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What 3rd party lenses are available for Sony Mirrorless (October 2018)

I've been looking for a few small but sharp lenses for a travel kit for my Sony A7r IIs. Finding what's out there was surprisingly hard.

The criteria for my search:

  • 3rd party (non Sony branded)
  • Native mount (no adapters)
  • Autofocus and fully electronically compatible
  • Full Frame

So here's what I found:

14mm f2.8
24mm f2.8
35mm f2.8
24mm f1.4
35mm f1.4
50mm f1.4

14mm f1.8 "Art"
20mm f1.4 "Art"
24mm f1.4 "Art"
50mm f1.4 "Art"
70mm f2.8 Macro"Art"
85mm f1.4 "Art"
105mm f1.4 "Art"
135mm f1.8 "Art"
(also announced but not yet available 28mm & 40mm f1.4 "Art" lenses)

 28-75mm F/2.8 "Di III RXD a036"

20mm f2 Firin

16-35mm Vario-Tessar T* ZA
18mm f2.8 "Batis"
24-70mm f2.8 Vario-Tessar T* ZA
25mm f2 "Batis"
35mm f1,4 "ZA Distagon T* FE"
50mm f1,4 "ZA Planar T* FE"
55mm f1,8 "ZA Sonnar T* ZA"
40mm f2 "Batis"
85mm f1.8 "Batis"
135mm f2.8 "Batis" 

Did I miss anything?


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