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Sony E-mount Lenses - The First One You Should Buy

Are you curious about what Sony e-mount lenses to buy? NEX ("New E-mount eXperience") and ILCE series of mirrorless cameras and camcorders are equipped with a lens mount called the E-mount, which was designed by Sony. The E-mount is a complementary accessory to Sony's mount. It enables the business to create imaging products that are more compact while preserving compatibility with 35mm sensors.

Author:Frazer Pugh
Reviewer:Elisa Mueller
Jul 30, 2022
Are you curious about what Sony e-mount lenses to buy? NEX ("New E-mount eXperience") and ILCE series of mirrorless cameras and camcorders are equipped with a lens mount called the E-mount, which was designed by Sony.
The E-mount is a complementary accessory to Sony's mount. It enables the business to create imaging products that are more compact while preserving compatibility with 35mm sensors.

E-Mount In A Nutshell

E-mount was first used on the Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5 consumer-targeted cameras with APS-C sensors.
A Sony E-Mount lens camera
A Sony E-Mount lens camera
The Sony Handycam NEX-VG10 introduced E-mount integration with Sony camcorder models.
On August 24, 2011, additional products were launched, including the NEX-5N, a successor to the NEX-5, the NEX-7, a prosumer product, and the NEX-VG20, a successor to the NEX-VG10. The Sony NEX-FS100 introduced the Sony E-mount to the 35 mm video camera market.
The Hasselblad Lunar, introduced at Photokina on September 18, 2012, and available in early 2013, was the first third-party camera to use the E-mount.
Sony unveiled the Sony 3000, the first model in the new ILCE series, in September 2013. The Sony 7 and Sony 7R were the first models with full-frame sensor sizes to be released in October 2013.
On April 19, 2017, Sony unveiled their new Model ILCE-9, the Sony 9, a professional mirrorless camera system.
In September 2017, Sony unveiled VENICE, a 6K 16-bit raw recording camera for video production.

Top 3 Sony E-Mount Lenses Now

Following the recent release of so many Sony mirrorless camera systems, It would be great to have a compilation of the finest Sony lenses available in 2022. So let us talk about these fantastic lenses.

1. Sony 85mm F/1.8 FE

This is a fantastic value medium range prime lens for your Sony FE or E mount. Sharp, with fantastic bokeh and a small weight.
See video below.

Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens review with samples (Full-frame and APS-C)

The Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 is a very popular lens, and this popularity is due to rational thinking.
While it has many applications, the 85mm focal length shouts portraits, and portrait photography is extremely popular.
Wide apertures, such as the f/1.8 on this lens, allow for great background blur as well as low-light action stopping, which are both exciting characteristics. Everyone values good image quality, and this lens delivers.
The build quality of the FE 85 f/1.8 appears to be good, the appearance is appealing, and the lens performs admirably.
These are all big popular drivers, but the lens's low price, which is now the fifth lowest in Sony's FE lineup, is a huge one.
Amer - The Ultra Sharp 85mm f/1.4 has far superior optics when seen at 100%, making it the perfect choice when photographing anything that requires edge to edge sharpness. The average sharpness of the 85mm f/1.8 makes it the perfect lens for Mid to Full portraits as it does not enhance the imperfections in the human skin. The edge softness can be overcome by shooting at a smaller aperture if required.
  • Patrick - I know a lot of people use this for a portrait lens, but I bought it because I shoot in my church and at my job at a Rescue Mission, and this lens is the perfect lens for everyday pictures in the setting I use it for. I am currently using an A6000 (hope to upgrade soon) and the pictures are clear and really pop with this lens. I also use a Sigma 30mm and a Sony 18-105... but this has become my favorite lens to use.
  • James - Use it on my Sony Ar7iii. Love this lens. Super sharp. Fast and accurate focus. Lovely skin tones. Just makes people look great. f1.8 is plenty fast for the work I do and gives good control over depth of field. Regardless of the shoot, I always take it with me.

2. Sony E 35mm F/1.8 OSS

The Sony E 35mm F1.8 OSS lens has a bright aperture and a standard angle of view, allowing you to capture clear shots with a short depth of focus.
See video below.

Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS lens review with samples

Sony's standard-angle lens for its APS-C mirrorless camera system is the E 35mm F1.8 OSS ($449.99).
The small primary (no zoom) opens to f/1.8, allowing you to snap better images in low light and blur backgrounds behind your subject. It also has optical stabilization, which is useful for both stills and video.
The only thing lacking is weather sealing, which rival Fujifilm incorporates into its APS-C mirrorless lenses but Sony reserves for full-frame lenses.
Consider pairing a sealed camera with the full-frame FE 35mm F1.8 ($749.99), but keep in mind that you'll sacrifice stabilization and pay a premium.
Jonathon - Great lens. Sharp enough for professional work. Amazing autofocus when used on my a6500. No complaints. All of the photos I attached were shot with this lens on the a6500 with natural light. Minimal lightroom editing. I shoot videos in a studio for a living. I'm not a professional photographer but a friend asked me to shoot family portraits for them because I have a decent set up.
  • Alejandro Lee - I've owned my Sony a6000 for almost a year now and plan on building up my lens collection. This is the first lens that I've bought aside from the two lenses I got with the camera (16-50 and 55-210). I've only played around with it for a day, but the quality is amazing and I can tell right away this is going to be a game-changer for my photography.
  • DK - As a novice photographer, I only have two lenses: the kit lens that came with my Sony a6000, and this one. The kit lens itself does really well taking daytime/outdoor photos, and this lens covers all the other use cases I would need (indoor/dim lighting, sunset and after, city lights).

3. Sony FE 50mm F/1.8

The Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens is a small, light lens with a popular "regular" focal length and an appealingly wide aperture.
See video below.

Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 lens review with samples (Full-frame and APS-C)

This lens delivers exceptionally sharp images when stopped down somewhat. Adding the label of "Cheapest Sony FE lens" to the list of features puts this lens near the top of Sony's best selling list.
This lens is an excellent introduction to the world of prime (single focal length) lenses, and beginners (or those on a restricted budget) may find it to be an excellent introductory lens, adequate for the majority of general purpose needs.
Suntoryjim - It's a 50mm lens, it produces beautiful images on the A7, and most importantly, it doesn't cost half the price of the A7. Believe me, nobody is going to look at your image shot with this lens and say , "Aha! You didn't shoot this with the $900 Zeiss!".
  • BrotherKehn - Great performance for a native lens for Sony's full frame E-mounts. I use this mostly for my portrait photography sessions with my models, friends and also promoting products if I don't need a macro lens for it.
  • San Andreas Customs - Up until now I had been using variable zoom lenses. When I upgraded to a new camera I decided to try primes. Was recommended 50 prime and found this for a decent price. Being my first prime, it took some time getting used to. I had to setup further back than usual and had to take into consideration my background. But once I figured it out, what a huge difference.

People Also Ask

Is E-mount The Same As EF Mount?

Yes, the E-mounts and EF-mounts are distinct: one is built by Sony and the other by Canon. EF lenses can be converted to E-mount but not vice versa.

What Is The Difference Between Fe And E Lenses?

The abbreviation 'FE' stands for 'Full-frame E-mount' lens. An 'E' lens is one that is intended for Sony's E-mount system. The kind of lens (FE or E) is marked on the lens, and it indicates whether it works best with a full-frame sensor or an APS-C sensor.

Can I Use FE Lenses On E-mount?

Yes, a FE lens may be used on an E-Mount camera with an APS-C sensor. The image in the center of the lens is automatically trimmed to APS-C size, removing any dark corners that could cause vignetting.


Manufacturers were criticized in the early days of the Mirrorless Revolution for not offering a diverse range of smaller and lighter mirrorless lenses to complement their new lineups of smaller and lighter mirrorless cameras. They listened and answered. Sony alone currently offers a selection of more than twenty full-frame E-Mount lenses specifically designed for it, as well as more than a dozen lenses to complement its APS-C format E-Mount lenses.
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Frazer Pugh

Frazer Pugh

Frazer Pugh is a distinguished expert in finance and business, boasting over 6 years of experience. Holding an MBA in Finance from Stanford University, Frazer's credentials underscore his authority and expertise in the field. With a successful track record in executive roles and as a published author of influential articles on financial strategy, his insights are both deep and practical. Beyond his professional life, Frazer is an avid traveler and culinary enthusiast, drawing inspiration from diverse cultures and cuisines. His commitment to delivering trustworthy analysis and actionable advice reflects his dedication to shaping the world of finance and business, making a significant impact through his work.
Elisa Mueller

Elisa Mueller

Elisa Mueller, a Kansas City native, grew up surrounded by the wonders of books and movies, inspired by her parents' passion for education and film. She earned bachelor's degrees in English and Journalism from the University of Kansas before moving to New York City, where she spent a decade at Entertainment Weekly, visiting film sets worldwide. With over 8 years in the entertainment industry, Elisa is a seasoned journalist and media analyst, holding a degree in Journalism from NYU. Her insightful critiques have been featured in prestigious publications, cementing her reputation for accuracy and depth. Outside of work, she enjoys attending film festivals, painting, writing fiction, and studying numerology.
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