Buying guide: best lenses for Sony mirrorless cameras

Whether you've grown tired of what came with your Sony mirrorless camera, or want to start photographing different subjects, a new lens is probably in order. Whether you're looking to take close-ups, sports photos or interiors, we've got some suggestions to make your decision a bit easier.

For each type of lens in this buying guide we've chosen the one which offers the best combination of performance and value, as well as other options for those on a budget or for whom money is no object.

Sony mirrorless cameras all use the same 'E-mount', with 'E' lenses designed for APS-C-sized sensors and 'FE' lenses for full-frame models. Use the guide below to see which type of camera you have:

I own a camera with an 'APS-C' sensor, such as:

  • Any a5000 or a6000 model
  • The a3000
  • Any NEX model

Unsure? Use the photo above as a guide. APS-C cameras have smaller sensors, the corners of which don't extend to the lens mount.

I own a camera with a 'full-frame' sensor, such as:

  • Any a7 or a9 models

On these models the corners of the sensor extends all the way out to the lens mount.

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While Sony E (APS-C) lenses can be used on full-frame bodies, a 1.5x crop with be applied automatically. Should you turn off this crop feature, then vignetting will be an issue. Full-frame lenses can be used on APS-C bodies without issue.