Top 24 lenses for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras – Best 3 for each focal categories


Way back in 2014, Sony rocked the Photography industry with the first full-frame mirrorless cameras to have auto-focus, the A7 and A7R. Arguably it is Sony that has led the mirrorless revolution, converting many photographers over the years.

Fast forward to 2021 and they have the most complete system for full-frame mirrorless – you can get the Alpha A7R IV if you want to focus on still photography, or get the Alpha A7S III if you want to get into the world of motion video creation. As of the date of this blog, Sony has also just announced the Alpha A7 IV, which is very appealing to hybrid shooters and we are really looking forward to having a hands-on experience with this new camera and exploring why people in the industry are calling it a “Baby A1”.

One of the questions we got asked a lot by Sony shooters is “Which lens should I get? Should I get Sony lenses or third-party lenses?” We think Sony made a lot of great lenses and there are many good reasons to choose native lenses. However, we also know there are some third-party lenses that really shine and we thought you should also consider them before you get your next lens.

We have come up with our top three lens recommendations for all categories and you can see why we think you should consider them!

Super-Wide Angle Lenses

Sony 12-24mm f/2.8 GM LensTamron 17-28MM F2.8 DI III RXDSigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art
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Exceptional corner sharpness, a rare thing for Super-Wide angle lenses. Colour uniformity has also been improved.Price! At $1,577.00 (at the time of writing), this is a much more affordable lens if you are just dipping your toe into Super-Wide.Outstanding image quality without breaking the bank, and weather-sealed.
Dust and moisture resistant – essential for serious landscape photographers!Dust and splash proof thanks to a polycarbonate build, which also makes it lightweight!Fast and quiet autofocus.
Lens flare and ghosting are minimised to preserve detail and give rich blacks.
Rear filter holder (gels only). This lens doesn’t have native compatibility with front filters, which means no protection for that front element, and no circular polariser without shelling out for a filter holder. Sharpness does fall off in the corners at wide apertures.Like its Sony counterpart, this lens only takes rear ND filters. CPL filters require a huge attachment at the front.

Wide Angle Prime

Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 GM LensSigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN ArtSamyang 35mm f/1.8 Auto Focus
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Incredible resolution to capture all the details in your scene.Great colour rendition and image quality.High-level features at a very accessible price ($569).
Fast and quiet autofocus, and a aperture ring that can be de-clicked for video applications.Fully weather-sealed build.
Dust and moisture-resistant build lets you shoot in any environment.
Has some focus breathing.Large aperture means this is a big and heavy lens.Corner sharpness at wide apertures is not ideal.

Standard Zoom

Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG DN ArtSony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSSTamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD
Winner!Runner-up 1Runner-up 2
A well-designed lens at a friendly price.Outstanding optical performance.Images are sharp, even at f/2.8.
The autofocus is very reliable.Zoom range is perfect for everyday use.Very fast and quiet autofocus motor.
Distortion and other optical discrepancies can be corrected in-camera.
Objects becomes soft at close distances.This lens has some harsh vignetting at 24mm.Not as wide as most other standard lenses.


Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GMSamyang AF 50mm F1.4Sony FE 50mm f/1.8
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Exceptional image quality – a perfect pairing for your pro-level camera body.The quick autofocus can be manually overridden for fine adjustment.A cheap and lightweight lens that produces great results for its class.
XD Linear Motor provides fast, precise, and quiet autofocus.A good low-light lens at a very decent price.Perfect for those starting to explore shallow depth-of-field photography.
Huge aperture is fantastic for low-light applications.
Shows some focus breathing.No weather sealing.Autofocus is slow to settle.


Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS IITamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXDSony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS
Winner!Runner-up 1Runner-up 2
World’s lightest constant large-aperture 70-200mm lens! At 435g lighter than the Mark I version of this lens, you can comfortably shoot for hours.Good quality glass gives you great detail at all focal lengths and aperture values.Very sturdy build with weather sealing and solid image stabilisation.
11 aperture blades for perfectly circular bokeh and stellar glass for crisp detail.Weather-sealed and has quick autofocus; perfect for any scenario!Some of Sony’s best optics that render extremely sharp images with little distortion.
Upgraded silent autofocus motors for significant improvement in function.At just under $2,000, it’s an affordable and very functional lens.Note: This lens should become much more affordable in the second-hand market as people upgrade to the Mark II lens .
Designed for both film and photography: this lens can be operated completely silently and features some clever integrations for use with Sony’s cinema cameras.
Price: at around $4,500, it’s a big investment.No built-in image stabilisation make.At 1.5kg, this is a heavy lens that will be tiring on long shoots.


Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN ArtSony FE 135mm f/1.8 GMSony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM
Winner!Runner-up 1Runner-up 2
A super-wide aperture perfect for low-light use and flattering portraits.An amazing portrait lens that produces sharp images with great contrast and little chromatic aberration.Sony’s high-end optics provide all-round great image quality in a relatively small and light lens.
Smaller and lighter than similar lenses, without compromise on image quality.Very fast autofocus motors for quick shooting.Aperture ring can be de-clicked for video applications.
Dust- and splash-proof build moves smoothly and accurately.
No image stabilisation – you will have to rely on your camera body for this.Although feature-rich, it is an expensive lens.Autofocus is on the slower side.

Tele Super Zoom

Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSSSigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS SportTamron 150-500mm F/5.6-6.7 Di III VC VXD
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Amazing range that can be further extended with teleconverters, perfect for wildlife, aircraft, and sports.Great build quality with full weather sealing, and well-sized for its range.Weather-sealed build also has extra moisture and dust protection.
Image stabilisation is top-notch, especially when paired with cameras with 5-axis IBIS.Very sharp image rendition, with manageable chromatic aberration.The autofocus is relatively quick and, combined with optical image stabilisation and high quality glass, produces good resolution.
Delivers exceptional image quality and autofocus speed along the focal range.
Alongside being a massive lens, the autofocus can struggle in duller lighting.No compatibility with any teleconverters.Cannot be used with teleconverters, and is quite heavy.


Sigma AF 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM ArtSony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSSSony FE 50mm F/2.8 Macro
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A spectacular portrait lens that delivers both sharp details and creamy soft bokeh.Fast and quiet autofocus, good optics, and optical image stabilisation helps render great contrast and resolution. A relatively inexpensive lens with excellent edge-to-edge sharpness and minimal distortion.
Weather-sealed for any application.Weather-sealed for peace of mind when outdoors1:1 magnification for life-sized reproduction.
Hyper-sonic motor (HSM) autofocus is quiet and relatively fast.
At 1.6kg and with a filter size of 105mm, this is a huge (and expensive) lens.Visible focus breathing could be an issue for some usersAutofocus is not the fastest (although you can improve speeds by using the limiter function).
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