My Ratings for Sony e-mount lenses

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terryreid Senior Member • Posts: 2,063
My Ratings for Sony e-mount lenses

This is my opinion only but I do own these lenses or have owned them and read hundreds of reviews and tests as well as got a general consensus on here and Fred Miranda's forum.

The best lenses available for sharpness, color and rendering.

Sony 12-24 G

Sony 16-35 2.8 GM

Loxia 21

Sony 24 1.4 GM

Sony 35 1.4 ZA -if excellent copy

Sony 50 1.4 ZA

Voigtlander CV 65

Sony 85 1.4 GM

Loxia 85

Sony 90 Macro

Sony 100 STF

Voigtlander CV110

Sony 135 2.8 GM

Sony 100-400 2.8

Sony 400 2.8 GM

Sony 600 GM based on experience with the 400 and other GM lenses



Tier 2

I think all of these are superb lenses and many would put them in the first tier but I listed my reasoning.

Voightlander C15 4.5 -slow, some copy variation with corner smearing but beautiful rendering and sharp with a good copy but the Sony 12-24 G or 16-35 GM make more sense

Sony 24-70 2.8 GM 2nd tier just because it is not super strong at the long end. It is a great lens and a must own IMO due to its versatility and covers the most important focal lengths

Batis 18 extremely good lens but the Sony 16-35 2.8 GM equals or betters it and it lacks AF/MF, Focus hold button love it or hate it design

Loxia 25 -MF excellent in all regards but bettered by the Sony 24 1.4 GM in speed and all other

Sony 35 2.8 ZA

Sony 55 1.8. super sharp, compact but lacks the rendering of the 50 1.4 ZA

Batis 85 extremely good lens but the Sony 85 1.4 GM equals or betters it and it lacks AF/MF, Focus hold button love it or hate it design

Sony 85 1.8 -85 GM betters it

Batis 135 2.8 -one of the best lens ever made first tier all the way until the Sony 1.8 GM came along with better bokeh and much faster AF Batis. I have found the Batis 135 bokeh can be iffy in certain circumstances but it delivers unbelievable images

Sony 70-200 2.8 GM could easily be first tier but heavy for my tastes and the 100-400GM betters it. 135 1.8 GM is faster in all regards and better IQ so am now carrying a shorter prime and the 135 GM to cover this range. The 61MP a7rIV easily covers 200mm plus. I also do not like the way the TC's work with the 70-200GM. Nothing like they do with the 100-400GM or 400 GM.

Sony 200-600 G just guessing but other than being slower it may very well be a first cut lens we have to wait and see

I do not have any Sigma’s despite their popularity but the pre e-mount lenses are too slow to AF and too heavy for my tastes. That may change with the native e-mount lenses they are releasing.

There are many there good lenses these are what I consider to be the very best if that is what you are looking for. The Tamron 28-75 is good, some like the Loxia 35 & 50 but I sold mine, I have not tried the Voigtlander CV 40 but based on my experience with the CV65 & CV 110 it has to be superb.

Obviously I am bored but tI hought I would throw this out there and I am curious to see what others think about some of these.

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Sony RX100 V Sony a9 Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sony a6500 +19 more
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