3 Sony Lenses That Excel at Landscape and Cityscape Photography

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These Sony lenses produce gorgeous colors and capture tons of detail, which makes them perfect for landscape and cityscapes.

We recently compiled a list of Sony cameras ideal for landscape and cityscape photographers. Sony makes some of the best cameras and lenses on the market. The three Sony lenses we list after the break are the ones we would leave home with if we were going out to capture the magnificence of the countryside or the awe-inspiring cities we live in. There are cheap, expensive, big, small, and a variety of other lenses in between, but here are the three we think are the best.

These Sony lenses will help make your life so much easier when it comes to capturing landscape and cityscape images. The two wide to standard angle options allow you to capture sweeping vistas and towering skyscrapers with ease, and the telephoto lens we have chosen will enable you to really focus on one key element in a scene. These lenses are great options thanks to their superb optics, the gorgeous colors they reproduce, and their build qualities. We recommend you try them all. If you have never used a telephoto lens for landscape or cityscape work before, you owe it to yourself to give it a go. Check out the three Sony lenses we wouldn’t hesitate to take out and about with us.


Sony 12-24mm F4 G FE


Here are the pros and cons from our full review:


  • Lightweight and compact
  • Fun to use
  • Good image quality
  • Close focusing
  • Fast-focusing
  • Slight weather sealing


  • Difficult to use with lens filters

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Pro Tip: These Sony lenses are perfect for landscapes and cityscapes, but being out in nature, or roaming around city streets, will make them dirty quickly. Nothing will ruin a shot quicker than dirt, dust, fingerprints, or water spots on your front element. Sure, you can remove the imperfections from your image during post, but we recommend cleaning your lens while on the go. The quicker you can take care of the mess, the better. You’ll get better images, and your gear will last longer. You don’t need to spend a fortune to get a good cleaning kit either.


Sony 16-35mm F2.8 G Master FE


Sony lenses, 16-35mm f2.8

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:


  • Sharp image quality
  • F2.8 is nice for low light situations
  • Good autofocus, as expected from a wide-angle lens
  • Weather resistance
  • Feels good in the hand


  • Pretty darned expensive

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Pro Tip: You can have the best gear in the world, but if you don’t know how to make captivating images or then sell your work, all the money you have spent on lenses and cameras will have been wasted. If you want to be able to make the best landscape, cityscape, and skyline images possible, and make money from your work, you should check out this guide by Ian Shive. This tutorial will teach you all you need to know in regard to making excellent images that will sell, and how to capture images other photographers haven’t thought of.


Sony 70-200mm F4 OSS


Sony lenses, 70-200mm f4

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:


  • Superbly sharp wide open
  • Optical stabilization works like a charm even with an older camera body
  • Fast-focusing abilities, again even with an older camera
  • Creamy bokeh, but I prefer what a prime lens can do
  • Internal zooming
  • Fairly compact size


  • Only f4

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Brett Day

Brett Day is the Gear Editor at The Phoblographer and has been a photographer for as long as he can remember. Brett has his own photography business that focuses on corporate events and portraiture. In his spare time, Brett loves to practice landscape and wildlife photography. When he's not behind a camera, he's enjoying life with his wife and two kids, or he's playing video games, drinking coffee, and eating Cheetos.