The best lenses for Sony
January 9, 2019
Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS
For Sony full-frame mirrorless users, this is a really versatile lens that gives consistently excellent results. It’s impressively sharp, features a weather-resistant construction, and provides a really useful zoom range without being too bulky. In short, it ticks all the right boxes and is arguably the best-judged general-purpose zoom Sony has yet made.
Sony FE 85mm f/1.8
Sony’s full-frame FE lenses have gained a reputation for being huge and expensive, but the firm also makes some smaller and more affordable options for enthusiast photographers. This 85mm prime is a great portrait lens for both full-frame and APS-C users, combining decent sharpness with attractive background blur.
Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS
Thanks to its f/4 aperture, this premium telezoom is a great match to Alpha 7 cameras in terms of size and weight, and notably more portable than its f/2.8 sibling. It’s also equally at home on Sony’s Alpha 6000-series models. Optically, it delivers the goods, with its fast focusing sealing the deal.
Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS
The only autofocus lens for Sony full-frame mirrorless that offers 1:1 magnification, this short telephoto macro is a superlative lens. Indeed, it’s one of the sharpest we’ve ever tested, while also giving beautifully rendered out-of-focus backgrounds for portraiture. The push-pull focus ring is also useful for macro work.
Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G
For ultra-wideangle lovers, Sony’s latest optic is one of the best around. Significantly smaller than comparable lenses for DSLRs, it nonetheless delivers consistently excellent image quality. While it’s certainly not for everyone and will exceed some tight budgets, it’s a great option for those who shoot interiors, architecture or landscapes.