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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · New Sony E-mount 20mm f/2.8 pancake announced


New Sony E-mount 20mm f/2.8 pancake announced
Sony has announced the E 20mm f/2.8 pancake prime lens for its NEX cameras. It weighs 2.4oz and with a depth of just 0.8 inches offering a 30mm equivalent field of view.

It's designed with 6 elements (3 aspherical) in 6 groups, with a 7-blade aperture. Minimum focusing distance is 7.8 inches for a maximum magnification of 0.12x.
It has an internal stepping autofocus motor, a high quality metal finish and a 49mm filter diameter.

The new E-mount 20mm f/2.8 pancake will be available in April for $348.

Pre-order it at B&H Photo:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/913561-REG/sony_sel20f28_20mm_f_2_8_alpha_e_mount.html



Jan 23, 2013 at 06:37 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · New Sony E-mount 20mm f/2.8 pancake announced


http://www.digitalcamerainfo.com/News/Sony-Announces-New-20mm-Pancake-Lens-for-Sony-NEX-Line.htm

Not a bad addition, but curiously close to their own 16 and 24mm lenses...



Jan 23, 2013 at 04:21 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · New Sony E-mount 20mm f/2.8 pancake announced


deadwolfbones wrote:
http://www.digitalcamerainfo.com/News/Sony-Announces-New-20mm-Pancake-Lens-for-Sony-NEX-Line.htm

Not a bad addition, but curiously close to their own 16 and 24mm lenses...


Not that curious, that gives a 24mm-e, 30mm-e and 36mm-e equivalents in the lineup, close to the classic wide options of 24mm, 28mm and 35mm. It's also very close to the popular 19mm from Sigma.

I'll admit that I'm interested, assuming it's at least as good as the underrated 16mm (which is actually as good as any FF 24mm available for under $400 new, it gets a bad rap for performance that's only poor in comparison to lenses costing significant multiples of what it costs).



Jan 23, 2013 at 04:30 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · New Sony E-mount 20mm f/2.8 pancake announced


Yeah, the price isn't bad and it's quite a bit smaller than the Sigma. Sigma's a hard deal to beat, though.


Jan 23, 2013 at 04:36 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · New Sony E-mount 20mm f/2.8 pancake announced


mawz wrote:
Not that curious, that gives a 24mm-e, 30mm-e and 36mm-e equivalents in the lineup, close to the classic wide options of 24mm, 28mm and 35mm. It's also very close to the popular 19mm from Sigma.

I'll admit that I'm interested, assuming it's at least as good as the underrated 16mm (which is actually as good as any FF 24mm available for under $400 new, it gets a bad rap for performance that's only poor in comparison to lenses costing significant multiples of what it costs).


this would probably have been a better lens for sony to have released with the introduction of the NEX line. a nice general use pancake. hopefully it's a solid performer.



Jan 23, 2013 at 04:38 AM
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sebboh wrote:
this would probably have been a better lens for sony to have released with the introduction of the NEX line. a nice general use pancake. hopefully it's a solid performer.


Frankly it's still too wide for that for the average user, the 30 Macro should have been a 30 pancake instead.

That said, the 20 would work nicely for me for everyday carry, but I like 28-30mm-e that way.



Jan 23, 2013 at 04:41 AM
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mawz wrote:
Frankly it's still too wide for that for the average user, the 30 Macro should have been a 30 pancake instead.


30mm equiv is the defacto standard for cell phone cameras for a good reason it can shoot most everything a casual shooter wants without excessive perspective distortion. 45mm equiv is too long for group photos at a bar, this means it is too long for most people even if "photographers" view it as a normal.



Jan 23, 2013 at 04:55 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · New Sony E-mount 20mm f/2.8 pancake announced


I like the focal length, I use 21, 24, & 28 the most of the lenses I have, I would use wider lenses more often if I had more options that don't require cornerfix.


Jan 23, 2013 at 05:00 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · New Sony E-mount 20mm f/2.8 pancake announced


deadwolfbones wrote:
Yeah, the price isn't bad and it's quite a bit smaller than the Sigma. Sigma's a hard deal to beat, though.


Aren't the Sigmas not video autofocus friendly?



Jan 23, 2013 at 05:17 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · New Sony E-mount 20mm f/2.8 pancake announced


Ah, so this is the "snap" pancake lens in the roadmap. Yeah, I think this looks good. I think it's a good FL, 30mm equivalent.


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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · New Sony E-mount 20mm f/2.8 pancake announced


mawz wrote:
Frankly it's still too wide for that for the average user, the 30 Macro should have been a 30 pancake instead.

That said, the 20 would work nicely for me for everyday carry, but I like 28-30mm-e that way.


I agree
30mm EFOV is a bit too wide for an everyday, do-everything kinda lens which is what pancakes are supposed to be
something around 35-40 would've been more popular I think



Jan 23, 2013 at 07:52 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · New Sony E-mount 20mm f/2.8 pancake announced


I shoot so much at 35 for groups and events even 28 feels like a fisheye if I frame it wrong.


Jan 23, 2013 at 09:37 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · New Sony E-mount 20mm f/2.8 pancake announced


Hope it's drastically better than the 16...


Jan 23, 2013 at 10:02 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · New Sony E-mount 20mm f/2.8 pancake announced


i think 2,8 for ~350 is to much money.





Jan 23, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · New Sony E-mount 20mm f/2.8 pancake announced


From Dpreview:

Sony has also said it will offer its video-targeted 18-200mm OSS F3.5-6.3 power zoom lens as a standalone product. Previously only available bundled with the NEX-VG30 camcorder, it becomes the company's third E-mount 18-200mm superzoom and will cost around $1200.

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/01/23/Sony-announces-e-mount-20mm-f2-8-pancake-prime-lens-for-NEX-plus-18-200mm-F3-5-6-3-OSS-PZ




Jan 23, 2013 at 10:50 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · New Sony E-mount 20mm f/2.8 pancake announced


Frankly this lens looks to me like a "get this pancake you whiners and bugger off!" offering. But this may be just me. There's probably a couple more to follow.


Jan 23, 2013 at 11:15 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · New Sony E-mount 20mm f/2.8 pancake announced


Should have been a lower price (200-250) or F2.0. A pitty it's not that last option.


Jan 23, 2013 at 11:24 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · New Sony E-mount 20mm f/2.8 pancake announced


I was hoping the snap pancake would've been an updated 16mm, with better corners and still compatible with the wide adapters. Something to woo me away from switching to m4/3.


Jan 23, 2013 at 11:50 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · New Sony E-mount 20mm f/2.8 pancake announced


It's funny, nearly everyone bitches the 16 is not good enough, now they announce a 20 but it's too expensive, typically you can't get good without paying for it, I'd gladly pay more for a better lens where the only negative is it's price.


Jan 23, 2013 at 12:05 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · New Sony E-mount 20mm f/2.8 pancake announced


The 16-50 pancake has the same price tag but you only pay 150 if you get it together with a camera.


Jan 23, 2013 at 12:30 PM
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