The Best Bang For Your Buck Wide Angle Lenses For Sony’s E-Mount

Unlike their DSLR counterparts, mirrorless systems are all relatively new systems without decades of lens design and development under their belts. As such, options are more limited and this is especially true on the wide end of the lens spectrum, where lots of lens development trickery is required. So what are the best wide angle lenses available for the Sony E-Mount system?

You’re in luck because today we intend sharing our favorite wide angle options, both Sony and Third Party. So when you’re ready, lets get started…*As always, this roundup list is in no particular order*

Sony E 10-18mm F4 OSS

If you are shooting on one of Sony’s APS-C mirrorless bodies, and you don’t need a super fast aperture, than a great option for you could be Sony’s 10-18mm F4 OSS. It’s wide enough for landscapes and architecture, as well as being image stabilized so you can use it with your mind at ease.

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Sony Zeiss E 24mm F1.8

If a full frame equivalent 35mm is wide enough for your needs, than the Sony-Zeiss 24mm F1.8 could be just the lens you are looking for. Its fast, sharp, low-distortion. There really isn’t much negative to say about this lens other than the price, which you will note below is quite spendy.

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Sony FE 16-35mm F4

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 16-35mm f4 product photos (5 of 7)ISO 1601-50 sec at f - 4.0

Jumping into the full frame FE mount lenses now, we come to the 16-35mm F4, a lens that is versatile in a variety off situations. If you are shooting mostly in daylight, at lower apertures or longer exposures than this will be a great lens for you. That said, much like the 24mm noted above, you may have a bit of sticker shock on this lens.

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Sony FE 12-14mm F4 G

A new lens on the block, the 12-24mm F4 G is one of the first Sony FE zoom lenses that doesn’t make us cringe at the lens to camera size ratio. Simply put, this lens fits great with the Sony A7 bodies and is a joy to handle. Again though, be ready for some serious sticker shock.

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Sony 28mm F2

Another great Sony option that won’t break the bank is the 28mm F2. This lens features good image quality and a fairly wide field of view that makes for a good ‘walk around lens.’

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Rokinon Offerings

We aren’t going to go into each Rokinon lens individually, because there are many. But if the high price tags of the Sony lenses is turning you off, than maybe the relatively low prices of these manual focus Rokinon lenses will be more in line with your budget. After all if you are shooting landscapes or architecture, who needs AF?

  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B00HAF167Y’ text=’Rokinon 14mm F2.8 ‘ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’93768758-4578-11e7-82b6-373c8ae3f77e’]
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B00JD4T86Q’ text=’Rokinon 24mm F1.4 ‘ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’a5a31591-4578-11e7-8a90-ef7eb9971907′]
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B01L1FZN8G’ text=’Rokinon 14mm F2.8 FE’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’bbb4a711-4578-11e7-ad49-cdc00728884f’] (native FE lens with AF)
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B01LWRXIIS’ text=’Rokinon 20mm F1.8′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’80583309-457a-11e7-a3d4-a9ad78ea97fc’]
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B00DOVD9Z0′ text=’Rokinon 16mm F2′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’1dc4f698-46e2-11e7-9774-c95ad711095d’]

Zeiss 25mm F2 Batis

Another native option on the wide angle side comes from Sony’s friends over at Zeiss, with their 25mm Batis lens. The 85mm Batis definitely gets more attention, but for wide angle shooters who are set on a native lens with AF, this is one of the few non-sony options out there that fits the bill.

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This listing also doesn’t take into account the virtual plethora of other brand lenses that you can easily adapt to the Sony system if you are comfortable with the manual focus lifestyle. So don’t get turned off by those Sony lens prices, if you have the budget then great, go that route, but there are plenty of other, lower cost routes available to you as well.

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.