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19 Best Sony Lenses in 2022 (E-Mount & FE Lens Reviews)

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When Sony launched its mirrorless alpha series in 2013, the lens lineup was limited. It took many years for Sony to catch up with established DSLR lens manufacturers.

Now, there are lenses for nearly every situation and at different price points. In this article, we look at the best Sony lens offerings and help narrow down your decisions.

Narrowing down the best Sony e-mount lenses was a challenge. Photographers consider Sony lenses to be some of the best out there, and there are lenses for every photographer! We’ll look at the 19 best lenses for your Sony camera… the lens you are looking for is on this list!

Close-up of Sony mirrorless camera with lens

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About Sony Lenses

If you are new to the Sony system, let’s start with a short introduction.

Camera Mount: E-Mount

Since 2010, Sony mirrorless cameras have used a standardized E-mount system. Sony has largely sidelined their older A-mount system, though the A-mount has not been officially retired.

E-mount lenses work on Sony full frame cameras like the Alpha 1. They work equally well on a crop-sensor body like the a6600.

On crop-sensor cameras like the a6600, the focal lengths are 1.5 times those printed on the lens.

Crop sensor lenses are generally less expensive and smaller than their full frame counterparts. But if you plan on moving to a full frame camera in the future, you can invest in the best Sony full frame lenses now.

Sony labels lenses designed for full frame cameras “FE.” Sony labels APS-C lenses with an “E.” This can be confusing at first.

One of the first lenses I purchased for my full frame A7II was an APS-C lens. I simply did not know the difference.

Sony e-mount lens
Sony mirrorless cameras and lenses lock together using an E-mount

Lens Features

You can easily get lost in the lens’s focal lengths, apertures, and other features. Here are a few things to look for when buying a lens for a Sony camera.

Image Quality

You can find Sony lenses of similar focal length and maximum aperture size at different price points. Superior image quality has to do with lens features, internal construction, and the type of glass used.

The best Sony lenses are labeled G or GM:

  • G stands for “Gold.” Lenses labeled with a G are higher-quality lenses.
  • GM stands for “G Master.”

These are Sony’s top lenses. They have a beautiful image quality. But are often heavy and expensive.

A few lenses in the regular lineup give these top-quality lenses a run for their money. ZA means the lens is made with Zeiss glass.

Zeiss is a legendary German lens manufacturer. And Zeiss glass is considered some of the best in the world.

Front of a sony mirrorless lens showing Zeiss glass

Focal Length

Sony offers lenses at a range of focal lengths. Some are prime lenses, fixed at one focal length. Others zoom, letting you choose from a range of different focal lengths.

In recent years, Sony has pushed to include faster telephoto lenses in its lineup. The A9 camera bodies and fast telephotos have made the system attractive to more sports and wildlife photographers. Most recently, Sony has focused on lenses for video.

Sony’s longest focal length is now the Sony FE 600 mm f/4 GM OSS. It is a sports and wildlife photographer’s dream. But it comes with a hefty price tag. It is currently Sony’s most expensive lens, followed by the Sony FE 400 mm f/2.8.

There are rumors of an 800 mm f/5.6 lens. Currently, the widest focal length available is in the full frame FE 12-24 mm f/2.8 GM.

Aperture

Photographers value fast lenses with wide apertures like f/2.8 and f/1.8. They let in a lot of light and create a shallow depth of field. But they usually come at a higher price. The widest aperture for a Sony lens is the 50 mm f/1.2 GM.

Many of Sony’s best lenses have a constant aperture. You can use the widest aperture at all focal lengths. If the lens has a range of apertures, the widest aperture becomes smaller as you zoom.

Auto Stabilization

Sony cameras and lenses have some of the best auto-stabilization technology on the market. OSS indicates the lens has “Optical SteadyShot.” This is Sony’s image stabilization system.

But some of Sony’s best lenses do not have auto stabilization. These lenses use auto stabilization in the camera body.

Many lenses have a switch that lets you turn off auto stabilization. It is best if you use it when mounted on a tripod.

Autofocus and Minimum Focusing Distance

Autofocus technology has changed and improved in the newest lenses. The Direct Drive Super Sonic (wave) Motor (DDSSM) is currently the best autofocus system in Sony lenses. It is precise, quick, and quiet.

With some lenses, you can get close to your subject. With other lenses, you have some distance for the focusing system to work. It is worth looking at a lens’s minimum focusing distance if you like to get close to your subject.

Size and Weight

Many photographers buy mirrorless cameras to reduce the size and weight of their equipment. But they are then surprised by the heaviness of the lenses. Size and weight may be an issue if you are traveling or hiking.

Many of the best lenses are heavy. Sony makes lighter lenses and a few pancake lenses if you want to keep your kit small.

If you know what focal lengths you prefer, look at the Sony prime lenses. These are often, though not always, smaller, lighter, and sharper than zoom lenses.

Additional Features

Many of the high-end lenses have a Focus Hold button. This button is not labeled. You can customize the button’s function in the camera’s menu system for what you want it to do.

Recently Sony has added features to the barrel on lenses designed for video. A lens may have a de-click button and an aperture ring. This lets the photographer change apertures and depth of field smoothly.

PZ stands for “PowerZoom.” It is a feature that lets you quickly change focal lengths.

Sony G lens showing PowerZoom rocker switch
PowerZoom rocker switch on a Sony G lens

19 Best Sony Lenses

Here are the 19 best Sony lenses. On our list, you will find a variety of focal lengths—wide-angle, mid-range, and telephoto lenses. We have listed both prime and zoom lenses.

There is a selection of crop-sensor and full frame lenses at different price points. We especially looked for the best lenses for various types of photography, including sports, macro, and portraits.

Most of these lenses have aspherical components for better focus. And most have more than nine rounded aperture blades for more circular bokeh. Whether you are a Sony purist or in the market for a third-party lens, you will find the lens for you!

APS-C Lenses

19. Sigma 16 mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens for Sony E

Sigma lens 16 mm f/1.4 for a Sony E-mount camera

  • Dimensions: 72.2 x 92.3 mm (2.84 x 3.63″)
  • Weight: 405 g (14.29 oz)
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 25 cm (9.8″)
  • Filter Thread Size: 67 mm
  • Image Stabilizer: No
  • Equivalent Focal Length: 35 mm

If you are looking for a crop-sensor, wide-angle prime, look to Sigma. This lens works for video, landscapes, and street photography. It is sharp, fast, and works in low light.

The lens has 16 elements in 13 groups with two aspherical, two SLD, and three FLD elements to minimize chromatic aberration. It is a bit large and heavy. But it should not overbalance the crop-sensor cameras too much.

It is not as quiet as the Sony equivalent and does not focus as quickly. But it will give you sharp images at a jaw-droppingly low price.

18. Sony E PZ 18-105 mm f/4 G OSS (SELP18105G)

Best Value APS-C Zoom

Sony lens 18-105 mm f/4

  • Dimensions: 78 x 110 mm (3.1 x 4.3″)
  • Weight: 427 g (15.1 oz)
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 45 cm (17.7″)
  • Filter Thread Size: 72 mm
  • Image Stabilizer: Yes
  • Equivalent Focal Length: 27-157.5 mm

The Sony PZ 18-105 mm f/4 G OSS lens is an all-round lens for APS-C Sony cameras. It covers a wide range of focal lengths.

It is perfect for travel or street photography. With a G badge and optical stabilization, this crop-sensor lens seems to have it all.

The lens has 16 elements in 12 groups with seven rounded aperture blades. On the barrel is a PowerZoom lever allowing for smooth zoom.

It is a little chunkier than some other APS-C lenses. But it is quiet and has a solid build quality.

This is not Sony’s sharpest lens. But it is versatile with good image quality. If you buy this lens, you are getting a good lens at an affordable price.

17. Sony E 50 mm f/1.8 OSS (SEL50F18/B)

Best APS-C Prime

Sony lens 50mm f/1.8

  • Dimensions: 61.98 x 61.98 mm (2.44 x 2.44″)
  • Weight: 202 g (7.13 oz)
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 39 cm (15.35″)
  • Filter Thread Size: 49 mm
  • Image Stabilizer: Yes
  • Equivalent Focal Length: 75 mm

The crop-sensor 50 mm f/1.8 OSS is one of the lightest lenses Sony makes. It is the perfect balance of focal distance and aperture.

The lens works for portraits, video, and close indoor work. And the price tag is nothing short of amazing.

It has nine elements in eight groups with seven rounded aperture blades. It has good image stability, and the images are sharper than third-party equivalents. The lens is fast with quiet autofocus.

This lens is small, light, and inexpensive. It is the perfect prime lens to pair with your crop-sensor body.

16. Sony E 55-210 mm F4.5-6.3 (SEL55210)

Best APS-C Budget Telephoto Lens

Sony lens 55-210 mm

  • Dimensions: 63.8 x 108 mm (2.51 x 4.25″)
  • Weight: 345 g (12.17 oz)
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 100 cm (39.37″)
  • Filter Thread Size: 49 mm
  • Image Stabilizer: Yes
  • Equivalent Focal Length: 82.5-315 mm

If you are looking for a mid-range budget zoom lens, the Sony E 55-210 mm f/4.5-6.3 is the lens for you. It is small in dimension and weight, perfect for APS-C bodies.

It creates images of good quality. But this lens is not designed to go toe-to-toe with the higher-end telephotos.

The lens has 13 elements in nine groups, with two ED and two aspherical elements. It has slower autofocus than the top models.

The narrower aperture means that it will not work as well in low light. But you cannot beat the price. This is a good lens for traveling light.

15. Sony E 70-350 mm f/4.5-6.3 G OSS

Sony lens 70-350 mm

  • Dimensions: 77 x 142 mm (3.03 x 5.59″)
  • Weight: 625 g (22.05 oz)
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 110 cm (43.31″)
  • Filter Thread Size: 67 mm
  • Image Stabilizer: Yes
  • Equivalent Focal Length: 105-525 mm
Best APS-C All-round Ultra-Telephoto Lens

The Sony E 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3 G OSS is the most expensive APS-C lens on this list. This G lens has many features of the mid-level, full frame lenses.

It has an exceptional reach and makes sharp images. It has fast autofocus and great auto-stabilization.

It has 19 elements in 13 groups with three extra-low dispersion elements. It uses an XD linear motor autofocusing system.

The lens barrel has a Focus Hold button and AF/MF (autofocus and manual focus) switch. You can also control image stabilization.

The slower lens is not a problem if you want a long telephoto lens and mainly shoot during the day.

Full Frame Prime Lenses

14. Sony FE 24 mm f/1.4 GM (SEL24F14GM)

Best Wide-Angle Prime Lens

Sony lens 24 mm prime

  • Dimensions: 75.4 x 92.4 mm (2.97 x 3.64″)
  • Weight: 445 g (15.7 oz)
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 24 cm (9.45″)
  • Filter Thread Size: 67 mm
  • Image Stabilizer: No

This full frame wide-angle prime lens will do it all. It works as a wide portrait lens. It is also good for video or astrophotography. It is light, bright, and tack sharp.

The lens is relatively lightweight with a short focusing distance. The aperture has 11 rounded blades for a smooth, creamy bokeh effect.

The lens has 13 elements in 10 groups with two XA and three ED elements. It uses the DDSSM autofocus system.

The lens barrel has a customizable Focus Hold button and an AF/MF switch. It also has a de-click button allowing smooth transitions between apertures using the aperture ring.

The lens is pricy but worth it for top, super-sharp image quality. It might be the sharpest lens you own!

13. Sony FE 50 mm f/1.2 GM (SEL50F12GM)

Best “Nifty Fifty”

sony lens 50mm prime

  • Dimensions: 87 x 108 mm (3.4 x 4.3″)
  • Weight: 778 g (27.2 oz)
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 40 cm (15.75″)
  • Filter Thread Size: 72 mm
  • Image Stabilizer: No

This fast nifty-fifty lens has Sony’s widest aperture. The lens is sharp and produces superior image quality with beautiful colors. It is an all-around lens. You can use it for portraits, street photography, or landscapes.

It has 14 elements in 10 groups, with 3 XA elements. Four XD linear AF motors control internal focus. The aperture has 11 rounded blades for a smooth, creamy bokeh effect.

The lens has a Focus Hold button and an AF/MF switch. It also has a physical aperture ring and a de-click switch to make a smooth transition in videography.

The lens is large for a prime. But it seems well-balanced. The autofocus is superior, and it has amazing low-light performance. The lens is expensive, but it is one of Sony’s best!

12. Sony FE 85 mm f/1.8 (SEL85F18)

Best Value Prime Lens

sony lens 85mm

  • Dimensions: 78 x 82 mm (3.07 x 3.23″)
  • Weight: 371 g (13.09 oz)
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 80 cm (31.5″)
  • Filter Thread Size: 67 mm
  • Image Stabilizer: No

The Sony FE 85 mm f/1.8 prime does not wear the G or GM badge. But it creates excellent image quality and has all the features you want in a short telephoto prime.

Portraits are super sharp with lovely bokeh. The colors are amazing. The focus is fast and accurate. And it is small and relatively light.

The lens has nine elements in eight groups with one extra-low dispersion element. It uses a Dual Linear autofocus motor. The aperture has nine rounded blades. A Focus Hold button and an AF/MF switch are on the barrel.

This is the budget version of the Sony FE 85 mm f/1.4 GM. It is lighter than the f/1.4 version. If you do not need the wider aperture, go with this lens.

The f/1.8 has good image quality—not just at this price point. It is comparable to the higher-priced version and may perform better. This lens gives you quality without breaking the bank!

11. Sony FE 90 mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS (SEL90M28G)

Best Macro Lens

Sony lens 90 mm macro

  • Dimensions: 79 x 130.5 mm (3.11 x 5.14″)
  • Weight: 602 g (21.12 oz)
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 28 cm (11.02″)
  • Filter Thread Size: 62 mm
  • Image Stabilizer: Yes

The Sony FE 90 mm f/2.8 is one of the best macro lenses on the market. At this focal length, it is also useful for close-up portraiture. The wide aperture with nine rounded diaphragm blades gives you a sharp look with terrific bokeh.

It has a 1:1 magnification ratio and uses the DDSSM autofocus system. There are 15 elements in 10 groups, including Aspherical, ED, and Super ED elements.

The lens barrel includes a sliding focus ring for AF/MF selection. There is also a Focus Hold button and a focus range limiter to set your capture distances for easier focus. You can also control image stabilization.

The bokeh is creamy, smooth, and beautiful. If you are looking for a macro lens, look no further. For the cost, you get a super-sharp lens!

10. Sony FE 135 mm f/1.8 GM (SEL135F18GM)

Best Portrait Lens

sony lens 135mm prime

  • Dimensions: 89.5 x 127 mm (3.52 x 5″)
  • Weight: 950 g (33.6 oz)
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 70 cm (27.56″)
  • Filter Thread Size: 82 mm
  • Image Stabilizer: No

Time and again, this amazing lens is listed as one of the top portrait lenses on the market. It is sharp with fast autofocus.

It is perfect for weddings and portraits. The wide aperture lets you shoot at low light and higher shutter speeds.

It has 13 elements in 10 groups, including XA, Super ED, and ED elements. There are 11 rounded diaphragm blades for smooth bokeh.

There are two Focus Hold buttons on the lens barrel and a focus range limiter. The lens has a physical aperture ring and a de-click switch. These make the lens attractive for videography.

The lens is one of Sony’s heavier and more expensive prime lenses. But this lens is hard to beat if you want a long telephoto prime!

Full Frame Zoom Lenses

9. Sony FE 12-24 mm f/2.8 GM (SEL1224GM)

Best Ultra-Wide-Angle Zoom Lens

Sony lens 12-24 mm

  • Dimensions: 98 x 137 mm (3.84 x 5.39”)
  • Weight: 847 g (29.92 oz)
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 28 cm (11.02″)
  • Filter Thread Size: N/A
  • Image Stabilizer: No

The Sony FE 12-24 mm f/2.8 GM is a ridiculously sharp lens with the widest angle of view Sony makes. The edges are sharp with no coma or chromatic aberrations even at 12mm.

You can use this lens for real estate, landscape, astrophotography, or as a walking around lens. It is probably too wide for portraiture. But the bokeh is beautiful.

The lens has 17 elements in 14 groups with multiple aspheric elements and extra-low dispersion elements. This increases sharpness and reduces chromatic aberrations. The aperture ring has nine rounded blades.

Like many ultra-wide lenses, it has a bulbous front element. This means you cannot screw a filter onto the front. But you can place gels behind the lens. With the 4x XD linear motors, autofocus is fast and precise.

The lens is hefty and built like a tank. But for the build, it is surprisingly light. The lens has a customizable Focus Hold button and an AF/MF switch.

This is one of the more expensive lenses on the list. But if you are looking for an ultra-wide angle zoom, it is worth every penny!

8. Sony FE 16-35 mm f/2.8 GM (SEL1635GM)

Best Landscape Lens
  • Dimensions: 88.5 x 121.6 mm (3.5 x 4.8″)
  • Weight: 680 g (24 oz)
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 28 cm (11.02″)
  • Filter Thread Size: 82 mm
  • Image Stabilizer: No

Sony’s f/2.8 1635 mm G Master lens is one of the best landscape, wide-angle lenses you can buy. It is also great for real estate and indoor photography.

The lens has 16 elements in 13 groups with two extra-low dispersion elements plus three aspherical and two XA elements. The lens uses the DDSSM autofocus system. It has 11 rounded blades for a smooth, creamy bokeh effect.

There is a Focus Hold button on the lens barrel and an AF/MF switch.

This lens is the latest upgrade of the Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16 – 35 mm, f/4 ZA OSS (Zeiss) lens, a staple for many photographers. The newer version is faster and sharper and uses the upgraded autofocusing system. But the improvements also increase weight and size.

The upgrades also more than double the price of the lens. Many photographers prefer the older version. The older Zeiss lens may be the answer if you are on a budget.

7. Sony FE PZ 16-35 mm f/4 G (SELP1635G)

Best Video Lens

Sony lens 16-35 mm power zoom

  • Dimensions: 80.5 x 88.1 mm (3.2 x 3.5″)
  • Weight: 353 g (12.5 oz)
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 24 cm (9.4″)
  • Filter Thread Size: 72 mm
  • Image Stabilizer: No

If you shoot videos, this is your lens. The Sony FE 16-35 mm f/4 G PowerZoom lens is one of Sony’s newest offerings created for the video market.

It is versatile and sharp with beautiful colors. The autofocus is super fast and quiet. And the lens is small and lightweight.

The lens has 13 elements in 12 groups with super ED, ED, and aspherical elements. It has Dual XD linear autofocus.

In many respects, the lens is like the popular Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35 mm f/4 ZA OSS (Zeiss) lens. But added to the barrel are a host of video controls. The lens has a physical aperture ring with a de-click switch and a PowerZoom with a rocker switch.

6. Sony FE 24-70 mm f/2.8 GM II (SEL2470GM2)

Best Overall Sony Lens

Sony lens 24-70 mm f2.8

  • Dimensions: 87.8 x 119.9 mm (3.5 x 4.7″)
  • Weight: 695 g (24.52 oz)
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 21 cm (8.3″)
  • Filter Thread Size: 82 mm
  • Image Stabilizer: No

Sony’s 24-70 mm f/2.8 GM Mark II replaces the already spectacular Mark I. It creates sharp, high-quality images and has fast autofocus.

It is arguably the best lens Sony has produced. It is a true all-rounder.

The range is perfect for many photographers. You can use it for landscapes, portraits, video, food, indoor, astrophotography, or as a travel lens.

The second generation version is smaller and lighter. But it has the same high image quality. Plus, there are also some added features for videographers.

It has 20 elements in 15 groups with XA and Super ED elements. It uses the DDSSM autofocusing system. The lens has 11 rounded blades for a smooth, creamy bokeh effect.

The lens barrel has a customizable Focus Hold button and an AF/MF switch. Added to the newest version is a de-click button to allow smooth transitions between apertures using the aperture ring.

The price may be high, but it is the top lens for nearly every situation. If you buy only one lens, this is the one.

5. Sigma 24-70 mm f/2.8 DG DN Art

Best Third-Party Lens

Sigma lens 24-70 mm

  • Dimensions: 87.8 x 122.9 mm (3.46 x 4.84″)
  • Weight: 835 g (29.45 oz)
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 18 cm (7.09″)
  • Filter Thread Size: 82 mm
  • Image Stabilizer: No

It took a little time for third-party lens manufacturers like Sigma and Tameron to take notice of Sony’s mirrorless system. But there has been an explosion of quality lenses from these companies.

The Sigma 24-70 mm f/2.8 DG DN Art lens has 19 elements in 15 groups with six FLD and two SLD elements. The aperture has 11 rounded blades, just like the Sony. The lens barrel has a Focus Hold button and an AF/MF switch.

The Sigma is half the price of the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM but gives it stiff competition. The Sony version has an edge with image sharpness. But this lens is not far behind in quality.

If you are looking for a budget option, this is the lens for you. You won’t notice that you are not using the much more expensive Sony lens.

4. Sony FE 24-105 mm f/4 G OSS (SEL24105G/2)

Best Travel Lens

Sony lens 24-105 mm

  • Dimensions: 83.4 x 113.3 mm (3.28 x 4.46″)
  • Weight: 663 g (23.39 oz)
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 38 cm (14.96″)
  • Filter Thread Size: 77 mm
  • Image Stabilizer: Yes

Sony’s 24-105 mm f/4 G OSS is the perfect travel lens. It covers a wide range of focal lengths and is small enough for everyday use. The images are sharp, and the autofocus is fast.

The lens has 17 elements in 14 groups with four aspherical and three ED elements. It has the newest DDSSM autofocusing system and nine rounded aperture blades.

Sony makes faster lenses, but this lens has versatility. It could become your go-to lens.

3. Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II (SEL70200GM2)

Best Telephoto Lens

Sony lens 70-200 mm

  • Dimensions: 88 x 200 mm (3.46 x 7.87″)
  • Weight: 1045 g (36.86 oz)
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 40 cm (15.75″)
  • Filter Thread Size: 77 mm
  • Image Stabilizer: Yes

The Sony FE 70-200 mm f/2.8 GM OSS II is Sony’s flagship telephoto lens. It ticks the boxes for wildlife, sports, concert, and portrait photography.

At f/2.8, it has great low-light performance. The minimum focusing distance is surprisingly short.

The lens has 17 elements in 14 groups with two ED, two Super ED, one XA, and one aspherical element. The RDSSM and four XD linear motor (LM) autofocusing system is four times faster than the previous model. And it has 11 rounded aperture blades.

The lens barrel has three Focus Hold buttons and an AF/MF switch. There is also a focus limiter. Plus, you can control image stabilization.

The lens comes with a removable and rotating tripod collar. This helps you easily switch between landscape (horizontal) and portrait (vertical) orientation.

This is the best telephoto lens Sony makes. But quality comes at a price. It is one of the more expensive on the list.

If you can afford to lose a stop of light, try Sony’s FE 70-200 mm f4 G OSS. You will save some money.

2. Sony FE 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS (SEL100400GM)

Editor’s Choice

Sony lens 100-400 mm

  • Dimensions: 93.9 x 205 mm (3.7 x 8.07″)
  • Weight: 1395 g (49.21 oz)
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 98 cm (38.58″)
  • Filter Thread Size: 77 mm
  • Image Stabilizer: Yes

If you need a bit more reach, Sony’s 100-400 mm f/4 GM comes in a close second to the 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens. But it is heavier and larger.

It also is slower, with a variable maximum aperture of f/4.5 to f/5.6. Both lenses use the same focusing system and work with Sony’s teleconverters.

The lens produces exceptionally sharp images, and the color is excellent. The lens has 22 elements in 16 groups, with one super ED and two ED elements. It has nine rounded aperture blades.

The lens has three Focus Hold buttons and an AF/MF switch. There is also a focus limiter, and you can control image stabilization. The lens comes with a removable and rotating tripod collar. The barrel also has a zoom torque adjustment ring.

This lens has the extra reach, but you can still hand hold it. It is my personal favorite.

1. Sony FE 200-600 mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS (SEL200600G)

Best Wildlife Lens

Sony lens 200-600 mm

  • Dimensions: 111.5 x 318 mm (4.39 x 12.52″)
  • Weight: 2115 g (74.60 oz)
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 240 cm (94.5″)
  • Filter Thread Size: 95 mm
  • Image Stabilizer: Yes

At 600 mm, this is the longest telephoto lens Sony currently produces. It has quick autofocus and creates tack-sharp images.

The lens is long, but unlike the 100-400 mm, it has an internal zoom mechanism. So it does not extend when zoomed.

This lens has a variable f/5.6 to f/6.3 maximum aperture. It has 24 elements in 17 groups with five ED and one aspherical element. It uses the newest DDSSM autofocusing system and has 11 rounded aperture blades.

The lens has three Focus Hold buttons and an AF/MF switch. There is also a focus limiter, and you can control image stabilization. The lens also comes with a removable and rotating tripod collar.

This lens is for you if you need the reach for sports or wildlife. And it works with the Sony teleconverters.

Conclusion

Sony has been building up its mirrorless lens collection for years. Now, they have one of the most diverse lineups on offer.

There are still a few holes. But there are many top-of-the-range lenses you can choose from. If you are on a budget, the smaller and less expensive APS-C lenses work on both the crop-sensor and full frame bodies.

Also, look for third-party lenses to gain traction over the coming years. Whether you are buying sharp, fast lenses or ones that travel well, you should find the best Sony lens for your needs.

Macro shot of white dandelion seeds taken with a Sony 100-400 mm lens.
The Sony 100-400 mm gives sharp, detailed photos.

FAQ

What is the sharpest Sony FE lens?

Many Sony lenses are sharp. The sharpest may be the Sony FE 135 mm f/1.8 GM.

Which Sony lens has the best autofocus?

The Sony FE 70-200 mm f/2.8 GM OSS II uses a lightning-fast RDSSM, four XD linear motor (LM) autofocusing system.

Are Sony Zeiss lenses any good?

G Master lenses have replaced Sony Zeiss lenses at many focal lengths. But some photographers prefer the older Zeiss version of the lens.

Are Sony G lenses any good?

Yes. Sony lenses labeled with a “G” are higher quality lenses. G Master (GM) lenses are top-of-the-line flagship lenses.

Turkish delights in a market taken with a Sony 24-70 mm lens
The Sony 24-70 mm G Master gives sharp detail in low light.

What is the best Sony lens for video?

The best Sony lens for video is the Sony FE PZ 16-35 mm f/4 G.

What is the best Sony lens for portraits?

The best prime lens for portraits is the Sony FE 135 mm f/1.8 GM. The Sony FE 24-70 mm f/2.8 GM II is the best zoom lens.

What is the best Sony full frame lens?

The best overall Sony full frame lens is the Sony FE 24-70 mm f/2.8 GM II.

What is the best Sony zoom lens?

The Sony FE 24-70 mm f/2.8 GM II is the best Sony zoom lens.

What is the best Sony telephoto lens?

The best Sony telephoto lens is the Sony FE 70-200 mm f/2.8 GM OSS II.

What is the best Sony prime lens?

The best Sony prime lens is the Sony FE 50 mm f/1.2 GM.

What is the best Sony lens for indoor photography?

The best Sony lens for indoor photography is the Sony FE 24-70 mm f/2.8 GM II.

What is the best Sony lens for bokeh?

The Sony lens with the best bokeh is the Sony FE 24 mm f/1.4 GM.

What is the best Sony APS-C lens?

The best Sony crop-sensor APS-C lens is the Sony E 70-350 mm f/4.5-6.3 G OSS.

What is the best Sony travel lens?

Sony’s best travel lens is the Sony FE 24-105 mm f/4 G OSS.

A garden park shot with a 24-105 mm Sony lens
The Sony 24-105 mm lens is perfect for everyday use.

How do I read a Sony lens?

See our article on how to read a Sony lens.

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