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5 Best Lenses For Sony A7iii In 2020

The Sony A7 III is an entry-level, all-round camera which is part of the Sony Alpha series lineup. The 24-megapixel Sony A7 III is a highly versatile and exquisitely capable full frame camera. It packs a bundle of features and, despite the affordable price tag, it competes and even surpasses many expensive high-end cameras.

Whether it’s about capturing breathtaking scenery or shooting videos in 4k HDR, the Sony A7 III produces extremely enhanced and detailed image quality. The image resolution is stunning and the camera has exceptional processing speed. Most importantly, it is an entry-level camera which means it is easy to operate. For this reason, the A7 III is a popular option for beginners as well as amateur and professional photographers.

There is another upgraded model of the A7 III known as the A7r III. Choosing between the two might be difficult so here we have the main differences between both of them: Both are highly powerful cameras but the major difference is that the A7r III has 42MP count and the A7 III has 28MP. Therefore, the A7r III might appeal to those willing to print larger prints, such as gallery artists. Lastly, there is the major price difference, and at the end of the day it all comes down to your needs and your budget.

With that in mind, choosing a suitable lens to go with the Sony A7 III is very important. It is extremely essential to invest in a lens that fulfills your photographing needs and complies with your budget. Therefore, we have compiled a list that includes 5 best lenses for Sony A7iii out there to help you make the perfect decision. From cheap to expensive and native to third-party E-mount lenses, we have picked some of the best options, and you’ll surely find one that perfectly fulfills your demands.

1. Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM

Best Choice

  • Excellent build quality
  • Fluorine Coating to prevent contamination
  • Stunningly beautiful bokeh
  • High resolution pictures
  • Expensive

Lens Type: Wide Angle | Maximum Aperture: F/2.8 | Maximum Focal Length: 35 | Weight: 1.5lbs

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We’ll start off this list of 5 best lenses for Sony A7iii with our top pick, the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM. It is simply superb and outstanding in all aspects and its an amazing choice for compact E-mount bodies.

This lens has a solid build quality as it is designed using top-notch materials and sophisticated optical technology. It is portable and lightweight, so you can carry it in your bag while going out on, for example, mountaineering excursions or jungle voyages. As it is from the G Master lineup, the lens’s front element is coated with fluorine to prevent dirt, moisture or fingerprints from damaging the lens.

It is equipped with 11 circular aperture blades and makes use of two Sony XA (extreme aspherical) elements with 0.01 micron surface precision, according to Sony. As a result, there is near to no distortion at all, and the pictures are extremely sharp and on-point. Thanks to the XA elements, the lens produces ultra-smooth bokeh in out-of-focus areas, and chromatic aberration is also well-controlled.

Sony FE 16 features a maximum focal length of 35mm which is an ideal focal length for outdoor photography. The 35mm focal length allows you to shoot in a semi-wide perspective without losing considerable picture quality. Similarly, you can zoom out to 16mm in order to shoot wide landscapes at optimum quality.

The picture quality is magnificent. The photos are impressively sharp throughout the aperture range and every frame is perfectly crisp and clear. Therefore, it is no surprise that the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 is the go-to for many photographers out there.

Since it is one of the best premium E-mount lenses currently offered by Sony, it might be a bit pricey for some people. Although there are cheaper options available, this lens is one of a kind; it has its own, unmatchable charm and that is exactly what you are paying for. Moreover, it is the recommended choice if you have a Sony A7 series (particularly an A7III) as it is a native lens specially designed for Sony cameras.

2. Sony FE 85mm F1.8

Best Value For Money

  • Amazing design
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Precise and quiet Focusing
  • Superb image quality
  • Struggles with direct sunlight exposure

Lens Type: Telephoto | Maximum Aperture: F/1.8 | Maximum Focal Length: 85 | Weight: 0.81lbs

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Next up on our list is another native lens for the Sony A7iii mirrorless camera: the Sony FE 85mm F1.8. As the name suggests, the lens has a maximum aperture of F/1.8 and a minimum aperture of F/22. It has a fixed focal length of 85mm which lets you capture scenes with a pronounced depth of field. In addition, it features a 9-blade circular aperture.

The lens is extremely well-designed and highly compact and portable. It is made out of mostly aluminum and high quality plastic, and weighs only 371g, which makes it quite lightweight and easy to carry around. The lens features a dust and moisture resistant design, thus being a premium Sony product there is no surprise that the FE 85mm F1.8 has excellent build quality.

Moreover, there is a linear motor system fitted inside to allow for excellent, precise and quiet focusing. The motor system allows for fast auto focus and you can also create some really beautiful bokeh effects thanks to the circular 9-blade aperture.

In terms of performance, this lens is pretty amazing. It provides the same kind of performance that you would get from any other high-end Sony lens. You can take some really nice shots and beautiful portraits with it. The image is perfectly sharp throughout the entire aperture range. It performs quite well in low light conditions especially when mounted on the Sony A7iii. However, it struggles when it comes to handling direct exposure to sunlight. There is a considerable reduction in sharpness and vignetting becomes an issue. Although it can be fixed to some extent by editing, it is still pretty noticeable.

Overall, the Sony FE 85mm F1.8 is an extremely powerful and versatile lens which offers excellent value for the price. If you are looking for an affordable yet powerful Sony lens for your Sony A7 III, then we would suggest you look no further.

3. Tamron 28-75MM F2.8 DI III RXD

Economical

  • Comparatively cheaper
  • Produces detailed and high quality images
  • Impressive performance in low-light conditions
  • Color fringing noticeable at the corners
  • Lacks stabilization

Lens Type: Standard | Maximum Aperture: F/2.8 | Maximum Focal Length: 75 | Weight: 1.21lbs

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We can all agree that the one common downside of most premium Sony lenses is the high price points. This is where Tamron brings in the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD, a third-party lens specially designed for Sony E-mount. It is a superb and highly versatile lens which is a considerably cheaper option and almost as powerful as any other Sony lens.

The lens has a maximum aperture of F/2.8 which remains available throughout the entire zoom range. The lens can zoom in to a maximum of 75mm and is still able to provide decent picture quality.

The Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD lens helps you capture detailed photos with impressive image quality. The sharpness and contrast are exceptional throughout the entire zoom range. Color fringing also remains minimal throughout the zoom range, although it might be slightly noticeable at the corners. It performs especially well in low-light conditions, thanks to fast shutter speeds even in dull environments.

However, one downside is that the lens lacks stabilization, which might be an issue if you are using it with a Sony A7iii.

The lens is equipped with one XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) and one LD (Low Dispersion) elements which greatly minimize color fringing and chromatic aberrations and help to achieve high-resolution images. It works best for still life photography and family photoshoots as well as urban photoshoots and wildlife photography.

All in all, it is a great lens and offers all those features provided by any high-end Sony lens without being extra-ordinarily pricey. If you are a camera enthusiast looking for a high-performance lens for your Sony A7iii, then you should definitely consider the Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD.

4. Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM

Best Wide-Angle

  • Quick auto focus
  • Impressive build quality
  • Awesome sharpness in images
  • Struggles to focus in intense backlit environment
  • Inferior coma performance

Lens Type: Wide Angle | Maximum Aperture: F/1.4 | Maximum Focal Length: 24 | Weight: 0.98lbs

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This list would be incomplete without the lightweight 24mm Sony FE F1.4 GM Wide-Angle lens weighed at a minimal 445 grams. It is the 8th entry to the G-Master line and the 30th addition to Sony’s full frame E-mount lenses.

The lens features a maximum aperture of F/1.4 and a minimum aperture of F/16 while offering 24mm of focal length. Props to their newly-developed Direct Drive Supersonic Motor (DDSSM), the lens provides three times the user experience compared to foregoing iterations of the technology with significantly improved image results, better positioning accuracy and swift autofocus.

The build quality is quite solid with its lens mount built out of metal and filter threads are made out of plastic. Like any other G Master lineup lens, the Sony FE 24 mm F/ 1.4 GM also offers dust and moisture resistance. The front element of the lens is covered with fluorine to avoid any contamination such as fingerprints or mud and allows easy cleaning.

As for the sharpness and image quality of the lens, it delivers the goodness that comes with its name. Unlike other lenses, it not only produces sharp images at the focal center but even at extreme edges the results are decent, and especially at F/5.5- F/5.9 apertures you can expect the best results.

Equipped with two XA (extreme aspherical) elements, the lens provides extremely high surface precision that is within 0.01 micron which complements extremely high resolution and produces impressive bokeh effects that are further enhanced by 11 circular bladed-aperture. Moreover, to minimize chromatic aberration, three ED (Extra-low dispersion) glass elements are fused in the lens.

However, the lens struggles to focus in a strong backlit landscape and often loses focus with all points active and to overcome this, a specific focus point has to be selected. Other than that, the coma performance of the lens is not up to the mark during astrophotography as tails and wings can be spotted on star points which is a little less noticeable at F/2 aperture.

Overall, it does a rather impressive job in capturing beautiful portraits and is an excellent lens for still life photography. It produces stunningly beautiful bokeh and there are no hints of distortion whatsoever. For this reason, it suits really well for the Sony A7 III.

5. Sigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM ART

Best Looking

  • Great build quality
  • Impressive results considering the price point
  • Bulky
  • Softens image towards extreme edges
  • Not the fastest autofocus

Lens Type: | Maximum Aperture: F/1.4 | Maximum Focal Length: 105 | Weight: 3.57g

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The final entry on our list is yet another third party lens designed especially for Sony E-mount by Sigma, namely the Sigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM Art. 

The Sigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM Art is a well designed lens and it looks absolutely stunning. It has a 105mm front element and a maximum diameter of 4.56 inches. Despite its size, the lens is quite heavy, weighing around a hefty 1620g. In fact, it is the heaviest out of all the lenses mentioned in this list, which greatly affects the portability of the device. However, the build quality is pretty solid and the lens is weather-sealed to withstand extreme climatic conditions.

This lens performs impressively well, and the images are of amazing detail and clarity. The image is sharp throughout the entire aperture range, however there might be a slight loss in sharpness towards the edges. Overall, the picture is crystal clear and 3rd Special Low Dispersion (SLD) elements and one aspherical element in order to control distortion and chromatic aberrations.

It has a minimum aperture of F/16 and a maximum aperture of F/2.4. The minimum focus distance is 1m and it has a focal length of 105mm. The nine-bladed aperture diaphragm produces stunning bokeh effects, and the lens generally does an amazing job of rendering the out of focus area in the foreground.

In addition, the lens makes use of a built-in Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) to help deliver quick and quiet autofocus. However, it might not be the fastest when it comes to autofocusing.

All in all, it is a superb lens that offers solid build quality and exceptional optical performance. Although it might be relatively expensive as compared to other Sony E-mount lenses, it certainly offers great value for the price, and goes well with the Sony A7III mirrorless camera.

Mark Smith

Mark Smith is a hard working student with a great passion for writing. He likes to express his deep interest in tech gadgets and latest PC hardware through valuable writeups.

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