Best Fullframe E-mount FE Lenses for Sony Mirrorless Cameras

UPDATED: April 20, 2021 / ORIGINAL: April 24, 2017

As the Sony FE lens line-up rapidly grows, here’s a list of the BEST Fullframe E-mount Prime and Zoom Lenses for Sony a1, a7, a7 II, a7 III, a7C, a7R, a7RII, a7R III, a7R IV, a7S, a7S II, a7S III, a9 & a9 II cameras and FX3, FX6 & FX9 cinema cameras. All of these lenses will also work on Sony APS-C E-mount mirrorless cameras including Sony a5000, a5100, a6000, a6100, a6300, a6400, a6500, a6600 & Sony NEX mirrorless cameras.

Best Super-Wide Zoom: 12-24mm

 
Sony FE 12-24mm F2.8 G Master lensBEST-IN-CLASS: Sony FE 12-24mm F2.8 G Master lens | Price: $2,998
This ultra-wide zoom features a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture ideal for working in available light and controlling depth of field. Its advanced optical design includes a series of XA, aspherical, Super ED, and ED elements, which combine to reduce a variety of aberrations and distortions for a high degree of sharpness, accurate rendering, and notable color accuracy.

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Sony a7R IV + FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM at 12mm | 1/125 | F8 | ISO 100

Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art Lens for Sony EBEST BARGAIN: Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art Lens | Price: $1,399
Fast f/2.8 constant maximum aperture wide-angle zoom is ideal for shooting in low light. Optical design features low dispersion and aspherical elements to minimize both chromatic and spherical aberrations throughout the zoom range to achieve high sharpness, clarity, and color accuracy. Super Multi-Layer Coating combined with a Nano Porous Coating help to suppress lens flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color-accuracy in harsh light.

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sony-fe-12-24mm-f4-g-lensBEST COMPACT: Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G Lens | Price: $1,773
Ultra-wide zoom lens for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras features constant f/4 maximum aperture. Sophisticated optical design incorporates aspherical and low dispersion glass elements to control spherical and chromatic aberrations for improved sharpness and clarity. Nano AR Coating is applied to reduce surface reflections, flare, and ghosting for greater contrast and color fidelity when working in bright, backlit situations.

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Best Wide Angle Zoom: 16-35mm

 
sony-fe-16-35mm-f2-8-gmBEST IN CLASS: Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Lens | Price: $2,198
The sharpest wide angle zoom ever tested by DxO Mark, this G Master wide-angle constant f/2.8 maximum aperture zoom designed for full-frame E-mount mirrorless cameras offers consistent performance throughout the zoom range and benefits working in low-light conditions. The optical design incorporates two extra-low dispersion elements to reduce chromatic aberrations along with two XA elements and three aspherical elements, which significantly controls spherical aberrations for a high degree of image sharpness and clarity. Nano AR coating has been applied to limit ghosting and lens flare for increased contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions.

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Sony a7R IV + Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM • 1/160 • F/2.8 • ISO 100

BEST BARGAIN: Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens | Price: $899
Fast budget-priced option for landscape, astrophotography and architecture. Its bright f/2.8 constant maximum aperture is ideal for low-light along with control over depth of field. RXD stepping motor enables quick, near-silent autofocus performance for stills and video, along with full-time manual focus override and a minimum focusing distance of 7.5″.

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Sony-FE-16-35-lensBEST COMPACT: Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens | Price: $1,348
Constant f/4 maximum aperture wide-angle zoom lens designed for full-frame E-mount cameras, can also be used with Sony APS mirrorless cameras. Features a circular aperture that, through the use of curved blades, keeps the aperture almost perfectly circular from its wide-open setting to when it is closed for smoother, more natural defocusing highlights.

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Sony A7R + Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens at 16mm • 4 seconds • F/8 • ISO 100

Best Standard Zoom: 24-70mm

 
Sony-FE-24-70-2-8-G-MasterBEST IN CLASS: Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 G Master Lens | Price: $2,198
If you can only afford one lens – this would be my choice. 24-70mm is a great range for portrait photography because it allows you to shoot everything from wide environmental portraits to a tight intimate portrait and this flagship Sony lens is by far the best 24-70 on the market.

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Sony a9 + Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM OSS • 1/200 • F/7.1 • ISO 100

Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN Art Lens for Sony E-mountBEST BARGAIN: Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN ‘Art’ FE Lens | Price: $1,099
Versatile f/2.8 mid-range zoom offers the most bang for the buck. Ideal for shooting in available light with increased control over depth of field offers. Optical design incorporates a series of low dispersion and aspherical elements that greatly reduce aberrations to achieve high sharpness, enhanced clarity, and improved color accuracy. Both Super Multi-Layer and Nano Porous Coatings improve contrast and color rendering by suppressing lens flare and ghosting under harsh lighting.

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sony-fe-24-105mm-f4-gBEST RANGE: Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS Lens | Price: $1,298
Finally the most-requested lens by our readers is here. Designed for corner-to-corner sharpness at all focal lengths, this wide-angle to short-telephoto zoom with a constant f/4 maximum aperture, maintains consistent performance throughout the zoom range. Its advanced optical design, which employs aspherical and extra-low dispersion glass elements to control color fringing, distortion, and a variety of aberrations for greater sharpness and clarity. A Nano AR Coating has also been applied to suppress lens flare and ghosting for high contrast and color accuracy when working in harsh light.

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tamron-28-70mm-f2-8-di-iii-rxdLOWEST PRICE: Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD Lens | Price: $799
While lacking the range to 24mm like the other lenses on this list, Tamron offers the lowest price. Constant f/2.8 maximum aperture for depth of field control and enhanced low-light performance. RXD stepping motor, enables quick, near-silent autofocus performance for stills and video, along with full-time manual focus override and a minimum focusing distance of 7.5 inches. It features moisture-resistant construction for use in harsh climates, along with a fluorine-coated front element.

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Best Telephoto Zoom: 70-200mm

 
SOny-FE-70-200-2-8-G-Master-OSSBEST IN CLASS: Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 G Master Lens | Price $2,598
Photojournalists, sports and wedding photographers rejoice! If you’ve been patiently waiting for a 70-200 F2.8 for E-mount, this lens is worth the wait. Like the other lenses in this series it’s incredibly sharp with nice balance for E-mount cameras.

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High Speed action with Sony a9 and 70-200 F2.8 GM lens
Sony a9 + Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens • 1/500 • F2.8 • ISO 4000

Tamron 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD Lens for Sony FEBEST BARGAIN: Tamron 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD Lens | Price: $1,199
Compact, fast telephoto zoom lens offers a f/2.8 maximum aperture ideal for shooting in low light and controlling depth of field. Optical design includes low dispersion and aspherical elements to correct a variety of aberrations and a BBAR-G2 coating to reduce flare and ghosting. Autofocus features a pair of VXD linear motor units for fast, accurate, and quiet autofocus.

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Sony-FE-70-200BEST F4: Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens | Price: $1,498
Versatile telephoto zoom lens that takes over right where the FE 24-70mm leaves off. Nicely balanced in size and weight for Sony a7 Series cameras to give you telephoto reach without weighing you down. The OSS settings on this lens are designed to work with Sony a7 Mark II IBIS.

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Sony A7R + FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS at 200mm • 1/800 • F/7.1 • ISO 100

Best All-in-One Zoom: 24-200mm+

 
Sony-FE-24-240mmBEST IN CLASS: Sony FE 24-240 F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens | Price: $998
Full-frame E-Mount telephoto zoom lens with the versatility to stretch from true wide-angle to super telephoto perspectives. Its advanced optical design includes 5 aspherical elements and 1 ED glass element for reduced chromatic and spherical aberrations in a compact design. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization facilitates sharper imaging in low light situations and when shooting at long telephoto lengths.

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Sony A7R | Sony FE 24-240 F3.5-6.3 OSS at 24mm and 240mm

Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD LensBEST BARGAIN: Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD Lens | Price: $729
This compact zoom offers a unique mixture of an all-in-one wide-to-super-tele zoom range along with a f/2.8 maximum aperture at the wide end of the zoom, along with its sleek and portable design. A series of specialized elements are used to maintain high sharpness and clarity throughout the zoom range. RXD stepping motor enables quick, quiet autofocus performance for stills and video, along with full-time manual focus override.

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Best Super Telephoto Zoom: 100mm-400mm

 
sony-fe-100-400-gm-ossBEST IN CLASS: Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens | Price: $2,498
The newest and longest FE lens is also the fifth lens in the G Master line. Designed for outstanding resolution and sharpness with minimal aberrations using one Super ED and two ED elements and Nano AR coating. Weighing in at a best-in-class 49.2 oz this compact 100-400mm lens features dual floating elements for fast AF and a 3.2′ minimum focusing distance for 0.35x magnification. It’s equipped with both a Direct Drive SSM autofocus system as Optical SteadyShot image stabilization for outstanding performance at all focal lengths.

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Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary Lens for Sony EBEST BARGAIN: Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Lens | Price: $949
As part of the Contemporary line within Sigma’s Global Vision series, this telephoto zoom lens is designed to achieve a balance between convenience and performance, and meshes a compact, lightweight build and versatile handling with notable optical performance at a very affordable price.

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Best Super Telephoto Zoom: 200mm-600mm

 
Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS LensBEST IN CLASS: Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS Lens | Price: $1,998
The top-requested lens by our readers offers outstanding resolution and sharpness with minimal aberrations features five ED elements and one aspherical element, plus Nano AR and fluorine coatings. It also features a relatively compact size through the use of an f/5.6-6.3 maximum aperture range, and it is equipped with both a Direct Drive SSM autofocus system and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization for performance at all focal lengths.

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Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports LensBEST BARGAIN: Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens | Price: $1,499
Ideal for wildlife, sports, landscapes, motorsports, and countless other photographic endeavors, offering features and image quality that professionals demand. This lens provides high rendering throughout the entire zoom range at all apertures, and ghosting, flare, and various types of aberrations are all well controlled. An updated and redesigned autofocus system offers both speed and precision using both an AF actuator driven by a stepping motor and a high-precision magnetic sensor.

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Best Ultra-Wide Prime: 10mm and Wider

 
Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f/5.6 FF RL LensWIDEST: Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f/5.6 FF RL Lens | Price: $799
Featuring a 135° angle of view, the new Laowa 9mm f/5.6 is currently the widest non-fisheye lens ever developed for fullframe mirrorless cameras. Landscape photographers can now experience an ultimate wide-angle photography with beautiful scenery captured in one shot. The ultra-wide angle of view is particularly helpful for interior shooting as it helps exaggerated the sense of space.

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Voigtlander-10mm-Heliar-Sony-E-mount-lensBEST COMPACT: Voigtlander 10mm F5.6 Heliar E-Mount Lens | $1,099
The world’s widest production rectilinear full frame lens ever made has a whopping 130 degree angle of view. It features electronic contacts for EXIF info, Lens Menu Correction, Manual Focus Assist, Manual Focus Distance indication, Electronic Front Curtain Shutter capability, 5-Axis Image stabilization and optimized for the thickness of the Sony a7-Series cover glass.

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Best Ultra-Wide Prime: 14-15mm

 
Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM LensBEST IN CLASS: Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM Lens | Price: $1,558
Extreme wide angle lens with fast f/1.8 maximum aperture is ideal for landscape, nature, architectural and astrophotography shooting low-light and increased control over depth of field Optical design incorporates two extra-low dispersion elements and one super ED element to reduce chromatic aberrations, plus two XA (extreme aspherical) elements that significantly control spherical aberrations for a high degree of image sharpness and clarity.

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Laowa-15mm-F2-FE-lensBEST MANUAL FOCUS: Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Lens | Price: $849
The World’s Fastest 15mm Lens for Sony Full Frame E-mount Cameras is the Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Lens featuring a 110° Angle of View, Ultra-fast f/2 aperture and 72mm filter thread. Laowa 15mm f/2 becomes another member in their “Close-to-Zero Distortion” lineup.

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Voigtlander-15mm-Heliar-Sony-E-mount-lensBEST COMPACT: Voightlander 15mm F4.5 Heliar E-Mount Lens | $799
This E-mount lens is an updated version of Voigtlander’s 15mm f/4.5 III with a 110 degree angle of view. It features electronic contacts for EXIF info, Lens Menu Correction, Manual Focus Assist, Manual Focus Distance indication, Electronic Front Curtain Shutter capability, 5-Axis Image stabilization and they are optimized for the thickness of the Sony a7-Series cover glass.

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Best FAST Ultra-Wide Prime for Astrophotography

 
Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM LensBEST IN CLASS: Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM Lens | Price: $1,558
Extreme wide angle lens with fast f/1.8 maximum aperture is ideal for landscape, nature, architectural and astrophotography shooting low-light and increased control over depth of field Optical design incorporates two extra-low dispersion elements and one super ED element to reduce chromatic aberrations, plus two XA (extreme aspherical) elements that significantly control spherical aberrations for a high degree of image sharpness and clarity.

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Laowa-15mm-F2-FE-lensBEST MANUAL FOCUS: Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Lens | Price: $849
The World’s Fastest 15mm Lens for Sony Full Frame E-mount Cameras is the Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Lens featuring a 110° Angle of View, Ultra-fast f/2 aperture and 72mm filter thread. Laowa 15mm f/2 becomes another member in their “Close-to-Zero Distortion” lineup.

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Best 18mm Prime:

 
Zeiss-Batis-18mm-F2-8-E-MountBEST IN CLASS: Zeiss Batis 18mm F2.8 E-mount Lens | Price: $1,499
Featuring a Distagon concept with a floating elements design that maintains consistent sharpness and illumination throughout the focusing range, and a series of aspherical and special glass elements help to control both chromatic and spherical aberrations. Well-suited to interior, architectural and astrophotography, the Batis 18mm f/2.8 blends its extremely wide 99° angle of view with a high degree of functionality.

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Rokinon AF 18mm f/2.8 FE Lens for Sony EBEST BARGAIN: Rokinon AF 18mm f/2.8 FE Lens for Sony E | Price: $399
Ultra-wide angle rectilinear compact and lightweight primelens is well-suited for landscape, architecture interiors, and astrophotography. Optical design includes a series of aspherical, high refractive index, and extra-low dispersion elements, which reduce a variety of aberrations. Ultra Multi-Coating is applied to individual elements to suppress flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color accuracy. Linear STM autofocus motor works in conjunction with Sony cameras’ AF systems for quick, quiet, and precise focusing performance.

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Best 20-21mm Prime:

 
Sony FE 20mm F1.8 GBEST IN CLASS: Sony FE 20mm F1.8 G | Price: $898
Sony’s widest prime lens combines F1.8 max aperture with excellent corner-to-corner optical quality. Dual XD Linear Motor system that is quick and quiet, and also lends more responsive control for manual focus operation. The lens also has a dust- and moisture-sealed design, along with a fluorine coating, to support shooting in inclement conditions.

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Tamron 20mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M 1:2 Lens for Sony FEBEST COMPACT: Tamron 20mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M 1:2 Lens | Price: $349
Lightweight wide-angle prime designed for full-frame Sony E-mount cameras is ideal as everyday, walkaround shooting. Offers half life-size 1:2 maximum magnification ratio and 4.3″ minimum focusing distance for working with close-up subjects. OSD stepping motor achieves fast and near-silent autofocus along with full-time manual focus override. Features moisture-resistant design and fluorine coating for working in inclement conditions.

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Zeiss-Loxia-21mmBEST MANUAL FOCUS: Zeiss Loxia 21mm F2.8 T* Lens | Price: $1,499
Featuring a compact form factor well-suited for full-frame Sony E mount mirrorless cameras, the latest lens in the Loxia line-up is based on the Distagon optical concept for reduced distortion as well as consistent, even illumination and sharpness from edge to edge. The optical design also incorporates four anomalous partial dispersion elements and one aspherical element to control chromatic aberrations and increase overall clarity and color accuracy. Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating minimizes lens flare and ghosting for greater contrast.

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Best 24mm-25mm Prime:

 
Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM LensBEST IN CLASS: Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM Lens | Price: $1,398
A great lens for photojournalists! Measuring just 3.0 inches x 3.64 inches and weighing 15.7 ounces it’s lightest in its class. This is a departure from previous GM lenses, which tend to be large in order not to sacrifice optical performance. Yet this lens manages to minimize size and weight without sacrificing optical performance.

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Tamron 24mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M 1:2 Lens for Sony FEBEST BARGAIN: Tamron 24mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M 1:2 Lens | Price: $349
Lightweight wide-angle prime designed for full-frame Sony E-mount cameras is ideal as walkaround travel lens. Offers half life-size 1:2 maximum magnification ratio and 4.7″ minimum focusing distance for working with close-up subjects. OSD stepping motor achieves fast and near-silent autofocus along with full-time manual focus override. Features moisture-resistant design and fluorine coating for working in inclement conditions.

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OTHERS OF NOTE:

 
Rokinon AF 24mm f/2.8 FE Lens | Price: $399
Compact wide-angle prime designed for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras is ideal for landscape and street photography. Lightweight design is well-suited to its use as a travel or everyday lens. Optical design incorporates three aspherical elements and a pair of high refractive index elements to suppress spherical aberrations and achieve a high degree of sharpness and clarity throughout the aperture range. Ultra Multi-Coating has also been applied to control flare and ghosting for increased contrast when working in strong lighting.

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Best 28mm Prime:

 
Sigma 28mm F1.4 DG HSM FE Art LensBEST FOR SPEED: Sigma 28mm F1.4 DG HSM FE Art Lens | Price: $1,399
The new Sigma wide-angle model stands out with its thoroughly corrected magnification chromatic aberration and sagittal coma flare, as well as completely minimized distortion thanks to its optical design. It features water- and oil-repellent coating on the front lens element and its overall dust- and splash-proof structure ensures excellent performance even in the most challenging shooting conditions.

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Sony-FE-28mm-F2BEST COMPACT: Sony FE 28 F2.0 Lens | Price: $448
Full-frame compatible wide-angle prime lens for E-Mount mirrorless cameras. Its wide focal length and fast aperture make it a practical and versatile lens. Its optical design features Extra-low Dispersion glass elements which reduce chromatic aberrations and provide improved contrast. Also, aspherical and advanced aspherical elements minimize spherical aberrations and help to maintain the lens’ compact, lightweight form.

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Best 35mm Prime:

 

Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM LensBEST IN CLASS: Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM Lens | Price: $1,398
This fast wide-angle prime features updated, sleek design and compact form factor. Ideal for street shooting, landscape and documentary photography, the fast maximum aperture excels in low light and for controlling depth of field. G Master lens design features an advanced optical design for well-corrected imagery with a high degree of sharpness and clarity.Two XA (eXtreme Aspherical) elements and one extra-low dispersion element reduce a variety of aberrations, color fringing, and distortion, and the optics are complemented by a Nano AR II coating that also suppresses flare and ghosting for improved contrast. XD Linear Motor system that uses two separate focusing motors to deliver especially quiet, precise, and quick autofocus performance.

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Sony a7R IV + FE 35mm F1.4 GM • 1/400 • F4.5 • ISO 320

Sigma FE 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art LensBEST FOR SPEED: Sigma FE 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art Lens | Price: $1,499
Sigma’s first prime lens with a f/1.2 maximum aperture which helps to achieve shallow depth of field as well as extremely selective focus effects and is also suited for working in very difficult lighting conditions. Three low dispersion glass elements and three aspherical elements, including a double-sided element, effectively control spherical aberrations and distortion for increased sharpness and accurate rendering.

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Sony FE 35mm F1.4 ZA lensBEST LOOK: Sony FE 35 F1.4 ZA Lens | Price: $1,598
Classic wide-angle focal length, this fast f/1.4 lens provides low light capability and shallow depth of field control. Its advanced optical design includes aspherical and advanced aspherical (AA) lens elements combined with Zeiss T* coating to deliver outstanding image resolution and suppresses reflections for excellent contrast and clarity. Responsive aperture ring can be clicked or de-clicked with the flip of a switch on the lens barrel.

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Sony A7R + Sony FE 35 F1.4 ZA • 1/125 • F/5 • ISO 100

Sony FE 35mm F1.8 LensBEST BALANCE: Sony FE 35mm F1.8 Lens | Price: $748
Here’s the lens many of you asked for – the Sony FE 35mm F1.8 prime lens. Like Sony’s extremely popular FE 85 F1.8, Sony FE 35mm F1.8 offers excellent image quality at a moderate price. Linear XD Autofocus not only provides extremely fast and responsive AF and allows the lens to be lighter and smaller than the competition.

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Sony-FE-35BEST COMPACT: Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens | Price: $798
This compact prime lens is my favorite wide angle walk-around lens for street photography on Sony a7 Series cameras. Despite being the smallest Sony FE lens, this baby is deceptively sharp. (See more images here)

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Sony a7R + FE 35mm F2.8 ZA • 1/320 • F5.6 • ISO 200


Tamron 35mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M 1:2 Lens for Sony FEBEST BARGAIN: Tamron 35mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M 1:2 Lens | Price: $349
Lightweight wide-angle prime f/2.8 design strikes a balance between speed and compact design, making it a highly portable lens for use in a variety of situations. Offers half life-size 1:2 maximum magnification ratio at 5.9″ minimum focusing distance. OSD stepping motor achieves fast and near-silent autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus override. Features moisture-resistant design and fluorine coating for working in inclement conditions.

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Zeiss-Loxia-35-2BEST MANUAL FOCUS: Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens | Price: $1,299
Marrying traditional handling with a digitally-optimized design, the Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens is a prime wide-angle lens for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless digital cameras. Utilizing a nearly symmetrical optical layout based on the Biogon concept, this lens incorporates one element made from anomalous partial dispersion glass in order to suppress chromatic aberrations and distortion.

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Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon
Sony A7R + Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* | 1/200 | F/8 | ISO 100


Best 40-45mm Prime:

 
BEST IN CLASS: Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF Lens | Price: $1,299
This lens employs a Distagon optical concept with a floating elements design, which maintains consistent sharpness and illumination throughout the focusing range, and a series of aspherical and low dispersion glass elements help to control both chromatic and spherical aberrations. Fast autofocus is provided by a linear motor that maintains quick, quiet, and smooth performance.

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voigtlander-nokton-40mm-f1-2BEST FOR SPEED: Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 Nokton Aspherical | Price: $1,059
Nokton 40mm f/1.2 Aspherical is a short normal prime designed for full-frame Sony E mirrorless cameras with an impressively fast f/1.2 maximum aperture that enables shallow depth of field and ideal for shooting in low light. Its optical layout includes two aspherical elements to suppress spherical aberrations and distortion for notable sharpness, clarity, and accurate rendering. Its manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 1.1′ away, and a Selective Aperture Control System allows you to de-click the manual aperture ring for smooth, silent exposure adjustment for filmmaking.

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BEST COMPACT: Sony FE 40mm F2.5 G lens | $598
Combining ultra-compact form factor with advanced optical design for high degree of sharpness and clarity. The versatile focal length suits shooting everything from street to landscapes, portraiture, and documentary photography. Its ultra-compact form factor and light weight won’t weigh you down. XD Linear Motor system that uses two separate focusing motors to deliver especially quiet, precise, and quick autofocus performance.

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Sony FE 40mm F2.5 Compact Prime
Sony a7C + FE 40mm F2.5 G • 1/125 • F8 • ISO 100

Rokinon AF 45mm f/1.8 FE Lens for Sony EBEST BARGAIN: Rokinon AF 45mm f/1.8 FE Lens for Sony E | Price: $399
Normal-length compact prime with bright f/1.8 maximum aperture. Optical design incorporates a pair of aspherical elements and one extra-low dispersion element, which help to suppress spherical and chromatic aberrations for improved sharpness, color accuracy, and clarity. Ultra Multi-Coating has also been applied to reduce flare and ghosting when working in strong light. Linear STM autofocus motor works in conjunction with Sony cameras’ AF systems for quick, quiet, and precise focusing performance.

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OTHERS OF NOTE:

 
Sigma 40mm F1.4 DG HSM FE Art LensSigma 40mm F1.4 DG HSM FE Art Lens | Price: $1,399
The 40mm F1.4 DG HSM Art is Sigma’s first lens developed originally to live up to the sought-after angle of view and performance standard for a benchmark cine lens. This lens effectively arranges three FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements and three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements to correct axial chromatic aberration and magnification chromatic aberration.

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Sigma 45mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens for Sony ESigma 45mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens for Sony E | Price: $549
Normal prime optimizes size as well as weight while rendering notably smooth bokeh with rounded out-of-focus highlights in both the foreground and background. Coupled with its ability to soften the periphery of blurred images while enhancing the three-dimensional impression of an object with its 9.5″ minimum focusing distance.

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Best 50-55mm Prime:

 

Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM LensBEST IN CLASS (TIE) Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Lens | Price: $1,998
Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM combines ultrafast f/1.2 maximum aperture and 11-blade circular aperture for gorgeous G Master bokeh, along with best-in-class autofocus speed thanks to four XD linear AF motors. Three XA (eXtreme Aspherical) elements provide excellent spherical aberration control by reducing a variety of aberrations, color fringing, and distortion.

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Bodha at Yamashiro in Hollywood, California photographed with Sony Alpha 1 and FE 50mm F1.2 GM lens
Sony Alpha 1 + Sony FE 50mm F1.2 GM • f/1.2 • 1/60 • ISO 2500

Sony-FE-55BEST IN CLASS (TIE) Sony FE 55mm/1.8 ZA Lens | $998
This is one of the sharpest lenses I’ve ever owned – virtually on par with the performance of the legendary $4,000 Zeiss 55mm/1.4 Otus lens yet at a perfect size for Sony E-mount cameras. Great look when used wide open for shallow depth-of-field portraits.

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portrait with Sony a7R and FE 55mm F1.8 ZA lens
Sony a7R + FE 55mm F1.8 ZA • 1/4000 • F2.2 • ISO 200

Sony-FE-50-1-4-ZASony FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Lens | Price: $1,498
This Zeiss Planar-design normal lens features one Advanced Aspherical, one aspherical, and one extra-low dispersion element for ultimate corner-to-corner sharpness along with pleasing bokeh. It joins the FE 35mm 1.4 ZA and 85mm 1.4 GM in a trio of lenses offering a manual de-clickable aperture ring ideal for video.

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Rokinon AF 50mm f/1.4 FE Lens for Sony E-mountBEST BARGAIN: Rokinon AF 50mm f/1.4 FE Lens for Sony E-mount | Price: $699
Specifically designed for full frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras. Samyang’s first autofocus lenses are compatible with both phase detect and contrast detect sensors to operate fast and accurate focus detection. Based on Samyang Optics’ optical technology, aspherical lenses have been included to minimize aberration and unnecessary light dispersion, delivering high resolution from the center to the corners of the image.

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Zeiss-Loxia-50mm-f2BEST MANUAL FOCUS: Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens | Price: $949
Pairing an all-manual control-set with a digitally-optimized design, the Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens is a normal prime lens for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless digital cameras. Based on the symmetrical Planar optical concept, this lens is adept at correcting for chromatic aberrations and distortion throughout the aperture range for maintained image consistency and clarity.

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Best Macro: 50mm-65mm

 
voigtlander-macro-apo-lanthar-65mm-f2-lensBEST IN CLASS: Voigtlander Macro APO-Lanthar 65mm f/2 Aspherical Lens | Price: $999
Apochromatic lens design delivers crisp, aberration-free imagery and finest details. This lens designed to work with full-frame Sony E-mount cameras offers users the ability to get close to their subjects thanks to the 1:2 magnification ratio afforded by the 12.2″ minimum focus distance. Its relatively fast f/2 aperture, allows shooting with shallow depth of field and in low-light.

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laowa-60mm-f2-8-2x-ultra-macroBEST MAGNIFICATION: Venus Optics Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro | Price: $399
World’s First 2:1 Macro Lens with infinity focus, this lens ideally suited for rapidly changing macro photography scenarios without using any extension tube. The wide magnification range is very useful for shooting macro objects (e.g. insects) with different sizes. The lens is also designed for normal shooting purposes with a 60mm focal length, providing an all-in-one solution for normal portrait shooting as well as ultra-macro photography.

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Sony-FE-50-Macro-F2-8BEST BARGAIN: Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens | Price: $498
Sony’s latest FE lens is a compact, sub-$500 macro that many Sony user have asked for. The optical design also incorporates both an aspherical and an extra-low dispersion element, which work to suppress chromatic and spherical aberrations for increased clarity throughout the focus range.

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Best Macro: 90mm-110mm

 
Sony-FE-90mm-F2-8BEST IN CLASS: Sony FE 90 F2.8 Macro G OSS Lens | Price: $1,098
Optimized for macro and close-up portrait photography, this medium telephoto lens utilizes an aspherical element along with extra-low dispersion and super extra-low dispersion glass and Nano AR Coating that suppresses reflections for exceptional image quality. Internal focus system in which only the middle optical groups move when focusing provides fast autofocus action and a short minimum focus distance of 11″.

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Elliott Erwitt photographed with Sony a7RII and FE 90mm Macro
Sony a7R II + Sony FE 90mm F2.8 G OSS • 1/320 • F/2.8 • ISO 400


Sigma 105mm f/2.8 DG DN Macro Art LensBEST BARGAIN: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 DG DN Macro Art Lens | Price: $799
Short-telephoto prime optimized for macro use with a minimum focusing distance of 11.6″ offering life-size, 1:1 reproduction. Optical design incorporates one SLD element, which also helps to realize high clarity and color accuracy by suppressing various aberrations and color fringing. Super Multi-Layer Coating is applied to control flare and ghosting for greater contrast.

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Venus-Optics-Laowa-105mm-F2-Sony-EBEST MANUAL FOCUS: Venus Optics Laowa 105mm f/2 Smooth Trans Focus Lens | Price: $699
Designed to provide control over out-of-focus quality and to enhance bokeh, this short telephoto prime incorporates an apodization (APD) element, as well as two separate diaphragms (8- and 14-blade) to provide separate adjustment over the bokeh as well as the exposure and depth of field.

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OTHERS OF NOTE:

 
voigtlander-110mm-f2-5-apo-lanthar-macroVoigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 110mm f/2.5 E-mount | Price: $1,099
APO-Lanthar inscription is given to particularly high performance Voigtlander Fokentrender lenses designed to eliminate impediments to image quality including chromatic aberrations. Optimized for fullframe Sony E mount cameras using a floating mechanism, it provides excellent image quality from the shortest shooting distance to the distant view.

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Best 85mm Prime:

 
Sony-FE-85mm-1-4-G-MasterBEST IN CLASS: Sony FE 85mm F1.4 G Master Lens | Price: $1,798
This is an absolutely great lens for tight portraits. It’s extremely sharp wide open at F1.4 with shallow depth of field and beautiful bokeh. If you’re a portrait photographer, the FE 85mm F1.4 G Master plus the FE 24-70 F2.8 G Master could easily cover 99% of you your needs.

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Sony FE 85mm F1.4 G Master New Orleans
Sony a7RII + Sony FE 85mm F1.4 G Master | 1/640 sec | F1.4 | ISO 100

sony-fe-85mm-f1-8BEST BARGAIN: Sony’s FE 85mm F1.8 Lens | Price: $598
Joining the FE 28mm f/2, FE 35mm F1.8 and FE 50mm f/1.8 in creating an affordable lens line-up while still providing excellent optical performance. It uses an ED element to reduce aberrations, as well as a nine-blade circular aperture for smooth bokeh. It features a double linear motor system for fast, quiet autofocus. The lens is designed for manual focus, as well, and it has a programmable focus hold button.

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OTHERS OF NOTE:

 
Zeiss-Batis-85-1-8-lensZeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Lens | Price: $1,199
This short telephoto portrait lens has a f/1.8 maximum aperture for greater focus control and enhanced low-light shooting and is the first lens manufactured by Zeiss that includes Optical Stabilization. While I personally prefer the Bokeh and speed of the Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM this offers a smaller, lower-priced option when F1.8 is “fast enough.”

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Best 100-105mm Prime:

 
sigma-105mm-f1-4-dg-hsm-art-e-mount-lensBEST SPEED: Sigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony E | Price: $1,599
Short-telephoto, portrait prime with bright maximum aperture and advanced optical layout. Fast f/1.4 design is ideal for working in low-light and selective control over depth of field for isolating subjects and working with selective focus. As part of the Art line of lenses, this lens is also designed for high-resolution rendering, and utilizes FLD and SLD glass to control chromatic aberrations and color fringing for notable clarity.

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sony-fe-100mm-f2-8-stf-gm-ossBEST BOKEH: Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS lens | Price: $1,498
Incorporating an apodization lens element to create exceptionally smooth, rounded bokeh while maintaining tack-sharp focus on the subject. This newly designed element nearly eliminates peripheral highlight distortion from vignetting and works with the 11-blade circular aperture to produce pleasing out-of-focus areas. The apodization lens element reduces light transmission to T5.6 when set to the lens’s maximum f/2.8 aperture.

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Best 135mm Prime:

 
BEST IN CLASS: Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM Lens | Price: $1,898
The lens YOU readers asked for – Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM which may be Sony’s best lens to date thanks to fast responsive AF from Twin XD Linear Floating Focus Groups, XA Extreme and Super ED Glass for extreme sharpness and beautiful bokeh! This is a great lens for portraits, weddings, sports and pretty much any time you want a razor sharp medium telephoto.

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sigma-135mm-f1-8-dg-hsm-art-e-mount-lensBEST BARGAIN: Sigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony E | Price: $1,399
Fast telephoto prime pairs bright and sophisticated optics with intuitive handling and design. As part of the Art line of lenses, this 135mm f/1.8 is designed for high-resolution rendering, and utilizes FLD and SLD glass to control chromatic aberrations and color fringing for notable clarity.

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zeiss-batis-135mm-f2-8BEST COMPACT: Zeiss Batis 135mm F2.8 OSS lens | Price: $1,999
Mid-length telephoto prime designed for full-frame E-mount mirrorless cameras is perfect for portraiture, weddings and travel photography. Characterized as an apochromat, the Sonnar optical design helps to virtually eliminate chromatic aberrations and color fringing, and also benefits overall sharpness and clarity.

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Muay Thai Boxing, Koh Samui, Thailand Zeiss Batis 135mm
Sony a7RII + Zeiss Batis 135mm F2.8 • 1/60 sec • F5.0 • ISO 100

OTHERS OF NOTE:

 
Rokinon-135mm-F2BEST MANUAL FOCUS: Rokinon 135mm f/2.0 ED UMC Lens | Price: $549
Manual focus telephoto prime lens with fast f/2.0 maximum aperture for low light and shallow depth of field control. With a rounded 9-blade diaphragm, shallow depth of field imaging will be rendered with pleasing out-of-focus highlights. Compatible with both full frame and APS-C format mirrorless E mount cameras.

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Best 400mm Telephoto Prime:

 
BEST IN CLASS: Sony FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS Lens | Price: $11,998
Sony finally makes a FE 400 2.8 and man is it a beaut! Sony FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS is the lightest, sharpest and fastest focusing four-hundred-two-eight ever made thanks to ground-breaking lens design featuring a XD Linear focus motor! The fast 2.8 aperture provides great depth of field control for isolating subjects as well as maximizing performance for low-light shooting situations. Three fluorite elements reduce chromatic aberration and one ED element further increases performance and image quality by reducing flare and ghosting while shooting in harsh conditions. Compatible with Sony FE 1.4X & 2X Teleconverters which offer the added versatility of a 560mm F4 and 800mm F5.6

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Sony a9 + Sony FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS • 1/800 • F2.8 • ISO 800

Best 600mm Telephoto Prime:

 
BEST IN CLASS: Sony FE 600mm F4 G Master OSS Lens | Price: $12,998
This bright aperture super telephoto features lightweight design ideal for sports, news, wildlife, and nature photographers. The f/4 aperture and eleven-blade circular diaphragm provide great depth of field control for isolating subjects, as well as maximizing performance for low-light shooting situations. Three fluorite elements and one XA (extreme aspherical) element reduce chromatic aberration and color bleeding, while two ED (extra-low dispersion) elements and a Nano AR lens coating further increase performance and image quality by reducing flare, ghosting, and spherical aberations while shooting in harsh conditions. Compatible with Sony FE 1.4X & 2X Teleconverters which offer the added versatility of a 840mm F5.6 and 1200mm F8

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Sony a9 + Sony FE 600mm F4 GM OSS • 1/1000 • F4 • ISO 200

Sony FE 1.4X & FE 2X Teleconverters ($548 each)

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Best Natural Bokeh

 
sony-fe-100mm-f2-8-stf-gm-ossBEST IN CLASS: Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS lens | Price: $1,498
Incorporating an apodization lens element to create exceptionally smooth, rounded bokeh while maintaining tack-sharp focus on the subject. This newly designed element nearly eliminates peripheral highlight distortion from vignetting and works with the 11-blade circular aperture to produce pleasing out-of-focus areas. The apodization lens element reduces light transmission to T5.6 when set to the lens’s maximum f/2.8 aperture.

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Sony FE 100mm F2.8 G Master lens
Sony a7RII + Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS • F2.8/T5.6 • 1/20 sec • ISO 100

Best Funky Bokeh

 
meyer-optik-gorlitz-trioplan-100mm-f2-9BEST IN CLASS: Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Trioplan 100 F2.8 II Lens | Price: $999
Meyer-Optik Gorlitz has announced a modern remake of their cult classic Trioplan 100mm f2.8 known for its dream-like soap bubble ‘bokeh’ effect. The modern remake of the famous lens uses experience and modern technology to emulate this stunning effect more authentically than ever before.

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Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Trioplan 100 F2.8 II

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  1. The shot with the Batis 135mm shows amazing details and narrow DOF regardless it was made at F5.0, still some people complain that it should be a F2 and not a F2.8.

    I have the Samyang and I wonder how it is compared to the Batis in IQ. 135mm is my favourite lens for portaits and I can wait to try the Batis.

    For all around lens, the 24-70mm is too short to my like. I wish Sony could have a 24-105mm F4 in FE as they have in E Mount (35mm equiv.) In the meantime I’m happy using a Sigma Art 24-105 F4 with the MC-11, top performer and I even get Eye AF on my A7 (original). What would be next for me? I think a camera body upgrade.

    1. I own the lens you want. It is in the list as well, under tie best bargain. I know some time has passed.

  2. Hi Brian,
    Which of these lens would best suit close up water shots of surfing in the tube and also a lens for forest scenes with dappled light .

  3. hi Brian ,
    Trying to find a good telephoto lens for sony a7r2.
    I dont need over 300mm and have read reviews of the ones you have recommended. But I also want to get weight down as well.Sharpness and quality is important …..what are your thoughts because some folks on the web are saying the DXO scores are not reflective of the image quality produced and this is just confusing me.

      1. It’s just that I’m a little worried about that f4.. like getting photos that have somewhat darker tones and obviously not having the ability to capture fast action.
        On the other side, an alternative to that lens that caught my eye would possibly be the 55mm 1.8f. But then again, I’ve never had that experience of shooting with a constant focal length so I’m not sure about that as well.
        Would love to hear your take on these doubts 🙂

  4. Hey Brian,

    I just pre-ordered the a7iii and the 24-105. Started to obsess and now thinking the 27-70 GM would be a better investment for my go to lens. Would you agree? If I start there, what would you recommend for wider angle and telephoto on the other end to round out my kit. Additional GMs are not an option, but am open to primes and zoom. I also am intrigued by the new sigma art lenses that were announced.

    1. Brian,

      To add on to this… I have two big trips this summer. One an african safari in Kenya and another in Eastern Europe. Trying to dial my kit what that trip in mind is making me anxious as all these awesome full frame lenses are expensive and I don’t want to make a costly mistake. Keeping this in mind as you ponder my first question… in your opinion am I better of investing in the 100-300, 70-200 f.4, or something like the tamron 150-600 w mc-11 adapter. My other option is to rent a zoom, maybe the 100-400 GM. I don’t think I need more than 300 for a Kenyan safari.. as a data point. But… always nice to have extra reach. Would love your thoughts on this. Thanks!

        1. Thank you! Love this.

          So stick with the 70-105, add the 100-400 GM and that’s a pretty great kit to start. Given this and your comments about the size and heft of the sigmas, (and I know this is a broad question as you don’t know my use case – but I am an avid hobbyist and shooting on travel, adventure trips, and an ongoing student of photography) any other lenses I should be looking at in the future? I am asking now as I feel like having some sort of strategy really helps in not wasting money on these expensive full frame lenses. Thanks again for all your help.

  5. Sorry Brian. Fast fingers. Didn’t mean 70-105. Meant 24-105 f/4. I will keep that as my centerpiece lens with an eye on the 100-400 GM fort my trip. Given that combo, any other lenses I should be eyeing for the future? Maybe 12-24 wide angle or 55 prime?

      1. Hi Brian,

        About to pull the trigger on this and having some second thoughts. I am concerned that after Africa the 100-400 GM will be too much as something to be in my normal carry quiver and don’t want that. I am now considering the 70-200 GM with either a 1.4 or 2x teleconverter. As I mentioned I have the 24-105 and the 55 1.8 prime. Would that be a good way to get the most economy of my budget and set me up for all sorts of shooting? I was going to also add a Batis 85 but I’m going to hold off on that for now and would like to be pretty set with those 3 lenses for a bit. In addition to Africa I have a trip to europe, other fun summer adventures, and then I will be shooting a rock climbing adventure for a week. I like the idea of a faster lens but I hear so much good about the 100-400 and the sharpness, etc. Am I right in that the size of the two lenses is comprable? Given I can only go one option – for covering Africa but also making sure those dollars serve me best into the future, do you have a sense on what might be the better investment? Body is A7iii if I didn’t mention that already. And I do also have a 6300 body I could attach use for extra reach at any given time… So many thanks in advance. your advice and perspective is truly valuable and appreciated.

  6. Gerard Bruno LAMARQUE

    Hi Brian … which of the Telephoto Zoom Lens who be the Best for Fast Far Moving Object in the Sky for both Night and Day ? Plz

          1. Reason why iam mentioning the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS is for the Night Shots being a f/2.8 which is twice as much Light than the f/4.5 and for more reach would use a Sony FE 1.4X Teleconverter or a Sony FE 2x Teleconverter … which would bring me to 98-280 mm and 140-400mm … but im taking also of Fast Moving Objects at Distances of 10 kms away and above at Night as for Day … without loosing Sharpness and easy to Focus too … what do you think ? Please

          2. Once again, great lens, but when you’re talking 10 KILOMETERS away, you’re probably gonna need a LOT more lens than 200mm, unless those fast moving flying saucers are HUGE!

          3. Ha ha ha … good one, love it … so i understand Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS is the way to go and add the Sony FE 1.4X Teleconverter for more reach … and how would it perform with Sony FE 2.0X Teleconverter ? Plz

          4. A 2X Teleconverter will drop the FE 100-400 down to F11, so unless you’re shooting with a9, that means you’ll only get Contrast AF which won’t fut it for fast moving action.

          5. Thank You so much for your great advice and swift reply … im also interested in the Sony FE 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 OSS lens for its amazing 10x Superzoom and been said on your Website as the Best All-in-One Sony FE Lens … how would it perform in Low Light ( e.g for Astrophotography ) And fast Moving objects ( e.g Planes ( not Flying Saucers lol ) in Airshows ) or even distant moving Objetcs ? Please…

  7. Hello Brian,
    I just ordered the A7S. I’m having trouble finding an appropriate first lens for my set up. I plan to make videos/broadcasts for fashion shows, break dance events, dj nights and concerts; I’m probably asking for too much but I’d love an affordable, sharpest, low light, full frame lens. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a cine, manual or adapted lens using the MC-11 or any other adapter. I plan to shoot fully manual. What would be your top 2 lens (or if you’re feeling generous, top 3). Thanks in advance..

      1. Thank you Brian. So, which Zeiss Loxia len(s) would you recommend; just in case I decided to save up for one or even rent one?

          1. Hey Brian, doing a little reading and wondering; for my video purposes, how do the loxia you suggested above compare to the sony ZA 50 f1.4 in terms of low light sharpness (probably stopped down to 2.8)?

  8. The Sharpest image (edge to edge) in low light is my main concern. I added manual or cine in my query coz I’m under the impression they could be sharper; I’m probably wrong about that coz I’m still a newbie to this; but at the moment ‘the sharpest’ is my first concern; whether manual or autofocus

  9. In Low Light Conditions which of the Sony FE Telephoto Lenses are to Choose : for Pictures ? Which One for Videos ? And which One for Both ? Please …

      1. Well with Your Expertise Brian which TELEPHOTO Lens would you Advise for Shooting OUTDOORS in Low Light Conditions ? Please …

  10. Hi Brian … i finally bought the Sony FE 100-400mm GM Lens as per your recommendation… thank You so much for that … i remember you mentioned that with the 2X Teleconverter it will drop the FE 100-400 down to F11, unless shooting with the Sony A9, that means i will only get Contrast AF which won’t fut it for fast moving action…

    Will the same combo on a Sony A7S be OK for Aviation Photography Air Shots of e.g Fighter Jets ??? Please

  11. Yes Brian , Sony A7S … So , which Full Frame E-Mount Camera with Fast Auto Focus and high fps would you Recommend me to be the perfect Combination with the Sony FE 100-400mm GM for Aviation Photography , fast Fighter Jets ? Please

      1. Thank You for the reply … good to know.

        As i asked You, which Full Frame E-Mount Camera with Fast Auto Focus and high fps would you Recommend me to be the perfect Combination with the Sony FE 100-400mm GM for Aviation Photography , fast Fighter Jets ? Please

  12. Just got a new A73 with FE 28 F2. First FF camera!

    I mostly shoot landscapes and mountains and the occasional casual portraits of friends. If I only want one more lens for telephoto would you choose the FE 85 F1.8 or the 70-300 G?

    I loved my 50mm on Canon crop for low light and portraits but I can only afford one non wide angle lens. I’m afraid despite loving primes that I’m going to miss out on mountain compression without a long zoom.

  13. Hi Brian,
    I am after a Sony lens mainly for birthday parties and weddings. My body is A7iii.
    I already got 16-70mm F4. its not that bad but I need a better lens.
    I prefer with a zoom but someone said, get a prime and Gimbal and move instead of standing and shoot! That’s not a bad idea though.
    I also seen a
    Sony E PZ 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens, Mount E mount BUT the down fall is cropped sensor as what I’ve got already.
    please light up my buying guide with reasons 🙂

  14. I’m really in between the A7 III and the A9 but the A9 Price is X2 the Price of the A7 III … and on the other side the Zero Blackout , 20 fps of the A9 is OUTSTANDING for Aviation Photography… is the A9 rwally worth it ? what would you advise ? Please

  15. Hello Brian, I just made a contribution to my nephew so he could buy a used Sony A7ll for Christmas. He shoots mostly motocross sports and he is looking for a telephoto lens with a low aperture for that creamy bokeh effect. Of course, the Sony FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS lens would do the trick but at $12,000 it’s way out of our budgets. Is there a third party equivalent telephoto lens that is much cheaper? Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. – Uncle David.

  16. Enrico Arief Kristiadi

    Hi Brian, a little question here from a Uni Student in Singapore.

    Currently I am using Sony A7 iii with Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 and I am looking for a telephoto zoom lens to shoot for indoor sports with poor lighting. However, I am still on budget (sadly). Then I saw this review on Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 Sport EF mount + MC 11 adapter in Sony A7 iii too. However I am a little bit concerned about the auto focus, especially for fast moving subject.

    Are there anything that you can recommend me on what to do next? Should I buy the Sony 70-200mm f4? Or save up for the f2.8 GM?

    For wide lens, I am thinking on buying Laowa 15mm f2 Zero-D, as I like to take astrophotography. However, if there are better lens for it. Please, don’t hesitate to tell me.

    Thanks, hoping for your fast reply

  17. Hey , I was just wondering how is 70-210mm lens with Sony a6000 for travel / wildlife Photography. I am completely novice and do not want to spend a lot of money . Please suggest.

  18. Hi Brian;
    Greatly appreciate the time you take to respond to these posts!
    I’m about to purchase a new camera. Was torn between A7riii and A9. Leaning toward A7riii for the megapixels because I love the detail and ability to blow up photos for framing…..I have 3 young kids; so I’ll be photographing them in sports and outdoors frequently. We also really enjoy hiking and camping so I plan on taking a lot of outdoor landscape photos. Which camera do you think is the best fit for me and what lens(s) Would be the best starters for my purposes. I prefer buying top quality and tend to shy away from the jack of all trades,master of none.
    Thank you!

  19. Hi Brian. I have the A7III and the Sony 24-104 F4 G lens. I am still a novice but looking forward learning over time. I am going on a 4 day photography course in Canada. We will be doing combo of landscape, wildlife and some night. I am considering the Zeis batia 18 mm f2.8. In addition for telephoto I may try to rent the Sony FE 100-400 or the FE 200-600. Does this group of lenses sound good and would you choose the 100-400 or 200-600 if I can’t find either to borrow? I am I off base ? Thanks.

  20. Hi Brian,
    I’m an one year beginner in photography.
    I love street photography and portrait photography in natural looking.
    I own a7iii and 55mmf1.8 za.
    I’m planning to buy 24mmf1.4 gm and 135mmf1.8 gm.
    Let me hear any suggestions on pairing these lens.
    Thanks a lot for your time and reply.

  21. Hello Briam. I´m goin to buy a Sony A7 III very soon. I want a lens for indoor sports, that be fast in the focus, and also light to take to travels. I´ve read lots of great reviews about the Tamron 28-75 mm 2.8f, the Sony 24-105 mm 4f, or if i get the usual A7 III kit (with the 28-70) and later I buy the 1.8f 85 mm to take indoor sports where i use iso around 3200. Please help me!
    Thanks!

  22. Hi Brian. I just bought a Sony A7iii and so far I have the Sony FE 16-35 f4 (mainly for real estate) and the Sony FE 24-105 f4 (for traveling to make cinematic videos and pictures) I don’t know if that lens will be good enough for hand held low light situations when I travel. What would you recommend I buy mainly for low light photography? Sony 24mm 1.4, Sony 35mm 1.4, or the Sony 55mm 1.8? Or is the 24-105 f4 good enough in night street photography that I should invest in a Sony 70-200 f4 instead? Please help.. Thank you!

    1. My hands down choice for low-light street photography is the Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM – an absolute jewel of a lens!

      As for 24-105 F4 vs 70-200 F4 – they’re basically equal in low light and image quality – just very different focal ranges. Both are good compact choices for what they are.

  23. Hi Brian,

    I have:
    16-35mm 2.8 GM
    24-70mm 2.8 GM
    35mm 2.8 zeiss
    85mm 1.8 sony

    I love my zooms but find them a little too heavy. I want the best IQ and if possible portability, but IQ is my most important factor.

    Which lens would you sell and which would you buy?

    My camera is Sony A7Riii.

    1. Those are all really great choices. What to add really depends how you shoot but since you don’t have anything over 85mm, I’d be inclined to add a longer prime.

      There are two great FE 135mm primes to choose from. My choice would be the Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM which is easily the sharpest lens I’ve ever owned all the way down to its minimum focus distance thanks to its floating focus system which moves to focus groups independently. However, if weight & size is your primary concern you could go with the Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8. I think you’ll be happy either way.

  24. Hi Brian,

    I just recently made a switch to Sony and would like to build my 3 lens setup. I like doing portrait photography and macro the most, then some landscape and street. I was initially thinking of the 24GM, 85GM and 90 macro combo.. or the 24GM, 55 1.8 and 90 macro combo or 24GM, 90 macro and 135GM combo. It’s so hard to make a choice. I would like something that I can use not only as a portrait setup but also for landscape and street and some other things as well.

    You mentioned that the 24-70GM and 85GM covers 99% of a portrait photographers needs. What would be the 3rd lens in this combo?

    Thank You Brian

    1. First off, I like your plan. I’d take three great lenses over 10 average quality lenses all day, every day.

      Let’s start with the essential buiding block – a wide to tele zoom. Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM is the perfect lens to build upon as it’s perfect for everything from wide environmental portraits (basically landscapes with a person) to full-length and half-body portraits that I generally shoot in the 45-55mm range to tight intimate portraits at 70mm.

      Next, Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM and FE 90 F2.8 Macro G OSS are both exceptional lenses, but only going to own three lenses I wouldn’t double down on the 85-90mm focal range. Since you mentioned you like to shoot macro, the exceptionally sharp 90mm Macro is a great way to go.

      For the final lens, let’s go with the FE 135mm F1.8 GM. Not only is it one of the sharpest lenses ever made, it extends your focal range as far as you ever really need for portraits. Thanks to it’s F1.8 aperture it offers better low-light performance than either of the other two lenses. Finally it’s extremely sharp at minimum focus thanks to dual floating focus groups which also provide extremely responsive Eye AF.

      1. Thank You Brian for your recommendation 🙂

        I was thinking the same thing because the 85 and 90 are essentially almost the same focal length so it would be almost as if the photos were shot on the same lens, in a way. I like that setup. 24-70 2.8, 90 2.8 macro and 135 1.8 I think I’ll go for that. Thanks Brian!

        I’ll see you at Kando Everywhere!

        Chris

  25. I have A7R III
    Sony 70 -200 GM
    Sony 135 1.8 GM
    Sony 85 1.4 GM
    Sony 50 1.4
    Sony 24 1.4 GM
    Sigma 35 1.2
    For Portrait

  26. New at7III owner and building lens group. Mostly landscape and backpacking with occassional indoor sports and portrait work.
    have:
    venus optics laowa 15m f2.0 fpr astro – early am late pm backpacking
    Sony 85mm f 1.8 for portrait and indoor sports

    buying – general walk around lenses
    – either tamron 17-28 f 28 or sony 16-35 f4 ?? – generally keep a wide on camera when hiking – also the party/wedding lens = thoughts?? .

    – either sony 24-105 f4 or tamron 28-75 f2.8 ?? – generally use something like this for everyday and city travel – thoughts

    That leave long wildlife lens and i’m stuck – tamron 70-180 f2.8, sony 70-200 f4, sigma 100-400 f5-6.3 or just a long prime to save wight like a sigma 135 f 1.8

    Any help narrowing choices is appreciated. thanks = jol

    1. I like your first two lenses, so you’re off to a good start.

      As for Hiking & Party/Wedding I have to give you different answers.

      For Hiking, 28mm is not wide enough. I’d much rather go with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS.

      But for Parties & Weddings I’d rather have a F2.8 like the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD.

      There’s not a huge overlap between then (28-35mm) so I could definitely imagine eventually owning both – but you don’t have to buy both now. Start with the one you need most.

      As for wildlife – 400mm is an absolute minimum and the ability to add a 1.4 TC is even better. Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS is one of my absolute favorite lenses – but it’s not cheap. Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary Lens for Sony E is a cheaper way to play that. It lacks the extremely responsive dual linear AF groups that FE 100-400 GM make the G Master best-in-class (Sigma opts for a cheaper single rotational stepping motor instead) and it’s 1/3 stop slower, but it gets you in that range for a lower price.

      1. Thank you so much – lloks like a decent set.

        venus optics laowa 15m f2.0
        sony 16-35 f4
        tamron 28-75 f2.8
        Sony 85mm f 1.8
        sigma 100-400 f5-6.3

        First upgrade would be telephoto,, then faster ultra wide

        Thanks again for your thoughts/ JOL

  27. Good afternoon Brian.
    Thanks for your help and comments overall. Appreciate it.

    I am actually quite new to full frame just upgrade from a6400 to A7C. My only lens is the Sony 85mm 1.8, as love to do portrait and the bokeh is amazing.

    Thinking on my next lens I have doubts whether fixed or Standard.
    My main goal is to have superb quality image, as I am using for travelling was thinking to have a standard one which can give me more range. I do love macro/detail photography and landscape and architecture is secondary.

    My thinking after reading all the above is the Sony 24-70 f/2.8 (don’t mind too much the price as long is worth it) but any help/advice would be much appreciate it.

    PD. I am not a photographer, just a traveler who enjoys photography 🙂

    1. Sony FE 24-70 F2.8 GM is a Spectacular lens! It often the one lens that I’ll take with me for a day of shooting. While it’s not tiny, having a single lens that’s tack sharp with that beautiful bokeh makes it my favorite lens.

  28. Hi Brian,
    Hoping you can recommend a few good lenses for shooting video, mostly 3 light interviews. I have the A7iii and A9 and have been using a Sony 85 1.8 along with the Tamron 17-28 2.8. Also own Sony 70-200 2.8, 90mm macro and Tamron 28-75 2.8. Considering adding the Sony 55mm 1.8 or one of the Tamron primes. Any thoughts appreciated.

      1. Brian, your thoughts on using the Sony 24-105 mm 4f for 3 light interviews. How would the video quality compare to the Sony FE 85 or FE 55 that you mentioned above?

  29. I’m considering either the FE 200-600 or the FE 100-400 GM (with 1.4 TC to get that extra reach) – which would you recommend with an a9 camera?

      1. Thank you so much for taking the time to reply Brian. Very helpful. And I’ll go for the FE 100-400mm! 😉

        1. You’re most welcome, Leanne. That’s the route I went largely because I already owned the FE 100-400mm GM & FE TC 1.4 before the FE 200-600 was announced. You should be very happy with that combination

  30. Hello Brian,
    I do not see the new Sigma 28-70 in your list. Wanted to see how would you compare the Sigma 28-70 vs the Tamron 28-75mm and which of the two you would recommend.
    Thanks

  31. Hi Brian,

    Hoping you could help me with a recommendation for lenses. I recently got an A7C and mostly shoot landscapes when hiking or backpacking and street when traveling. I was thinking of the Sony FE 40mm F2.5 G. What do you think?

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