F1.8 OSS SEL-35F18 VX9115 32799 Prime APS-C 35mm 49mm 155g 2012-12 black
Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA SEL-35F28Z VX9110 32794 Prime 35mm 35mm 49mm 120g 2013-08 Sony / Zeiss design, black[14]
Sony FE 35mm F1.8 SEL-35F18F Prime 35mm 35mm 55mm 280g 2019-08 Black
Sony Zeiss Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA SEL-50F14Z VX9138 32822 Prime 35mm 50mm 72mm 778g 2016-07 Sony / Zeiss design, black
Sony E 50mm F1.8 OSS SEL-50F18 VX9106 32790 Prime APS-C 50mm 49mm 202g 2011-12 portrait lens, silver, also available in black[15]
Sony FE 50mm F1.8 SEL-50F18F ? 32824 Prime 35mm 50mm 49mm 186g 2016-03 black
Sony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro SEL-50M28 ? ? Prime 35mm 50mm 55mm 236g 2016-09 macro lens, black
Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA SEL-55F18Z VX9124 32808 Prime 35mm 55mm 49mm 281g 2013-10 Sony / Zeiss design, black[14]
Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM SEL-85F14GM VX9139 32823 Prime 35mm 85mm 77mm 848g 2016-02 black
Sony FE 85mm F1.8 SEL-85F18 ? ? Prime 35mm 85mm 67mm 371g 2017-02 black[16]
Sony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS SEL-90M28G VX9118 32802 Prime 35mm 90mm 62mm 602g 2015-03 macro lens, black
Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS SEL-100F28GM VX9135 ? Prime 35mm 100mm 72mm 700g 2017-02 Smooth Trans Focus, black[16]
Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM SEL-135F18 GM Prime 35mm 135mm 82mm 953g 2019-04 Black
Sony FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS SEL-400F28GM ? ? Prime 35mm 400mm 40.5mm 2895g 2018-06 telephoto prime, white
Sony FE 600mm F4.0 GM OSS SEL-600F40GM ? ? Prime 35mm 600mm 40.5mm 3040g 2019-06 telephoto prime, white

Sony E 10-18mm F4 OSS SEL-1018 VX9108 32792 Zoom APS-C 10-22mm 62mm 225g 2012-11 black
Sony FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM SEL-1224GM ? ? Zoom 35mm 12-24mm None 847g 2020-07 black
Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G SEL-1224G VX9117 32801 Zoom 35mm 12-24mm None 565g 2017-05 black
Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM SEL-1635GM VX9147 ? Zoom 35mm 16-35mm 82mm 680g 2017-05 black
Sony Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS SEL-1635Z VX9127 32811 Zoom 35mm 16-35mm 72mm 518g 2014-05 Sony / Zeiss design, black
Sony FE C 16-35mm T3.1 G SELC1635G Zoom 35mm 16-35mm 2019-09 Cine lens [17][18][19]
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS SEL-P1650 VX9109 32793 Zoom APS-C 16-50mm 40.5mm 116g 2013-01 Power Zoom, black, also available in silver
Sony E 16-55mm F2.8 G SEL-1655G ? ? Zoom APS-C 16-55mm 67mm 494g 2019-11 black
Sony Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS SEL-1670Z VX9107 32791 Zoom APS-C 16-70mm 55mm 308g 2013-08 Sony / Zeiss design, black[15]
Sony E 18-50mm F4-5.6 SEL-1850 VX9119 32803 Zoom APS-C 18-50mm 55mm 116g 2014 Black, discontinued. It was sold only as kit lens with the Sony α3500[20]
Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS SEL-1855 VX9101 32785 Zoom APS-C 18-55mm 49mm 194g 2010 silver, black versions come with the NEX-7 kit
Sony E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS SEL-P18105G VX9116 32800 Zoom APS-C 18-105mm 72mm 427g 2013-08 Power Zoom, black[15]
Sony E PZ 18-110mm F4 G OSS SEL-P18110G VX9136 ? Zoom APS-C / Super-35 18-110mm 95mm 1105g 2016-09 Power Zoom, black, with geared focus, zoom and manual aperture ring for cine use[21] https://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/camera-lenses/sel18135/specifications</ref>
Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS SEL-18135 Zoom APS-C 18-135mm 55mm 325g 2018-01 Black [22]
Sony E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS SEL-18200 VX9103 32787 Zoom APS-C 18-200mm 67mm 524g 2010 silver, optically and mechanically different from SEL-18200LE
Sony E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS LE SEL-18200LE VX9113 32797 Zoom APS-C 18-200mm 62mm 460g 2012-06 black, optically and mechanically different from SEL-18200, almost identical to Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC (model B011S)
Sony E PZ 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS SEL-P18200 VX9123 32807 Zoom APS-C 18-200mm 67mm 649g 2012 Power Zoom, black, available for purchase as a stand-alone lens in 2013-03
Sony Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS SEL-2470Z VX9111 32795 Zoom 35mm 24-70mm 67mm 426g 2014-01 (2013-10) Sony / Zeiss design, black[14]
Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM SEL-2470GM VX9137 32821 Zoom 35mm 24-70mm 82mm 886g 2016-02 black
Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS SEL-24105G VX9121 ? Zoom 35mm 24-105mm 77mm 663g 2017-10 black
Sony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS SEL-24240 VX9131 32815 Zoom 35mm 24-240mm 72mm 780g 2015-03 (2014-09) black
Sony FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS SEL-2870 VX9129 32813 Zoom 35mm 28-70mm 55mm 295g 2013-10 black[14]
Sony FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS SEL-P28135G VX9133 32817 Zoom 35mm 28-135mm 95mm 1125g 2014-09 (2014-04) Power Zoom, black, with geared focus, zoom and manual aperture ring for cine use[23]
Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS SEL-55210 VX9102 32786 Zoom APS-C 55-210mm 49mm 345g 2011-10 silver, also available in black
Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS SEL-70200G VX9126 32810 Zoom 35mm 70-200mm 72mm 840g 2014-02 white[14]
Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS SEL-70200GM VX9146 32830 Zoom 35mm 70-200mm 77mm 1480g 2016-02 white
Sony FE 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G OSS SEL-70300G ? 32828 Zoom 35mm 70-300mm 72mm 854g 2016-03 black
Sony E 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS SEL-70350G ? ? Zoom APS-C 70-350mm 67mm 625g 2019-11 black
Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS SEL-100400GM VX9145 ? Zoom 35mm 100-400mm 77mm 1398g 2017-04 white
Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS SEL-200600G ? ? Zoom 35mm 200-600mm 95mm 2115g 2019-06 white

Sony Fisheye Converter 0.62x VCL-ECF1 VX9191 N/A Front converter APS-C N/A N/A 150g 2010 silver, for SEL-16F28 and SEL-20F28, not an E-mount lens
Sony Fisheye Converter 0.62x VCL-ECF2 ? N/A Front converter APS-C N/A N/A 150g 2015-03 black, for SEL-16F28 and SEL-20F28, not an E-mount lens
Sony Ultra Wide Converter 0.75x VCL-ECU1 VX9192 N/A Front converter APS-C N/A N/A 125g 2010 silver, for SEL-16F28 and SEL-20F28, not an E-mount lens
Sony Ultra Wide Converter 0.75x VCL-ECU2 ? N/A Front converter APS-C N/A N/A 125g 2015-03 black, for SEL-16F28 and SEL-20F28, not an E-mount lens
Sony Fisheye Converter 0.57x SEL-057FEC VX9143 32827 Front converter 35mm N/A N/A 418g 2015-03 (2014-09) black, for SEL-28F20, not an E-mount lens
Sony Ultra Wide Converter 0.75x SEL-075UWC VX9142 32826 Front converter 35mm N/A N/A 267g 2015-03 (2014-09) black, for SEL-28F20, not an E-mount lens

Sony Tele Converter 1.4x SEL-14TC VX9148 ? Rear converter 35mm N/A N/A 167g 2016-02 white
Sony Tele Converter 2x SEL-20TC VX9149 ? Rear converter 35mm N/A N/A 207g 2016-02 white

Sony Lens Adapter E/A 1 LA-EA1 VX9176 1 Mount adapter APS-C N/A N/A 110g 2010 for A-mount lenses on E-mount camera, glass-less, CD-AF / OS-PD-AF with SSM/SAM lenses only
Sony Lens Adapter E/A 2 LA-EA2 ? 2 Mount adapter APS-C N/A N/A 200g 2011 for A-mount lenses on E-mount camera, SLT-PD-AF with all AF lenses
Sony Lens Adapter E/A 4 LA-EA4 ? 6 Mount adapter 35mm N/A N/A 160g 2013 for A-mount lenses on full-frame E-mount camera, SLT-PD-AF with all AF lenses[14]
Sony Lens Adapter E/A 3 LA-EA3 ? 3 Mount adapter 35mm N/A N/A 110g 2013 for A-mount lenses on full-frame E-mount camera, glass-less, CD-AF / OS-PD-AF with SSM/SAM lenses only[14]
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.
GM "Gold Master" series, Sony's line-up of ultra 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.
LA-EA "Lens Adapter - Emount Amount", Adapter for α-mount lenses to the e-mount camera body.
SEL "Sony Emount Lens", sony lens for e-mount cameras.
TC "Tele Converter", Teleconverter for changing the focal length of a lens.
ECU "Emount Converter Ultra wide", ultra wide converter for specific lenses
ECF "Emount Converter Fisheye", fisheye converter for specific lenses
T* "T coating", Zeiss special T* coating. Only with Sony Zeiss lenses
ZA "Zeiss α", lenses for Sony α 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]

Sony NEX-5 with Sigma 30mm F2.8 EX DN lens.

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.[24] Getting a license for the specifications requires approval by Sony and the signing of a non-disclosure agreement.[25]

The construction of full frame manual focus prime lenses without any electronics is relatively easier and less costly than the construction of electronic full frame autofocus lenses of any kind. This has encouraged lesser known lens companies to construct full frame prime lenses with E-mount. Numerous affordable sharp full-format manual prime lenses with big apertures are available with E-mount.

List of manufacturers of third-party lenses[edit]

Adapting lenses to Sony E-mount[edit]

Sony α7 with an adapted Carl Zeiss Biogon 28mm F2.8 lens for Contax G mount.

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. Additionally, with the introduction of in-camera image stabilization to Sony's newer mirrorless cameras, any adapted lens (regardless of age, brand, or lens mount) can be image stabilized.

Nearly all manual lenses can be attached with simple ring-like adapters to Sony's mirrorless cameras, such as for Canon FD, Minolta MC/MD, Leica M, and many others. Manual focus lenses that transmit EXIF data will require an adapter with electronic contacts, which are generally more expensive to produce.

Adapting autofocus lenses to Sony's older E-mount cameras (such as the Sony α6000 and α7) can often be ineffective due to the inability of the camera body to effectively lock-on to a subject, resulting in either hunting or missed focus. This has largely been remedied in recent years with improved lens adapter performance, as well as the introduction of faster, more accurate autofocusing systems to Sony's more recent cameras (such as the Sony α6500 and Sony α9).

Sony LA-EA adapters[edit]

The Sony LA-EA4 adapter

Most A-mount lenses can be used via the Sony LA-EA1,[28] LA-EA2, LA-EA3, or LA-EA4 mount adapters, which provide electronic contacts and mechanical aperture control. They allow the camera body to control the aperture of the lens and provide automatic exposure and Exif data support.

  • LA-EA1: APS-C format only; originally only a autoexposure adapter, but a firmware update allows it to autofocus lenses with AF motors (SSM and SAM); most screw driven lenses can be used with manual focus[29]
  • LA-EA2: APS-C format only; supports phase-detection autofocus with most A-mount lenses. the translucent-mirror directs 30% of the light to the dedicated AF sensor.
  • LA-EA3: full-frame format compatible; autofocuses lenses with AF motors (SSM and SAM); most screw driven lenses can be used with manual focus
  • LA-EA4: full-frame format compatible; supports phase-detection autofocus with most A-mount lenses. the translucent-mirror directs 30% of the light to the dedicated AF sensor. [30]

Non Alpha mount Minolta lenses will not mount on these adapters. Alpha mount Power Zoom/Xi lenses are also not supported. The LA-EA2 and LA-EA4 adapters have fifteen phase-detect AF points, the center three points are cross type. [31] Its tripod mount isn't detachable. During movie mode, the adapter doesn't permit the change of aperture.[32] The translucent-mirror SLT design,[33] which requires a pellicle mirror in the light path, causes 1/3 of the light to be reflected to the autofocus sensor.[34] The 1/3 light fall-off equals 1/2 stop and may decrease the image quality accordingly when available light is a limiting factor.[35]

Techart offers a unique autofocusing adapter, having a motor that moves the adapter flange along optical axis. It has Leica M-mount on the lens side, but via stacking additional adapter almost any SLR lens can be mounted.[36]

Sony LA-EB adapters[edit]

Sony LA-EB1 Adapter

Released at the end of 2019, this lens adapter lets you mount B4 lens with electronic connection.

  • LA-EB1: Super 16 format only

List of adaptable lens mounts[edit]

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L IS lens adapted to the Sony NEX-5 with a "dummy" non-electronic adapter.

The following lens mounts can be used on the Sony E-mount with the use of various adapters available from third parties:[37]

List of Sony E-mount adapters with a focal reducer[edit]

A focal reducer is a device which inserts between main lens and camera and shrinks image circle while simultaneously increasing the f-stop of the lens. The downside is that only lenses from other systems with longer flange distance are accepted. Native E-mount lenses are not supported.

  • Metabones Speed Booster, from full-frame SLR to APS-C, 0.71x
  • Metabones Speed Booster Ultra, from full-frame SLR to APS-C, 0.71x
  • Zhongyi Lens Turbo, from full-from frame SLR to APS-C, 0.71x
  • Kipon Baveyes Ultra 0.7x Adapter, from Medium Format SLR to Sony-E full frame (announced 3 March 2016)
  • Kipon Baveyes L/M-S/E 0.65x, from Leica M-mount to Sony APS-C (announced 24 November 2016)

Comparison with similar lens mounts[edit]

Maker Mount Flange focal distance
(mm)
Throat diameter
(mm)
Frame size
(mm)
Sony E-mount 18 46.1 35.9×24.0, 23.6×15.6
Leica L-mount 20 51.6 36×24, 23.6×15.7
Canon EF-M mount 18 46.5 22.3×14.9
Canon RF mount 20 54 36×24
Nikon Z-mount 16 55 35.9×23.9
Fujifilm X-mount 17.7 44 23.6×15.6
Panasonic/Olympus M4/3 20 44 17.3×13
Samsung NX-mount 25.5 42 23.5×15.7[38]

See also[edit]

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