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Sony Discloses Basic Specifications of the "E-mount" for Interchangeable Single Lens Cameras without Fee

Sony Corporation announced today it will disclose the basic specifications of its "E-mount" for interchangeable single lens cameras, without fee, to manufacturers of lenses and mount adaptors, starting April 1st, 2011.

This opens the way for manufacturers of various lenses and mount adaptors to effectively develop products conforming to "E-mount" specifications.

Users of the Sony's "NEX-3", "NEX-5", "NEX-VG10" and other "E-mount" compatible Sony digital imaging products to be launched in the future will now be able to use interchangeable lenses from both Sony and various other manufactures, while they will also be able to attach non-Sony lenses to their Sony digital imaging products via a mount adapter.

Sony believes the growth of digital imaging products employing the "E-mount" will further increase the enjoyment of photography and video shooting among an even wider range of users.

These basic specifications will be disclosed to manufactures of lenses and mount adaptors following a predefined process of approval and the signing a license agreement with Sony.

As of today, the decision to disclose basic specifications of the "E-mount" has been endorsed by the following companies.

Carl Zeiss AG
As an independent lens provider, Carl Zeiss welcomes the disclosure of the "E-mount" specifications by Sony. It helps manufacturer's product development, benefits customers and therefore assists in establishing "E-mount" as a new, healthy and strong system on the market.


Cosina Co., Ltd.
Cosina Co., Ltd is excited by the potential of Sony's "E-mount" which enables to a large-size image sensor to be incorporated in a compact, interchangeable lens camera. We have high expectations for the "E-mount" with its aims to create a new photography culture, and express its assent to Sony's decision to provide information related to "E-mount".


Sigma Corporation
Sigma Corporation fully supports Sony's decision to disclose basic "E-mount" specifications. We believe this move will spur the further growth and diversification of camera system across the industry, provide photo enthusiasts with a wealth of choice and enrich in their photographic lifestyles.


Tamron Co., Ltd.
Tamron Co., Ltd endorses Sony's decision to disclose basic "E-mount" specifications. We aim to offer our customers new solutions and unprecedented photo-shooting enjoyment through the manufacture and sale of "E-mount" lenses.


The Inquiries and application regarding disclosure of the "E-mount" basic specifications, please contact to http://www.sony.co.jp/e_mount/QA_Application/. The site will be open from April 1st, 2011.


Source: http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/News/Press/201102/11-018E/index.html


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Re: Sony Discloses Specifications of the "E-mount" for NEX Cameras - free!
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2011, 11:11:11 PM »


This is actually a huge move by Sony - really places the NEX range in a very strong position. There are multiple other contenders entering the market (micro 4/3rds for example) in the compact with interchangeable lens space - releasing the mount specifications for no fee means sigma etc don't have to retrofit, and no one needs to pay license fees, to put out lenses to fit these models.

Third party lenses for intercheangable lens compacts is a new thing, and Sony look like leading the charge...

Also, this means adaptors for other brand lenses (canon, nikon, pentax, olympus) won't just be available through ebay hack versions, but will potentially be available through the lens manufacturers themselves (or at least through major 3rd party manufacturers)...

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Re: Sony Discloses Specifications of the "E-mount" for NEX Cameras - free!
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2011, 11:51:30 PM »
Bet Tamron were cross really. They have a very close relationship with Sony and would have had a deal instead.
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Re: Sony Discloses Specifications of the "E-mount" for NEX Cameras - free!
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2011, 12:44:08 AM »

True, but I bet they've had the specifications for some time...

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Re: Sony Discloses Specifications of the "E-mount" for NEX Cameras - free!
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2011, 01:16:45 AM »
...and it leaves Sony free to place their resources somewhere else, instead of having to develop a whole new line of Nex lenses!
Great news for those ones who want a replacement for the A900 ;)
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Re: Sony Discloses Specifications of the "E-mount" for NEX Cameras - free!
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2011, 01:16:45 AM »