Three Sony FE Mount Lenses Under $1,000 (With Autofocus!)

The Sony FE lens selection is continuing to grow, and now, they’ve got a number of good lenses with full autofocus at a pretty affordable price point. A couple of years ago, the company launched their a7 and a7r cameras with two main lenses (not counting the kit). And today, they’ve expanded quite a bit with the help of Zeiss and a couple of other third party offerings. Sony alone now has 20 lenses!

But if you’re looking for a solid prime lens, then there are three solid choices available.

For more, we encourage you to check out the Phoblographer’s guide to Sony FE Mount lenses.

Sony 28mm f2

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 28mm f2 lens review product photos (2 of 7)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.8

In our review, we state:

“Sony’s 28mm f2 is a fantastic lens. It offers great image quality in a small package, but we can’t get over the focusing performance. It isn’t terrible, but it could be better. We expected this lens to be the fastest focusing full frame E mount lens out there due to the wider focal length and light weight. However, it is a bit behind the rest–even the 35mm f1.4 Zeiss. Still though, you’re bound to be able to create incredible images with it no matter what Sony camera you mount it to. With beautiful bokeh, incredible sharpness, and great colors it’s very tough to beat.”

Read the review.

Buy Now ($448): Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama

Sony 35mm f2.8

In our review, we state:

“The Sony 35mm f2.8 has some surprisingly great build quality to it. The manual focusing ring feels great and the overall size will be very comfortable in the hands of many. But where we were really surprised was where Sony said to us in our original press meeting that the lens and body seal is so tight that the contact doesn’t need rubber gaskets to complete the weather sealing.

Indeed, we decided to test this being the completely reckless journalists that we are ;).

One extremely stormy (rain and sleet) in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Executive Editor Julius Motal and I went out onto a pier to shoot a model for the review. In the half hour that we spent shooting (we tend to be very quick and know how to get what we want in the camera with little fuss) the camera and lens never ceased to function or even showed any signs of slowing down.”

Read the review.

Buy Now (Usually $799.99): Amazon | B&H Photo

Sony 50mm f1.8

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 50mm f1.8 first impressions product images (1 of 8)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.8

This post will be updated when the lens gets into our hands, but it was quite literally just announced as this is published. FULL DISCLOSURE: I haven’t tested this lens yet but I’m very positive that it’s going to be great considering Sony’s history, and for the price point!

Update: check out the first impressions post

Here’s some info taken from the spec page:

Focal Length 50mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Sony E (Full-Frame)
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View 47°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.48′ (45 cm)
Magnification 0.15x
Elements/Groups 6/5
Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
Autofocus Yes
Filter Thread Front: 49 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.70 x 2.34″ (68.6 x 59.5 mm)
Weight 6.56 oz (186 g)

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.