After The Kit: 5 Killer Lens Upgrades For Your Sony E Mount Camera

Chances are that a lot of you may have picked up a sweet deal on a Sony A7 series camera or kit while those holiday deals were hot, so now you may find yourself wondering about where to go next after your kit lens. Well, just as we did with Fujifilm and Canon, today we are taking a look at just that for the Sony mirrorless system.

Let’s jump into it.

Please note, these are great kit upgrades, not necessarily the best lenses available. 

Two Primes

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.

Read our review, or Buy one.

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.

Read our review, or Buy one.

Two Zooms

Sony FE 16-35mm F/4

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 16-35mm f4 product photos (1 of 7)ISO 4001-200 sec at f - 4.0

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.

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Sont FE 70-200m F/4 G OSS

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 70-200mm f4 OSS review product images (1 of 10)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.8

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.

Read our review, or Buy one.

Third Party

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.

Read our review, or Buy one.

Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.