Whether you’ve grown tired of what came with your Sony mirrorless camera, or want to start photographing different Topics and depending on your work you have to choose which lens you need what focal length you should have.
If you’re looking to take close-ups, sports photos, or interiors, we’ve got some suggestions to make your decision a bit easier.
For each type of lens in this buying guide, we’ve chosen the one which offers the best combination of performance and value, as well as other options for those on a budget or for whom money is no object.
If you want the best quality and fast aperture lenses then you should consider buying the Prime lenses I just made a list of sony prime lenses depending on your needs and focal length. so let’s go through them one by one.
1. Samyang 14mm F2.8 Full Frame
This Samyang 14mm f2.8 Lens is for Full Frame Sony E-Mount Cameras and Weather-Sealed Designed from the ground up specifically for Sony E mount Full Frame cameras, the 14mm F2.8 AF Full Frame Ultra-Wide for Sony E offers a bright F2.8 aperture, uncompromised optical performance, and a rounded seven-blade aperture for pleasing bokeh and star effects.
Its AF design takes advantage of its minimized weight and movement of the focusing lens group for accurate, fast, and quiet operation. A total of 14 elements in 10 groups along with UMC anti-reflective coatings are utilized to maximize image quality.
Additional features include a durable all-metal housing with an ergonomically designed grip with manual override and a built-in lens hood.
Full compatibility with Sony APS-C cameras is maintained where it will provide an equivalent focal length of 21mm. The only bad thing about this lens is you can’t really add a filter on this lens in front of the lens.
Some of the special features of this lens :
- Ultra Multi-Coating
- Low Chromatic Aberration/Distortion
- Robust Aluminum Alloy Construction
- Integrated Lens Hood
- Rounded 7-blade diaphragm
- Manual Focus Override
- Control Close Focusing to 7.9″
2. Sony 24mm F1.4 Full Frame
The 24mm F1.4 GM features an advanced optical design, including two XA (Extreme Aspherical) elements and three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements that deliver outstanding corner-to-corner resolution, even at a wide F1.4 aperture.
An 11-blade circular aperture mechanism creates beautiful bokeh that is a hallmark of the G Master series. Fast-focusing has been attained through the DDSSM (Direct Drive SSM) focus drive system. This lens sports class-leading size and weight, providing great handling and mobility.
There is also a Sony 20mm F1.8 G Lens which is much wider and less expensive as well if you want to save some and you don’t really need F1.4 Aperature. This lens is also much more compact and lighter than its big brother 24mm F1.4 and the sharpness and image quality is decent as well it’s up to your needs.
Some of the special features of this lens :
- F1.4 max aperture
- Compact, lightweight design
- Two XA (Extreme Aspherical) lens element
- 11-blade circular aperture for gorgeous bokeh
- Direct Drive SSM (DDSSM) for fast, quiet focusing
- Manual aperture ring w/ selectable on/off click
3. Sigma 35mm F1.2 Art DG DN Lens for Sony E
This is the First wide-angle AF lens with an F1.2 maximum aperture for the full-frame Sony E-mount and L-Mount system. This lens enables artwork creation with astounding resolution and large bokeh effects, such as portraits that use a shallow depth of field. It brings the development concept of the Art line “pursuit of ultimate image quality” to the next level.
While utilizing the optical correction function inside the camera, aberrations that are difficult to post-process are thoroughly corrected thanks to the optical design and thereby enhancing resolution.
The Sigma 35mm F1.2 is such a great lens but if you don’t really care about that F stops so much Sony has their own native lens on their lens selection list which is Sony 35mm F1.8 which is really compact unlike the giant and massive lens.
It also costs very less compared to the Sigma lens and It has much better focus especially in low light because it’s a Sony native lens. If you didn’t really need F1.2 and travel a lot you should consider this lens over the Sigma lens.
4. Sony 55mm F1.8 Sonnar
The perfection and the sharpness that this lens has is truly remarkable. According to the DXO mark list, this is one of the top 10 sharpest lenses in the market currently. One of the best parts about the lens is its lack of weight. Combined with my Sony A7III on a gimbal this produces amazing videos. And it’s even better for portraits.
Renowned Carl Zeiss contrast and resolution bring out the best in α7 series full-frame E-mount bodies. The T* coating works with an innovative optical design to suppress internal reflections, for sublime contrast from highlights to deep blacks.
In keeping with the Sonnar concept, a large F1.8 maximum aperture can produce beautiful full-frame background bokeh, but you also have the option of stopping down for an extended depth of field. A bright lens like this is also an advantage when shooting indoors or outdoors in low light.
5. Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM Lens
This 85mm F1.4 portrait lens renders infocus areas with unequaled resolution while the background dissolves into the smoothest, lushest bokeh imaginable. All of this is by design, supported by manufacturing and testing technology that only Sony can provide, for new dimensions of photographic and cinematographic expression.
It has a constant F1.4 max aperture and maintains exposure and depth of field regardless of the focal range you choose to zoom to. When changing your aperture to defocus the background, the areas out of the focal plane appear blurred.
This ‘bokeh’ effect of the blurred background can be enhanced with circular aperture blades used in this lens.
This lens is the first 11-blade circular aperture ever implemented in an α lens, and exacting spherical aberration adjustment for each individual lens. The result is enchantingly soft-edged bokeh that is a hallmark of the Sony G Master series.
There is also a Sigma 85mm f1.4 if you want to save some money which has the same image quality and decent autofocus system. If you don’t really need an F1.4 aperture, then you can go for Sony 85mm F1.8 which is much lighter, and autofocus is much better than the F1.4 lenses and less expensive.
6. Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens
This is the only Micro lens on the Sony Native Lens List. It is a medium telephoto macro E-mount lens that features built-in image stabilization for sharp, clear images at up to 1:1 magnification, even when shooting handheld.
Advanced optics and coatings with a 9-blade circular aperture deliver exceptionally smooth bokeh that G Lenses are renowned for.
It has a Sharp in-focus rendering achieved with a floating focus mechanism that suppresses aberration equally at all focusing distances, whether the subject is far away or extremely close.
Other advanced technologies, such as the Nano AR Coating and Super ED (extra-low dispersion) glass, elevate overall performance to an extremely high standard.
It has a Focus range limiter which allows you to set a limit on the focusing range which can save you time during AF operation as the lens will not ‘hunt’ through the entire focusing range. In macro lenses, this limit can be on either the near or far range.
7. Sigma 105mm f/1.4 Standard Fixed Prime Lens
Since introducing its first SIGMA Global Vision F1.4 lens in 2012, the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, SIGMA has been adding wide-aperture F1.4 options to the lineup.
Now, with the introduction of the new 105mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, SIGMA offers a total of nine lenses with F1.4 brightness, including six for full-frame cameras and three for APS-C cameras. SIGMA has designed all of these lenses to offer minimal optical aberration and deliver incredible resolution and stunning contrast.
Boasting the longest focal length of the F1.4 Art line lenses, the new lens combines outstanding resolution with a beautiful bokeh effect. Designed with great care to ensure that both the in-focus and out-of-focus areas of the photograph are equally satisfying to the eye, this lens is truly a “bokeh master.”
The SIGMA 105mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art has earned its place as the flagship of the F1.4 Art line lenses, prioritizing image quality above all to fulfill the promise of the line, delivering truly amazing optical performance.
7. Sony 135mm F1.8 G Master Prime Lens for Sony
This thing is truly amazing. the hype about the autofocus speed is all true; never would I have expected a lens in this focal range and of this aperture to be the fastest-focusing lens I’ve ever used. Granted, I’m no well-versed pro, just a hobbyist with expensive taste, but damn it’s good.
The rumors about sharpness and image quality are all true as well, as I’ve been hard-pressed to see even a hint of CA in any photo or a change in sharpness throughout the aperture range. overall it renders a great image and undoubtedly earns its GM badge.
for comparison, I personally own the 70-200 2.8 GM as well, and although it’s definitely no slouch, its autofocus is a bit loud and the sharpness is honestly a little sub-par at the long end of the zoom range. I’ve heard previous gripes from other owners, apparently, the QC on that lens isn’t very good as some people get perfect copies.
I’ve also seen complaints about other GM or Zeiss branded lenses, mainly the 85 1.4 and the 35 1.4 respectively, and I think since the days of those lenses Sony has really gotten their priorities straight.
So far everyone has had nothing but praise for both this lens and the 24mm 1.4 GM, and I’m hopeful that Sony will keep it up, hopefully releasing version twos for the lenses that weren’t so GM as they should have been.