When Sony added the FS 400mm F2.8 GM OSS lens to their full frame, E-Mount lens lineup last week, it gave their critics one less thing to complain about and those that have switched another reason to shoot with the best mirrorless system on the market.
At the top of the line, with a retail price of $11998, the 400 two eight, is meant for those shooting on the sidelines of a big game.
Even if that isn’t your use case, Sony now has a complete lens line and here are the full-frame lenses I recommend.
Super-Wide Zoom: 12-24mm
Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G Lens $1698
This ultra-wide zoom lens for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras features a constant f/4 maximum aperture. It’s sophisticated optical design incorporates aspherical and low dispersion glass elements to control both spherical and chromatic aberrations for improved sharpness and clarity. The Nano AR Coating has also been applied to individual elements to reduce surface reflections, flare, and ghosting for greater contrast and color fidelity when working in bright, backlit situations. Order from Amazon or Adorama.
Wide Angle Zoom: 16-35mm
Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Lens $2198
This 16-35mm G Master is the sharpest wide angle zoom ever tested by DxO Mark. It has a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture zoom designed for full-frame E-mount mirrorless cameras offering consistent performance throughout the zoom range and benefits working in low-light conditions. The optical design incorporates two extra-low dispersion elements to reduce chromatic aberrations along with two XA elements and three aspherical elements, which significantly controls spherical aberrations for a high degree of image sharpness and clarity. Nano AR coating has been applied to limit ghosting and lens flare for increased contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions. Order from Amazon or Adorama.
Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens $1348
A constant f/4 maximum aperture wide-angle zoom lens designed for full-frame E-mount cameras, can also be used with Sony APS mirrorless cameras. The 16-35mm features a circular aperture that, through the use of curved blades, keeps the aperture almost perfectly circular from its wide-open setting to when it is closed for smoother, more natural defocusing highlights. Order from Amazon or Adorama.
Standard Zoom: 24-70mm
Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 G Master Lens $2198
The 24-70mm is a great range for portrait photography because it allows you to shoot everything from wide environmental portraits to a tight intimate portrait and this flagship Sony lens is by far the best 24-70 on the market. I shot with in Vegas during the a7III launch. Order from Amazon or Adorama.
Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS Lens $1298
Designed for corner-to-corner sharpness at all focal lengths, this wide-angle to short-telephoto zoom with a constant f/4 maximum aperture, maintains consistent performance throughout the zoom range. Its advanced optical design, which employs aspherical and extra-low dispersion glass elements to control color fringing, distortion, and a variety of aberrations for greater sharpness and clarity. A Nano AR Coating has also been applied to suppress lens flare and ghosting for high contrast and color accuracy when working in harsh light. Order from Amazon or Adorama.
Telephoto Zoom: 70-200mm
Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 G Master Lens $2598
Photojournalists, sports and wedding photographers who have been patiently waiting for a 70-200 F2.8 for E-mount, it’s finally here and worth the wait. Like the other lenses in this series it’s incredibly sharp with nice balance for E-mount cameras. Order from Amazon or Adorama.
Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 OSS Lens $1498
A versatile telephoto zoom lens that takes slots in after the FE 24-70mm leaves. It’s nicely balanced in size and weight for Sony a7 Series cameras and the OSS settings are designed to work with Sony a7 Mark II IBIS. Order from Amazon or Adorama.
Sony FE 24-240 F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens $998
Full-frame E-Mount telephoto zoom lens with the versatility to stretch from true wide-angle to super telephoto perspectives. Its advanced optical design includes 5 aspherical elements and 1 ED glass element for reduced chromatic and spherical aberrations in a compact design. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization facilitates sharper imaging in low light situations and when shooting at long telephoto lengths. Order from Amazon.
Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens Price: $2498
The newest and longest FE lens is also the fifth lens in the G Master line. Designed for outstanding resolution and sharpness with minimal aberrations using one Super ED and two ED elements and Nano AR coating. Weighing in at a best-in-class 49.2 oz this compact 100-400mm lens features dual floating elements for fast AF and a 3.2′ minimum focusing distance for 0.35x magnification. It’s equipped with both a Direct Drive SSM autofocus system as Optical SteadyShot image stabilization for outstanding performance at all focal lengths. Order from Amazon or Adorama.
Sony FE 35 F1.4 ZA Lens $1598
Classic wide-angle focal length, this fast f/1.4 lens provides low light capability and shallow depth of field control. Its advanced optical design includes aspherical and advanced aspherical (AA) lens elements combined with Zeiss T* coating to deliver outstanding image resolution and suppresses reflections for excellent contrast and clarity. Responsive aperture ring can be clicked or de-clicked with the flip of a switch on the lens barrel. Order from Amazon or Adorama.
Sony FE 28 F2.0 Lens $448
Full-frame compatible wide-angle prime lens for E-Mount mirrorless cameras. Its wide focal length and fast aperture make it a practical and versatile lens. Its optical design features Extra-low Dispersion glass elements which reduce chromatic aberrations and provide improved contrast. Also, aspherical and advanced aspherical elements minimize spherical aberrations and help to maintain the lens’ compact, lightweight form. Order from Amazon or Adorama.
Sony FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Lens $1498
This Zeiss Planar-design normal lens features one Advanced Aspherical, one aspherical, and one extra-low dispersion element for ultimate corner-to-corner sharpness along with pleasing bokeh. It joins the FE 35mm 1.4 ZA and 85mm 1.4 GM in a trio of lenses offering a manual de-clickable aperture ring ideal for video. Order from Amazon or Adorama.
Short Tele Prime: 85mm-100mm
Sony FE 85mm F1.4 G Master Lens | Price: $1798
This is an absolutely great lens for tight portraits. It’s extremely sharp wide open at F1.4 with shallow depth of field and beautiful bokeh. If you’re a portrait photographer, the FE 85mm F1.4 G Master plus the FE 24-70 F2.8 G Master could easily cover 99% of you your needs. Order from Amazon or Adorama.
Sony’s FE 85mm F1.8 Lens $598
Joining the FE 28mm f/2 and FE 50mm f/1.8, this 85mm is more affordable while still providing excellent optical performance. It uses an ED element to reduce aberrations and a nine-blade circular aperture for bokeh. It also features a double linear motor system for fast, quiet autofocus. Order from Amazon or Adorama.
Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS lens $1498
Incorporating an apodization lens element to create exceptionally smooth, rounded bokeh while maintaining tack-sharp focus on the subject. This newly designed element nearly eliminates peripheral highlight distortion from vignetting and works with the 11-blade circular aperture to produce pleasing out-of-focus areas. The apodization lens element reduces light transmission to T5.6 when set to the lens’s maximum f/2.8 aperture. Order from Amazon or Adorama.