Even on an APS-C sensor body like the Sony A6500, the 85mm f/1.8 feels good, although 127.5mm as a focal length (with the crop sensor conversion) is admittedly a little less versatile. Sony a6000 + 35mm f/1.8 | © Rambo Estrada. One nice touch is the aperture ring which allows aperture adjustments to be made on the lens. Following the recent release of so many Sony mirrorless camera bodies, I thought it fitting to write a roundup of the best Sony lenses available in 2021. In this post we will look at the best E-mount lenses compatible with Sony’s range of APS-C mirrorless cameras, whether Nex (5,6,7) or Alpha (a3000, a5000, a6000, a6300, a6400 or 6500…). Sony does make 50mm 1/.8 lenses for both E and FE mount cameras, but this 55mm is faster to auto-focus and sharper, making it definitely worth the additional expense if you plan to use it a lot. However, in most normal daylight situations, the lens/camera locked onto the subject fast enough, and it wasn’t an issue. What’s the difference between Sony E Mount and A Mount? Simple – because it’s the best. Sony E Mount lenses are designed for Sony mirrorless camera bodies. You can also choose between a tactile click or a silky-smooth roll when twisting the aperture ring. 630 g. Still on the classic 35mm focal length, the Sony 35mm f/1.4 is my recommendation for Sony full frame shooters. Now that you’ve got over that initial shock, why the heck am I recommending such expensive glass in a roundup that’s supposed to cater for the average photographer?! I find that many Sony full frame camera owners also own crop sensor compact cameras too. FE refers to a lens designed to cover a Sony full frame (35mm) sensor. the ‘holy trinity’, are unbeatable in quality. The Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM or the Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 G OSS would be better for people and animals. The overall image quality for this lens is stunning. 886 g. If you want one lens that can handle pretty much any shooting scenario and produce clear, vibrant and sharp images with incredible detail, the Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 should be at the top of your wish-list. Compatibility: Full frame (FE) & Crop Sensor (E) Minimum Focus: 0.3 m Filter Diameter: 72 mm Size: 78.5 mm (diameter) x 112 mm (length) Weight: Approx. It’s fair to say that any of the Sony products with the word ‘Zeiss’ on the side really excel in image quality, especially the fast primes such as this one. If you want to know what lenses to buy for your Sony camera first, this quick summary should help: If you’re looking for an affordable, fun and tiny prime lens for your Sony APS-C sensor (E mount) camera, the Sony 20mm f/2.8 is my pick. In combination with the fast f/1.8 aperture, this is another reason that the 35mm f/1.8 is so good for low-light shooting. The maximum that the lens aperture can open up to is f/1.8. Best Sony lenses 2021: 16 top lenses for Sony mirrorless cameras By Matthew Richards , Amy Davies 23 July 2020 There's now a E-mount lens to suit pretty much any occasion Highly recommended! As with the 55mm f/1.8 we discussed earlier, the 85mm f/1.8 achieves incredible amounts of detail – zooming in 100% with the Sony A7R III files is mind-blowing. The results? The ‘Distagon’ in its full name (Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 Zeiss Distagon T*) refers to a lens design which helps reduce distortion. For this price, I recommend the 85mm f/1.8 for any photographer who needs a versatile portrait focal length at a good price, which complements the size of a Sony mirrorless camera. 371 g. Remember I mentioned that I bought 3 lenses when I switched from Nikon to Sony? Many photographers come to Sony from Nikon or Canon, so their first question is whether they can still use their existing non-native lenses on their new Sony body. The cameras used for testing were the full frame a7R III (reviewed here), the a7 III (reviewed here), and the crop sensor a6000 (reviewed here). Investing in one body and just the 24-70mm f/2.8 will mean that you’ll have all your focal distances covered, and can mean a more practical entry into the world of Sony for professional use. One small issue I noticed was ghosting when shooting towards the sun – this is one area where the coated glass of the 24-70mm f/4 Zeiss is superior, but I don’t consider it a big problem. All of this makes it one of the best lenses available today. As mentioned previously, I’d also like to hear about your favourite 3rd party lenses which you use mount on Sony camera bodies. What we don’t: Wide… Well first off, attaching this lens to your Sony crop sensor body transforms it into a 35mm equivalent focal length with a fast f/1.8 aperture. With the sun at your back, images out of the Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 are vivid, sharp, contrasty and extremely sharp. Smooth and quiet operation makes this the best Sony for video shooting. In my opinion, it’s the best prime lens for Sony crop-sensor camera owners who want a small and lightweight setup with excellent optical performance – it’s in many respects the perfect travel camera/lens combination. Using Canon lenses on a Sony body is definitely possible via adapters like these, and it’s fun to experiment with other 3rd party lenses too, but I always recommend using a native lens where possible. As for FE mount (full frame) Sony cameras, my favourite prime is the Sony 35mm f/1.4 which I reviewed below. That’s why having a ‘fast’ lens with a large (f/1.8) aperture like the 35mm f/1.8 is such a big help. The cheapest AF full frame E-mount lenses are the Sony 1.8/50 and the Samyang 1.8/45. If you want to step up the image quality considerably on your a6xxx series camera, the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 is a good bet – that fast maximum aperture will deliver great bokeh, and get you out of trouble in low-light too. They are also compatible with Hasselblad E-mount cameras. So what are you getting for your money? Here is a quick tip on how to focus manual lenses on Sony Mirrorless Cameras. If you’ve got the bucks, the Sony 16-35mm f/2.8, 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 a.k.a. Distortion is typical for a 24-70mm lens, with pronounced barrel distortion at 24mm, although it’s all easily fixable in Lightroom. The Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS is especially good for a beginner. Very ideal for sports or nature shooting, the Sony FE 16-35mm G Master has to make this list for this obvious reason. Aside from that, there isn’t much to complain about. Category: Wide angle. Yes there’s an f/4 Zeiss version and even a 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Sony offering too… but they’re all outperformed by the 24-70mm f/2.8. Sure, your smart phone’s ‘portrait mode’ may be able to do something similar, but the process is much slower with the mobile phone and its fancy A.I. Thanks to this buying guide you will know exactly which E-mount lens … classic focal length for portrait photographers, this guide to the best lenses for the Sony a6000, FE – any lens that covers a 35mm sized sensor (designed for use on Sony’s full frame mirrorless cameras), G – ‘Gold’ lenses are Sony’s highest quality professional-grade lenses, OSS – ‘Optical SteadyShot’ is Sony’s in-built lens image stabilization, ZA – ‘Zeiss Alpha’, or any Sony lens featuring Carl Zeiss, SSM – ‘SuperSonic Motor’ is for extremely fast and silent Autofocus, SAM – ‘Smooth Autofocus Motor’, usually seem on Sony’s lower-end lenses, ED – ‘Extra-low Dispersion’ glass elements designed to reduce chromatic aberrations, DT – ‘Digital Technology’, refering to lenses that are designed for Sony APS-C sensor cameras, SEL – Sony autofocus lenses designed for E-mount. The 28mm f/2 is currently the most affordable Sony FE prime lens (see the latest price here), and an absolute bargain when compared to wide angle lenses of a similar caliber by other manufacturers. With the incredible high ISO performance of Sony full frame cameras, you won’t miss the 2/3 of a stop when the sun falls, and you won’t miss it even if you’re a bokeh-whore! For this reason, this little lens which I assumed would be relegated to shots of my kids on holiday actually sees a lot of use when shooting professionally. 281 g, Let’s start this review off with one of the sharpest lenses ever produced… all the way back in 2013! Remember that FE lenses can be used on all Sony mirrorless cameras (at a 1.5* focal length multiplication). Will Sony FE lenses work on a6000, a6300, a6400 & a6500 bodies? Well, this Sony 85mm f/1.8 was the third lens I settled on. Its speed only adds to its appeal. Be sure to check out this guide to the best lenses for the Sony a6000 for some more Sony e mount lens recommendations for the crop sensor format, and my guide to the best Sony accessories for what I’m currently using with my Sony cameras. 28mm is a somewhat unusual focal length, and it did admittedly take me a little time to get used to. As with all Zeiss lenses, build quality on the 55mm f/1.8 is excellent, with a metal barrel and a solid, high quality feel. by James Madison. That lets in an incredible amount of light. A real workhorse that delivers great-looking images over and over, and allows you to shoot in near darkness with no flash. Auto-focus performance is just as good as any DSLR equivalent I’ve shot with. It makes the camera a joy to hold, has excellent image quality and won’t break the bank. I’m a firm believer that small mirrorless bodies should be matched with small, lightweight lenses, and this is quite simply one of the best. This lens is perfect for close-ups of small objects. Sony a7RIII + 35mm f/1.4 FE | © Gold Hat Photography. Disclaimer: All recommendations are impartial and based on user experience, with no bias to the products or the brand. Highly recommended! I wouldn’t want to drop it (obviously! The Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 is designed for the Sony E-mount full-frame camera systems. Unless you’re shooting in low-light all the time, f/4 plus image stabilization and Sony’s excellent high ISO capabilities may be all you need. Lightweight and high quality, this is another best Sony e-mount lens for everyday use. The image quality is great, and its focal length and aperture make this one of the best lenses you can get for portraits. Wide angle lenses can’t really create much out-of-focus elements unless you get really close to the subject, but when you do, the Sony 28mm f/2 does a great job at creating subject separation. Carl Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar for Canon EOS with Metabones to Sony FE mount. Build quality is top-notch, as you’d expect from a Zeiss lens. … ), and this one from Sony is no different, at 630 g (22.22 oz). However, it is a tad smaller, and paired with a Sony A7 or A9 body, it actually feels pretty good – the narrowing of the lens where it meets the camera body creates a comfortable space for the fingers of your non-camera-holding hand to rest. If you own a full frame Sony body (lucky you! A wide angle zoom lens with the best image quality and can justify the price tag. On a full frame camera, 35mm is incredibly versatile. One other lens recommendation is the Sony 85mm f/1.8, which is a lightweight, affordable prime lens that’s perfect for portraits, delivering sharp, contrasty images with beautiful out-of-focus areas. Build quality is decent, although not the all-metal tank-like build you’ll see with G Master or Zeiss lenses. At only 200 g and a truly pocketable size, I imagined this would be my ‘everyday lens’ for non-professional use, or the lens I’d attach to my new a7 III when traveling. Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens; Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens; If your current lens will not focus close enough to make a subject larger in the frame, it is time to get a macro lens. Let’s break those words and abbreviations down: Other Sony lens abbreviations you may see include: In the reviews below, I’ve removed the superfluous lettering after the main elements of each lens name in the interests of simplicity – feel free to click through to each lens on Amazon to see the entire lens name. Paired with the Sony a7 or a9 series bodies which offer silent shooting, you can focus and shoot with no noise at all. In fact, I’d go as far as to say it’s my favourite lens for a crop sensor Sony body such as the a6000. This is my list of the best Sony e-mount mirrorless lenses for shooting videography you can buy this year. Small and light as a lens cap, you can blur the background on the cheap, and the image quality is surprisingly good too. Before we dive head first into the Sony lens reviews, it’s important to understand what all the letters in the lens name mean. It’s one of the best wide-angle lens for most Sony photographers and videographers. The size and weight balances nicely on the Sony a6XXX series bodies. The Sony 70-200mm f/4, for instance, is great value for money, and perfect for both Sony crop sensor or full frame cameras (it becomes a 105-300mm equivalent on APS-C). Sony a7RII +  24-70mm f/2.8 | © Tony Gale. At the end of a long wedding day, the last thing I want to attach to the front of my camera is a big, heavy lens like a 24-70, and 28mm allows you to get stuck right into the crazy dance-floor action, making the viewer feel truly immersed. Rokinon Xeen Cine lenses are built specifically for use as a cinema lens for Sony E-mount. Sharpness is decent at f/1.8, but stopping the lens down to f/4-f/8 really yields the best results, if capturing the utmost detail is your primary concern. Owners of the Sony 16-35mm f/4 Zeiss OSS may not want to read any further, but let me just say this before digging deeper – the Zeiss version is smaller, lighter, cheaper, and can deliver outstanding results. Pixel peeking website DXOMark named it the highest-rated wide-angle zoom, with a sharpness score that blew the Canon/Nikon versions right out the water. Rokinon 14mm F2.8 Full Frame Ultra Wide Angle Lens For Sony E-Mount. One problem with it is its weight. 24mm is wide enough to get the entire church or that epic landscape shot, and 70mm gives beautiful compression for a bridal portrait. I prefer to assign the camera’s command dial to control aperture, but for fans of rangefinders or video shooters, using your other hand to adjust aperture can be convenient. 200 g. Along with the aforementioned 35mm, the Sony 28mm f/2 was the second of 3 lenses I bought when I switched from Nikon to Sony this year. The Standard E-mount series is ideal for the APS-C and Super-35mm image format. If you own a Sony crop sensor body and crave the the advantages and flexibility of using a ‘real’ 35mm lens (as opposed to one that’s labeled ’35mm’, but converts to around 50mm on APS-C), the 24mm f/1.8 is simply the best lens you can buy. Lightweight, compact, good image quality: all things everyday people want in a lens. There’s clearly a lot of choice for Sony shooters in 2021. FE lenses can be used on E mount cameras, but E lenses cannot be used on FE mount cameras. 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