New lenses aplenty on Sony E-mount roadmap


posted Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 9:00 PM EDT

Sony's E-mount on the NEX-5N compact system camera. Source image provided by Sony  Electronics.Sony's compact system cameras have proven incredibly popular for the company, but like most competing systems, the NEX series has so far been faced with a relatively limited selection of dedicated glass from which to choose. A generous selection of first- and third-party mount adapters has helped, but many bring limitations in terms of autofocusing and other compatibility issues, making them less attractive than dedicated E-mount lenses.

This is all about to change, though, according to a new E-mount lens roadmap released by the company as the CP+ trade show kicks off in Japan.

Through 2012, Sony is apparently planning to release another four E-mount lenses, including a large aperture standard prime, and three zooms--a wide angle, a standard, and a high magnification zoom.

Next year, the situation should improve still further, with the roadmap showing a further four models. Key among these is a Carl Zeiss G-branded standard zoom lens, which will also be accompanied by a mid-range zoom. Prime lovers will also be pleased to see a pancake and a mid-telephoto in next year's plans.

Courtesy of Sony, the full roadmap is as follows: