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How to Choose the Best Sony Lenses

Since launching their first mirrorless camera in 2013, Sony has become one of the most popular brands with content creators who have come to rely on state-of-the-art technology for their craft. There are a huge variety of Sony camera lenses to choose from, all of which are designed to complement their mirrorless Alpha cameras, camcorders and cinema cameras.

We’ve got you covered with all of the information you need to find your perfect lens to capture spectacular photos and beautiful videos, whatever your budget or skill level.

How to choose the best Sony lens

The Best Sony Lenses for any Photography Type

No matter what your skill-level or style of shooting, you're sure to find the perfect Sony lens for you. The best mirrorless Sony lenses offer excellent features for every niche and include models for everything from photography to vlogging.

Discover the best E-mount lenses for your Sony camera and which features will help you create the most compelling content. Learn about options for different budgets, and which lenses are perfect for taking both videos and photos, as well as noteworthy models for filmmaking, or for your social channel.

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Best Sony E Mount Lenses

There are a number of qualities to look for when choosing the best Sony E-mount lenses, depending on the subjects you most frequently capture. When it comes to full-frame Sony lenses (FE), there are plenty to choose from, including two of the most popular second generation zooms.

The Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Mark II lens and FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II Lens were both released within a few months of each other, combining class-leading quality with the versatility of a zoom lens. High-end G Master zooms (GM) are extremely versatile and ideal for capturing a variety of subjects, from portraits, weddings and landscapes, to fashion, lifestyle and travel.

The latest GM lenses result in high-quality images with beautiful bokeh and comprehensive features to match, such as optical stabilisation and high-speed focus, as well as being more compact than their first-generation counterparts.

Amongst the best budget Sony E-mount lenses is the popular Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 G2. This combines a versatile focal range with high-quality second-generation optics, faster focusing and a sleek new look.

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Sony Mirrorless Lenses

With the brand concentrating all of their efforts on their cutting-edge mirrorless system, you’ll find plenty of Sony mirrorless lenses for the E-mount. If you shoot sports, action and wildlife, the FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS Lens consistently delivers first class results.

While it doesn’t have the slightly wider aperture found in the FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens, both of these super telephoto lenses capture excellent image quality, whilst remaining incredibly portable - particularly when considering the longer focal range they offer.

Best Budget Sony Lenses

If you're looking for the best Sony E-mount lenses, there are a number of different options that will help you to produce truly beautiful images. If you’re a beginner, or want to try new subjects with a budget-friendly lens, there are lots of options available, including a wide range of great value used Sony lenses.

Another budget-friendly example is the FE 50mm F/1.8 Lens, which offers a wide f/1.8 maximum aperture and excellent low-light performance. It also has a lightweight design, which is perfect for street photography, where you want to blend in with the crowd while carrying less weight.

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The Best Sony Lenses for Video

Many videographers hold Sony cameras in high regard, recording their videos with dedicated Cinema lenses for E-mount, as well as smooth-focusing mirrorless lenses.

Cinema lenses are ideal for pure video creators, whereas many mirrorless lenses are suited to both video and photography. When buying a mirrorless lens for video, look for well-controlled focus breathing, fast and smooth focusing and silent, non-stop iris control on the barrel, in order to get the best results for your movies.

The best Sony lens for video is the FE PZ 16-35mm F/4 G , which is a perfect choice for vlogging, videography and stills photography. This lens works seamlessly with Sony’s advanced subject detection AF and harnesses four Extreme Dynamic Linear Motors to accurately track your subject across the frame.

With a fixed focal length, the Sony E 11mm F1.8 Lens is a compact prime, which is perfect for hybrid content creators. This highly portable lens captures an equivalent 16.5mm when mounted on an APS-C format camera and weighs just 181g, making it a great choice for vlogging.

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The Best Sony Lenses for Weddings

A wedding photographers equipment list includes a range of different focal length lenses, in order to capture the best shots of the couple, all of the guests and the venue. Typically, this means bringing a selection of prime and zoom lenses, with the widest aperture possible for low-light conditions.

You’ll find many excellent Sony lenses suitable for photographing weddings, with popular primes such as the FE 24mm F/1.4 GM , which gathers plenty of light and renders beautiful bokeh. If you capture classic portraits, the Sony FE 85mm F/1.8 is a brilliant short telephoto prime, with a bright aperture and fast focus. Alternatively, the Sony FE 90mm F/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens offers the additional ability to capture macro shots of wedding bands and other memorable details, as well as short telephoto portraits.

Sony’s flagship FE 35mm f/1.4 GM Lens could be the ultimate general purpose wedding lens, as it combines leading image quality in a compact, lightweight design, with fast focusing and weather sealing for outdoor venues.

Albert Dros Sony image

© Albert Dros with Sony A7R IVa and FE 14mm F/1.8 GM Lens. Camera settings: 13sec. f/1.8. ISO 1600

Sony has a comprehensive range of excellent lenses to suit all budgets and niches, with options for every skill level. The E-mount is also well established, allowing you to choose from Sony own-brand lenses, some of which are now in their second-generation.

Whichever style of content you create, browse our huge selection of camera lenses today and find the perfect one to help capture memorable images and videos.

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