An Interesting New Lens for Sony E-Mount from Rokinon
While Sony’s APS-C E-mount lineup is known for not exactly having an exciting lineup of lenses, people often forget that you can use full frame E-mount lenses on these cameras too. Having said that, many of Sony’s full-frame E-mount lenses are quite expensive and heavy or both. However, there are a few new third party lenses coming out that are designed for full frame but I can see actually working really well on cropped sensors too. One of those is the new 24mm Autofocus lens from Rokinon.
The lens is a 24mm autofocus lens designed for full-frame E-mount cameras. Rokinon is known for making manual focus lenses, although they have made a few autofocus lenses too. There are two really interesting things about this new lens, that make it ideal, not just for full frame shooters, but also for users of the A6K lineup too (Sony A6000 for example). For a start, it’s relatively inexpensive. Its list price is $399. Secondly, it’s quite small at only 37mm long and it weighs only 93 grams.
More importantly though, on a cropped sensor camera, it fulfils the role of a 35mm (it’s a 36mm equivalent to be exact) which is something sorely lacking in Sony’s existing lineup. There is a 24mm Sony lens from Zeiss, but it’s very expensive. While it is a f/1.8 lens compared to this lens which is a f/2.8, it sells for around €900 which is more than double the cost of this lens.
The lens isn’t actually shipping yet so we will need to see how it performs in the real world, but I have high hopes. I used a friends’ Rokinon 85mm before, and it was superb. This could be a great option for Sony A6000 (and A6300, and A6500) users who want a 35mm equivalent but don’t want to pay for the expensive Sony version. You can pre-order the lens now, and it is expected to ship in July.
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