Sony Planning 12 New Native E-Mount Lenses (For a Total of 60)

(Sony's newly announced FE 24mm f/1.4 GM lens)

Sony didn't have any big camera news at Photokina this year, but they did have big lens news, which might help people decide which camera to buy... which kind of makes this big camera news.

Sony is king of full-frame mirrorless cameras. Even with the announcements by Panasonic, Nikon, and Canon that they're moving into the full-frame mirrorless camera word, it's still Sony's world. They've been constantly upgrading and improving their cameras and their specs including the number of native lenses made for it.

The real reason for the slow migration to Sony mirrorless at first had nothing to do with the sensors, it was more about native glass. Sony used to get a bad rap that they didn't have the back catalog of lenses that Nikon, Canon, Fuji or Olympus have. That rep actually wasn't really earned as with a metabones adaptor you could put almost any lens on Sony cameras.

Some photographers, however, insist on using native lenses, which are lenses that were made for the particular camera mount they're shooting on. This ensures better focus, exposure and the full use of any extra components like image stabilization, focus and aperture settings. Sony has heard the suggestions from photographers the world over and have announced 12 new E-Mount lenses for Sony's mirrorless cameras. That brings its total number of native glass up from 48 to 60.

If you can't find the lenses you want to shoot on with 60 native lenses then you're probably more a niche photographer with a very specific set of requirements that you need.

Nikon, Canon, and Panasonic are just launching their full-frame mirrorless cameras and although both Nikon and Canon will have adaptors to make use of older lenses... their actual current supply of native lenses for the Z and the R series will be less than five lenses at launch.

On top of the lenses, Sony announced a new version of its eye-tracking autofocus that will soon be able to follow animals. That's huge for anyone with a pet or for wildlife photographers. Sony's eye autofocus is pretty astounding and the fact that it's only getting better is another reason Sony is still king of the full-frame mirrorless camera world.

The next big thing for Sony is to up the weather sealing and make the camera bodies a little more durable. This new animal tracking could suggest that they are in fact looking to make their products a little more durable. Which should be another reason for executives at other camera companies to lose sleep at night.