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The 8 best Sony lenses you can buy
There aren’t as many Sony lenses as you’ll find with brands like Canon and Nikon, but the list continues to grow. The Japanese company’s glass selection also tends to be more expensive, but they offer superb optics, build quality, and image quality. Those in need of help choosing their next upgrade have come to the right place. We’ve created a list of the best Sony lenses you can buy.
The best Sony lenses:
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Editor’s note: This list of the best Sony lenses will be regularly updated as more glass is launched.
1. Sony FE 50mm f/1.8
A 50mm f/1.8 should be the first lens every camera owner buys. Prime lenses tend to offer great quality and wider apertures in a smaller form factor. The 50mm focal length on a full frame sensor offers a view that is very similar to the human eye, so what you see is very similar to what you shoot. The price on these lenses tend to be much lower too. This Sony lens costs under $200, which is rather affordable for the quality you get.
2. Sony Planar T FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA
If you want a much better 50mm Sony lens, would prefer a wider f/1.4 aperture, and have much more cash to spare, you can go for the Sony Planar T FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA. This lens is engineered by Zeiss, which is known for its amazing optics and T coating.
3. Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS
Another addition every photographer should have in his collection is a macro Sony lens. Macro lenses allow you to focus from a very close distance to your subject. If you ever see a close-up photo of an insect, this is the type of lens that was used. The Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS has a minimum focus distance of 0.92ft. Pair that with a 90mm focal length and you can really get close to everything.
4. Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS
The FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS Sony lens is made for those who want a lens that can handle most tasks. A 24-105mm focal length can zoom in close to subjects, shoot wide open, or hover anywhere in the middle. This is perfect if you want to carry around less lenses (if not only this one). It is a non-variable aperture lens that doesn’t close down as you zoom in, which is definitely an advantage. This is good considering the max aperture is f/4.
5. Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM
Now we are getting into the truly expensive lenses. This is the first of what we call the “holy trinity” in the photography world. These is a trio of high-end Sony lenses every professional photographer should have in his repertoire. They cover most important focal lengths while offering the best optics and wide apertures. This Sony lens comes with a 16-35mm focal length, which is great for covering wide-angle scenes. Its aperture is fast at f/2.8, and it is made for the most demanding photographers out there.
6. Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM
This is the most loved high-end Sony lens among professional photographers. The 24-70mm covers most day-to-day photos in which you don’t have to shoot wide open or zoom in very much. F/2.8 is plenty fast and glass quality is made with the highest standards in mind.
7. Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS
Heads will turn when you carry a Sony lens like this one. This behemoth has a 70-200mm focal length and is used for those times you really need to zoom in and get close to your subjects from afar. It is widely used by sports, concert, and some wildlife photographers. It also has an f/2.8 aperture that doesn’t close down as you zoom in, which is an amazing feature for high focal lengths in which vibrations affect you much more.
8. Sony 2x Teleconverter
This is not a regular Sony lens, but it could be very helpful if you want true reach from your zoom lenses. The converter connects to your camera on one side and your lens on the other. It will double your focal length when in use. Now, let’s keep in mind this is not for everyone, as it is only compatible with three lenses: the Sony 70-200mm f/2.8, Sony 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6, and Sony 400mm f/2.8. Furthermore, the teleconverter will add some vignette to your images. If you can make it work and have the lenses, though, it is a great addition to your camera bag at a low price.
Most photographers will advise that you invest more in quality lenses as opposed to an expensive camera body. This is because optics make a huge difference in image quality. An affordable camera with a good lens will usually create a better shot than an expensive body with a lackluster lens. This list of the best Sony lenses will help you better spend your money on products that actually improve your photography. Go get them!
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