How to make sense of Sony’s sprawling lens catalogue

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Samuel Dilworth
Samuel Dilworth Senior Member • Posts: 1,276
How to make sense of Sony’s sprawling lens catalogue

Say you plump for a Sony full-frame camera. How do you choose lenses to go with it?

I ask because the lens range looks a mess at first glance.

All those third-party lenses (welcome!) contribute to the chaos. But even among Sony’s lenses, which ones have aperture rings? Can all lenses with an aperture ring be switched to clickless? Do all cameras support these aperture rings?

Which lenses have linear manual focus response for video (and stills, frankly)?

Which ones have brass mounts? It looks like some now have aluminium alloy mounts, like the compact 24 / 40 / 50 mm G lenses, right? Any plastic mounts hidden among them?

And that’s before you get into autofocus features / performance, filter sizes, Zeiss-branded lenses clearly designed and made by Sony, the other sort of Zeiss lenses, G and G Master branding, etc.

Is there an underlying logic here? Or at least a comprehensive PDF or something?

I’m trying to weigh up choices like:

24 mm f/1.4 + 50 mm f/2.5 + 90 mm f/2.8 macro


20 mm f/1.8 + 35 mm f/1.4 + 50 mm f/1.8 + 85 mm f/1.8


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