Sony reveals new lenses for NEX and A-mount cameras

Sony reveals new lenses for NEX and A-mount cameras
Sony's 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 telephoto zoom lens was announced at the same time as the NEX-F3

Sony has announced the 18-135mm for its A-mount DSLT/R range and a new 18-200mm telephoto zoom lens for the NEX compact system camera range.

First up, the Sony 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 lens for A mount cameras offers an 8x zoom capability.

Designed as a "go-anywhere" lens, Sony also promises that the optic has smooth, quick and quiet autofocus operation. Direct manual focus for fine-tuning is also available.

18-200mm reach

Sony has also announced a new 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 telephoto zoom lens to sit alongside its newly announced NEX-F3 compact system camera.

The lens, which is a successor, but not a replacement, for the previous 18-200mm iteration, offers an 11x zoom range in a lighter and smaller unit.

Approximately 12 per cent lighter than its predecessor, the lens is fitted with Optical SteadyShot, which is designed to compensate for the effects of hand-shake. Manual focus is also available for precise control.

The new lens is aimed primarily at NEX photographers who like to travel with the camera, but Sony is continuing the previous version of the camera.

Sony says that the original version is more suited to video recording, whereas this one provides a lighter option for those primarily using the camera for stills photography.

Launched at the same time as the NEX-F3 compact system camera, the price of the lens has not yet been made official.

Amy Davies

Amy has been writing about cameras, photography and associated tech since 2009. Amy was once part of the photography testing team for Future Publishing working across TechRadar, Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N Photo and Photography Week. For her photography, she has won awards and has been exhibited. She often partakes in unusual projects - including one intense year where she used a different camera every single day. Amy is currently the Features Editor at Amateur Photographer magazine, and in her increasingly little spare time works across a number of high-profile publications including Wired, Stuff, Digital Camera World, Expert Reviews, and just a little off-tangent, PetsRadar.