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Sony A5100 & New 85mm FE To Be Announced For Photokina

By Anthony Thurston on August 12th 2014

Sony has several announcements slated to take place around Photokina, and two that you may be interested in are the a5100 and the 85mm FE lens.

The latest rumors indicate that Sony will release a new FE 85mm lens “right before” Photokina. Pricing and aperture of this lens are unknown, other than that the lens is expected to be fast, likely F/1.8 or better. There is a rumor going around about a Zeiss FE 85mm f/1.8, but the team over at SAR finds that rumor unreliable, so take it as you will.

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In addition to the 85mm FE lens, we can also expect to see a new a5100. According to the rumors, the a5100 is expected to have the same sensor and AF technology as the A6000, but will be inside the same body and have the same LCD as the NEX-5t. So the idea here is 90% of the A6000 for a big price cut. Should be an attractive option for anyone who can’t quite swing the dough for the A6000.

[REWIND: Sony QX30 and Z3 Expected For Early September Announcements]

These two rumors are in addition to the new QX30 and Z3 which are expected in early September, as well as the possible new full frame RX cameras sometime in the near future. It seems that Sony has a big show planned for Photokina, a little something for everyone…

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What are your thoughts about these two new Sony rumors? Which one excited you the most? Leave a comment below!

[via Sony Alpha Rumors]

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

12 Comments

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  1. Rafael Steffen

    The 85mm Zeis lens is a dream come true.

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  2. Bradley Watson

    I will definitely consider switching to the A7 if a OSS 85mm f/1.8 arrives.

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  3. Steven Pellegrino

    As a Fuji X shooter, I have to admit I’m getting jealous of the Sony products.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Don’t worry, there’s plenty of reasons to be jealous of the X system too! But you probably already know that… ;-)

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    • Steven Pellegrino

      As was mentioned in another article, there’s a camera for every job, but last night in the middle of the latest rounds of protests in Ferguson, MO my Fuji cameras didn’t produce as well as I had hoped. Very low lighting conditions, except when police were shining lights on the crowd. Low light, people moving fast (fear of getting shot and tear gassed didn’t help either), the images weren’t even close to what the Canon shooters had.

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  4. Aidyn Chen

    Seems like Nikon, Canon, and Sony are all making a big splash this year. the chance of getting a 85mm sounds very legitimate. Just hoping of better innovation

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  5. Harry Lim

    I’m waiting for a wide angle lens for the A7. I read that the 85mm would be announced around the same time as a 16-??.

    http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/sr5-also-a7s-pricing-and-two-new-lenses-to-be-announced-on-april-30/

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    • Austin Swenson

      Harry, if you look for trey radcliffe’s videos on YouTube, he actually shows you that you can get the 10-18 lens and still use it perfectly fine between about 12-16mm without any vignetting on the a7 and a7r, and that the quality is pretty on par with the zeiss 16-35 mount for the A-mount without the weight and having to use the adapter. Plus I think it’s also like 1,200 less as well. Cheers.

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    • Austin Swenson

      The 85mm is for sure going to be in my budget no matter what aperture it is. I would LOVE f1.4, but if it’s f1.8, and especially if its the same as the 55mm f1.8, all the better!!! Way excited for this one!!!

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    • Harry Lim

      Austin, yes I did see that. But I prefer native lenses. Having to use an adapter 1.) cost more money and b) defeats the purpose of a slim, lightweight body. Plus, I’d feel like I was wasting money buying a 10-18 and only able to use 12-16. I’d rather spend more money and get a quality native lens.

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    • Harry Lim

      ugh, I really wish there was a way to edit comments. Just realized I used “1” and “B” in my previous comment. Doh!

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    • Matthew Saville

      Now that Rokinon has the 12mm f/2 and 10mm f/2.8 for APS-C, who cares about the 7-series’ prospects?

      OK, I kid, I kid, but seriously, if you don’t need high ISO’s or shallow DOF, the A6000 combined with any of the current APS-C / mirrorless Rokinon lenses is a very formidable combo. I’m hoping, but not holding my breath, for there to be similar lenses available for full-frame directly on the E-mount soon. And not those crappily adapted ones that waste weight by being re-hashes of their original DSLR designs, but newer, lighter, smaller designs.

      =Matt=

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