Buying Guide: The best lenses for Sony mirrorless cameras

Written by Gina Stephens

Conclusive updated: November 2, 2018

Whether you’ve grown tired of what came with your Sony mirrorless camera, or want to start photographing abundant 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 judgement 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 elections 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 working 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
  • Any NEX model

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

I own a camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or with a ‘full-frame’ sensor, such as:

  • Any a7 or a9 carve outs

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 tempered to on full-frame bodies, a 1.5x crop with be applied automatically. Should you turn off this crop feature, then vignetting will be an go forth. Full-frame lenses can be used on APS-C bodies without issue.

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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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