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Top 39 Best Sony E FE Mount Lenses 2019

Take a look at the 39 best E-Mount and FE-Mount lenses for your Sony mirrorless camera.

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As we've reviewed the majority of Sony E-Mount and FE mount lenses to date, we thought we'd put the top 39 best scoring lenses into a list so you can easily see which are the best, and what options are available. You can use Sony E-Mount and FE-Mount lenses on all Sony E-Mount mirrorless cameras, which includes the Sony Alpha 7 series, the Alpha 9, the Sony Alpha A6000 series, the Sony Alpha A5000 series, and Sony NEX cameras.

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A Little Lens Background 

You can use Full-Frame FE-mount lenses on APS-C Sony E-Mount cameras, and this will give you a 1.5x crop of the lens. For example, a full-frame 50mm lens will give the equivalent of a 75mm lens. You can also use APS-C E-mount lenses on full-frame Sony E-Mount cameras, and this will use a cropped area of the sensor, with the resolution of the image depending on the camera used. This will make an APS-C 50mm lens equivalent to 75mm. 

 

1 -  Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS 

Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS

A new leader, the Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS is, no doubt, an amazing lens and the use of an apodization element adds something very special. It would be easy to think of this in too narrow a way, but the obvious application is of course for portraiture. This could give that something extra to images where already, to be fair, we can get beautiful bokeh with existing lenses. But this does go the extra mile, offering outstanding sharpness as well as that vital, gorgeous bokeh. The lens is actually a total pleasure to use.

Offering outstanding sharpness with sublime bokeh, it's a magnificent lens. 

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2 - Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 FE 

AF 85 1
The Samyang 85mm f/1.4 is our leading third party lens. It offers even sharpness, a fast and bright f/1.4 aperture as well as excellent manufacturing quality for a very fair price. The lens is also weather sealed and will prove to be an excellent portrait lens.

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3 - Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS (Full-Frame) 

Sony 90mm G Oss Macro

This is a large and impressive looking lens that offers an equally impressive performance. Sharpness is excellent and Chromatic Aberration is almost zero centrally and generally kept under one pixel at the edges. At f/22 diffraction reduces edge sharpness but results remain good and flare is also totally absent. Images have good contrast and almost anything can be added to the shooting repertoire for the Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS

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4 - Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master OSS (Full-Frame) 

Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS

The Sony G Master FE 70-200mm f/2.8 OSS is, without a doubt, a very fine lens. It operates smoothly and is very well made, however it is worth taking care when shooting against the light. Bokeh is excellent but edges do show some signs of fringing, particularly at 200mm where it becomes quite obvious in some subjects, such as branches against the bright sky. This can, however, be easily corrected in software so it's not really anything to worry about. Sharpness figures are superb and it is also extremely even from centre to edge, giving a very precise overall crispness. Some may think the price is a little high but for what the lens offers, Sony E-mount users may consider it an excellent buy. 

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5 -  Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 G Master OSS 

Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 G Master OSS

 

There has been a gap in the Sony mirrorless range and the Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 G Master lens fills it perfectly.

The Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 G Master is a superb lens in every way, offering excellent image quality, outstanding sharpness and very well controlled CA. Distortion levels are low, AF is silent and the bokeh the lens produces can only be described as beautiful. 

Quality clinches it as an Editor's Choice.

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6 - Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF 

Batis 40mm f/2.0 CF

 

Zeiss optics are always going to give you a level of build quality and elegance of design that other manufacturers can fall short on. The Batis 40mm f/2 CF is a lens that produces crisp, clean images, justifying its price tag in terms of the image quality you get. We praised it for its insignificant CA levels, no flare, and a relaxed and pleasant bokeh quality. 

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7 - Sony FE 24mm f/1.4G Master 

Sony Fe 24mm F1,4 Gm Front Oblique View
Sony G Master is the premium lens series of Sony's arsenal, and this Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 doesn't disappoint. It performed impeccably at a competitive price point. It earned an editor's choice award for its superb sharpness throughout, fast and silent AF, and gorgeous bokeh. It also features a declickable diaphragm for video applications. 

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8 - Sigma AF 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM 

28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
The Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art is a fast, bright lens that can be used for a wide range of shooting applications. It handles well, with a precise focus and superb results. The price is fair for the quality of image you can achieve. The lens is also dust and splash proof and has beautiful bokeh.

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9 - Samyang AF 24mm f/2.8 FE 

1/160 sec | f/13.0 | 100.0 mm | ISO 100
This compact, high quality and reasonably priced AF 24mm f/2.8 FE lens has excellent sharpness at the centre and edge, virtually no distortion and fast and accurate AF. It's a classic and compelling focal length to use, making it a great third party lens choice. 

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10 - Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN C 

56mm f/1.4 DC DN C

Another third-party contender, Sigma offer their 56mm f/1.4 lens at a competitive price, with superb performance and superb sharpness. It has smooth bokeh, a high-quality build and moisture and dust sealing. It's an editor's choice for its unobtrusive design that works efficiently. 

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11 - Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 G Master (Full-Frame) 

FE 85mm f/1.4 GM

Even though this lens is ideal for portrait photography, the Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM is actually ideal for a wide variety of subjects. It's a very fine lens that's incredibly well made and is a joy to use. Resistance to flare is excellent, sharpness is outstanding and CA (chromatic aberration) is almost zero in the centre of the field, and is contained to less than one pixel at the edges. Distortion is also commendably low and the lens produces beautiful bokeh. It's superb in every respect and received the 'Editor's Choice' accolade as a result. 

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12 - Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE 

Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE

 

Some lenses are a real pleasure to use, and the Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE falls into this category. The technical quality is excellent, the AF is fast and accurate and the results look punchy with superb colour rendition.

In terms of value, it's hard to argue with such a modestly priced lens when it performs so well. Weather resistance would be nice, as would full-time manual focus in AF mode, but apart from that the lens pretty much hits the spot. It is certainly an excellent match for the Sony mirrorless range for which it has been designed.

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13 - Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens 

Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art

The Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art is a really sharp lens, with excellent handling and beautiful bokeh, which makes a powerful mix. Although many photographers have felt that 135mm was slightly too long for a short portrait telephoto, perhaps looking at 100mm instead, with this Sigma the close focusing seems to be a game changer. Whereas the 135mm often stopped short at 4 feet or so, at just over 3 feet this new lens makes the tight head shot absolutely possible and probably tips the balance. Coupled with a truly splendid performance, Sigma has a winner, without a doubt.

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14 - Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 G Master 

Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 G Master Lens

 

The Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 G Master is indeed a very impressive lens. In terms of design, ergonomics and performance it cannot be faulted. It is expensive, and that is really the only downside to a lens that will produce the goods and offers the potential of a very long service life.

A superb choice for Sony FE mount full frame users and as such Highly Recommend.

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15 - Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 

Sony FE 85mm f/1.8

 

The Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens is superb to use, and also superb in many ways in terms of its performance. The lower cost compared to most 85mm lens does not seem to have reduced the performance at all. So full credit to Sony for achieving this. The one weakness is the tendency to flare against the light, which is a shame, but it need not be a deal breaker, depending on the sort of image making we do.

To summarise, an excellent performance from a well-priced lens and one that can easily be Highly Recommended.

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16 - Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE 

Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE

 

With a high level of performance and a pleasing character, the Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE lens has plenty of potential to become a favourite. There are some parameters that may need some additional correction in software, not really an issue as the solutions are there. It is light and compact and generally just delivers the goods in a simple, discrete package. When used for street photography, it can be an advantage to use an unobtrusive lens.

There is some flare and there is no weather sealing, so these are a couple of disadvantages, but to be absolutely fair, the price tag is a very attractive one and generally, the Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE lens is a delight to use. Highly recommended.

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17 -  Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 Apo Sonnar T* (Full-Frame) 

Zeiss Batis 135mm F2,8 Front Oblique View
 

The Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 Apo Sonnar T* lens is a beauty, of that there is no doubt. It oozes quality and there would appear to be little downside to it apart from the price. A lens to aspire to and, if it can be afforded, to put very high on the list of possible purchases. 

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18 - Zeiss Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA (Full-Frame) 

SEL50F14ZA A

 

The Zeiss Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA full-frame prime lens is designed to be used with Sony E-Mount cameras and it's another excellent offering from Zeiss / Sony. Image quality is excellent, sharpness is superb and CA (Chromatic Aberration) is very much under control. Flare does have some effect and when shooting against the light there can be a drop in contrast and there is a small amount of barrel distortion but really, it's an insignificant figure. The bokeh of the lens is very smooth and overall, images are crisp and clear. 

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19 - Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master (Full-Frame) 

FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM
Zoom lenses do have strengths and weaknesses in their performance, but there is little to complain about with this Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM lens. Sharpness at its best is excellent to outstanding, CA and distortion can be addressed in software, although centrally CA is very well controlled anyway and flare is non-existent. Images are excellent and the bokeh is indeed beautiful in fact, it's quite sublime at times. The Sony lens represents a level of performance that can only be found in the most expensive lenses. It is itself quite expensive, but given that prices may yet ease over time it is within the realms of being a realistic price.

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20 - Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE 

Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE

 

The Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE lens is a very attractive proposition for those seeking a fast 35mm lens. The quality is uniformly excellent and the price much lower than the marque alternatives. All in all, the lens is excellent value for money.

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6 Apr 2019 5:31AM
I would have included the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 and placed it quite high on the list.
OK, there is distortion and the bokeh is restless.
But it does the job, it is compact and less than half the price of the Sony equivalent. (If you can call it such)

And I have one.
8 Aug 2019 10:12AM
Some great lenses there, however I canít believe youíve included the bang-average Samyang 24mm on this list, even having the cheek to give it 5 stars!! I have had a few Samyangs for e-mount, including itís excellent sister lenses, 35mm f2.8 and 45mm f2.8. I use them on FE and e-mount, full-frame with an A7R3 and on APS-C with an A6300.

Iíve owned two copies of the 24mm, the first was on pre-order with LCE when it was first announced, as I really like the 24mm FOV, and was already super happy with the Samyang 35mm f2.8 . Although itís almost physically identical to the 35mm sister lens, itís optical performance isnít close, or even gets near to the Canon 24mm f2.8 pancake with MC-11 on the APS-C a6300.
Once the disappointment of that lensís mediocre sharpness and rubbish edge performance had abated, (and even though Iíd read online of other peoples disappointment with this lensís relatively poor optical performance) as it was so cheap I took a punt on getting a better copy, buying it again at the NEC Photography Show some months later, hoping that my original was a rough early example. Unsurprisingly, that lens had pretty much the same optical issues as the first, confirming that it is the ugly step-sister of the excellent 35mm/45mm lenses. 3 out of 5 stars would be fair, as itís super light, got fast af and acceptable sharpness in the centre when stopped down. Your 5 star rating though, I canít take seriously.
joshwa Plus
9 905 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2019 10:23AM
Hi Welbarn,

Our review of the lens can be found here:
https://www.ephotozine.com/article/samyang-af-24mm-f-2-8-fe-review-32367/performance

We tested the lens on a Sony A7 Mark III, and have included a number of sample photos in the review, so you can view the results.

Thanks,
Josh

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