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 develop lenses for the system. Sony, together with third parties, have managed to crank out a large number of lenses, and users of the Sony E mount platform now have a massive library of glass to choose from. We have rounded up all of the real-world reviews we have completed on Full-Frame E Mount glass.

We’ve spent many hours and days testing these lenses. Today, we’re presenting our findings for every single lens in an extensive guide that isn’t sponsored by Sony or any other brand. 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, here’s our guide to help you out.

Samyang 18mm F2.8

In our review, we said:

“The Samyang 18mm f2.8 is a pretty small lens. It’s smaller than your standard Chapstick. And you’ll be happy to know that it’s got only a 58mm filter thread on the front. That, of course, hearkens back to the fact that it’s part of what Samyang calls the Tiny series.”

Buy now: $299

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: $1,449

Tamron 20mm F2.8 Di III OSD

In our review, we said:

“The Tamron 20mm f2.8 Di III OSD is a great lens for what it is. Our only major problem is the distortion, but that’s easily fixed in post-production. This lens has great image quality with nice bokeh (when possible), very good sharpness, and beautiful colors. On top of all that, it’s lightweight and built like a tank.”

Buy now: $299

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

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: $632.34

Sony 20mm f1.8 G

In our review, we said:

“The Sony 20mm f1.8 G is a small lens that packs a punch. The images the glass will help you capture will be tack sharp from f1.8 and on. The colors that it renders are pleasant and neutral and will no doubt please many. The bokeh is very good for a wide-angle lens, and the way the lens coatings help control flares and ghosting is excellent.”

Buy now: $898

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: $984.95

Tamron 24mm F2.8 Di III OSD M1:2

In our review, we said:

The Tamron 24mm f2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F051) is an affordably priced lens for Sony Full Frame Mirrorless cameras that combines outstanding image quality and robust weather sealing with a compact and lightweight form factor.

Buy now: $229

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.”

Buy now: $1,398

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.”

Buy now: $1,099

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. 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: $990

Sony 28mm f2

In our review, we said:

“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

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: $229

Tamron 35mm F2.8 Di III OSD

In our review, we said:

“The Tamron 35mm f2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F053) renders colors accurately with buttery smooth bokeh and negligible chromatic aberrations. When it comes to sharpness, the Tamron 35mm f2.8 wins against the pricier Sony 35mm f2.8 Zeiss hands down. If the Tamron was any sharper, you’d have to handle it with gloves on.”

Buy now: $299

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

Sony 35mm F1.8 FE

In our review, we said:

“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.”

Buy now: $748

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.”

Buy now: $794.95

Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4 ZA

In our review, we said:

“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

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: $1,199

Sigma 45mm f2.8 DG DN Contemporary

In our review, we said:

“Overall, the Sigma 45mm f2.8 DG DN Contemporary exhibits very good image quality. If you didn’t know any better, you’d say that this is easily the image quality that an Art or Sports lens in Sigma’s lineup would have.”

Buy now: $454.18

Samyang 45mm F1.8

In our review, we said:

“The Samyang 45mm f1.8 is a great lens that gives you quite a bit for a small price point. For $329 you’re getting a lens that delivers on image quality and delivers well enough on autofocus performance. What you’re mostly paying for here is the lens character. It’s very stark and very signature to Samyang in the same way that Zeiss and Leica lenses have a particular look to them.”

Buy now: $329

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

Rokinon 50mm f1.4 AF FE

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In our review, we said:

“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

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

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.”

Buy now: $837.44

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

Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8 ZA

In our review, we said:

“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.”

Buy now: $998

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: $599

Sony 85mm f1.8 FE

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In our review, we said:

“It’s sharp, has less saturated colors (only the Loxia is less saturated than 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

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

Zeiss 85mm f2.4 Loxia

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In our review, we said:

“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: $874.95

Sony 85mm f1.4 G Master

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In our review, we said:

“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

Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG DN Art

In our review, we said:

“The Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG DN Art offers tremendous value for just $1,199. It retains the excellent image quality of its predecessor while addressing many of its shortcomings: It’s smaller, lighter, and features markedly improved autofocus performance. In fact, this lens performs on par with the highly-rated Sony 85mm G Master.”

Buy now: $1,149

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

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

Zeiss 135mm f2.8 Batis

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In our review, we said:

“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: $1,698

Sony 135mm F1.8 G Master

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In our review, we said:

“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

Sony 600mm F4 G Master OSS

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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 complimented 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

Sony 12-24mm F2.8 GM

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In our review. we said:

“Distortions are well controlled, chromatic aberrations are almost non-existent, images are sharp and have natural colors, and the lens is built like a tank. At $3,000, it’s not cheap, but that’s the price you pay for innovation when coupled to a G Master designated lens.”

Buy now: $2,998

Sony 12-24mm f4 G FE

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In our review, we said:

“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

Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN Art

In our review, we said:

“The Sigma 14-24mm f2.8 DG DN Art is a good lens in many ways. Not only does it have solid image quality, but you’ll be hard-pressed to best its build quality.”

Buy now: $1,316.11

Sony Zeiss 16-35mm f4 ZA OSS

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In our review, we said:

“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.”

Buy now: $1,348

Sony 16-35mm f2.8 G Master

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In our review, we said:

The Sony 16-35mm f2.8 G Master FE has pretty alright color right out of the camera. It’s neutral as opposed to very saturated like many of the company’s primes. For that reason, I feel like most of what this lens can do will shine with post-production. If you’re a landscape photographer, then you know exactly what I’m talking about here.

Buy now: $2,198

Tamron 17-28mm F2.8 Di III RXD

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In our review, we said:

“The Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD is a lens both professionals and enthusiasts will enjoy. If you’re not in love with the size, you’ll be seduced by the image quality. You’ll then stay for the autofocus performance.”

Buy now: $899

Sony 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 OSS

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In our review, we said:

” 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 thing”

Buy now: $1,048

Sony Zeiss 24-70mm f4 OSS

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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

Sony 24-70mm f2.8 G Master

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In our review, we said:

“It delivers wonderful image quality, performs well, has fast autofocus, and will make lots of professional photographers very happy.”

Buy now: $2,198

Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN Art

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In our review, we said:

“You’re getting a whole lot with the Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG DN Art in terms of build quality, image quality, and overall performance.”

Buy now: $1,099

Sony 28-60mm F4-5.6

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In our review, we said:

“If you’re shooting street photography, you’ll like the Sony 28-60mm f4-5.6. But if you’re also just photo walking around town, it’s an excellent lens to use.”

Buy now: $498

Sony 28-70mm f3.5-5.6 OSS

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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 the middle of the road user. Indeed, there is very little to complain about with this lens if you’re using it for general shooting purposes.”

Buy Now: $398

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.”

Buy now: $879

Sony 24-105mm f4 G OSS

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In our review, we said:

“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.”

Buy Now: $1,398

Tamron 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 Di III RXD

In our review, we said:

“There’s a lot that’s wonderful about the Tamron 28-200mm f2.8-5.6 Di III RXD. From the time you pick it up, you’ll feel like this lens is one that you can permanently attach to your camera and enjoy.”

Buy now: $729.95

Tamron 70-180mm F2.8

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In our review, we said:

“Overall, the image quality produced by the Tamron 70-180mm f2.8 is good. Despite being lighter weight thanks to its plastic exterior, the Tamron features excellent weather sealing.”

Buy now: $1,199

Sony 70-200mm f4 ISS

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In our review, we said:

“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

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

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

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In our review, we said:

“You get weather resistance, great image quality, decent autofocus, and a compact size for a little over $1,000”

Buy now: $1,273

Sony 200-600mm f5.6-6.3 G OSS

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In our review, we said:

“The Sony 200-600mm f5.6-6.3 G OSS Super Telephoto combines snappy and precise autofocusing performance, robust build quality, and stellar image quality into a superb lens that is worthy of being added to any sports and wildlife photographer’s arsenal.”

Buy now: $1,998