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Sony's new mirrorless cameras strive for enthusiast sweet spot

Jackie Dove | Aug. 28, 2013
Sony has released a pair of midlevel compact interchangeable lens cameras designed for the consumer step-up and enthusiast market.

As with the 5R, there's an assortment of apps such as Time Lapse, Portrait Lighting, and Motion Shot to broaden shooting results.

The NEX-5T with kit lens is available in black, white, and silver and costs $700--$50 less than the previous NEX-5R, or is available body-only for $550. It goes on sale in early September.

In addition to the two new cameras, Sony is introducing three additional lenses for a total of 18 lenses in the E-mount family, or a choice of 33 E-Mount lenses, if you use adapters. Third-party adapters extend that range further to Canon and Nikon lenses.

One new entrant is the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T 16-70mm F4 zoom lens (24-105mm in 35mm equivalent), an optically stabilized premium constant aperture zoom lens for $1000, available in mid-September. There's also a new Sony E-PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS lens (full frame equivalent 27 to 157.5mm) for $600 with a 5.8X zoom, which Sony envisions for video. It will be available in early December. The Sony E 50mm f/1.8 portrait lens now comes in black for $300, and will be available in mid-September.

More information about these cameras and lenses is available on Sony's website.


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