In the photographic life of an amateur, choosing a good lens is a very important moment, but it can be a stressful process. All photographers who begin to take firm steps into the world of digital photography go through this confusion with their SLR camera.
That is why, as a guide, I have been presenting to you the best lenses, brand by brand, for your SLR camera. It has been Nikon’s turn, then Canon, and now it’s Sony’s turn.
In the article below you’ll find a lens for each situation, a small gallery of photos taken with each of them and even opinions of colleagues who have already experimented with these and have decided to share their insights and experiences.
If you’re planning to enlarge your photographic equipment family, keep reading!
1. Sony DT 50mm f / 1.8 SAM Lens
Sony, known as the prince of lenses, has nothing to envy to the princes of the other brands, because it is very light, compact, comfortable and very economical.
With this fantastic lens you can take great pictures and capture some beautiful portraits, not only thanks to the blur that is able to achieve with its maximum aperture (f/ 1.8), but also the clarity and quality that is capable of.
Note that this lens is not compatible with full frame cameras, as its effective focal length is actually 75mm (50 * 1.5, the trim factor) which makes it a perfect portrait lens, but it may be a bit too long or have too much zoom to make social photography.
Why buy it? Keep in mind that, as an prime or fixed lens, the few elements it has been built with will guarantee sharpness, and its maximum aperture will let you capture 8 times more light than the kit lens that comes with your camera of the same focal length (f/ 1.8 vs f/ 5.6).
And as if this were not enough, it’s not expensive. How much does it cost? Less than 170 dollars.
2. Sony Vario-Sonnar T * DT 16-80mm f / 3.5-4.5 ZA Lens
If you are looking for an all-purpose lens, you’ve found it. This lens is not only an excellent choice for having a focal range that will let you cover a variety of situations (from landscape photography to portraits), but also because its optics are outstanding. Not for nothing was manufactured by Carl Zeiss, one of the best, if not the best, lens manufacturer in the world.
This lens was also designed to be used in medium format cameras (the DT abbreviations denote it) so its effective focal length, i.e. its equivalent in full frame, is 24-120mm, which makes it an all-purpose type. You won’t want to change your lens if you mount it on your camera, because it is so versatile and comfortable.
Perhaps it’s not as bright as the prince of lenses in its shortest focal length (16mm), but if you look closely, the maximum aperture at its maximum extension (80mm) is f / 4.5 is very bright, especially if you compare it with the alternatives offered in the market.
But not all is perfect in this lens. This model doesn’t have the silent focus SSM engine that has brought so much satisfaction to the followers of the Sony brand.
To get one of these lenses, you will need to pay about 990 dollars, but don’t worry, as your investment will be really rewarded when you take your first photos.
3. Sony Sal 70-300mm G f / 4.5-5.6 G SSM Lens
Sony Sal Telephoto 70-300mm G is a lens of a truly amazing performance, but of course this is reflected in its price: around 1000 dollars.
Being a "G" lens, the quality of their optics is guaranteed, as is its robustness in its construction, and its fast and quiet SSM focus system. And thanks to its 9-blade diaphragm, you can achieve very soft and nice blur effects.
This lens can be used both in medium APS-C format cameras and in those of full frame format.
If you’ve already got this lens and if you want a superior one from the same brand, you will need to take the leap for a professional lens: the Sony 70-200mm f / 2.8 G lens for about 3000 dollars. Why? Because among these two lenses, in my opinion, there is not even one that is even close to their quality.
4. Sony 100mm f / 2.8 Macro Lens
Approach photography is an amazing world full of details that are made possible thanks to lenses such as Sony 100mm f / 2.8 Macro. This type of macro lenses are designed to enable you to portray the subjects and objects at their actual scale, i.e. 1:1 or even more.
This lens is compatible with both medium format cameras (equivalent to 150mm) as well as for full frame cameras (100 mm, effective) so you can comfortably take stunning macro photographs without having to get too close to your motifs.
Also, this lens is also widely used for portraits, for its sharpness, its focal length, and its brightness (f / 2.8), allowing you to achieve perfectly crisp and completely unfocused backgrounds and sharp figures.
What is the cost? You can buy this lens for a price of around 800 dollars.
5. Sony SAL DT 11-18mm f / 4.5-5.6 Lens
The Sony DT 11-18mm is a wide angle lens designed for medium format (DT) cameras, which results very interesting if you want to cover extremely wide viewing angles, making it ideal for landscapes, architecture, and interiors. In fact, you will not find a more angular lens than this one by Sony.
Due to its small size (8.3 x 8.5 cm) and weight (360 g) you will be really comfortable working with it, and though its body is made of plastic, it feels sturdy enough.
The downsides? Like the vast majority of wide-angle lenses, it produces some distortion at the edges of the frame, but it’s nothing to really worry about. The focus engine built into the lens also leaves a bit to be desired as it is somewhat slow and noisy. However, not many wide-angle lenses have their focus engine built in.
You must also keep in mind that, as a wide-angle zoom lens, the possibilities and variety of pictures that you can achieve with this lens multiply.
You can get one of these lenses for only 520 dollars.
I hope this article has helped you somewhat and will allow you to make the best decision when purchasing a lens.
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