Best lenses for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras

Note that any APS-C (Sony E) lenses will have a 1.5x crop automatically applied by a full-frame camera by default. Should this feature be turned off, vignetting will be an issue.

For each of the categories below the winner was the lens which we found to offer the best combination of quality and value. In most cases, we've also provided a more budget-friendly option, as well as a choice for those with more to spend.


Best standard zoom lens

Standard zooms are just what they sound like - versatile, general-purpose lenses that start with a fairly wide angle of view and allow you to zoom in to a focal length traditionally used for portraits.

Our pick: Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS

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The Sony 24-105mm F4 is one of our favorite lenses for the E-mount system. It covers a hugely useful range, is fast to focus, impressively sharp across its aperture range, and does all of this while being conveniently sized. Optical stabilization helps keep the image steady at longer focal lengths.

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Best value:
Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD

The Tamron 28-75mm doesn't go quite as wide as you might sometimes want, but it offers a constant F2.8 maximum aperture in a well-priced, sensibly sized lens. It's great way to get the most from your camera.

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Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM

The Sony 24-70 GM is an optically excellent lens, as you'd expect given its price. It's Sony's take on the indispensable pro lens and is built accordingly.

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Best prime / single focal length lens

Prime lenses are just a single focal length; removing the complexity of a zoom often allows for these lenses to be smaller, lighter and sharper, while letting more light through and being more useful in dimly lit situations.

Our pick: Sony FE 28mm F2

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The 28mm F2 provides a wider focal length than the 35mm we'd usually recommend but it comes closest to offering the small, fast, yet optically excellent balance that we're looking for in a lens for this system. Autofocus is fast, silent and accurate, and all-round this is a great, versatile choice if you're going to buy a single prime lens.

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Samyang (Rokinon) AF 35mm F2.8 FE

The Samyang 35mm F2.8 (also sold under the Rokinon brand) is one of the few affordable options in the classic do-everything 35mm focal length. It's worth a look, despite some AF and contrast issues.

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Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art

The Sigma F1.4 is one of our favorite primes. It's sharp, fast and well-priced, as well as delivering one an excellent all-round, do-everything focal length.

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Best wide-angle zoom lens

Wide-angle lenses are often useful for taking photos of interiors, landscapes and architecture.

Our pick: Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G

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The Sony 12-24mm F4 is one of the best lenses of its class ever made, yet weighs only a fraction of its peers. It's optically superb across the frame at all focal lengths, and aberrations (optical flaws) are very well corrected. This lens is a must-own for a7/a9-series wide-angle lovers. It's worth noting though that you won't be able to screw filters onto the front of the lens, due to the bulbous front element.

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Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS

The 16-35mm F4 covers a great focal length at a more modest aperture, sharpening up across the frame well as you stop down. Optical stabilization helps in video applications.

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Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM

This lens is one one of the best of its kind. It's very sharp across the frame at nearly all focal lengths, even wide-open. The extra stop of light often comes in handy, and the sunstars at smaller apertures are gorgeous.

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Best telephoto zoom lens

Telephoto lenses start out being fairly zoomed-in, and allow you to zoom in further so you can fill your frame with more distant subjects.

Our pick: Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS

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The 70-200mm F4 OSS is consistently sharp across the frame and across its zoom range. Its constant F4 aperture helps maintain image quality and depth-of-field control as you zoom. It's not as fast as its F2.8 sibling, but its compactness and light weight make it a more balanced option in our opinion.

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Sony FE 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G OSS

While offering a slower aperture than our overall pick, the extra reach of 300mm adds to this lens' versatility in brighter lighting conditions.

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Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS

Sony's 100-400mm GM lens is incredibly sharp across its entire focal range. It's also very fast to focus, making it an excellent choice for sports and wildlife, and offers pleasing bokeh.

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Best macro lens

Macro lenses allow you to focus very close to small subjects, which is very handy for photographing flowers or bugs.

Our pick: Sony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro

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The Sony 50mm F2.8 Macro is optically superb. It's extremely sharp, and the 50mm focal length gives you a reasonable, albeit somewhat close, working distance. It's compact, light and affordable, so is our go-to choice for a macro lens for the system.

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Best value:
Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro Art

The Sigma is an excellent choice given its sharpness and its increased working distance. It's also comparatively affordable.

Money no object:
Sony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS

The Sony 90mm Macro's longer focal length gives you a nice working distance, optical stabilization helps in handheld applications, and linear focusing makes manual focus a breeze.

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Best travel zoom lens

Travel zooms are like standard zooms but taken to the extreme. You still start out with a fairly wide field of view, but you can zoom in almost as much as many telephoto lenses. This is convenient, but these lenses tend to let less light through them, so aren't as useful in dimly lit situations, and they may not always give you the sharpest results.

Our pick: Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS

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The Sony 24-105mm F4 is one of our favorite lenses for the E mount system. It covers a hugely useful range, is fast to focus, is impressively sharp across its aperture range, and does all this while being conveniently sized. Optical stabilization helps keep the image steady at longer focal lengths. Every a7/a9-series owner should have one in their collection.

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Best value:
Sony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS

The 24-240mm isn't as optically impressive as the 24-105mm F4 but it's hugely flexible, thanks to the 10x zoom that 24-240mm gives you.

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