The Phoblographer’s Guide to Sony Full Frame E (FE Mount) Lenses

There are a ton of incredible Full Frame Sony E Mount lenses on the market, and here, you’ll find our real-world reviews for a lot of them.

Sony has been hard at work creating new lenses for their brand new FE mount, which accommodates its full-frame 35mm-sized sensor. They’ve also worked closely with third parties to create lenses for the system and brought out at least one camera that everyone can enjoy. Sony, together with third parties, have managed to crank out a large number of lenses, and users of Sony platforms now have a huge library of glass to choose from. We have rounded up all of the real-world reviews we have completed on Full Frame Sony E Mount glass.

And as we’ve seen, these lenses are some of the best of our time. We’ve spent many hours and days testing these lenses and today, we’re presenting our findings for each in a single, large guide that isn’t sponsored by Sony. With that said, we have full editorial authority over what’s said in this guide. So if you’re interested in investing in the Sony FE lens mount lineup of cameras, then here’s your guide to help you out.

Zeiss 18mm f2.8 Batis

 

In our review, we said:

“The Zeiss 18mm f2.8 Batis lens is one that has very commendable image quality. It’s sharp, keeps distortion down VERY well, contrasty, can give you good bokeh if you want it, and is built like a tank in sheep’s clothing.”

Buy now ($1,289):  Adorama

Rokinon 20mm f1.8

 

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In our review, we said:

“Lastly, what I’m absolutely floored by is how sharp this lens is even wide open. At f1.8 you’ll get plenty of sharpness but when you stop down to something like f5.6 you’ll be flabbergasted.”

Buy now ($449): Adorama

 

Tokina 20mm F2 FiRIN AF

 

In our review, we said:

“The Tokina 20mm f2 FiRIN AF still has great image quality in the same way that the original, manual focus version did. Tokina’s lenses in the past few years have all been stellar not only in their sharpness but also in their color rendition, their lack of CA, and the overall look.”

Buy now ($949): Adorama

 

Zeiss 21mm f2.8 Loxia

 

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In our review, we said:

“If you were to go for any wide-angle prime that is weather sealed and available for the Sony a7 series of cameras, I would without a double recommend the Zeiss 21mm f2.8 Loxia lens. It’s small, weather-sealed, sharp, and has great image quality. Seriously, there simply isn’t a single bad thing I can say about this lens. Landscape and most photographers shooting this wide don’t truly NEED autofocus all the time. So it works perfectly.”

Buy now ($1,499): Adorama

 

Sony 24mm F1.4 G Master

 

In our review, we said:

“The Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master is a lens many photographers will want to add to their shopping list, regardless of their photographic specialty. Whether you’re a landscape photographer, an astrophotographer, a street photographer, or even a portrait photographer, there will be situations where the 24mm f1.4 G Master will shine. Paired with the excellent autofocus systems found on the latest Sony camera bodies, the 24mm f1.4 G Master will allow you to reliably create images as you had envisioned them in your mind’s eye.”

Buy now ($1,398): Adorama

 

Zeiss 25mm f2 Batis

 

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In our review, we said:

“The Zeiss 25mm f2 is a lens that offers top notch image quality–and that’s what Zeiss customers have come to expect. In many ways, the Batis line represents the pinnacle of what’s possible with this company. You’ll fall in love with the image quality for many reasons. Not only is the lens sharp, but it offers excellent bokeh. Even better, the lens is just genuinely sharp without the need for micro contrast. Add onto that the absolutely spectacular color rendition and you won’t have a single reason to complain.”

Buy now ($1,299):  Adorama

 

Zeiss Loxia 25mm f2.4

 

In our review, we said:

“I want to call the Zeiss Loxia 25mm f2.4 the perfect lens for street photographers and those who shoot travel, landscapes and documentary style work in a certain way for the Sony FE camera owning crowd. And in all honesty, it really, probably is. You get to shoot wide, close, and have more than enough of your scene in focus when shooting wide open in many situations. Then on top of that you have weather sealing, short focus throw, and a metal body.”

Buy now ($1,299): Adorama

 

Sony 28mm f2

 

In our review, we said:

“The Sony 28mm f2 has incredible image quality, and it goes to show that folks that tend to snub their noses at Sony lenses should give them another look. The Sony 28mm f2 is not only sharp, but offers very good color, beautiful bokeh for a lens this wide, and very little in the way of image quality issues. Wide open, it will vignette a bit, but you can creatively embrace this”

Buy now ($448): Adorama

 

Rokinon 35mm f2.8 FE

 

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In our review, we said:

“The Rokinon 35mm f2.8 has very typical Rokinon colors. They’re saturated but not uber contrasty the way that Sigma will try to deliver to make an image appear sharper than it really is. But instead, Rokinon’s lenses have good color overall. The Rokinon 35mm f2.8 is no exception here.”

Buy now ($299): Adorama

 

Sony Zeiss 35mm f2.8

 

In our review, we said:

“In fact, it’s an incredible lens. On the A7 it will focus like a speed demon. On the A7r it will resolve more detail than your mom will want to see in her face. Then when you’re all done with that, you can take it out into inclement weather with no problems. Then there is your excellent color rendition and class leading sharpness.

Buy now ($798): Adorama

 

Sony 35mm F1.8 FE

 

In our review, we said:

“I’m head over heels for the Sony 35mm f1.8 FE. The company found a way to make a great middle-ground lens while also holding true to the original idea of mirrorless: to be small. This lens is small, lightweight, weather-sealed, fast to focus, and can deliver excellent image quality. For the photographers who need speed like street photographers, event photographers, and documentary shooters–it’s there. For those who want details and beautiful bokeh like portrait shooters, it’s also there. Combine this with the reliability put into the lens with weather sealing, and you’re getting a winning combination. Then price it at under $1,000, and you’re getting a lens every Sony photographer should have.”

Buy now ($748): Adorama

 

Zeiss 35mm f2 Loxia Biogon T*

 

In our review, we said:

“The Zeiss 35mm f2 Loxia for Sony full frame E mount cameras overall exhibits incredible image quality that you can’t complain about. However, they’ve done a couple of things differently that don’t make it feel or look like a Zeiss lens. For example, the very typical Zeiss micro-contrast that gives their images more pizazz is gone–same with the extra contrast and saturation that you get when shooting wide open. However, that doesn’t mean that the lens has issues. In fact, it’s incredible and even more so when stopped down just a tad..”

Buy now ($1,299): Adorama

 

Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4 ZA

 

In our review, we said:

“As far as the Image Quality of this lens goes, you have very little to complain about. The image quality is sharp, saturated, and overall very beautiful. It beats much of the previous lenses that Sony has offered but in many ways also rivals the company’s 55mm f1.4 for their A mount.”

Buy now ($1,598): Adorama

 

Zeiss 40mm f2 Batis

 

In our review, we said:

“It focuses quickly when it comes to photojournalistic situational needs. And most of all, it boasts a heck of a lot of weather sealing.”

Buy now ($1,124): Adorama

 

Sony 50mm f1.8

 

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In our review, we said:

“The Sony 50mm f1.8 for the full frame E mount system is a beautiful lens when it comes to image quality. Like other 50mm f1.8 lenses, that’s its strongest feature.”

Buy now ($248): Adorama

 

Rokinon 50mm f1.4 AF FE

 

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In our review, we said:

“I’m in love with the Rokinon 50mm f1.4 AF FE, and that’s hard to do because I have an ongoing hatred of the 50mm focal length. Rokinon truly nailed it here. Want better build quality? You’ve got it, this lens has a metal exterior. Not only that, but it feels uniquely like a Rokinon lens and not like a Sigma, Tamron, or Zeiss. There is no weather sealing, but I’ll excuse that. Rokinon’s optics have always been top-notch and this is no exception. The colors are bold, the contrast is there, the images are sharp, and the bokeh is gorgeous. All of this is thanks to the very good autofocus capabilities.”

Buy now $499: Adorama

 

Sony 50mm f2.8 Macro

 

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In our review, we said:

“Here’s where I really am perhaps most pleased with this lens. The colors are very, very nice. They feel almost film-like.”

Buy now ($548): Adorama

 

Zeiss 50mm f2 Loxia Planar T*

 

In our review, we said:

“This lens is incredible. It’s more affordable than the 35mm f2 Loxia, has the Zeiss characteristics that we’ve come to know and love (for the most part) has a nice size in relation to the camera bodies, and just overall is tugging at our hearts. For the very first time, I feel like a 50mm lens has outdone a 35mm one, and it’s one that I’d consider instead of the 35mm.”

Buy now ($949): Adorama

 

Sony Zeiss 50mm f1.4

 

In our review, we said:

“This lens is absolutely incredible at f1.4 when a flash’s output is added to the scene. Even with natural light, it’s still pretty amazing though I’ll always encourage everyone to use a flash when they can. At f2.8 the lens becomes super sharp and even more so at f5.6–where I personally find the best balance between bokeh and sharpness.”

Buy now ($1,498): Adorama

 

Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8 ZA

 

In our review, we said:

“In a word, the bokeh is velvety. Wide open, this lens will give you desirable results, and that only gets better as you stop down. For the bokeh connoisseurs out there, this is the lens to get. The 35mm f2.8 will give you nice results, too, but that lens doesn’t have the benefit of the 55’s attributes, namely: focal length and aperture. Your subject will be in focus, and will be framed by seamless bokeh.”

Buy now ($999.99): Adorama

 

Rokinon 85mm F1.4 AF FE

 

In our review, we said:

“The Rokinon 85mm f1.4 AF FE really excels in terms of image quality. Where Sony has very saturated looks to their lenses, the Rokinon 85mm f1.4 AF FE somehow or another is muted but still gorgeous.”

Buy now ($699): Adorama

 

Sony 85mm f1.8 FE

 

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In our review, we said:

“This is in many ways, the absolute most perfect portrait lens for most Sony camera users. If you don’t need or can afford the 85mm f1.4 G Master lens, then the Sony 85mm f1.8 FE lens is a fantastic option. It’s sharp, has less saturated colors (only the Loxia is less saturated that this), focuses pretty well with most cameras (the Batis is fastest) and it has weather resistance. But it’s also small and offered at a pretty affordable price point.”

Buy now ($598): Adorama

 

Sony Zeiss 85mm f1.8 Batis

 

In our review, we said:

“There isn’t a single major problem with this lens and it shares characteristics with many others out there with the exception of the Zeiss 135mm f2–which has Micro Contrast. You won’t be as excited about the images straight out of the camera, but this lens will help set you up for beautiful photos that your clients will really fall for.

Buy now ($1,199): Adorama

 

Zeiss 85mm f2.4 Loxia

 

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In our review, we said:

“It’s much different from what you’d see and expect from almost everything else in the digital world that clean and clinical. While still being sharp and contrasty, the Zeiss 85mm f2.4 Loxia lens enjoys fantastic image quality with wonderful focus falloff, great bokeh, sharpness, etc. Plus it’s got great color. You can’t really beat it if you’re going for a different look with an 85mm equivalent lens.”

Buy now ($1,399): Adorama

 

Sony 85mm f1.4 G Master

 

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In our review, we said:

“The Sony 85mm f1.4 G Master was bound to win an Editor’s Choice award. This lens has fantastic sharpness, class leading bokeh, good construction, weather sealing, fast autofocus performance, and lots to offer the high end Sony shooter. You couldn’t honestly ask for anything more.”

Buy now ($1,798): Adorama

 

Tokina 100mm F2.8 Macro FiRIN

 

In our review, we said:

“The sharpness from the Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro FiRIN is very good overall. In natural light, you’ll get good sharpness. But where the lens really begins to sing is on center stage is when the results from a flash are added. Specular highlights make anything much better!”

Buy now ($599): Adorama

 

Sony 100mm f2.8 G Master OSS STM FE

 

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In our review, we said

“This lens is a bokeh monster: the Sony 100mm f2.8 STM G Master OSS lens has 11 aperture blades, an f2.8 aperture and then throw in the 100mm focal length factor.”

Buy now ($1,498): Adorama

 

Zeiss 135mm f2.8 Batis

 

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In our review, we said:

“I’m going to start off by inputting absolute facts before opinions here. The Zeiss 135mm f2.8 Batis is a fantastic lens with great image quality, superb autofocus abilities, weather sealing and manages to somehow or another stay pretty compact overall. It absolutely deserves the Editor’s Choice award on this site. It’s fantastic in so many ways and in the hands of the professional headshot or portrait photographer, it will absolutely rock.”

Buy now ($1,196): Adorama

 

Sony 135mm F1.8 G Master

 

In our review, we said:

“The Sony 135mm f1.8 G Master is a lens that many portrait photographers shooting with Sony mirrorless cameras will surely be lusting after. In addition to acquiring and maintaining focus quickly and reliably, the Sony 135mm f1.8 G Master creates images that marry corner to corner sharpness with lifelike colors, minimal distortion, and little to no chromatic aberrations. In focus areas appear tack sharp and defocus into velvety smooth bokeh, helping your subjects stand out from the rest of the frame”

Buy now ($2,098): Adorama

 

Sony 600mm F4 G Master OSS

 

In our review, we said:

“As is expected, the Sony 600mm f4 G Master OSS is incredibly sharp. It is, after all, a G Master lens. The photographers who use it will be surely pleased with the results they get. This is only complemented well by Sony’s autofocus system and the sensors you choose to work with. As far as image quality goes, I don’t have much to complain about.”

Buy now ($12,998): Adorama

 

Sony 12-24mm f4 G FE

 

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In our review, we said:

“Images from the Sony 12-24mm f4 G FE are basically the standard that you’ve known and come to expect from Sony: good. Those who like Sony’s contrasty and saturated look will want to reach for the Sony 12-24mm f4 G FE as that look is ever-present in the photos no matter what camera I’ve used. For that reason, it will be great when combined with Sony’s sensors due to how good they are at getting details out of the highlights and shadows.”

Buy now ($1,773): Adorama

 

Sony Zeiss 16-35mm f4 ZA OSS

 

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In our review, we said:

“Holy jeez…When we used this lens with a flash, we were able to get some of the best sharpness from a wide angle lens that we’ve ever seen. The sharpness from this lens beats the Rokinon 14mm f2.8, 24mm f1.4 and 35mm f1.4 altogether. Plus, it even starts to edge out to best some of Zeiss’s native prime lens offerings with perhaps the exception being the 15mm f2.8 and their 25mm f2. If you get your hands on this lens and you’re creating images that aren’t sharp, then you’re probably doing something wrong. This lens is very, very sharp.”

Buy now ($1,348): Adorama

 

Sony 16-35mm f2.8 f2.8 G Master

 

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In our review, we said:

“Let’s take into account that you’re paying quite a bit of money for the Sony 16-35mm f2.8 G Master FE, and then consider that, yes, you’re indeed getting a damned good image for that price point at each and every focal length. The professionals paying for this lens will really only get the best from it with higher resolution camera bodies, at least when it comes to sharpness. As we all know though, there is a lot more to a lens than just that. There’s of course the bokeh–which I feel is effective enough for story telling purposes. Then we can consider the color and the chromatic aberration. While there isn’t much CA to speak of, the color surely has me wanting.”

Buy now ($2,198): Adorama

 

Sony Zeiss 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 OSS

 

In our review, we said:

“What we were most impressed by with this lens is the sharpness. It’s surprisingly sharp and even though our images looked pretty amazing on the LCD screen of the camera, they had me looking twice and cleaning my glasses to ensure that I wasn’t seeing things. This lens is damn sharp–not as sharp as the prime lenses but for what you’re getting you can’t really complain.”

Buy now ($1048): Adorama

Sony Zeiss 24-70mm f4 OSS

 

In our review, we said:

“The 24-70mm f4 FE OSS gives us beautiful colors and some of the best skin tones that we’ve seen in a zoom lens of this type. For that reason, we once again think that event photographers will want to reach for this lens and otherwise work with the uber versatile Sony RAW files to get more out of their images.

Buy now ($898): Adorama

 

Sony 24-70mm f2.8 G Master

 

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In our review, we said:

“In all rights, this is a fantastic lens. It delivers wonderful image quality, performs well, has a fast autofocus, and will make lots of professional photographers very happy. For the photographers that love zoom lenses, this is another reason to move to the Sony E mount system if you haven’t already. It can tackle any sort of work that you can throw at it and combined with just the right Sony a7 camera body, you’ll get the results you really want.”

Buy now ($2,198): Adorama

 

Sony 28-70mm f3.5-5.6 OSS

 

In our review, we said:

“During the review process, I was absolutely amazed at this kit lens. Many times I didn’t think that I was using one but instead something targeted at a middle of the road user. Indeed, there is very little to complain about with this lens and if you’re using it for general shooting purposes,

Buy Now ($398): Adorama

 

Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 Di III RXD

 

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In our review, we said:

“One of the things that makes the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 Di III RXD so appealing is just how good the image quality is. Not only is the lens capable of delivering sharp images, but the colors are very vibrant and the bokeh is smooth and beautiful. Add onto that the fact that you can also go to 75mm instead of 70 and you’ve got yourself a bit more of a bokeh advantage due to having a slightly longer focal length.

Buy now ($879): Adorama

 

Sony 24-105mm f4 G OSS

 

In our review, we said:

“The Sony 24-105mm f4 G OSS is mostly designed for enthusiasts, but I can totally see how and why photographers would want to use it for more professional reasons. It can deliver gorgeous image quality and with the right lighting I doubt that anyone would really be able to fault the lens or the photographer. Combine this with the little bit of weather sealing, and I can totally see how this lens can be one that stays glued to your camera in most instances. It gives you quite a bit of zoom range to work with, reliable focusing in most instances, and good enough image quality that can be tweaked inside of the camera or in post.”

Buy Now ($1,398): Adorama

Sony 70-200mm f4 ISS

 

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In our review, we said:

“When it comes to image quality, the Sony 70-200mm f4 OSS lives up to the Sony name and reputation of delivering incredible results. All across the board, you won’t have a major issue with the image quality. This lens renders images to be super sharp; originally I thought that the images weren’t so when viewing them on the back of the A7, but when imported I was completely shocked. The bokeh? Same thing. And the colors? Yup…it’s all incredible.”

Buy Now ($1,498): Adorama

 

Sony 70-200mm f2.8 OSS G Master

 

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In our review, we said:

“Since I believe that the best sharpness from a lens comes out when you use a flash, I did just that. The sharpness from this lens is impeccable when the subject is nailed perfectly in focus.”

Buy now ($2,598): Adorama

 

Sony 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 G OSS

 

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In our review, we said:

“The Sony 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 G OSS lens is one that is great for the enthusiast and hobbyist. For the semi-professional, I’d probably recommend Sony’s prime lenses and other G Master lenses. There isn’t very much to complain about with this lens and I’d actually even consider it to be one of the best bang for your buck lenses that Sony offers. You get weather resistance, great image quality, decent autofocus, and a compact size for a little over $1,000. If you’re a travel photographer, I totally recommend this lens too.”

Buy now ($1,273): Adorama