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Top 39 Best Sony E FE Mount Lenses 2020 - Top 21-39

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21 - Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS (APS-C) 

Sony E 50mm F18 Oss (3)
 

Our lens reviewer described this lens as a 'belter' and thanks to its price point, sharpness levels and overall image quality, it's easy to see why. The Sony NEX 50mm f/1.8 OSS does have a few Chromatic aberration problems but this flaw is easily overlooked taking into account this lens' positive attributes. Autofocus is very fast and accurate and optical stabilisation is a nice feature to have and it allows sharp hand held images to be taken in around half the time with shutter speeds as low as 1/10sec. 

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22 - Meike 85mm f/2.8 Macro 

Meike 85mm f/2.8 Macro

 

The Meike 85mm f/2.8 Macro lens is a well made, well-priced lens that will do the job efficiently and to an excellent standard.

As a general purpose short telephoto for portraits, landscapes, etc., it may be that the loss of AF will be an inconvenience. However, in the arena of macro shooting, this lens comes into its own, being what it is clearly designed for. Very often MF is the method of choice for macro shooting anyway. All the accuracy of the focusing is concentrated in the macro range and the image snaps clearly into focus in the viewfinder or on the monitor screen.

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23 - Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master 

Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master

 

Expensive, but outstanding. That is the simple equation, the choice that is there. Definitely, the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master lens is one to aspire to and one that upholds the fine performance levels of the G Master range. The focal length range is versatile, the aperture a fast and constant f/2.8 and the construction quality of a very high order. In conclusion, a very desirable lens.

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

Sony Fe G 70 200mm F4 Front Oblique View
 

This lens is a high-level performer that does the job efficiently. Don't be put off by the f/4 maximum aperture as it's not really much of a disadvantage. In fact, the size and cost of the lens actually make it a serious contender for those in the market for a new telephoto lens. The only slight drawback is the possibility of some flare, but fortunately, this does not seem to be a major problem. Our reviewer was happy to 'Highly Recommend' the 70-200mm f/4 G OSS and said it was ideally suited to the Sony Alpha 7R II.

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25 - Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS (APS-C) 

Sony Nex 35mm F1 8 Lens 3


The Sony E35mm f/1.8 OSS might seem expensive but the performance it delivers does make it a worthwhile purchase. Sharpness is very good from maximum aperture, and can even be considered as outstanding as the lens is stopped down. Other optical anomalies, such as CAs, falloff and distortion are also kept well in check and the lens is lightweight as well as compact which will please many. 

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26 - Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary 

Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary

The Sigma AF 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens gives excellent performance, a reasonable price and a very bright f/1.4 maximum aperture, which all add up to a very desirable package, that will be appealing for both Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-Mount photographers.

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27 - Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS 

Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS

The Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS performs very well indeed on a technical level, but also produces clean, sharp, smooth images that give overall an impressive aesthetic result. If anything is a bit weak it is the CA performance, although that can be corrected for those images that demand it. Overall, however, it's a great result and we have a sharp, crisp lens with close focusing, fast and silent AF, impressive flare resistance, superb control of distortion and at par for the course price. Highly recommended.

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28 - Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G 

Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G

The Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G is expensive, but also excellent, which is always a dilemma. Easy to handle, superb central performance, huge potential creatively, there is so much to like about the lens. There is no doubt this is a very worthy choice for, especially, full-frame Sony users.

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29 - Laowa C-Dreamer 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D 

Laowa C-Dreamer 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D

The Laowa lenses as a range are certainly very interesting, sometimes unique and always deliver the goods in terms of performance. Traditional metal construction does mean a higher price, but we have to choose whether the trade-off of quality of results balances out the cost/performance equation. This will obviously be different for different users.

What we get is the widest lens in its class, with a fast, bright f/2.8 aperture, that performs very well indeed.

The Laowa 9mm f/2.8 is a compact, widest in class lens with fast f/2.8 aperture and excellent overall performance

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30 - Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4 Distagon T* 

Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4 Distagon T*

The Loxia range is an attractive proposition, with useful focal lengths and, if the 25mm f/2.4 is anything to go by, excellent qualities. The new 25mm f/2.4 is compact, beautiful to use in a most traditional way, full of the tactile high grade feel that is rarely seen. The price may be slightly on the high side, but then again what price quality? Some may question the manual focus, but with this lens it is so easy to find the point of focus that with minimal practice it should soon become second nature. Admittedly that will not suit everyone.

All in all, a lovely lens that matches well to the Sony FE full frame mirrorless cameras.

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31 - Carl Zeiss Sonnar E 24mm f/1.8 ZA (APS-C) 

Carl Zeiss Sonnar T 18 24 Tstar (8)

This lens delivers a performance worthy of the Carl Zeiss name, especially in the centre of the frame, where sharpness is excellent, or even outstanding when stopped down. The Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 Sonnar T* lens is a premium piece of glass that doesn't disappoint. Contrast holds up very well when shooting into the light and there are very few instances of flare, even in very harsh lighting conditions. Sharpness is excellent but there are a few problems with CA, however, the amount of fringing will be acceptable for many. 

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32 - Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Sonnar T* (Full-Frame) 

Zeiss Batis 85mm F1,8 Side View With Lens Hood
 

The Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 is a lovely lens that's designed well, is a pleasure to use and the results ooze quality. The OLED display is actually quite useful and the construction quality is impeccable. The only thing not to like is perhaps the price, but it starts to look much better value when pitched against other premium quality lenses. Overall, the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/2 is a beautiful premium lens for full frame E-Mount users.

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33 - Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Distagon T* (Full-Frame) 

Zeiss Batis 25mm F2 Three Quarter View Front
 

The Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 is an exquisite premium lens for full-frame E-Mount users. There's nothing really negative to say about it as design, the way it handles and the images it produces are all superb. There was a tiny issue with CA (nothing that can't be corrected) and the price might put some people off but overall, it's a pleasure to use and construction is impeccable, just as you expect from a brand such as Zeiss. 

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34 - Sony FE 28mm f/2.0 (Full-Frame) 

Sony 28mm F2 0 Lens (4)

The Sony FE 28mm f/2 has a lot going for it, delivering high levels of sharpness in a lightweight and compact body that has a reasonable asking price. It's a shame the aperture has to be stopped down to improve performance towards the edges of the frame and to reduce chromatic aberrations, but overall the lens performs well. The lens is quite resistant to flare although contrast can be noticeably reduced when shooting into the light.

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35 - Meike 50mm f/1.7 

Meike 50mm F1,7 Front Oblique View

The Meike 50mm f/1.7 is on the budget side of prime lenses however it does offer you impressive, even sharpness, a metal construction and low CA as well as low distortion for Just over £100. It's also weather resistant so you can shoot with it in inclement situations. 

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36 - Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Power Zoom (APS-C) 

Sony 18 200 Pz Oss (2)

The price alone will ensure the Sony E PZ 18-200mm f/e.5-6.3 OSS becomes a niche item, but if money is no object, and you require the best quality, most convenient solution for general picture taking, then this lens could be for you. This lens is quite resistant to flare and retains good contrast, even when shooting into the light and Chromatic aberrations are pretty well controlled. Sharpness levels are excellent and so is the build quality. 

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37 - Carl Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 T* (APS-C) 

Carl Zeiss Touit 12mm F2 8 Nex Lens (7)

Zeiss has, yet again, produced a lens with optical characteristics worthy of the Zeiss reputation, that's well designed and solidly built. Although the Carl Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 T* does carry a premium price, the additional cost isn't so much that it will put this lens beyond the reach of everyone, especially those serious about using quality glass with their camera. Sharpness levels are excellent, Chromatic aberrations towards the edges of the frame are very well controlled and shouldn't pose issues for most images, distortion is very mild and falloff of illumination towards the corners of the frame is incredibly well controlled.

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38 - Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS 

Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS

As a general purpose lens, a good 18-135mm is hard to beat on APS-C format cameras. The close focus and long reach lend themselves well to close-ups such as flower studies. The 18mm wide angle can accommodate most architecture and landscapes. The close focus means small object photography is simple, and quality of results at these close distances are well maintained.

The Sony lens generally performs well, but with caveats. Central sharpness is fine until we reach small apertures of f/16 and beyond, but beyond that detail is soon lost. The edges are quite poor when longer focal lengths are used, although the centre still sparkles crisply. This in itself can be used creatively for portraiture and other close-ups.

Although not perfect, the Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens is still a very good choice for general photography and capable of delivering good, bright and sharp images.

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39 - SainSonic Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 

SainSonic Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 Lens

 

KamLan has a simple, ambitiously specified lens for a very low price. It is well made, performs well and, within the limitations of manual focus and lagging edge quality, it is still a lens that delivers something very useful. The bright f/1.1 aperture is one thing and the gorgeous bokeh is another. The lens is not technically perfect, but it does have excellent photographic, creative qualities that could be used to advantage. At £126, there is little to lose.

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Comments


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
10 923 1 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
30 Apr 2020 4:31PM
Some curious choices here, but none so curious as the omission of the Sony FE 55mm f1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* Lens, which should be near the top. I guess you've never reviewed it.
17 May 2020 4:46PM
Certainly agree with Welbarn on the Samyang 24mm 2:8 . Iím very disappointed with mine, not as good in nearly every respect as my 24mm-240mm Sony at the 24mm end, and thatís a10x zoom, will be sending back. Poor contrast and not sharp enough for a fixed lens.
12 Sep 2020 3:19AM
Thanks Joshua, for all the information!

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