9 Incredible Sony E Mount Primes Under $400

At under $500 each, these fast Sony E mount primes should not be ignored.

Something extraordinary is happening in the world of Sony E mount lenses. We went through a period of massive prime lenses that required a gym membership to use. Now, we’re being graced with super small, fast primes. Not only are these prime lenses outstanding when it comes to image and build qualities, but they’re also priced right too. After the break, we’re going to look at nine Sony E mount primes that cost less than $400 each. You simply can’t ignore lenses this good that are also wallet-friendly.

One of the biggest lies is that you have to spend large amounts of money to get great lenses. This simply isn’t true. You can get lenses that are more than good enough for the vast majority of photographers that cost under $400. These fast Sony E mount primes prove this. All of the Sony E mount primes we feature here scored well in our reviews, and we highly recommend them. If you have a budget of $400 or less, and want a new lens, take a look at these Sony E mount primes.

Sigma 16mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary

E Mount Lenses

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Fast aperture
  • Weather sealing to a point
  • Fast autofocus performance for the most part
  • Nice bokeh
  • Sharp, surprisingly sharp

Cons

  • To be honest, nothing

Buy now: $379

Rent Now: $35 for 7 days

Samyang 18mm f2.8

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Small
  • Lightweight
  • Nice contrast
  • Nice colors
  • Pretty sharp

Cons

  • A few initial issues with this lens and the Sony a7r III that were fixed by basically pulling the battery
  • We wish it were built just a little bit better
  • It’s got the Zeiss 18mm f2.8 Batis profile in Capture One

Buy now: $299

Tamron 20mm f2.8 Di III OSD

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Well built
  • Affordable
  • Nice colors
  • Tamron is embracing Mirrorless with a small and lightweight offering.
  • Weather sealed very well; it survived a few hours in the rain.
  • Autofocuses quickly

Cons

  • This is one of the most heavily distorted lenses we’ve tested in a while. You can use that to your advantage, or you can correct it in post

Buy now: $299

Rent now: $30 for 7 days

Tamron 24mm f2.8 Di III OSD M1:2

Sony E Mount Primes

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Small footprint
  • Lightweight (7.6 oz / 215g)
  • Very robust weather sealing
  • Excellent image quality overall
  • Close minimum focusing distance

Cons

  • Quite a bit of optical distortion (although correctable in Capture One)
  • Subpar autofocus performance under low light and low contrast conditions

Buy now: $229

Rent now: $30 for 7 days

Captured with the Sony 28mm f2

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Sony 28mm f2

Sony E Mount Primes

Here are the pros and cons rom our full review:

Pros

  • Very sharp at any aperture
  • Beautiful bokeh
  • Nice, small size
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • The metal feels almost hollow because it’s so lightweight.

Buy now: $395

Rokinon 35mm f2.8 FE

Sony E Mount Primes

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Sharp image quality
  • Good bokeh
  • Focuses pretty much as close as the Sony version
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Weather sealing would have been nice
  • Focus motors can be a bit loud at times with later cameras

Buy now: $249

Rent now: $35 for 7 days

Tamron 35mm f2.8 Di III OSD

Sony E Mount Primes

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Class-leading weather sealing
  • Excellent image quality overall

Cons

  • Plasticky build quality
  • Low light autofocus can be a tad slow

Buy now: $299

Rent now: $30 for 7 days

Captured with the Tamron 35mm f2.8 Di III OSD

Pro Tip: These Sony E mount primes are fantastic. All lenses, no matter how much they cost, will get dirty. These might not be the most expensive lenses on the planet. Still, if you take care of them, they will last for many years. Make cleaning your lenses a part of your routine. You don’t need an expensive cleaning kit either. This one is under $15 and has everything you need.

Samyang 45mm f1.8

Sony E Mount Primes

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Very sharp
  • Small size
  • Beautiful bokeh

Cons

  • It can freeze the camera and the autofocus up at times, but that’s a primary hiccup it eventually gets over
  • Incredibly plastic fantastic
  • Has a weird metering problem at times, but this hiccup goes away after a while
  • Can’t take full advantage of continuous tracking with lock-on AF

Buy now: $329

Sigma 56mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary

Sony E Mount Primes

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Excellent sharpness
  • Gorgeous bokeh
  • Lightweight & compact design
  • Fast and accurate autofocus
  • One of three widest maximum aperture (f1.4) lenses currently available for Crop Sensor Sony E Mount (besides Sigma’s own 16mm and 30mm offerings)
  • Dust and splash-proof design with a rubber gasket integrated found around the lens mount
  • 35mm equivalent focal length of 84mm very nearly matches the 85mm focal length preferred by many portrait photographers

Cons

  • Lacks optical stabilization
  • Pincushioning is especially noticeable in RAW files, although correctable during post-production
  • While mountable to Full Frame Sony Mirrorless cameras, the lens will only work in crop sensor mode and will otherwise vignette severely

Buy now: $389

Rent now: $36 for 7 days