After over a dozen hours of fresh study and hands on testing alongside expert interviews, we’ve updated our guide to the best lenses for new Sony E-mount camera owners. If you are ready to move past the kit lens that came bundled along with your camera, we’ve got choices that will let you take sharper pictures at night, shoot detailed close-ups of small objects, catch all the action of your weekend warrior, produce professional-looking portraits, and catch stunning landscapes.
Sony’s interchangeable-lens cameras come in two flavors: those using full-frame 35mm sensors and people with smaller but nevertheless great APS-C sensors. This guide is only for owners of this latter type of camerawe will discuss Sony’s lens-mount system in a little bit. For the time being, be certain that if you have an older NEX-branded Sony camera or a newer a5000- or a6000-series version, these lenses will operate just fine on them.
Quick prime lenses (ones that don’t zoom) are recommended for beginners since the lack of zoom forces photographers to get better and close compose shots. We recommend the Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS since its wide f/1.8 aperture allows for shooting in dim scenarios using a fast shutter speed to avoid blur. And since the focal length nearly matches the human eye’s normal magnification, your graphics are going to be a lot like what you see on your head.
To take your photography to another level, you’re going to want to start constructing your arsenal of lenses. We recommend the Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS as your telephoto, the Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS to get a wide-angle option, the Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN for portraits, along with the Sony E 20mm f/2.8 pancake lens. If macro is the thing, start with the Sony E 30mm f/3.5 Macro.
If you don’t shoot with a Sony camera but still need to invest in some great beginner lenses, have a look at our lens guides such as Canon, Nikon, Micro Four Thirds, and Fujifilm bodies.