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Best Lens for A6300 [2021 Review]

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Published: 27/05/2021

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While the Sony A6300 comes with excellent specifications like 4K (UHD) performance for superb image quality, you still need to be careful as you search for a compatible lens. You have to consider vital features like focal length and aperture settings. Choosing the best lens for A6300 will help you improve the quality of your shots and video footage.

Our Top A6300 Lens Reviews 

In this review, we have included both prime and zoom lenses with diverse focal lengths. We will give you insights on the benefits and shortcomings of each lens and how each one performs compared to other options on the list.

Brand
Best Overall Lens
Sony - E 10-18mm
Best for the Money
Sony 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6
Best Cheap Pick
Meike 35mm F1.7
Product
Sony - E 10-18mm F4 OSS Wide-Angle Zoom Lens...
Sony 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS APS-C E-Mount Zoom Lens
Meike 35mm F1.7 Large Aperture Manual Prime Fixed...
Lens Type
Wide Angle
Wide Angle, Normal, Telephoto
Prime
Item Weight
7.94 ounces
11.52 ounces
6.40 ounces
Best Overall Lens
Brand
Sony - E 10-18mm
Product
Sony - E 10-18mm F4 OSS Wide-Angle Zoom Lens...
Lens Type
Wide Angle
Item Weight
7.94 ounces
Price
Best for the Money
Brand
Sony 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6
Product
Sony 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS APS-C E-Mount Zoom Lens
Lens Type
Wide Angle, Normal, Telephoto
Item Weight
11.52 ounces
Price
Best Cheap Pick
Brand
Meike 35mm F1.7
Product
Meike 35mm F1.7 Large Aperture Manual Prime Fixed...
Lens Type
Prime
Item Weight
6.40 ounces
Price

Best Overall Lens for A6300: Sony - E 10-18mm

With its wide-angle zoom capabilities, the Sony - E 10-18mm lens is excellent for landscape, cityscape, real estate, and architecture photographers. It is also suitable for videographers or content creators searching for a lens for vlogging that can fit many things into the display, given the broad field view.

Sony - E 10-18mm F4 OSS Wide-Angle Zoom Lens...

The lens has a nice size measuring 3.75 inches with the lens hood installed and only 2.5 inches without. It weighs only 7.9 ounces. Therefore it barely makes a noticeable difference when added to your A6300. Its miniature size makes it not strenuous to carry on trips. 

This lens extends mildly given its small focal range, which is the least among our top zoom lenses. However; its image stabilization allows you to achieve admirable and crispy video at slower shutter speeds.

We don't like the small maximum aperture of f/4. It matches the Sony SELP18105G E PZ 18-105mm F4 to provide the smallest aperture amongst our selections. It makes this lens less than ideal for low light scenarios.

With its price almost resembling what the A6300 costs, it isn't the first option if you are on a budget. However; our top lens for the A6300 is an intelligent choice for photographers who heavily rely on wide-angle lenses.

Pros

  • Excellent image stabilization unavailable in the Meike 35mm f/1.7; ideal for video
  • Better image sharpness with more intense perspective than the Meike 35mm f/1.7

Cons

  • Less maximum aperture than the Meike 35mm f/1.7, not good in low light situations
  • The priciest lens on review
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Sony - E 10-18mm F4 OSS Wide-Angle Zoom Lens...
  • Angle of View (APS-C) - 109 ° – 76 °
  • Minimum focal length of 10 mm (15 mm in 35 mm-camera equivalency)
  • Minimum Focus Distance : 0.82 ft (0.25 m), Maximum Magnification ratio : 0.1x

Best A6300 Lens for the Money: Sony 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6

Providing a broad range of flexibility with its features, the Sony 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 is our favorite option for its balance between performance and pricing. This lens can zoom from a wide-angle of 18mm to a 135mm telephoto performance, and it is the second most extensive zoom lens on our list.

Sony 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS APS-C E-Mount Zoom Lens

This versatility makes it a suitable choice for real estate photographers, scenery shots, and close-up views of tiny things.

The zoom ring works evenly and smoothly, which is a fantastic bonus for video work. Its focus ring is relatively easy to turn as well. While electronically coupled to the lens motor, it responds very smoothly when shooting in manual focus.

Like the Sony - E 10-18mm, it also includes image stabilization to help achieve sharper and more precise images and footage. Despite the stabilization feature, it doesn't keep your subjects as still as other camera lenses.

Like most zoom lenses, this superzoom has a reasonably dark maximum aperture of only f/3.5-5.6. While you can achieve a better performance than the Sony - E 10-18mm, it is slightly challenging to shoot with it in poorly lit areas.

Its limited aperture also means you won't be able to achieve intensely out-of-focus backgrounds. Although it offers a competitive value for your money, it's still a bit on the high-end price, considering it is a superzoom lens.

Pros

  • The second most extensive zoom range for versatility
  • Includes image stabilization to enhance clarity, a feature absent in the Meike 35mm f/1.7

Cons

  • Almost eight times more expensive than the Meike 35mm f/1.7
  • Smaller maximum aperture than the Meike 35mm f/1.7, which lets in minimal light
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Sony 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS APS-C E-Mount Zoom Lens
  • 7.5x high magnification zoom/ 27-202.5mm (35mm equiv.) focal length. Lens Groups / Elements : 12-16
  • Outstanding sharpness from 1x aspherical and 2x ED glass elements
  • 7-blade circular aperture contributes to beautiful bokeh. Hood Type:Petal shape, bayonet type....

Best Cheap Lens for A6300: Meike 35mm F1.7

Coming at a price over ten times cheaper than the Sony - E 10-18mm, we were curious whether the Meike 35mm F1.7 performs well on the A6300.

Meike 35mm F1.7 Large Aperture Manual Prime Fixed...

The 35mm focal length, while not providing the versatility our top zoom lenses offer, gives you some room to achieve an excellent picture quality. It is wide-angled enough for general purpose shooting while giving a good emphasis on your subject if you get a bit closer.

f/1.7 is an excellent fast maximum aperture and the most extensive on our list. It enables you to get nicely blurred backgrounds and lets in enough lightning when shooting indoors.

Oddly enough, we didn't notice any difference in shutter speeds while shooting at f/1.7 and f/2.0. Even though bokeh is a little more intense at f/1.7, the lens light transmission seems slightly off.

It is a pretty small lens while featuring a metallic construction. It feels nice and solid, yet it only weighs 6.2 ounces.

As expected, such an affordable price means you have to sacrifice some crucial features. With the autofocus feature unavailable, the lens may not be ideal for beginners and capturing moving subjects.

You also lack image stabilization with this lens, unlike our two first options. Videos may, therefore, be a bit shakier when hand-handling your A6300.

Pros

  • Over ten times cheaper than the Sony - E 10-18mm
  • The largest maximum aperture on the list for optimal brightness

Cons

  • Lacks autofocus, unlike other options
  • No image stabilization, like our first two options, for better handheld video capturing
Meike 35mm F1.7 Large Aperture Manual Prime Fixed...
  • Lens structure:5 groups 6 slices
  • Minimum aperture: f/22 ; Filter diameter:49mm
  • Lens Not Attached : MANUAL LENS need you to enable "M mode " or "Release without lens" in the...

Best Prime Lens for A6300: Sony SEL-20F28 20mm f/2.8

The Sony SEL-20F28 20mm f/2.8 is tiny compared to what you expect for a top lens to attach to your A6300. Intrigued by its meager 2.4 ounce weight, the lightest on our list, we immediately wanted to determine whether it is the perfect companion for your A6300.

Sony SEL-20F28 E-Mount 20mm F2.8 Prime Fixed Lens

Besides the barely noticeable change you get once paired with your A6300, it also has the smallest size on our list. The combination is quite pocketable, saving you the need to carry a large storage bag.

Its only control point is a very slim manual focus ring that turns smoothly. The autofocus turns silently, which is nice. The turning speed is average though we appreciate that its focus hunting is minimum.

The lens comes with a hood which is relatively helpful on a sunny day. It also has a 49mm thread to fit small filters. In short, the build quality is perfect and especially interesting to see on one of Sony's oldest E-mount lenses.

With its aperture at f/2.8, it allows ample lighting for indoor shooting.

This lens provides a moderate wide-angle, making it suitable for everyday photography with slightly better image quality than the superzoom alternatives.

This pancake lens is still a pocket-friendly option even though it is not as cheap as the Meike 35mm f/1.7 or the Rokinon AF 24mm f/2.8.

Although you can use it as a multipurpose lens, expect a ton of vignetting on a full-frame camera unless shooting in crop mode.

Pros

  • The lightest and most petite lens 
  • Over two times cheaper than our top pick

Cons

  • The aperture does not allow in as much light as the Meike 35mm /1.7
  • About five times more expensive than the Meike 35mm r/.7
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Sony SEL-20F28 E-Mount 20mm F2.8 Prime Fixed Lens
  • Superior Image Quality
  • Minimum Focus Distance : 0.66 feet (0.2 m), Maximum Magnification ratio : 0.12x
  • Focal Length- 20 mm, Compact Length; Lens not Zoomable

Best Telephoto Lens for A6300: Sony SEL18200 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3

Being the most extensive zoom lens on our list, the first question when looking at theSony SEL18200 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 is whether the image quality is in jeopardy. Looking at its qualities, we got convinced that it's a superb pairing for the Sony A6300.

Sony Alpha SEL18200 E-Mount 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS...

The immense focal range means you can use it for almost all kinds of photography. This lens seems like the dream choice for versatile photographers that shoot from real estate to portraits, macro photography, sports, and wildlife.

Its autofocus works great, and you also have a manual zooming option to adjust to the sharpness you need. Though a little small, the zoom rings are precise and pretty effortless to turn. Backed by its image stability, the unit ensures a reduction in image blur when taking videos.

We feel a little disappointed by the aperture ranging from f/3.5 to 6.3. While it’s reasonably great in most instances, its low light performance is one of its biggest shortcomings.

When it comes to size, even though it is reasonably compact for a superzoom, the Sony SEL18200 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 is still quite large when placed on the A6300. If you are using it on a tripod, you have to make sure you adjust your tripod to accommodate the lens.

To top it up, it is the second most expensive lens on the list, with its price roughly similar to the A6300 itself.

Pros

  • Broadest zoom range amongst our options to support multiple uses
  • Image stabilization for more precision than the Meike 35mm f/1.7 during handheld operations

Cons

  • More than ten times more expensive than our cheapest choice
  • A much darker aperture than the Meike 35mm F1.7
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Sony Alpha SEL18200 E-Mount 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS...
  • Minimum Focus Distance:0.99 (Wide) -1.64 feet (Tele) (0.3 (Wide) -0.5 m (Tele))
  • Direct Manual Focus with non-rotating focus ring during AF- ideal for precise, comfortable manual...

Best Low-Light Lens for A6300: Sony SEL35F18 35mm f1.8

Almost resembling the Meike 35mm f/1.7, we decided to determine whether the Sony SEL35F18 35mm f1.8 works similar to it or even better. While pricier than the former, it comes with upgraded attributes making it one of the best prime lenses for A6300.

Sony SEL35F18 35mm f/1.8 Prime Fixed Lens

At f/1.8, this maximum aperture is the second largest on our list, offering fast shutter speeds and a nice bokeh effect.

We love its inclusion of image stabilization, something the Meike 35mm f/1.7 lens lacks, and a rare feature on such a fast aperture lens, making it a better selection for handheld video work as it ensures precision. Its 35mm focal length is good enough for general purposes.

The Sony SEL35F18 35mm f/1.8 at 5.4 ounces is 0.77 ounces lighter than the Meike 35mm f/1.7. While not such a significant difference, it is clear that this lens overpowers the Meike 35mm f/1.7 in all except aperture parameters and pricing.

Though not the prettiest lens around, we appreciate its incorporation of a larger focus ring than the enormous Sony SEL18200 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3. The ring, however, feels a little heavy to turn, yet fortunately, it is pretty responsive when using it in manual mode.

At f/1.8, there is some excellent resolution, although you should refrain from shooting towards the sun to avoid purple fringing.

Pros

  • The second-largest aperture amongst our favorites for ample light
  • Has optical stabilization, unlike the Meike 35mm f/1.7

Cons

  • Slower autofocus system than the Sony SELP18105G E PZ 18-105mm f/4
  • A slightly more rigid focusing ring than the Sony - E 10-18mm f/4
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Sony SEL35F18 35mm f/1.8 Prime Fixed Lens
  • Compact, lightweight fixed F1.8 lens.Angle of View (APS C) 44 °
  • Minimum Focus Distance : 0.99 ft (0.3 m), Maximum Magnification ratio : 0.15x, Focal Length : 1.38...
  • New optical design for excellent peripheral sharpness and contrast, Built in image stabilization

Best Zoom Lens for A6300: Sony SELP18105G E PZ 18-105mm

While not the most extensive zoom lens on our list, the Sony SELP18105G E PZ 18-105mm still offers a respectable range. The advantage of not going too far with the zoom range is to ensure the unit provides flexibility while still not compromising your picture quality.

Sony SELP18105G E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS , Black

Its maximum aperture of f/4 is the smallest on the list, making it quite challenging to use in dim scenarios. Although the bokeh won't be as impressive as the f/1.8 and f/2.8 lenses on review, you can still achieve out-of-focus backgrounds.

Its maximum aperture might, however, be helpful to have an autofocus lock in your pictures. When using the Sony 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 along with a polarizing filter, it tends to struggle to lock focus when zoomed in with the aperture at f/5.6. This unit locks better with its autofocus.

Another advantage of the f/4 constant aperture is it allows you to zoom in and out without changing your exposure settings. The lens has no focus breathing; hence if you focus back and forth even at 105mm, the image won't zoom in and out.

It has a fully electronic power zoom, and the autofocus is more impressive than the Sony SEL35F18 35mm f/1.8. The lens is, therefore, an excellent choice for video applications.

Pros

  • A more versatile zoom range than the Sony - E 10-18mm f/4
  • A constant maximum aperture is better suited for videography than options like the Sony SEL18200 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3

Con

  • The least maximum aperture amongst our picks; not excellent in dim conditions
  • Over eight times as pricier as the Meike 35mm f/1.7
Sony SELP18105G E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS , Black
  • High performance E mount lens with excellent contrast; Minimum Aperture (F): 22
  • Minimum Focus Distance : 1.48 (Wide) 3.12 ft (Tele), Maximum Magnification ratio : 0.11x, Focal...
  • Versatile 27 158mm (35mm equiv.) zoom range. Angle of view (APS C): 76° 15°. Number of aperture...

Best Affordable Prime Lens for A6300: Rokinon AF 24mm f2.8

If you are looking for a compact lens for your A6300, the Rokinon AF 24mm f2.8 is another excellent selection. With our preference for tiny lenses, this 4.2 ounce lens is the second lightest on our lens and proved to be a top contender.

Rokinon AF 24mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Auto Focus Lens...

The 24mm focal length offers a nice pairing for your A6300. It provides a lovely wide angle with slightly stretched corners to provide your picture a touch of drama.

Its maximum aperture of f/2.8 is not exceptionally bright and not as good as the Meike 35mm f/1.7. It is good enough for shooting indoors and in darker situations. If you want out-of-focus backgrounds, you have to get close to your subject.

Its large focus ring unit gives you an easy time when using it. It glides gently and is a convenient component.

We liked its capacity to accommodate two filters simultaneously without showing any physical vignetting in your images. However; when using a neutral density filter, you might experience some vignetting, as is the case with wide-angle lenses.

While the f/2.8 aperture is suitable for night photography, pictures may have some blurriness at the edges. You can get its best resolution at f/8 with some chromatic aberration.

Pros

  • The second-lightest lens listed
  • Larger f/2.8 maximum aperture than lenses like Sony - E 10-18mm F4; for adequate brightness
  • The second cheapest lens reviewed

Cons

  • Autofocus slackens in video mode, unlike the Sony - E 10-18mm f/4
  • Lacks image stabilization, unlike lenses like the Sony SEL35F18 35mm f/1.8
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Rokinon AF 24mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Auto Focus Lens...
  • Compatible with all Sony E-Mount Mirrorless cameras, including full frame
  • Glass is ultra multi-coated (UMC) and Lens is constructed of 7 elements in 7 groups
  • Minimum focusing distance of 9.5 inches and has a filter size of 49mm

Conclusion

After going through performance, quality, and affordability information on our best lens for A6300 reviews, we believe one or two options caught your eye. It's time to settle on your pick and get down to making your dream videos and shots.

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