Best Lenses for Sony a7R IV

Best Lenses for Sony a7R IV Mirrorless Cameras. Looking for recommended lenses for Sony a7R IV mirrorless cameras? Here are the top suggested Sony a7R IV lenses.

Featuring the world’s first 35mm full-frame 61 MP Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor and enhanced BIONZ X image processor, the Sony a7R IV offers impressively high-resolution stills and video while minimizing noise, improving speed, and achieving a wide 15-stop dynamic range. Up to 10 fps shooting is possible along with the ability to record UHD 4K30 video, both with support for Real-time Vision AF and Tracking AF technologies.

The revised sensor design uses a Fast Hybrid AF System, with 567 phase-detection autofocus points, for notably fast and accurate focusing efficiency. Additionally, benefitting both stills and video operation, the Sony a7R IV is equipped with an innovative 5-axis optical in-body image stabilization, which is effective to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to 5.5 stops. All these features will allow professional photographers, videographers and all other types of creators to capture content in ways that were simply not possible before.

So, if you are the lucky one who has already got the Sony a7R IV, the next thing is to find the best lenses for Sony a7R IV. In order to help you get a professional-like shot, here we list the top-recommended and most suitable native full-frame E-mount lenses for Sony a7R IV mirrorless camera including leading prime and zoom options from wide-angle to telephoto, which helps you choose the exact lens of your demanding situation. You can just choose the one you need!

Best All-in-One Lens for Sony a7R IV

1. Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS

Sony SEL24240 FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Zoom Lens for Mirrorless Cameras
  • A perfect match for α7 series, 35mm full-frame E-mount cameras, 10x magnification with a wide 24mm to super tele 240mm, Optical Steady Shot image stabilization for handheld shooting
  • Minimum Focus Distance : 1.64 ft-2.63 ft (0.5 m-0.8 m), Maximum Magnification ratio : 0.27x, Focal-Length : 24-240 mm. Filter Diameter - 72 mm.
  • Corner to corner sharpness from 5 Spherical elements, ED glass element reduces flare and ghosting, 7-blade circular aperture contributes to gorgeous bokeh

Best Portrait Lenses for Sony a7R IV

2. Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM Lens

Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM Lens
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Minimum Focus Distance : AF 2.79 ft, MF 2.62 ft, Maximum Magnification ratio (x) - 0.13 x, Focal-Length : 85 mm.Angle of view (APS-C) 19°
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16 , Filter Diameter (mm) - 67 mm

3. Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Lens

Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Lens for Sony E Mount
  • Zeiss 85mm f/1. 8 baits lens - Sony FE mount
  • High quality
  • E-mount

4. Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8

Zeiss 135mm F/2.8 Batis Series Lens for Sony Full Frame E-Mount Nex Cameras
  • Optical image stabilization creates clear images even in low-light conditions
  • Smooth autofocus performance provides amazing imaging performance
  • Designed to take advantage of Mirrorless full-frame camera systems

5. Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM

FE 135mm F1.8 G Master Telephoto Prime Lens for Sony E-Mount
  • 135mm W/ F1.8 Max aperture maintains exposure and depth of field
  • G master design for extraordinary sharpness and breathtaking bokeh
  • Xa, super ED and ED elements achieve edge-to-edge high resolution

6. Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS

Sony SEL100F28GM 100mm f2.8 Medium-telephoto Fixed Prime Camera Lens, Black
  • Unique G Master mid-telephoto Lens w/ lifelike background defocus
  • G Master design combines extraordinary sharpness and smooth bokeh
  • Apodization element eliminates distortion of defocused highlights

7. Sony FE 85mm f/1.8

Sony SEL85F18 85mm F/1.8-22 Medium-Telephoto Fixed Prime Camera Lens, Black
  • Wide F1.8 maximum aperture enables beautiful defocusing effects
  • 9-blade circular aperture creates beautiful round defocused bokeh
  • ED glass element for corner-to-corner sharpness,Minimum Focus Distance:2.63 feet (0.8 m)

8. Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art

85mm F1.4 Art DG HSM for Sony E
  • Stellar optical performance
  • DxOMark Highest Score (Sep. 2016)
  • Updated AF system with 1.3x the Torque

Best Street and Walk-Around Lenses for Sony a7R IV

9. Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art

Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art Lens for Sony E Mount with Advanced Photo and Travel Bundle 
  • INCLUDES: Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art Lens + AirBag Packable Bag and Camera Insert + SanDisk 64GB C10 Ultra UHS-I SDXC Memory Cards + Altura Photo Mini Tripod with Pistol Grip + Altura Photo Rapid Fire...
  • CREATED for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras, the Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art Lens features Sigma's first prime lens design with a f/1.2 maximum aperture. Delivering excellent image quality...
  • COMPATIBLE with all Sony Mirrorless Cameras (E mount), including a3000, a3500, a5000, a5100, a6000, a6100, a6300, a6400, a6500, a6600 APS-C Cameras, and a7, a7 II, a7 III, a7R, a7R II, a7R III, a7S,...

10. Sony FE 35mm f/1.8

FE 35mm F1.8 Large Aperture Prime Lens (SEL35F18F)
  • F1. 8 with 9-blade circular aperture contributes to gorgeous bokeh
  • Compact and lightweight sets a new standard for portability
  • Aspherical element suppresses aberration to deliver high resolution

11. Sony Zeiss FE 35mm f/1.4

Sony SEL35F14Z Distagon T FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Standard-Prime Lens for Mirrorless Cameras
  • A perfect match for α7 series, 35mm full-frame E-mount cameras, Outstanding optical performance in a versatile 35mm focal length, ZEISS quality delivers superior contrast and resolution throughout...
  • Filter diameter (mm): 72 mm.Minimum Focus Distance : 098 ft (03 m), Maximum Magnification ratio : 018x, Focal-Length : 138 in
  • Bright F14 maximum aperture, Aperture ring designed for still or movie shooting, Corner to corner sharpness w/Advanced Spherical elements;High reliability in harsh conditions

12. Rokinon AF 35mm f/1.4 FE

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Rokinon AF 35mm f/1.4 Auto Focus Wide Angle Full Frame Lens for Sony FE Mount, Black (IO3514-E)
  • Auto focus Lens compatible with Sony FE mount
  • Aperture range of F1. 4-F16 with a minimum focusing distance of 0. 98 feet
  • Constructed of 11 elements in 9 groups and uses filter size of 67mm

13. Sony Zeiss FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA

Sony 35mm F2.8 Sonnar T FE ZA Full Frame Prime Fixed Lens
  • Features a bright maximum aperture of F2.8, compact dimensions and outstanding optical performance in a versatile 35mm focal length; Minimum Aperture (F): 22
  • Minimum Focus Distance : 1.15 ft (0.35 m), Maximum Magnification ratio : 0.12x
  • Carl Zeiss E-mount full-frame lens for Alpha a7 Series full frame camera bodies.Lens groups / elements-5/7

Best Macro Lenses for Sony a7R IV

14. Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS

Sony SEL90M28G FE 90mm f/2.8-22 Macro G OSS Standard-Prime Lens for Mirrorless Cameras,Black
  • A perfect match for α7 series, 35mm full-frame E-mount cameras, 90mm Macro with a bright F2.8 maximum aperture, Nano AR coating effectively suppress reflections, Dust and moisture resistant design
  • Minimum Focus Distance : 0.92 ft (0.28 m), Maximum Magnification ratio : 1.0x, Focal Length : 90 mm. The angle of view is 27 degree (35 mm) and 17 degree (APS-C)
  • Optical Steady Shot image stabilization for handheld shooting, Instant manual/auto focus selection via a sliding focus ring, Instant manual/auto focus selection via a sliding focus ring

15. Rokinon 100mm f/2.8 Macro

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Rokinon 100mm F2.8 ED UMC Full Frame Telephoto Macro Lens for Sony E-Mount Interchangeable Lens Cameras
  • Full frame compatible with a 24.8 degree angle of view on full frame cameras and a 16.4 degree angle of view on APS-C cameras
  • Constructed of 15 Glass Elements in 12 Groups and boasts a minimum focusing distance of only 1.0 ft.
  • Aperture range of f/2.8 - f/32 with 9 diaphragm blades;Maximum Diameter: 2.85 inches

16. Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro

Best Wide-Angle Prime Lenses for Sony a7R IV

17. Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM

Sony E-mount FE 24mm F1.4 GM Full Frame Wide-angle Prime Lens (SEL24F14GM), Black
  • Compact Master wide prime Lens w/stunning wide-open resolution
  • F1.4 max aperture provides extraordinary exposure and Depth of field
  • G Master design combines extraordinary sharpness and smooth bokeh

18. Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2

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Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Lens for Sony E Mount
  • Smooth and reliable autofocus
  • Versatile full-frame lens
  • Excellent resolution and high contrast

19. Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 Manual Focus

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Rokinon 24mm F1.4 ED AS IF UMC Wide Angle Lens for Sony E-Mount (NEX) Cameras (RK24M-E)
  • Fast f/1.4 Wide-Angle 24mm Lens , Length: 4.86” (123.5mm).
  • For APS-C & Full-Frame Image Formats
  • Hybrid Aspherical Lenses Sharp Images

Best Ultra-Wide Angle Prime Lenses for Sony a7R IV

20. Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art

Sigma 14mm F/1.8 Art DG HSM Lens (for Sony E Cameras)
  • Large diameter delivering f/1.8 brightness
  • Beautiful bokeh effect, and outstanding control of light streaking
  • Ultra-wide Angle of view

21. Rokinon AF 14mm f/2.8 FE

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Rokinon 14mm F2.8 Full Frame Auto Focus Lens for Sony E-Mount, Black (IO14AF-E)
  • UMC anti-reactive coatings, three Aspherical lens elements and two ED lens elements
  • Constructed of high strength aluminum alloy housing; 14 elements in 10 groups
  • Aperture range of F2.8-22 with 7 aperture blades , The integrated autofocus motor works in conjunction with Sony cameras' focusing systems for quick, accurate, and precise AF control. Manual focus...

22. Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8

Zeiss Batis 2.8/18 Wide-Angle Lens for E-Mount
  • E-mount Lens/full-frame Format
  • Aperture range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Distagon optical design

23. Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8

Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 Lens for Sony E Mount
  • E Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format/Manual Focus Design
  • 4 Anomalous Partial Dispersion Elements
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22

24. Tokina FiRIN 20mm f/2 FE MF

Tokina FRN-MF20FXSE 20mm f/2 FE MF Lens for Sony E
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format. Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
  • Three Super-Low Dispersion Elements. Two Aspherical Elements
  • Multi-Layered Coating. Manual Focus and Aperture Control

25. Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 Fisheye MF E Mount

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Rokinon 12mm F2.8 Ultra Wide Fisheye Lens for Sony E Mount Interchangeable Lens Cameras (NEX) - Full Frame Compatible
  • Full frame sensor coverage with extreme ultra-wide 180 degrees angle of view on full frame cameras
  • Nano Crystal Coating System (NCS) + Ultra Multi Coating  (UMC) Maximizes Transmission and Reduces Internal Reflections
  • Constructed of 12 glass elements in 8 groups with aperture range of f2.8 - f22

26. Rokinon 20mm f/1.8 MF E Mount

Rokinon 20mm f/1.8 AS ED UMC Wide Angle Lens for Sony E-Mount
  • Compatible with both full frame and APS-C DSLR cameras
  • Constructed of 13 elements in 12 groups with an aperture range of F1.8 to F23
  • Minimum focusing distance of 0.66 ft.

Best Wide-angle Zoom Lenses for Sony a7R IV

27. Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM

Sony - FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Wide-angle Zoom Lens (SEL1635GM), Black
  • Designed to achieve 50 Line pairs/mm resolving power
  • Two XA (extreme aspherical) elements w/ high surface precision. Minimum focus distance - 0.28 m (0.92 ft). Maximum Magnification ratio (x)- 0.19
  • Constant F2.8 max aperture maintains exposure and Depth of field. Hood Type : Petal shape, bayonet type; APERTURE BLADES: 11

28. Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G

Sony - FE 12-24mm F4 G Wide-angle Zoom Lens (SEL1224G),Black
  • G Lens design for corner-to-corner high resolution
  • Maximum magnification ratio (x) :0.14.Premium Optics; 4 aspherical, 1 Super ED, 3 ED glass elements
  • Constant F4 max aperture maintains exposure and Depth of field

29. Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art

Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art Lens for Sony E Mount with Advanced Photo and Travel Bundle
  • INCLUDES: Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art Lens + AirBag Packable Bag and Camera Insert + SanDisk 64GB C10 Ultra UHS-I SDXC Memory Cards + Altura Photo Mini Tripod with Pistol Grip + Altura Photo Rapid...
  • CREATED for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras, the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art Lens provides a versatile range of wide-angle focal lengths with excellent image quality while optimizing size...
  • COMPATIBLE with all Sony Mirrorless Cameras E mount, including a3000, a3500, a5000, a5100, a6000, a6300, A6400, a6500 APS-C Cameras, and a7, a7 II, a7 III, a7R, a7R II, a7R III, a7R IV, a7S, a7S II...

30. Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD

Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD for Sony Mirrorless Full Frame E Mount (Tamron 6 Year Limited USA Warranty)
  • World's most lightweight large aperture wide-angle zoom in its class (smaller than original F4 lens)
  • Superb image quality high mtf performance (utilizing the camera body compensation)
  • The RXD stepping motor unit is exceptionally quiet

31. Sony Zeiss FE 16-35mm f/4

Sony 16-35mm Vario-Tessar T FE F4 ZA OSS E-Mount Lens
  • Ideal for landscapes and the a7 series of full frame cameras, ZEISS T (T star) coating to reduce flare and ghosting
  • Minimum Focus Distance : 0.92 ft (0.28 m), Maximum Magnification ratio : 0.19x, Focal-Length : 5/8 - 1-3/8 Inches
  • Three ED glass elements to suppress chromatic distortion, constant F4 maximum aperture throughout the zoom range

Best Standard Prime Lenses for Sony a7R IV

32. Sony Zeiss FE 50mm f/1.4

Sony SEL50F14Z Planar T FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Lens
  • 50mm wide aperture Prime lens with ZEISS Planar design, Center to corner sharpness with outstanding resolution, Bright F14 maximum aperture with excellent low light performance,Lens Groups /...
  • Sony E-mount.Filter Diameter (mm): 72 mm.ZEISS T coating delivers superior contrast and resolution, 11-blade aperture and aspheric elements for gorgeous bokeh, 11-blade circular aperture for gorgeous...
  • 11-blade aperture and aspheric elements for smoothly defocused backgrounds, 12 Elements in 9 Groups with Advanced Aspheric and ED glass, Ring Drive SSM for fast, quiet and precise focusing

33. Sony Zeiss FE 55mm f/1.8

Sony 55mm F1.8 Sonnar T FE ZA Full Frame Prime Lens - Fixed
  • Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
  • Focal Length: 55mm, Filter Diameter: 49mm
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 19-11/16 inches (.50m)

34. Rokinon AF 50mm f/1.4 FE

Rokinon IO50AF-E AF 50mm F1.4 Full Frame Auto Focus Lens for Sony E-Mount
  • Features Rokinon UMC anti-reflective coatings and three aspherical lens elements
  • Constructed of 9 lens elements in 8 groups
  • Minimum focusing distance of 1.47 ft; Filter size of 67mm

35. Sony FE 50mm f/1.8

Sony - FE 50mm F1.8 Standard Lens (SEL50F18F), Black
  • Large F1.8 maximum aperture enables beautiful defocusing effects, 7-blade circular aperture creates beautiful defocused bokeh
  • Compact, lightweight design ideal for full-frame E-mount cameras, Aspherical element controls spherical aberration and coma
  • Double-gauss configuration suppresses field curvature & distortion, Metal mount adds solid durability as well as a sophisticated feel, Fast DC motor focus actuator system drives all lens groups

Best Standard Zoom Lenses for Sony a7R IV

36. Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM

Sony SEL2470GM E-Mount Camera Lens: FE 24-70 mm F2.8 G Master Full Frame Standard Zoom Lens
  • SONY EMOUNT LENS: 35mm full frame format, instant auto / manual focus selection, focus hold button. The minimum focus distance is 0.38 meter
  • NATURAL, LIFELIKE IMAGERY: ED and Super ED glass elements deliver breathtaking texture and detail
  • REDUCED ABERRATION: Two aspherical elements and an extremely precise XA element maximize resolution

37. Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD

Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 for Sony Mirrorless Full Frame E Mount (Tamron 6 Year Limited USA Warranty)
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • One XLD Element, One LD Element

38. Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS

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Sony 24-70mm f/4 Vario-Tessar T FE OSS Interchangeable Full Frame Zoom Lens
  • Angle of view (35mm): 84°-34° ; E-mount Lenses
  • Minimum aperture (F): F22
  • Minimum Focus Distance : 1.32 ft (0.4 m), Maximum Magnification ratio : 0.20x, 7 aperture blades

39. Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS

Sony 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 FE OSS Interchangeable Standard Zoom Lens
  • Outstanding performance in an affordable full-frame zoom that is lightweight and compact
  • Maximum magnification ratio (x): 0.19x.Three a spherical elements and one ED glass element contribute to beautiful rendering with minimum aberration
  • Built-in Optical Steady Shot image stabilization ensures clearer, sharper handheld shots;Aperture Blades : 7

Best Telephoto Prime Lenses for Sony a7R IV

40. Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS

41. Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS

Best Telephoto Zoom Lenses for Sony a7R IV

42. Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS

Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens
  • G Master design combines extraordinary sharpness and smooth bokeh, Constant F2.8 max aperture maintains exposure and depth of field.Weight 1480 g (without tripod mount)
  • Class-leading min. focus distance of 37.8” / 0.25x max. mag, Dual floating focus system for high AF speed and precision, XA, ED/Super ED elements and Nano AR Coating for superb resolution
  • Aspherical elements & 11-blade circular aperture for gorgeous bokeh, Min. focus breathing and par focal design ideal for video, Direct coupled mechanical focus system for precise manual focus

43. Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS

Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS Interchangeable Lens for Sony Alpha Cameras
  • Brand is Sony
  • Minimum focus distance:1–1.5 m (AF)/1–1.35 m (MF) (3.28–4.93 ft [AF]/3.28–4.43 ft [MF]), Maximum Magnification ratio : 0.13x, Focal-Length : 70–200 mm
  • Interchangeable Lens

44. Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS

Sony FE 70-300mm SEL70300G F4.5-5.6 G OSS Lens
  • Full-frame 70-300mm G Series F45-56 G Telephoto zoom, Nano AR Coating with Nano-precision structure, Optical SteadyShot for clear images even at full telephoto
  • 35 mm full-frame.9-blade circular aperture for smooth defocus background bokeh, 2x Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements reduces aberration, 4x Aspherical elements control spherical aberration and...
  • Linear actuator achieves fast, smooth, quiet autofocus, Enhanced operability w/ direct control switches and buttons on lens, 105-450mm (35mm equivalent) w/ APS-C format cameras

Best Super Telephoto Zoom Lens for Sony a7R IV

45. Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS

Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS
  • G Master design combines extraordinary sharpness and smooth bokeh
  • 35 mm full-frame.Double-linear and Direct Drive SSM for fast, quiet, precise focus
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization significantly reduces blur

46. Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS

Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS Super Telephoto Zoom Lens (SEL200600G)
  • Outstanding g lens resolution throughout the Zoom range
  • 5x ED (extra-low dispersion) glass elements Reduces flare & ghosting
  • Direct drive Supersonic Wave Motor for fast, quiet, precise focus

47. Sony FE 1.4x Teleconverter

Sony FE 1.4x Teleconverter
  • 1.4x tele converter that maintains full G Master performance. Compatible lens- SEL70200GM, SEL100400GM. Mount: Sony E-mount
  • Impressive optical performance with aspherical lens element, Precision engineered for versatility and reliability
  • Dust and moisture resistant design for maximum reliability

48. Sony FE 2.0x Teleconverter

Sony FE 2.0x Teleconverter
  • 2.0x tele converter that maintains full G Master performance, Currently compatible with SEL70200GM, SEL100400GM, SEL400F28GM
  • Impressive optical performance with aspherical lens element, Precision engineered for versatility and reliability
  • Dust and moisture resistant design for maximum reliability

The Sony a7r IV will probably be one powerful camera, and we’re sure many photographers will decide to splash the cash on the Full Frame Mirrorless beast once it hits stores later this year. If you’re a photographer who does a lot of studio shoots, and want to be able to get the best out of the 61 Megapixel sensor, you’re going to need lenses that can resolve a ton of detail. In this roundup, we take a look at 10 lenses perfect for studio shoots.

All of the lenses we selected offer incredibly sharp optics, fast apertures, blazing fast autofocus performance, and they are all built solidly. The lenses will be well suited to studio shoots and will work on any Sony E Mount camera (not just the Sony a7r IV).

A Single Mirrorless Mount

Sony released its mirrorless Electronic mount nearly a decade ago, along with its first NEX series cameras. It’s gained a whole lot of traction in the market, with more recent full-frame entries outpacing similar digital cameras from industry stalwarts Canon and Nikon in sales.

Sony’s earned its perch. The a7 III is our top-rated full-body model for most users, and it also has the high-quality a7R IV and the sports-oriented a9.

The system has broad appeal, with entry-level camera models available to get you started down your journey as a visual artist, and more advanced options to meet the needs of demanding professionals.

Why Get a New Lens?

Assuming you have at least one zoom lens for it already, your camera can take photos. But there are reasons to buy a new one. The most basic is to change your perspective. Ultra-wide lenses capture huge swaths of the world, and macro optics can hone in on the tiniest details.

Picking the type of lens you need to buy should be your first step-we’ll break down the differences between macro, telephoto, wide-angle, and other lenses in a bit. But there are some things to ask about with any lens you buy. (Feel free to skip ahead to the next section if you know your way around lenses.)

There are basics, like buying a lens that works with your camera because systems are not generally cross-compatible. But also things like making sure you get one that provides proper insurance coverage for your camera. You can always use a full-frame lens on an APS-C sensor model, but you’ll have a lot of limitations in the event that you go the other way.

Autofocus is usually another. Sony doesn’t sell any manual focus lenses, but others do. Third parties like Venus and Voigtlander only sell manual focus glass, but others like Samyang, Rokinon, and Zeiss have both autofocus and manual concentrate lines.

Optical stabilization may be important, depending on your camera. Sony designates stabilized lenses by including OSS in the name. But most full-frame camera models offer in-body stabilization (IBIS), and some APS-C cameras do as well. If your camera has IBIS, looking for a stabilized zoom lens isn’t quite as important, but you should still search out the feature when investing in a telephoto lens.

The focal length and aperture are important numbers to look at too. Lower “mm” amounts mean a lens captures a wider position of view, and the smaller the f-stop number is, the more light a zoom lens can capture. Prime lenses often open to f/1.4 or f/2, and if you use them at those settings you’ll be able to capture images with blurred backgrounds.

Identifying Lenses

If you’re a newbie, you will have to take a little care in choosing lenses. Sony still sells some for its all-but-discontinued A-mount SLR system. It’s been years since a new camera or A-mount zoom lens was released, and we don’t recommend it to photographers starting fresh.

It’s the mirrorless program, which uses the E mount, that you’ll want to check out, and you want to make sure you get lenses that work with your camera. It is possible to adapt A-mount lenses if you already own some, but we don’t recommend investing in them today-E-mount choices perform better, generally speaking.

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