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Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 G2 and 35-150mm for E-Mount Official

Tamron is developing an ultra-fast 35-150mm f/2-2.8 zoom

September 30, 2021

Tamron has officially announced the new 28-75mm F2.8 Di III VXD G2, priced at £849, along with the Tamron 35-150mm F2-2.8 Di III VXD which is priced at £1599. Both lenses are now available for pre-order from retailers including WEX.

Previously announced as under development, the 28-75mm F2.8 Di III VXD G2 is the update to the first 28-75mm F2.8 Di III VXD lens, and offers improved optics, faster autofocus, an updated design and support for USB customisation and updates. The lens uses a 67mm filter, and is designed for full-frame E-Mount cameras.

Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 (Model A063)

Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 (Model A063)

Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III VXD G2 Key Features

  • 17 elements in 15 groups
  • 9 aperture blades with circular diaphragm
  • f2.8-f22 aperture range
  • 0.18m minimum focus
  • 0.37x maximum magnification
  • 118mm x 76mm (length, diameter)
  • 540g weight, weather sealed

The 35-150mm F2.0-2.8 Di III VXD is an all-new lens and the fastest E-Mount zoom lens with a bright F2.0 aperture at 35mm. Designed for full-frame cameras, it can also be used on APS-C E-Mount cameras. The lens uses an 82mm filter thread.

Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD (Model A058)

Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD (Model A058)

Tamron 35-150mm F2-2.8 Di III VXD Key Features

  • 21 elements in 15 groups
  • 9 aperture blades with circular diaphragm
  • f2.0-2.8 to f16-22 max/min aperture range
  • 0.33m minimum focus
  • 0.17x maximum magnification
  • 158mm x 89mm (length, diameter)
  • 1165g weight

Tamron Lens Utility software

Both new lenses are compatible with newly-developed Tamron Lens Utility software. Via an optional connector cable, users will be able to adjust several aspects of their operation. It’ll be possible to customise the Focus Set button between an array of handy options, including the ability to set two preset focus distances and shift focus between them; to jump to a specific preset focus point; to select between AF and MF; and to switch the focus ring to setting the aperture instead. In addition users will be able to customise exactly how manual focus operates, and update the lens’s firmware if required.

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Tamron Confirms Pricing For Two FF Sony E-Mount Lenses & A Zoom Lens For Fujifilm X-Mount

Tamron Confirms Pricing For Two FF Sony E-Mount Lenses & A Zoom Lens For Fujifilm X-Mount

18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD (Model B061)
 

Tamron’s distributor for the UK & Ireland, Transcontinenta UK, has said that the Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD and Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 will be available for sale after 28 October 2021 along with the Tamron 18-300 mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD (model B061X) for Fujifilm X-mount.

The Tamron 18-300 mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD (model B061X) for Fujifilm X-mount has a unique 16.6x zoom and will be available for pre-order today, along with the two lenses for FF Sony E-Mount, from retailers. 

Pricing Information

  • Tamron 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD – £679.99
  • Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2 – £849.99
  • Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD – £1599.99
     

You can learn more about the two lenses for full-frame Sony E-Mount cameras in our previous announcement: Tamron Is Working On Two New Lenses For Sony E-mount Full-Frame Cameras

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Minox color minotar 35mm f2.8 to E-mount lens

Minox color minotar 35mm f2.8 to E-mount lens

Minox, most notably known for producing ultra-compact spy cameras, as well as compact 35mm film cameras, have somewhat of a cult following, as they keep popping up at photography shows, be it Photokina, or The Photography Show.

Minox color minotar 35mm f2.8 e-mount

Minox color minotar 35mm f2.8 e-mount

MSHobbies are showing a wide range of Minox cameras at The Photography Show 2021, including the ultra compact spy cameras with a special gold edition, and a range of 35mm film cameras.

They’re also showing a number of Minox lenses taken from the 35mm camera, such as the 35 GT, and the Minox color minotar 35mm f2.8 lens has been adapted for use on Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras, such as the Sony Alpha A7 series. The lens with custom made adapter is available for £179.99, but on offer at The Photography Show. Each adapter has to be specially made and calibrated due to Minox altering the lens setup throughout the manufacturing period.

The MSH Sony E-mount adapter for color minotar 35mm F2.8 lens comes ready to use, so you don’t have to worry about breaking anything if you were thinking of trying to “Do It Yourself”. A process that M.S.Hobbies owner, Paul O’Sullivan, says is more complicated due to the lens originally having a built-in leaf shutter, as well as light meters. Paul says that the lens works the best on Sony E-Mount, but that people have requested other lens mount conversions as well.

M.S. Hobbies are Minox specialists based in London, who also offer Minox repairs, as well as specialists parts that are no longer available. You can view more pictures from the stand below.

Minox 35mm 35 Cameras, 35ML and others

Minox 35mm 35 Cameras, from left to right: Minox GT-S, 35ML, 35MB and 35ML

Minox spy camera - gold edition

Minox vintage spy camera – a gold edition of the sub-miniature film camera

Minox color minotar 35mm f2.8 m-mount

Minox color minotar 35mm f2.8 m-mount – this adaption is not recommended, as it makes it almost impossible to access the aperture ring.  

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Sigma Announces Two Brand New Lenses For L Series and Sony E-Mount Mirrorless Users

Sigma Announces Two Brand New Lenses For L Series and Sony E-Mount Mirrorless Users

Sigma launch two brand new lenses for Mirrorless users; the 24mm F2 DG DN Contemporary and the 90mm F2.8mm DG DN Contemporary, available from 24 September 2021 at the SRP £549.99

The two new lenses are the 24mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary and the 90mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary, sitting in the l series line-up and are designed from the ground up for L-Mount and Sony E-mount systems. This brings the total number of l series lenses to six, presenting mirrorless users with plenty of choice.

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The all-new 24mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary delivers exceptional edge-to-edge rendering power in an ultra-compact, all-metal body. This impressive, wide-angle, I series prime is now available for L-Mount and Sony E-mount systems.
The 24mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary premium compact prime is the latest lens to be added to SIGMA’s growing I series range. It joins four existing I series lenses as well as the new 90mm F2.8, offering superb optical performance, a bright F2 aperture, an all-metal build and a manual aperture ring. Designed from the ground up for mirrorless systems it feels perfectly-balanced on modern full-frame bodies, and boasts exceptional resolving power that can keep up with the latest ultra-high-resolution cameras.
The lens’s advanced optical design produces sharp, high-contrast results from the center of the frame to the far corners, and together with its F2 aperture and wide angle-of-view it’s an excellent choice for night sky photography, events and interiors.
Owing to its compact size the lens can be carried around effortlessly, which makes it perfect for day-to-day use. The high quality, all-metal construction, which is found on all of SIGMA’s I series models, makes the experience of owning and operating this lens extremely satisfying.
This new full-frame 24mm F2 prime is designed for photographers who need a sharp, fast, robust, wide-angle optic that will not weigh them down. It is available for L-Mount and Sony E-mount systems.

Key features
1. I series – Premium Compact Primes for mirrorless users
The SIGMA I series features full-frame-compatible lenses that offer mirrorless users a new and better alternative, both in the experience of shooting with the lens and in the impressive results it is able to achieve.
One of the key advantages of mirrorless cameras is their smaller form-factor, and this new 24mm optic is designed to be perfectly matched to these more compact systems without sacrificing performance. This combination of superb optical quality with exceptional portability, not previously possible with DSLR systems, will bring new opportunities to this and future generations of photographers.
Simultaneously, SIGMA is aware that, in this day and age when we have such huge diversity when it comes to what we use to photograph, as represented by smartphones, people look for something more than a mere act of ‘taking pictures’ when they choose to own a camera and lenses.
SIGMA’s excellence in development and processing technologies has been built up since it was founded in 1961 – actually, this lens is being announced 60 years to the day since SIGMA’s story began – and has become further sophisticated with the introduction of the SIGMA Global Vision in 2012. With this as a base SIGMA has given careful thought to how photographers use and enjoy their lenses, including optical design, advanced functionality, build quality and the experience of picking up and using the lens, and with all of this carefully considered the I series was born.

2. New standards of optical performance for the Contemporary line
The SIGMA 24mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary, like the SIGMA 35mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary and the SIGMA 65mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary, combines the highest level of optical performance even at its maximum aperture of F2 and a well-balanced body.
The lens uses two SLD glass elements and one FLD glass element to correct axial chromatic aberration, which is a particular concern with bright lenses. It also incorporates two high-precision glass-molded aspherical elements, made possible by the processing technology of SIGMA’s sole production facility in Aizu. This has enabled the total number of lens elements to be kept down and the size and weight of the lens to be reduced, while providing excellent correction of various aberrations.
In anticipation of wide-angle lens applications, SIGMA’s optical designers have ensured the lens resolution is extremely high, and is uniform from the center to the periphery of the image. Sagittal coma flare is also well suppressed, giving the lens a high degree of rendering power that makes it ideal for night sky photography.
The AF drive system incorporates a quiet, high-speed stepping motor. This allows photographers to capture every detail of the spacious 24mm scene with light AF.

3. Exceptional I series build quality with a compact form-factor
All I series lenses have an all-metal construction. The precision-cut aluminum parts not only give the barrel a sleek, stylish finish, but provide superb durability that improves the quality of the entire product. Metal materials are also used in internal structures that slide with the operation ring for added robustness. These high-precision components crafted with SIGMA’s cutting-edge metalworking technology are also used in SIGMA’s cine lens line-up for professional cinematographers and provide a tactile, ergonomic feel that make the lens a pleasure to use.
The cover ring between the focus ring and the aperture ring has hairline processing that is also used for the rear cylinder of the Art line. This covering functions as a finger hold when attaching or detaching the lens.
      
 Additional features
• Lens construction: 13 elements in 11 groups, with 1 FLD, 2 SLD and 2 aspherical lens elements
• Inner focus system
• Compatible with high-speed autofocus
• Stepping motor
• Compatible with lens aberration correction
* Function available on supported cameras only. Available corrections may vary depending on the camera model.
• Support DMF and AF+MF
• Super Multi-Layer Coating
• Aperture ring
• Focus Mode switch
• Petal-type lens hood (LH656-02)
• Magnetic metal lens cap (LCF62-01M)
• Mount with dust and splash resistant structure
• Compatible with SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 (sold separately / for L-Mount only)
• Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
• Every single lens undergoes SIGMA’s proprietary MTF measuring system
• 9-blade rounded diaphragm
• High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
• “Made in Japan” craftsmanship
Key specifications (The figures below are for L-Mount)
Lens construction: 11 groups, 13 elements (1 FLD, 2 SLD and 2 aspherical) Angle-of-view: 84.1°
Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm)
Minimum aperture: F22
Minimum focusing distance: 24.5cm
Maximum magnification ratio: 1:6.7
Filter size: φ62mm
Dimensions (Maximum Diameter x Length): φ70mm×72mm Weight: 365g

Sigma 24mm F2 DG DN Contemporary in our Equipment Database

SIGMA’s brand new, mid-telephoto I series prime for mirrorless systems, the compact 90mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary premium compact prime, has also been added to SIGMA’s growing I series range. It joins four existing I series primes as well as the all-new 24mm F2, offering superb optical performance, a bright F2.8 aperture, an all-metal build and a manual aperture ring. Designed especially for mirrorless systems it feels well-balanced on modern full-frame bodies, and boasts exceptional resolving power that can keep up with the latest ultra-high-resolution cameras.

01 PPhoto 90 28 Dg Dn C021 Lmt Horizontal |With its versatile mid-telephoto focal length, the lens is the longest I series lens yet, but still remains remarkably compact and light so is ideal for day-to-day use. It is fully-optimized for mirrorless systems with ultra-fast and accurate AF performance, and it boasts outstanding optical capabilities. The rich, smooth bokeh makes
for attractive backgrounds, which is perfect for portraits, and the minimum focusing distance of 50cm allows photographers to get closer to their subject.
This high-quality, everyday lens is able to bring scenes to life with its beautiful rendering and ultra-sharp optics, all in a portable, robust and tactile lens body.

Key features
1. I series – Premium Compact Primes for mirrorless users
The SIGMA I series features full-frame-compatible lenses that offer mirrorless users a new and better alternative, both in the experience of shooting with the lens and in the impressive results it is able to achieve.
One of the key advantages of mirrorless cameras is their smaller form-factor, and this new 90mm optic is designed to be perfectly matched to these more compact systems without sacrificing performance. This combination of superb optical quality with exceptional portability, not previously possible with DSLR systems, will bring new opportunities to this and future generations of photographers.
Simultaneously, SIGMA is aware that, in this day and age when we have such huge diversity when it comes to what we use to photograph, as represented by smartphones, people look for something more than a mere act of “taking pictures” when they choose to own a camera and lenses.
SIGMA’s excellence in development and processing technologies has been built up since it was founded in 1961 – actually, this lens is being announced 60 years to the day since SIGMA’s story began – and has become further sophisticated with the introduction of the SIGMA Global Vision in 2012. With this as a base SIGMA has given careful thought to how photographers use and enjoy their lenses, including optical design, advanced functionality, build quality and the experience of picking up and using the lens, and with all of this carefully considered the I series was born.

 2. New standards of optical performance for the Contemporary line
The SIGMA 90mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary boasts exceptional optical performance with a ultra-high resolving power to match the latest high-resolution mirrorless cameras.
The lens is built using the very latest optical technology, and includes five SLD glass elements. This helps to reduce axial chromatic aberration that cannot be corrected in-camera, allowing the lens to achieve high resolution and clear image quality with no color bleeding.
A high-precision glass molded aspherical lens provides both high resolution and beautiful bokeh. Photographers can enjoy shooting with soft, large bokeh without coloration and this is something that only a full-frame lens is able to deliver.
The lens also utilizes the camera’s optical correction functionality, which is an advantage of mirrorless systems, SIGMA’s optical designers were therefore able to concentrate on correcting aberrations that can only be corrected by the optical design, thereby improving rendering performance and reducing the size and weight of the lens.
With a minimum focusing distance of 50cm and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:5, close-up macro-style photography is possible. The lens highlights the subject, allowing photographers to focus in on fine details or create more abstract compositions.
The AF drive system incorporates a quiet, high-speed stepping motor, making it suitable for still images as well as video recording.

3. Exceptional I series build quality with a compact form-factor
All I series lenses have an all-metal construction. The precision-cut aluminum parts not only give the barrel a sleek, stylish finish, but provide superb durability that improves the quality of the entire product. Metal materials are also used in internal structures that slide with the operation ring for added robustness. These high-precision components crafted with SIGMA’s cutting-edge metalworking technology are also used in SIGMA’s cine lens line-up for professional cinematographers and provide a tactile, ergonomic feel that make the lens a pleasure to use.

The 90mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary shares the same φ64mm maximum diameter and 55mm filter size as the 24mm F3.5 DG DN | Contemporary and the 45mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary, making them a natural trio, especially for filmmakers who use filters more regularly.
With a combined weight of only 735grams / 25.9oz.*, these three lenses (wide-angle, standard, mid-telephoto) can be used in tandem as part of a high-spec and compact camera system that covers a wide range of shooting situations.
*The figures are for L-Mount.

 Additional features
• Lens construction: 11 elements in 10 groups, with 5 SLD and 1 aspherical lens element
• Inner focus system
• Compatible with high-speed autofocus
• Stepping motor
• Compatible with lens aberration correction
* Function available on supported cameras only. Available corrections may vary depending on the camera model.
• Support DMF and AF+MF
• Super Multi-Layer Coating
• Aperture ring
• Focus Mode switch
• Lens hood (LH576-02)
• Magnetic metal lens cap (LCF55-01M)
• Mount with dust and splash resistant structure
• Compatible with SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 (sold separately / for L-Mount only)
• Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
• Every single lens undergoes SIGMA’s proprietary MTF measuring system
• 9-blade rounded diaphragm
• High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
• “Made in Japan” craftsmanship
Key specifications (The figures below are for L-Mount)
Lens construction: 10 groups, 11 elements (5 SLD and 1 aspherical) Angle-of-view: 27°
Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm)
Minimum aperture: F22
Minimum focusing distance: 50cm
Maximum magnification ratio: 1:5
Filter size: φ55mm
Dimensions (Maximum Diameter x Length): φ64mm×59.7mm. Weight: 295g

Sigma 90mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary in our Equipment Database

 

UNTIL WE GET CHANCE TO REVIEW THESE NEW LENSES, TAKE A LOOK AT THE BEST SIGMA LENSES YOU CAN BUY RIGHT NOW

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Tamron Launches 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 for Sony E-Mount APS-C Cameras

Tamron Launches 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 for Sony E-Mount APS-C Cameras

Tamron Launches 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 for Sony E-Mount APS-C Cameras 1

Tamron has revealed that the previously-announced 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD for Sony E-mount will be available this September  for $699.

While the Sony E-mount version will be available in September, the Fujifilm X-mount version is still under development but is expected to also launch this fall, though no specific date was provided. When it comes to market, it will be Tamron’s first Fujifilm X-mount lens.

As revealed in July when Tamron originally announced its development, the 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD will cover a range of approximately 27mm to 450mm in a 35mm full-frame equivalent.

With this broad coverage, it empowers shooting in a wide variety of situations, including everyday life and travel snapshots, both wide-angle and dynamic ultra-telephoto landscape photography and macro photography.

Tamron claims that it is the first lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras with a 16.6x zoom ratio, which covers the wide-angle through what Tamron calls the ultra-telephoto range. At the wide end, it has a minimum aperture of f/22 and at the long end it has a minimum aperture of f/40.

Optically, the lens features 19 elements in 15 groups, with three hybrid aspherical elements and four low-dispersion elements to suppress optical aberrations. Tamron says that throughout the zoom range, the lens maintains high resolving power from the center to the corners. It features seven aperture blades. Additionally, as most other Tamron lenses for mirrorless cameras, the lens features a unified 67mm filter size.

The lens utilizes Tamron’s VXD linear motor focus mechanism that the company says achieves autofocus speed and precision that Tamron says stands among the best of all all-in-one zoom lenses. The company says it will perform well when tracking moving subjects in focus and is also extremely quiet, allowing it to be used in a wide range of situations.

It has a minimum focus distance of 5.9-inches at 18mm with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2, which means it performs admirably in up-close shooting situations despite its extremely large optical range.

The Tamron 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD will be available on September 24 for $699 for Sony E-Mount, and as mentioned a Fujifilm X-Mount will also be available this fall, with a specific date to come at another time. Presumably, the lens will cost the same for the Fujifilm version.

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Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today

Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today

 

Sony Alpha A9

 

As we’ve reviewed the majority of Sony E-Mount and FE mount lenses to date, we thought we’d put the top-scoring lenses into a list so you can easily see which are the best, and what options are available. You can use Sony E-Mount and FE-Mount lenses on all Sony E-Mount mirrorless cameras, which includes the Sony Alpha 7 series, the Alpha 9, the Sony Alpha A6000 series and the Sony Alpha A5000 series.

 

A Little Lens Background 

You can use Full-Frame FE-mount lenses on APS-C Sony E-Mount cameras, and this will give you a 1.5x crop of the lens. For example, a full-frame 50mm lens will give the equivalent of a 75mm lens. You can also use APS-C E-mount lenses on full-frame Sony E-Mount cameras, and this will use a cropped area of the sensor, with the resolution of the image depending on the camera used. This will make an APS-C 50mm lens equivalent to 75mm. 

 

Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 2

Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS

A new leader, the Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS is, no doubt, an amazing lens and the use of an apodization element adds something very special. It would be easy to think of this in too narrow a way, but the obvious application is of course for portraiture. This could give that something extra to images where already, to be fair, we can get beautiful bokeh with existing lenses. But this does go the extra mile, offering outstanding sharpness as well as that vital, gorgeous bokeh. The lens is actually a total pleasure to use.

Offering outstanding sharpness with sublime bokeh, it’s a magnificent lens. 

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Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 FE Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 2

AF 85 1
The Samyang 85mm f/1.4 is our leading third party lens. It offers even sharpness, a fast and bright f/1.4 aperture as well as excellent manufacturing quality for a very fair price. The lens is also weather-sealed and will prove to be an excellent portrait lens.

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Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS (Full-Frame) Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 2

Sony 90mm G Oss Macro

This is a large and impressive looking lens that offers an equally impressive performance. Sharpness is excellent and Chromatic Aberration is almost zero centrally and generally kept under one pixel at the edges. At f/22 diffraction reduces edge sharpness but results remain good and flare is also totally absent. Images have good contrast and almost anything can be added to the shooting repertoire for the Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS

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Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master OSS (Full-Frame) Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 2

Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS

The Sony G Master FE 70-200mm f/2.8 OSS is, without a doubt, a very fine lens. It operates smoothly and is very well made, however it is worth taking care when shooting against the light. Bokeh is excellent but edges do show some signs of fringing, particularly at 200mm where it becomes quite obvious in some subjects, such as branches against the bright sky. This can, however, be easily corrected in software so it’s not really anything to worry about. Sharpness figures are superb and it is also extremely even from centre to edge, giving a very precise overall crispness. Some may think the price is a little high but for what the lens offers, Sony E-mount users may consider it an excellent buy. 

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Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 G Master OSS Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 2

Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 G Master OSS

 

There has been a gap in the Sony mirrorless range and the Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 G Master lens fills it perfectly.

The Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 G Master is a superb lens in every way, offering excellent image quality, outstanding sharpness and very well controlled CA. Distortion levels are low, AF is silent and the bokeh the lens produces can only be described as beautiful. 

Quality clinches it as an Editor’s Choice.

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Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 2

Batis 40mm f/2.0 CF

 

Zeiss optics are always going to give you a level of build quality and elegance of design that other manufacturers can fall short on. The Batis 40mm f/2 CF is a lens that produces crisp, clean images, justifying its price tag in terms of the image quality you get. We praised it for its insignificant CA levels, no flare, and a relaxed and pleasant bokeh quality. 

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Sony FE 24mm f/1.4G Master Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 2

Sony Fe 24mm F1,4 Gm Front Oblique View
Sony G Master is the premium lens series of Sony’s arsenal, and this Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 doesn’t disappoint. It performed impeccably at a competitive price point. It earned an editor’s choice award for its superb sharpness throughout, fast and silent AF, and gorgeous bokeh. It also features a declickable diaphragm for video applications. 

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Sigma AF 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 2

28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
The Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art is a fast, bright lens that can be used for a wide range of shooting applications. It handles well, with a precise focus and superb results. The price is fair for the quality of image you can achieve. The lens is also dust and splashproof and has beautiful bokeh.

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Samyang AF 24mm f/2.8 FE Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 2

1/160 sec | f/13.0 | 100.0 mm | ISO 100
This compact, high quality and reasonably priced AF 24mm f/2.8 FE lens has excellent sharpness at the centre and edge, virtually no distortion and fast and accurate AF. It’s a classic and compelling focal length to use, making it a great third party lens choice. 

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Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN C Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 2

56mm f/1.4 DC DN C

Another third-party contender, Sigma offer their 56mm f/1.4 lens at a competitive price, with superb performance and superb sharpness. It has smooth bokeh, a high-quality build and moisture and dust sealing. It’s an editor’s choice for its unobtrusive design that works efficiently. 

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Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 G Master (Full-Frame) Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 2

FE 85mm f/1.4 GM

Even though this lens is ideal for portrait photography, the Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM is actually ideal for a wide variety of subjects. It’s a very fine lens that’s incredibly well made and is a joy to use. Resistance to flare is excellent, sharpness is outstanding and CA (chromatic aberration) is almost zero in the centre of the field, and is contained to less than one pixel at the edges. Distortion is also commendably low and the lens produces beautiful bokeh. It’s superb in every respect and received the ‘Editor’s Choice’ accolade as a result. 

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Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 2

Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE

 

Some lenses are a real pleasure to use, and the Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE falls into this category. The technical quality is excellent, the AF is fast and accurate and the results look punchy with superb colour rendition.

In terms of value, it’s hard to argue with such a modestly priced lens when it performs so well. Weather resistance would be nice, as would full-time manual focus in AF mode, but apart from that the lens pretty much hits the spot. It is certainly an excellent match for the Sony mirrorless range for which it has been designed.

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Sony FE 14mm F/1.8 G Master Lens Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 14

Sony FE 14mm F/1.8 G Master Lens

 

If you love ultra-wide lenses, then the Sony FE 14mm F/1.8 G Master Lens could well be the one that will hit the spot. The dynamic compositions that are possible are unique to this type of optic, and on top of that, we have an absolutely superb optical performance, far in excess of what the first lenses that I have mentioned were capable of. The price seems high, but it is competitive compared with the alternatives, and we do have that fast f/1.8 aperture.

For architecture, landscapes, interiors, special effects and all sorts of image-making, the look of a 14mm is awesome, although it does need some thought to be given to the composition to extract the best out of it. It is especially true that we need to get in closer, and closer, to avoid an image with tiny subjects in a wide, empty space. Fortunately, the lens focuses close enough to make this easy. It is also very useful for shooting small models, such as the doll’s house picture, as it opens up the subject and it looks more realistic.

A lovely lens indeed, and definitely ‘Highly Recommended’.

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Sony FE 40mm F/2.5G Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 14

Sony FE 40mm F/2.5G

 

What a delightful lens this is to use. It has an elegant simplicity, performs superbly well and is a useful, if somewhat unusual, focal length. Of particular note are the high and even sharpness, centre and edge vying through the aperture range for supremacy, the resistance to flare and the general ease of use.

The 40mm focal length has been tried many times over the years and is a popular choice, not as wide as a 35mm and yet not as restrictive as a 50mm. All these focal lengths fall into the description of a “standard lens”, and the 40mm could be seen as an excellent compromise. One that handles as well as this and performs as strongly especially so.

The Sony FE 40mm f/2.5G is a very classy lens that is ‘Highly Recommended’.

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Sony FE 24mm F/2.8G Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 14

Sony FE 24mm F/2.8G

What a delight to have such a light and compact lens that handles superbly and delivers excellent sharpness both centre and edge. 24mm is such a useful wide-angle and it is quite surprising that there are so few prime lenses of this focal length currently on the market. Those that do exist tend to be much larger, fast lenses for DSLRs, and also much more expensive. Of course, there are many zooms that cover 24mm, even at f/2.8, but they are comparatively bulky and expensive and this new lens is a very different sort of beast.

The Sony FE 24mm f/1.8G lens is a real joy to use and is ‘Highly Recommended’.

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Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 14

Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art

The Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art is a really sharp lens, with excellent handling and beautiful bokeh, which makes a powerful mix. Although many photographers have felt that 135mm was slightly too long for a short portrait telephoto, perhaps looking at 100mm instead, with this Sigma the close focusing seems to be a game-changer. Whereas the 135mm often stopped short at 4 feet or so, at just over 3 feet this new lens makes the tight head shot absolutely possible and probably tips the balance. Coupled with a truly splendid performance, Sigma has a winner, without a doubt.

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Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 G Master Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 14

Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 G Master Lens

 

The Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 G Master is indeed a very impressive lens. In terms of design, ergonomics and performance it cannot be faulted. It is expensive, and that is really the only downside to a lens that will produce the goods and offers the potential of a very long service life.

A superb choice for Sony FE mount full-frame users and as such Highly Recommend.

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Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 14

Sony FE 85mm f/1.8

 

The Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens is superb to use, and also superb in many ways in terms of its performance. The lower cost compared to most 85mm lens does not seem to have reduced the performance at all. So full credit to Sony for achieving this. The one weakness is the tendency to flare against the light, which is a shame, but it need not be a deal-breaker, depending on the sort of image-making we do.

To summarise, an excellent performance from a well-priced lens and one that can easily be Highly Recommended.

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Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 14

Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE

 

With a high level of performance and a pleasing character, the Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE lens has plenty of potential to become a favourite. There are some parameters that may need some additional correction in software, not really an issue as the solutions are there. It is light and compact and generally just delivers the goods in a simple, discrete package. When used for street photography, it can be an advantage to use an unobtrusive lens.

There is some flare and there is no weather sealing, so these are a couple of disadvantages, but to be absolutely fair, the price tag is a very attractive one and generally, the Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE lens is a delight to use. Highly recommended.

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Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 Apo Sonnar T* (Full-Frame) Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 14

Zeiss Batis 135mm F2,8 Front Oblique View
 

The Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 Apo Sonnar T* lens is a beauty, of that there is no doubt. It oozes quality and there would appear to be little downside to it apart from the price. A lens to aspire to and, if it can be afforded, to put very high on the list of possible purchases. 

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Zeiss Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA (Full-Frame) Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 14

SEL50F14ZA A

 

The Zeiss Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA full-frame prime lens is designed to be used with Sony E-Mount cameras and it’s another excellent offering from Zeiss / Sony. Image quality is excellent, sharpness is superb and CA (Chromatic Aberration) is very much under control. Flare does have some effect and when shooting against the light there can be a drop in contrast and there is a small amount of barrel distortion but really, it’s an insignificant figure. The bokeh of the lens is very smooth and overall, images are crisp and clear. 

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Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master (Full-Frame) Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 23

FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM
Zoom lenses do have strengths and weaknesses in their performance, but there is little to complain about with this Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM lens. Sharpness at its best is excellent to outstanding, CA and distortion can be addressed in software, although centrally CA is very well controlled anyway and flare is non-existent. Images are excellent and the bokeh is indeed beautiful in fact, it’s quite sublime at times. The Sony lens represents a level of performance that can only be found in the most expensive lenses. It is itself quite expensive, but given that prices may yet ease over time it is within the realms of being a realistic price.

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Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 14

Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE

 

The Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE lens is a very attractive proposition for those seeking a fast 35mm lens. The quality is uniformly excellent and the price much lower than the marque alternatives. All in all, the lens is excellent value for money.

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Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS (APS-C) Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 14

Sony E 50mm F18 Oss (3)
 

Our lens reviewer described this lens as a ‘belter’ and thanks to its price point, sharpness levels and overall image quality, it’s easy to see why. The Sony NEX 50mm f/1.8 OSS does have a few Chromatic aberration problems but this flaw is easily overlooked taking into account this lens’ positive attributes. Autofocus is very fast and accurate and optical stabilisation is a nice feature to have and it allows sharp hand held images to be taken in around half the time with shutter speeds as low as 1/10sec. 

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Meike 85mm f/2.8 Macro Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 14

Meike 85mm f/2.8 Macro

 

The Meike 85mm f/2.8 Macro lens is a well made, well-priced lens that will do the job efficiently and to an excellent standard.

As a general-purpose short telephoto for portraits, landscapes, etc., it may be that the loss of AF will be an inconvenience. However, in the arena of macro shooting, this lens comes into its own, being what it is clearly designed for. Very often MF is the method of choice for macro shooting anyway. All the accuracy of the focusing is concentrated in the macro range and the image snaps clearly into focus in the viewfinder or on the monitor screen.

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Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 14

Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master

 

Expensive, but outstanding. That is the simple equation, the choice that is there. Definitely, the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master lens is one to aspire to and one that upholds the fine performance levels of the G Master range. The focal length range is versatile, the aperture a fast and constant f/2.8 and the construction quality of a very high order. In conclusion, a very desirable lens.

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Sigma 65mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 14

Sigma 65mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary

 

The Sigma 65mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary is another superb I-series lens from Sigma that offers outstanding sharpness, low central CA, good flare resistance and pleasant bokeh. Construction is excellent, the body is dust/splash-proof and the lens comes with a 3-year guarantee. 

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Sigma 35mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 14

Sigma 35mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary

Make no mistake, this is a beautiful lens that has a really strong performance. It’s very close to ideal anyway and with its all-metal construction and very fine optical performance (albeit with in-camera corrections switched on if necessary), we don’t have any hesitation in giving the Sigma 35mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary the accolade of Highly Recommended. 

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Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS (Full-Frame) Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 14

Sony Fe G 70 200mm F4 Front Oblique View
 

This lens is a high-level performer that does the job efficiently. Don’t be put off by the f/4 maximum aperture as it’s not really much of a disadvantage. In fact, the size and cost of the lens actually make it a serious contender for those in the market for a new telephoto lens. The only slight drawback is the possibility of some flare, but fortunately, this does not seem to be a major problem. Our reviewer was happy to ‘Highly Recommend’ the 70-200mm f/4 G OSS and said it was ideally suited to the Sony Alpha 7R II.

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Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS (APS-C) Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 14

Sony Nex 35mm F1 8 Lens 3

The Sony E35mm f/1.8 OSS might seem expensive but the performance it delivers does make it a worthwhile purchase. Sharpness is very good from maximum aperture, and can even be considered as outstanding as the lens is stopped down. Other optical anomalies, such as CAs, falloff and distortion are also kept well in check and the lens is lightweight as well as compact which will please many. 

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Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 14

Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary

The Sigma AF 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens gives excellent performance, a reasonable price and a very bright f/1.4 maximum aperture, which all add up to a very desirable package, that will be appealing for both Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-Mount photographers.

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Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 14

Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS

The Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS performs very well indeed on a technical level, but also produces clean, sharp, smooth images that give overall an impressive aesthetic result. If anything is a bit weak it is the CA performance, although that can be corrected for those images that demand it. Overall, however, it’s a great result and we have a sharp, crisp lens with close focusing, fast and silent AF, impressive flare resistance, superb control of distortion and at par for the course price. Highly recommended.

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Tamron 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 23

Tamron 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD

The Tamron 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD lens is a pure delight to use. It does its job admirably, without any glitches or vices getting in the way of enjoying our photography. The optical performance is not perfect, although at the centre of the field it is excellent throughout. The edges at wider apertures are weaker, but even this need not be too much of a problem as it does open up some nice portrait possibilities as well as offering a selection of apertures where the images are indeed crisp right across the frame. Being aware of the lens’s characteristics enables us to work with it to produce the images we want.

Overall, a lovely lens that is well priced and works well with the Sony camera body. Highly recommended.

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Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 14

Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G

The Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G is expensive, but also excellent, which is always a dilemma. Easy to handle, superb central performance, huge potential creatively, there is so much to like about the lens. There is no doubt this is a very worthy choice for, especially, full-frame Sony users.

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Laowa C-Dreamer 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 14

Laowa C-Dreamer 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D

The Laowa lenses as a range are certainly very interesting, sometimes unique and always deliver the goods in terms of performance. Traditional metal construction does mean a higher price, but we have to choose whether the trade-off of quality of results balances out the cost/performance equation. This will obviously be different for different users.

What we get is the widest lens in its class, with a fast, bright f/2.8 aperture, that performs very well indeed.

The Laowa 9mm f/2.8 is a compact, widest in class lens with fast f/2.8 aperture and excellent overall performance

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Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4 Distagon T* Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 14

Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4 Distagon T*

The Loxia range is an attractive proposition, with useful focal lengths and, if the 25mm f/2.4 is anything to go by, excellent qualities. The new 25mm f/2.4 is compact, beautiful to use in a most traditional way, full of the tactile high grade feel that is rarely seen. The price may be slightly on the high side, but then again what price quality? Some may question the manual focus, but with this lens, it is so easy to find the point of focus that with minimal practice it should soon become second nature. Admittedly that will not suit everyone.

All in all, a lovely lens that matches well to the Sony FE full-frame mirrorless cameras.

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Carl Zeiss Sonnar E 24mm f/1.8 ZA (APS-C) Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 14

Carl Zeiss Sonnar T 18 24 Tstar (8)

This lens delivers a performance worthy of the Carl Zeiss name, especially in the centre of the frame, where sharpness is excellent, or even outstanding when stopped down. The Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 Sonnar T* lens is a premium piece of glass that doesn’t disappoint. Contrast holds up very well when shooting into the light and there are very few instances of flare, even in very harsh lighting conditions. Sharpness is excellent but there are a few problems with CA, however, the amount of fringing will be acceptable for many. 

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Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Sonnar T* (Full-Frame) Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 14

Zeiss Batis 85mm F1,8 Side View With Lens Hood
 

The Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 is a lovely lens that’s designed well, is a pleasure to use and the results ooze quality. The OLED display is actually quite useful and the construction quality is impeccable. The only thing not to like is perhaps the price, but it starts to look much better value when pitched against other premium quality lenses. Overall, the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/2 is a beautiful premium lens for full-frame E-Mount users.

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Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Distagon T* (Full-Frame) Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 14

Zeiss Batis 25mm F2 Three Quarter View Front
 

The Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 is an exquisite premium lens for full-frame E-Mount users. There’s nothing really negative to say about it as design, the way it handles and the images it produces are all superb. There was a tiny issue with CA (nothing that can’t be corrected) and the price might put some people off but overall, it’s a pleasure to use and construction is impeccable, just as you expect from a brand such as Zeiss. 

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Sony FE 28mm f/2.0 (Full-Frame) Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 41

Sony 28mm F2 0 Lens (4)

The Sony FE 28mm f/2 has a lot going for it, delivering high levels of sharpness in a lightweight and compact body that has a reasonable asking price. It’s a shame the aperture has to be stopped down to improve performance towards the edges of the frame and to reduce chromatic aberrations, but overall the lens performs well. The lens is quite resistant to flare although contrast can be noticeably reduced when shooting into the light.

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Meike 50mm f/1.7 Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 41

Meike 50mm F1,7 Front Oblique View

The Meike 50mm f/1.7 is on the budget side of prime lenses however it does offer you impressive, even sharpness, a metal construction and low CA as well as low distortion for Just over £100. It’s also weather-resistant so you can shoot with it in inclement situations. 

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Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Power Zoom (APS-C) Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 43

Sony 18 200 Pz Oss (2)

The price alone will ensure the Sony E PZ 18-200mm f/e.5-6.3 OSS becomes a niche item, but if money is no object, and you require the best quality, most convenient solution for general picture taking, then this lens could be for you. This lens is quite resistant to flare and retains good contrast, even when shooting into the light and Chromatic aberrations are pretty well controlled. Sharpness levels are excellent and so is the build quality. 

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Carl Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 T* (APS-C) Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 41

Carl Zeiss Touit 12mm F2 8 Nex Lens (7)

Zeiss has, yet again, produced a lens with optical characteristics worthy of the Zeiss reputation, that’s well designed and solidly built. Although the Carl Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 T* does carry a premium price, the additional cost isn’t so much that it will put this lens beyond the reach of everyone, especially those serious about using quality glass with their camera. Sharpness levels are excellent, Chromatic aberrations towards the edges of the frame are very well controlled and shouldn’t pose issues for most images, distortion is very mild and falloff of illumination towards the corners of the frame is incredibly well controlled.

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Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 41

Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS

As a general-purpose lens, a good 18-135mm is hard to beat on APS-C format cameras. The close focus and long reach lend themselves well to close-ups such as flower studies. The 18mm wide-angle can accommodate most architecture and landscapes. The close focus means small object photography is simple, and quality of results at these close distances are well maintained.

The Sony lens generally performs well, but with caveats. Central sharpness is fine until we reach small apertures of f/16 and beyond, but beyond that detail is soon lost. The edges are quite poor when longer focal lengths are used, although the centre still sparkles crisply. This in itself can be used creatively for portraiture and other close-ups.

Although not perfect, the Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens is still a very good choice for general photography and capable of delivering good, bright and sharp images.

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SainSonic Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 Best Sony E-Mount & FE-Mount Lenses Available Today 41

SainSonic Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 Lens

 

KamLan has a simple, ambitiously specified lens for a very low price. It is well made, performs well and, within the limitations of manual focus and lagging edge quality, it is still a lens that delivers something very useful. The bright f/1.1 aperture is one thing and the gorgeous bokeh is another. The lens is not technically perfect, but it does have excellent photographic, creative qualities that could be used to advantage. At £126, there is little to lose.

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Tamron Is Working On Two New Lenses For Sony E-mount Full-Frame Cameras

Tamron Is Working On Two New Lenses For Sony E-mount Full-Frame Cameras

35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD
 

Tamron has started the development of two new lenses for Sony E-mount full-frame cameras which include the world’s first mirrorless zoom lens with a maximum wide-open aperture of f/2 and a second-generation fast-aperture standard zoom lens, that updates the 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD, for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras.

The Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD (Model A058) and the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 (Model A063) will be available this year (2021) with further details on pricing to be released soon. 

 

Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD Features:

  • The world’s first F2-2.8 fast aperture zoom lens
  • Versatile focal length range to support seamless shooting from wide-angle 35mm to telephoto 150mm photography
  • Outstanding optical performance throughout the range
  • Fast, quiet VXD linear motor mechanism for high-speed and high-precision autofocus
  • Superior close-focusing capability with an MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 0.33m at the wide end for creative close-ups
  • Comfortably compact zoom lens with F2 open aperture
  • New design provides enhanced texture and greater user-friendliness

 

Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 Features:

  • Best image quality in standard zoom lens class
  • Fast, quiet VXD linear motor for high-speed and high-precision autofocus
  • MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 0.18m at wide end and maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.7 for creative close-ups
  • New design provides enhanced texture and greater user-friendliness
  • Lightweight, compact design with emphasis on ease of use, plus 67mm filter size

 

From Transcontinenta UK:

Transcontinenta UK Ltd., Tamron distributor for UK and Ireland, announces that Tamron starts the development of two new lenses for Sony E-mount full-frame cameras. The world’s first mirrorless zoom lens with a maximum wide-open aperture of F2: the Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD (Model A058) and the second generation fast-aperture standard zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 (Model A063). Both new lenses are planned within 2021. 

 

Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD

The 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD is a zoom lens that covers the range from wide-angle (35mm) through telephoto (150mm) and is ideal for travel photography. It is the first zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras to have a maximum wide-open aperture of F2. With this focal range, you can enjoy shooting magnificent views and large buildings at 35mm and dynamic close-up shots at 150mm.

Travel photographers can easily take beautiful sunrise and sunset shots, shoot distinctive exterior buildings and interiors like restaurants, and take twilight and nightscape photos. With high-level performance under a wide variety of shooting conditions, this new fast lens is ideal for trips aimed at creating photographic works. In addition, by incorporating the VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor focus mechanism, the lens features a very high-speed and high-precision autofocus for a fast-aperture lens. It also incorporates a new design in the pursuit of enhanced operability and ergonomic texture.

This lens supports the full array of frequently used angles-of-view including wide-angle, standard, medium telephoto and telephoto, making it easy to compose the perfect shot without changing your position from the subject.

28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2
 

Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2

The 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 is the successor of the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036), a popular zoom lens that has earned high evaluation worldwide. It reflects the fruits of continuous evolution and customer-focused refinement. Retaining the well-received compact size of its predecessor, the new 28-75mm F/2.8 G2 incorporates a new optical construction based on a design that has been revamped to enhance imaging performance and its features are compatible with the latest model digital cameras that offer increased resolution. The AF drive, Tamron’s VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor focus mechanism, is adopted to deliver higher autofocus speed with greater precision. With the MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 0.18m at the wide end and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.7, the lens boasts advanced close-up shooting performance. Additionally, it features a new design in the pursuit of enhanced operability and ergonomic texture.

Tamron pioneered the category of compact fast-aperture standard zoom lenses for mirrorless cameras and the new Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD G2 truly is a next-generation lens for everyday use.

‘Tamron Lens Utility’ software for lens function customization

Both the 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD and the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 are compatible with the new ‘Tamron Lens Utility’ software originally and uniquely developed by Tamron. ‘Tamron Lens Utility’ can be operated via your own computer by connecting the lens from its Connector Port via the optional Tamron Connection Cable. Users can customize the functions and update the firmware through the lens rather than through the camera. The personal customization gives flexible shooting options to match the shooting situation such as still photography or videography.

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Tamron Developing 35-150mm f/2-2.8 and 28-75mm f/2.8 for E-Mount

Tamron Developing 35-150mm f/2-2.8 and 28-75mm f/2.8 for E-Mount

Tamron Developing 35-150mm f/2-2.8 and 28-75mm f/2.8 for E-Mount 47

Tamron has published development announcements for a duo of upcoming lenses. The first is the 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2, and the second is the 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD. Both will be released for Sony E-mount cameras.

Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2

Tamron Developing 35-150mm f/2-2.8 and 28-75mm f/2.8 for E-Mount 48

The 28-75mm f/2.8 G2 is Tamron’s successor to the original 28-75mm f/2.8 DI III RXD and the company says the new model will retain the compact size found in its predecessor. Speaking of the design, it has been updated to be more comfortable to operate and has a more “ergonomic texture.” While it will still be compact, it will also feature a new optical construction that Tamron says has been revamped to enhance its imaging performance and to make it compatible with the latest digital cameras that offer higher resolution.

The autofocus system is Tamron’s VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor mechanism and was chosen for its high speed and accuracy. The lens will have a minimum focusing distance of 7.1-inches at the wide and and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.7.

Tamron expects the 28-75mm f/2.8 G2 lens to launch sometime in 2021, but was not more specific on the timing. Tamron also did not provide an expected price for the lens.

Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD

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Tamron says that the 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VX will be the world’s first mirrorless zoom lens with a maximum wide-open aperture of f/2. The company believes that the wide range of focal lengths offered in this lens will make it ideal for travel photography. Like the 28-75mm f/2.8 G2, the 35-150mm f/2-2.8 will feature Tamron’s VXD autofocus motor and will likewise also feature a new design that has been made to enhance operability and ergonomic texture.

Tamron expects the 35-150mm f/2-2.8 lens to launch sometime in 2021, but was not more specific on the timing. Tamron also did not provide an expected price for the lens.

Both of Tamron’s new lenses will be compatible with the Tamron Lens Utility software that connects lenses to computers via the connector port on the bodies of the lenses. This allows users to update firmware and customize shooting functions such as focus set buttons and focus ring settings.

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Sigma 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports Lens Announced For L-Mount And Sony E-Mount Systems

Sigma 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports Lens Announced For L-Mount And Sony E-Mount Systems

150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports

 

Sigma has updated its line-up of portable and versatile ultra-telephoto zoom lenses for mirrorless camera users with the introduction of the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports lens that will be available in L-Mount as well as Sony E-mount from 27 August 2021 with an RRP of £1199.99. 

Key Features:

  • Lens construction: 25 elements in 15 groups, with 4 FLD and 2 SLD elements, 9 Blades
  • OS function
  • Internal focusing
  • Compatible with high-speed autofocus
  • Stepping motor
  • Compatible with lens aberration correction
  • Support DMF and AF+MF
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Water and oil-repellent coating (front element)
  • Focus Mode switch
  • Focus Limiter switch
  • OS switch
  • Custom Mode switch
  • AFL button (3 buttons)
  • Zoom Torque switch
  • Tripod Socket (TS-121) fixed
  • Cover Hood (LH1034-01)
  • Dust and splash resistant structure
  • Designed to minimise flare and ghosting
  • Every single lens undergoes SIGMA’s proprietary MTF measuring system
  • High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount

 

 

From SIGMA UK:

Introducing the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports, a powerful ultra-telephoto zoom and the first-ever Sports line lens for mirrorless systems. This portable and practical optic revolutionises the way mirrorless users capture wildlife, motorsport and other fast-action subjects.

The 150–600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports is SIGMA Sports line’s first ultra-telephoto zoom lens, designed from the ground up specifically for full-frame mirrorless cameras. It offers outstanding levels of performance, functionality, and build quality required for ultra-telephoto shooting in the most demanding situations.

Image quality is exceptional, with ultra-high-performance glass capable of delivering ultra-sharp results even on the highest resolution cameras. The lens displays beautiful bokeh throughout its zoom range, and optical aberrations are kept well under control. It can be used with SIGMA’s 1.4× and 2× L-Mount teleconverters, with AF effective up to 1200mm.

Fast and accurate autofocus owing to an AF unit equipped with a high-precision magnetic sensor, combined with an OS (Optical Stabilizer) function effective to approximately 4 stops* of image stabilisation makes this a highly responsive lens that can handle even the most challenging subjects. It has a Dual Action Zoom system that includes straight and ring zoom, a dust and splash resistant structure, and customisable switches helping photographers and filmmakers adapt quickly and easily to virtually any shooting environment.

Capture the long-reach images you have always wanted with an ultra-telephoto lens – that’s the visual experience you will enjoy with the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports, the first ultra-telephoto lens for mirrorless systems from SIGMA Sports line.
 

* Based on CIPA guidelines (measured in 600mm with a 35mm full-size image sensor)

SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports Features:

1. Uncompromising optical performance throughout the zoom range

The SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports offers outstanding optical performance throughout its zoom range and at all apertures, yielding professional quality results.

Based on the latest optical design technology, its lens construction of 25 elements in 15 groups includes a range of special types of high-performance glass that ensures thorough control of different types of aberrations. This helps give images the resolution and clearest detail – not only at the tele end around 600mm, which is critical for an ultra-telephoto zoom, but also throughout its entire zoom range – with no compromise.

The lens was designed with image quality in the out-of-focus areas in mind as well, with attractive compression and beautiful bokeh for creating eye-catching images that can only be achieved with a long focal length.

Through improvements to the optical and mechanical designs as well as extensive simulated testing, the lens has achieved high resistance to ghosting and flare. This helps ensure sharp and high-contrast images even in strong sunlight or in backlit conditions.

At the wide end of 150mm the lens has an impressive minimum focusing distance of 58cm. For L-Mount users, the use of two dedicated teleconverters will allow you to shoot with AF up to 1200mm. With these features, this new ultra-telephoto lens is the perfect tool for tackling a broad range of subjects.

 

2. Fast, high-precision AF and impressive functionality

The 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports comes with the pro-level functionality that defines the SIGMA Sports line lens, which is designed for capturing fast-action subjects.

With an AF actuator controlled by a stepping motor, the lens combines fast and quiet autofocus with excellent tracking of moving objects. Furthermore, a high-precision magnetic sensor enables highly accurate positioning for fast and high-precision AF. This is particularly impressive on an ultra-telephoto lens where the focus lens has to move a significant distance.

The OS function delivers effective image stabilisation that offers an advantage of approximately 4 stops*, which is ideal for hand-held shooting at slower shutter speeds. It is possible to change the OS settings using the OS switch and Custom Mode switch to best suit the shooting situation.

The lens has a Focus Limiter switch offering three-zone AF modification, which helps to speed up AF performance, and on the L-Mount it is possible to set a custom focusing limit via the SIGMA USB DOCK. The lens also has three AFL buttons to which you can assign various functions on the camera side depending on the model of camera used. This ensures that key settings are able to be customised to suit your shooting style and be accessed easily so that you can adapt quickly to changing conditions.

With the fast and high-precision AF, 4 stop* image stabilisation, and a wide range of customisable functionality that comes with the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports, the creative possibilities are limitless.
 

* Based on CIPA guidelines (measured in 600mm with a 35mm full-size image sensor)

 

3. Outstanding build quality optimised for ultra-telephoto photography

The 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports combines the build quality that upholds the SIGMA Sports line standards with excellent operability, taking into account different shooting environments and modes of operation expected with an ultra-telephoto lens.

A dust and splash resistant structure that stops water drops or dust from getting into the lens, combined with a water and oil repellent coating applied to the front element, gives peace of mind even in harsh environments.

The lens features a Dual Action Zoom, which supports both straight zoom and ring zoom, allowing you to change the angle of view in a quick and intuitive way. In addition, there is also a newly incorporated Zoom Torque switch, with which you can change the resistance of the zoom ring and lock it at the wide end, ensuring ease of zoom operation as well as elimination of zoom creep.

On the lens body there is a magnesium tripod socket attachable to an Arca Swiss-type clamp. The foot is removable and may be replaced with an optional lens foot (replaceable lens foot type) or mounted on a monopod.

The lens body uses parts made of aluminium and TSC (Thermally Stable Composite), where they are most suitable. TSC is a type of polycarbonate with a thermal expansion rate similar to that of aluminium, ensuring the lens behaves consistently at different temperatures. By taking advantage of its design intended exclusively for mirrorless camera systems, the lens is both robust – an attribute essential for the Sports line of lenses – and compact and lightweight.

Compared to the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports, which is also a Sports line lens but designed for SLR cameras, the new lens is lighter by 760g and shorter by 26.6mm*.
 

* The 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports for L-Mount, compared to the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports for SIGMA SA-mount.
 

UNTIL WE GET OUR HANDS ON THIS FOR REVIEW, CHECK OUT OUR ARTICLE ON THE BEST SUPERZOOM LENSES YOU CAN BUY RIGHT NOW

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Sigma Versus Sony: Which E-Mount 35mm f/1.4 Lens is Better?

Sigma Versus Sony: Which E-Mount 35mm f/1.4 Lens is Better?

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Within a few months of each other at the beginning of 2021, both Sony and Sigma announced 35mm f/1.4 lenses for full-frame Sony E-mount cameras. They were just begging for a comparison to be made.

This is not the first foray into the 35mm f/1.4 landscape for either company. Sony had the Distagon 35mm f/1.4 ZA available for full-frame mirrorless cameras since 2015. On the other hand, the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART lens has an E-mount but functionally is the older DSLR design fitted with a non-removable converter. In both cases, the new lenses compared here are not updates, but completely original designs. Let’s take a closer look at the Sony 35mm f/1.4 G Master and Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG DN Art to determine which new lens comes out on top.

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Sony 35mm f/1.4 GM
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Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG DN Art

Design and Build Quality

Looking at the lenses side by side, the most apparent difference in form would be that the Sigma is longer. In practical use, the extra length was never a problem in finding a spot in my bag or with handling. If you run a very tight photography setup with limited space and an extra half-inch here means taking away a half-inch of gear elsewhere, this might be a problem. For most of us though, it’s not a deal-breaker.

The same goes for the weight, where the Sony is a quarter-pound lighter. Like with the slight difference in size, the weight is not enough of a difference that I find could influence any purchasing decision on its own. I respect that the Sony lens achieves these marks, but at the end of the day, I can’t say it’s extremely important comparatively. We aren’t talking two inches and almost two pounds of difference like the Sony 14mm f/1.8 GM versus Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM.

Continuing the theme of non-difference makers, both lenses share 67mm threading for filters, meaning one won’t have any extra hidden ownership cost over the other in this area.

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Both lenses feature the same set of controls including the focus and aperture rings, aperture de-click switch, focus hold button, and focus mode switch. The aperture ring can either be set to specific f-stop numbers manually or be controlled through the camera using the “A” setting.

Surprisingly, it’s Sigma that goes a step above here with the addition of an aperture locking switch. This prevents the aperture ring from moving off of the “A” setting, which avoids the scenario where the camera doesn’t want to respond to aperture changes and the photographer only later realizes the ring had mistakenly moved to manual. Points go to Sigma for thinking of this because it’s not uncommon for the aperture settings to get twisted while mounting the lens to a camera or throughout use when my hand works in that area while shooting.

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Spending a couple of weeks with the lenses is not going to paint the full picture of build quality, but I did my best. Throughout my time on the island of Kauaʻi, I dealt with plenty of dust, rain showers, sand, wet surfaces, humidity, and sudden temperature changes. Even after the most trying conditions, there were no apparent ill effects on either lens. This is not to say nothing will develop over time, but they both seemed trustworthy enough to not baby around as far as my limited time could tell.

Image Quality

This is what it all comes down to. When I think about the differences between the Sony and Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lenses, and why someone would pay $500 more for the Sony, these are the three main reasons I can come up with.

Distortion

The very first thing I noticed when shooting identical frames with both lenses is the distortion differences. In the example below, I’ve drawn a line above the horizon to more plainly see that the Sigma exhibits barrel distortion whereas the Sony is very well controlled.

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Sony 35mm f/1.4 GM
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Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG DN Art

Of course, barrel distortion is not the end of the world and can be automatically corrected while importing images to RAW processing software. I can spin an “advantage” to the Sigma in that it also gives more field of view to a scene over Sony. Say I’m photographing in a forest with no easily identifiable horizon line; it may be welcome to have more of the scene in my composition at the cost of distortion that no one can even tell is there.

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Sony on the left, Sigma on the right.
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Sigma
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Sony
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Sigma

Sharpness

Both the Sony and Sigma lenses have enough apparent sharpness that crosses the threshold of being good lenses to being great lenses. However, at the extreme edges of the frame with the Sigma, there is more of a drop-off of sharpness with photos taken wide open compared to Sony. The Sony lens keeps things together remarkably well. When stopped down to f/8 in the example below, both lenses are identical in sharpness.

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Sony 35mm at f/1.4, full crop top right corner.
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Sigma 35mm at f/1.4, full crop top right corner.
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Sony 35mm at f/8, full crop top right corner.
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Sigma 35mm at f/8, full crop top right corner.

Related to lens sharpness, I’ll add that when I compared vignetting, flaring, and color fringing, I found that all of these are equally well controlled. Jumping to the section below, you’ll find some ghosting and aberrations crop up in the Sigma f/1.4 and Sony f/8 images.

Bokeh

I also compared the out-of-focus qualities of these lenses. Both feature an 11-bladed circular aperture, which for quick reference is a step up from the 9-bladed aperture that their predecessors I mentioned at the beginning of this article used. More aperture bladed should mean even more perfectly circular bokeh with less noticeable straight edges, and that’s exactly what we get.

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The difference I see is how defined the out-of-focus edges are. With Sony, the edges of the bokeh balls melt away and into each other. Sigma on the other hand has a more distinguished shape and each ball holds up as its own rather than smearing.

Honestly, it’s two different looks and I wouldn’t necessarily say one is better than the other. It depends on personal taste. If you like to shoot with out-of-focus lights in the frame, the Sigma might actually have more pop and more of a “wow” factor. That said, Sony’s lens will likely be a touch better at blowing out unsightly backgrounds into indistinguishable bokeh pudding and for that, I would consider it the more traditional winner in this area.

Autofocus

Neither lens totally blew me away in autofocus performance at f/1.4 when paired with the Sony a7R III. Both are perfect for less demanding autofocus needs like face tracking a person around the frame or Animal Eye AF for pet portraits, but when it came to tracking anything faster, neither performed well most of the time.

After tinkering away with my camera’s tracking sensitivity settings and seeing if the Sigma and Sony were just a little finicky on their preferences, I deemed both lenses equal in their autofocus performance when paired with the a7R III.

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Sony at f/1.4
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Sigma at f/1.4
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Sony at f/1.4
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Sigma at f/1.4
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Sony at f/1.4
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Sigma at f/1.4

It’s a Good Year to Buy a 35mm Lens

At the beginning of this comparison, I wrote that the size and weight were nothing that distinctly made a winner, but throughout testing it was clear the Sony 35mm f/1.4 GM always had as slight of an edge as it did in those two physical categories. There was never any single area that instantly crowned it a winner, but Sony holds an edge nonetheless. It’s after compounding everything I threw at the two lenses that the slight edge-case wins added up.

Sony is the winner of this comparison, and I think it’s worth spending the extra $500 for it considering the lifetime of lens ownership.

But wait! It needs to be said that the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG DN Art is not bad by any means. I’m sure there will be some of you who will compare these two lenses and decide for yourself that the Sigma is still the better value, and that is completely reasonable. The Sony is my winner, but there was no loser.

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