Let’s jump into it.
Please note, these are great kit upgrades, not necessarily the best lenses available.
Sony FE 50mm F/1.8
Sony finally has an affordable full frame 50mm lens and it’s the FE 50mm F/1.8. Their 55mm F/1.8 Zeiss co-branded lens was a brilliantly sharp lens but at $1,000 it is/was a hard sell as a kit lens upgrade. This new FE 50mm F/1.8 is the perfect companion for any A7 series full frame Sony kit.
Sony 35mm F/2.8
It may not be as affordable as the 50mm F/1.8, but Sony’s 35mm F/2.8 is a great option to upgrade to after your kit lens. This lens is sharp, fairly fast, and very compact, helping you to keep that small form factor that likely attracted you to the Sony system in the first place.
Sony FE 16-35mm F/4
It is a constant aperture F/4, which honestly, with the dynamic range and high ISO performance of these Sony cameras, is plenty good in low light for many situations. The lens is sharp, focuses great with the A7 series cameras, and makes a lot of sense for landscape and architecture photographers.
Sont FE 70-200m F/4 G OSS
Sony’s 70-200mm F/4 is honestly pretty expensive for an F/4 lens, but their F/2.8 version is not any cheaper, so if you want a 70-200mm lens this is your best option if you can live without F/2.8. Its a great lens, you just need to get over the sticker shock a little before you can really enjoy it.
Zeiss Batis 85mm F/1.8
If you are looking for third-party lenses for Sony’s FE system, Zeiss is where it’s at right now as far as prime lenses go. Their Batis lineup, highlighted by this 85mm F/1.8, are stellar optical performers, and have been very popular among current Sony A7 series shooters.