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Best Lens for A7S [2021 Review]

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Published: 02/06/2021

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The Sony A7S treats fans to a flexible and superior functionality with features like the S-Log2 tone curve that offers more dynamism in your videos. Like other cameras, picking the best lens for A7S is essential to get the most of what this camera offers.

Our Top A7S Lens Reviews

After hours of research and a thorough analysis of the performance of different lenses for the Sony A7S under numerous conditions, we have narrowed down the seven best lenses for your A7S. Dive in to see which of your top picks ticks all your expectations in a lens for A7S. 

Brand
Best Overall
Sony - FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM
Best for the Money
Sony - FE 24-105mm f/4
Best Cheap Pick
Sony SEL28F20 FE 28mm
Product
Sony - FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Wide-Angle Zoom Lens...
Sony - FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS Standard Zoom Lens...
Sony SEL28F20 FE 28mm f/2-22 Standard-Prime Lens...
Lens Type
Wide Angle
Standard
Wide Angle
Maximum Focal Length
35 millimeters
105 millimeters
28 millimeters
Best Overall
Brand
Sony - FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM
Product
Sony - FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Wide-Angle Zoom Lens...
Lens Type
Wide Angle
Maximum Focal Length
35 millimeters
Price
Best for the Money
Brand
Sony - FE 24-105mm f/4
Product
Sony - FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS Standard Zoom Lens...
Lens Type
Standard
Maximum Focal Length
105 millimeters
Price
Best Cheap Pick
Brand
Sony SEL28F20 FE 28mm
Product
Sony SEL28F20 FE 28mm f/2-22 Standard-Prime Lens...
Lens Type
Wide Angle
Maximum Focal Length
28 millimeters
Price

Here's a quick recap of our top recommended lenses for Sony A7S listed in this article. In this table, we've also included an overview of their top features.

ProductMaximum ApertureFocal LengthWeight (Ounces)
Sony SEL24240 FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3f/3.5-6.324-240mm27.51
Zeiss Batis f/2.8f/2.818mm11.64
Sony SEL35F14Z Distagon T FE 35mm f/1.4f/1.435mm22.22
Samyang SYIO14AF-E 14mm f/2.8f/2.814mm20.8
Sony SEL28F20 FE 28mm f/2-22f/228mm7.05
Sony - FE 24-105mm f/4f/424-105mm23.39
Sony - FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GMf/2.816-35mm23.39

Best Overall Lens for A7S: Sony - FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM

The Sony - FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM is one of Sony's best ultrawide angle lenses.

Sony - FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Wide-Angle Zoom Lens...

This lens offers you a flexible zoom range from a standard wide-angle of 35mm and zooming out to a very wide 16mm. That makes it ideal for indoor shooting as well as landscape photography, and wedding footages in large churches.

The maximum aperture of f/2.8 makes it easy to work with this lens in dark conditions. You can get wider angle lenses than this with even brighter apertures. Its zoom range and flexibility make it one of the best enjoyable wide-angle zoom lenses available.

Like other GM lenses, the lens comes with a dense plastic construction without being too heavy. It feels sturdy and weighs 23.99 ounces, making it the second heaviest lens on review. The size is medium, though, and won't take up excessive space in your camera bag.

This lens is made of metal with a thin weather-sealing gasket, making it a suitable choice for harsh weather. An auto-manual focus switch and a focus hold button on the side allow you to see your precise focusing conditions.

A rubberized zoom ring that turns evenly and fluidly makes it a perfect lens for video work. A little to the front is the focus ring with the same amount of smoothness the zoom ring provides.

The focus ring turns precisely with the lens's focus motor. This focus motor works quickly and nicely even when using an old Sony A7S.

Featuring an 82mm filter thread, the lens allows you to use all kinds of filters, though it's best not to stack them when needing the widest angles.

Going at the highest price on the list, this lens may not be your first consideration if you are on a budget after buying the A7S. Another fact we found disappointing is the lack of image stabilization, a common feature in recent Sony lenses.

Pros

  • Third brightest maximum aperture amongst selections
  • Easier-to-use design with a smoother zoom ring than the Sony - FE 24-105mm F4

Cons

  • Most expensive lens reviewed
  • Lacks image stabilization, unlike the Sony - FE 24-105mm F4
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Sony - FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Wide-Angle Zoom Lens...
  • Designed to achieve 50 Line pairs/mm resolving power
  • Two XA (extreme aspherical) elements w/ high surface precision. Minimum focus distance - 0.28 m...
  • Constant F2.8 max aperture maintains exposure and Depth of field. Hood Type : Petal shape, bayonet...

Best A7S Lens for the Money: Sony - FE 24-105mm f/4

The Sony - FE 24-105mm comes at approximately half the price of the top pick while delivering a competitive performance.

Sony - FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS Standard Zoom Lens...

The lens's 24-105mm focal range covers most of your areas impressively, from a vast angle to short telephoto. Any zooming beyond this presents a challenge in image quality, something the Sony - FE 24-105mm f/4 tries to maintain.

The maximum aperture of f/4 is the lowest amongst our best options. While not letting in much light, it is still helpful and brighter at the telephoto end than a cheaper kit lens.

Its build quality is solid though it has a plastic feeling. While the lens is pretty large; it is thankfully not too heavy with its weight of 23.38 ounces.

Unlike our best lens for the A7S, it features image stabilization. This feature is crucial as you capture moving subjects though there are lenses with a much better ability to maintain stillness. If you want a lens for video making, its optical stability may still offer a shaking output in handheld capturing.

The zoom ring is rubberized yet sticky and doesn't turn as fluidly as the Sony - FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM. This aspect is another annoyance for real estate video makers making the lens more suited for stills than footage applications.

Given the lens is not a parfocal lens, the focal length keeps adjusting slightly as you zoom in and out. Different from its zoom ring, the focus ring turns steadily. As usual for almost all mirrorless lenses, the focus ring responds well.

Its autofocus system works silently, relatively fast, and accurately. Another thing we like is the minimal focus breathing as you change focus.

The lens has a 77mm filter thread and comes with a decently deep hood. It generally has an average build quality and optical steadiness yet functions pretty nicely in stills photography. 

Pros

  • Includes Image stabilization, unlike the Sony SEL28F20 better for clarity
  • Second most extensive zoom range to suit multiple applications

Cons

  • Smallest maximum aperture on the list unsuitable for low lighting
  • The zoom ring is more rigid than the Sony - FE 16-35mm GM
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Sony - FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS Standard Zoom Lens...
  • G-lens design with 4 aspherical and 3 ED glass (extra-low Dispersion) elements, for high...
  • Constant F4 maximum aperture maintains exposure and depth of field throughout the Zoom range
  • 9-Blade circular aperture contributes to beautifully de-focused backgrounds. Format - 35 mm...

Best Cheap Lens for A7S: Sony SEL28F20 FE 28mm

Featuring a tempting fun-size, the Sony SEL28F20 FE 28mm f/2-22 might be the perfect companion to take with you if you walk a lot. It is the smallest and lightest lens on review at only 7.05 ounces.

Sony SEL28F20 FE 28mm f/2-22 Standard-Prime Lens...

While still a wide-angle, the 28mm focal length is not a favorite pairing for the A7S. It is not wide enough to stretch the corners of your image yet not tight enough to offer your subject emphasis. It provides a neutral perspective that might be just what you require.

The lens's most significant attribute is the fast aperture of f/2. Being the third best lens on the list regarding the amount of light it lets through to your sensor, this rig operates nicely in dark conditions.

The ample brightness also allows you to get some pleasing bokeh. The extra-wide aperture cushions the unimpressive focal length a bit the way we see it.

As expected at its price point, some features like image stabilization are absent. You, therefore, need to invest in a tripod stand if you shoot videos, hence jeopardizing the affordability and portability benefits the lens provides.

The focus ring is broad. It turns smoothly, though quite heavily. We, however, like its responsiveness. The autofocus speed is pretty fast on the A7S, with the autofocus motor working silently as well.

It is reasonably suitable for everyday use and if you need image sharpness in your corners, stoop down to f5.6 or so. The sharpness is, however, not as concise as pricier options.

If you are looking for a compact and straightforward lens for your A7S, the Sony SEL28F20 FE 28mm f/2-22 is one of the best picks especially given its affordability.

Pros

  • Smallest and lightest lens on review
  • Third brightest aperture on the list for low-light photography
  • The most affordable lens on review

Cons

  • Image sharpness is not as good as the Sony - FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM
  • Lacks optical stabilization, unlike the Sony - FE 24-105mm F4
Sony SEL28F20 FE 28mm f/2-22 Standard-Prime Lens...
  • A perfect match for α7 series, 35mm full-frame E-mount cameras, Outstanding optical performance in...
  • Angle of view (35 mm)75 °,Angle of view (APS-C) 54 °.Minimum Focus Distance : 0.96 ft(AF) / 0.82...
  • Dust and moisture resistant design, 9-blade circular aperture contributes to gorgeous bokeh, ED...

Best Durable Lens for A7S: Samyang SYIO14AF-E 14mm F2.8

This FE lens is an autofocus mirrorless camera version of Samyang's famous manual focus 14mm f/2.8 T/3.1 lens. For an autofocus lens compatible with the A7S and other full-frames, Samyang SYIO14AF-E 14mm F2.8 offers a worthy bargain.

Samyang SYIO14AF-E 14mm F2.8 Full Frame Auto Focus...

Attached to your A7S, the 14mm focal length provides an extensive wide-angle. It offers dramatic images with strongly stretched corners that emphasize the background. 

Its maximum aperture of f/2.8 is similar to our best lens for A7S and, therefore, offers a reasonable degree of brightness. You can shoot inside buildings and in dark conditions while still obtaining pretty visible details. This aperture also allows you to get some nicely blurred backgrounds.

The lens feels nice and solid, thanks to the metallic construction, including its lens mount. It's a pretty large lens and lacks a filter thread, something landscape photographers may find inconvenient.

The electronically motor-coupled focus ring glides very smoothly. It's responsive enough as you shoot in manual mode, though not as punctually as you may like.

Like most lenses, the rig has a remarkable degree of sharpness at the center. There is, however, some softness in the corners when tested at f/2.8. There is also some color fringing. It's the same case at f/4, f/5.6, and f/8.

We noticed an impressive improvement at f/11. At f/16, the corners are considerably sharp, although, given the narrowness of the aperture, the contrast is a bit lower.

Its overall performance presents fairly accurate image centers, with the corner a bit softer than the Sony - FE 16-35mm unless you stop down to smaller apertures.

The lens is simple, sturdy, and functions impressively. It's pretty disappointing that you can't use filters, making it challenging to control lighting and color.

Pros

  • The second cheapest lens on review
  • The widest angle on the list to capture large sections

Cons

  • Incompatible with filters, unlike lenses like the Sony - FE 24-105mm F4
  • Color fringing at its widest apertures, unlike the Sony - FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM
Samyang SYIO14AF-E 14mm F2.8 Full Frame Auto Focus...
  • UMC anti-reactive coatings, three Aspherical lens elements and two ED lens elements
  • Constructed of high strength aluminum alloy housing; 14 elements in 10 groups
  • Aperture range of F2.8-22 with 7 aperture blades , The integrated autofocus motor works in...

Best Low Light Lens for A7S: Sony SEL35F14Z Distagon T FE 35mm f1.4

Given its Zeiss label to promote its marketing, we were a little skeptical of the Sony SEL35F14Z Distagon T FE 35mm f/1.4 given our previous encounters with Zeiss zoom lenses.

Sony SEL35F14Z Distagon T FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA...

The 35mm on the A7S or any full-frame is one of our favorite focal lengths. It provides a wide-angle field of view while leaving a little bit of emphasis on your subject. 

With its aperture set at f1/.4, it has the most expansive size on our list. You can achieve a nice background separation with this maximum aperture.

The light intensity flowing through to your A7S sensor makes it ideal for house interior shooting and dim scenarios. It’s a great choice for real estate and wedding photographers.

This lens is good-looking, big, metallic, and heavy, weighing 22.22 ounces. Unfortunately, its mount is made from metal, unlike the Sony - FE 16-35mm GM.

You can toggle the aperture ring by clicking at every ⅓ stop, which is satisfactory for stills photography. You can also opt for a smooth action by switching the toggle action off. When shooting videos, the smooth aperture ring mode ensures beautiful-looking aperture changes.

Taking the convenience even further, the lens allows you to control your aperture settings from your A7S.

The focus ring is metallic, too, and turns very smoothly. Broad and with a high degree of responsiveness, the focus ring allows locking in on your subject's features with ease. While not a zoom lens, there is a noticeable reduction in your field of view as you focus close to your subject.

Despite loving this lens immensely, we are slightly disappointed by the absence of image stabilization.

Pros

  • Brightest aperture amongst picks for more light let-through
  • Sturdy construction for longevity
  • Silent, accurate focusing

Cons

  • No weather sealing, unlike the Sony - FE 16-35mm; bad for rainy conditions
  • Not as good as the Sony - FE 24-105mm for handheld video work given the lack of image stabilization
Sony SEL35F14Z Distagon T FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA...
  • A perfect match for α7 series, 35mm full-frame E-mount cameras, Outstanding optical performance in...
  • Filter diameter (mm): 72 mm.Minimum Focus Distance : 098 ft (03 m), Maximum Magnification ratio :...
  • Bright F14 maximum aperture, Aperture ring designed for still or movie shooting, Corner to corner...

Best Prime Lens for A7S: Zeiss Batis 2.8/18

Closely competing with the Sony SEL35F14Z Distagon T FE 35mm f/1.4 is another Zeiss-branded lens, the Zeiss Batis 2.8/18.

Zeiss Batis 2.8/18 Wide-Angle Lens for E-Mount,...

Like two other lenses on our list, it comes with an f/2.8 aperture. That allows ample light to your sensor, ensuring images come out brighter. It is a convenient lens for capturing interiors during nighttime and for creating nice defocused backgrounds.

Given its 18mm focal length, the lens offers you a super-wide angle. Architecture, real estate, scenery, and cityscape photographers will appreciate the number of things they can fit in the field of view.

Much better than some lenses, like our cheapest lens for A7S, it has a great degree of sharpness. It lacks an aperture ring, while the focus ring is rubberized and operates smoothly. Unlike our other selections, the focus ring lacks groves and is smooth all around.

The unit features a 77mm filter thread. With an ND filter attached to the lens, you can use the focus distance meter to determine the field of view on your images. This feature is a savior as sometimes you may have to remove a strong filter to ensure focus.

Although it faces some competition from the Samyang 14mm lens, its image clarity is much better. It features a metal construction reinforced with weather sealing. The lens is durable, and it also includes a lens hood to cushion your images from flare and similar effects on sunny days.

Besides its durable construction, it has quite a compact body. With a mass of only 11.64 ounces, it comes second place on our list and is one of the most portable lenses for A7S.

While presenting attractive features, it is the second most expensive option on the list. It goes at approximately half the price of the A7S.

Pros

  • Third widest maximum aperture amongst our picks to let in much light
  • The second-lightest lens for effortless portability

Cons

  • The second priciest option selected
  • It lacks an aperture ring, unlike our other selections
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Zeiss Batis 2.8/18 Wide-Angle Lens for E-Mount,...
  • VERSATILE FULL-FRAME LENS: The powerful lens for the mirrorless full-frame system of Sony fulfills...
  • EXCELLENT RESOLUTION AND HIGH CONTRAST: Richly saturated and vivid colours are a must in the...
  • ROBUST AND WEATHERPROOF METAL CONSTRUCTION: Thanks to features that are designed to keep out dust...

Best Telephoto Lens for A7S: Sony SEL24240 FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3

Featuring the broadest zoom range amongst our lenses for A7S, the Sony SEL24240 FE 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 offers immense versatility.

Sony SEL24240 FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Zoom Lens...

This lens’s 24mm focal length is a lovely wide-angle starting point, and the maximum 240mm focal length provides a good telephoto reach. You may want something with a more extended reach if you’re interested in wildlife photography, though this flexibility is still welcome for real estate shooting.

Superzoom lenses don't offer extreme angles of view or the best image quality and generally have darker maximum apertures. The Sony SEL24240 FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 is not so different with its adjustable aperture letting in meager amounts of light than options like the Sony 35mm f/1.4.

You also won't get backgrounds particularly out of focus unless you zoom all the way. Like most superzoom lenses, this unit is not very interesting and has limited performance in artistic capabilities. We mainly love it because of its simplicity and flexibility.

Its build quality is one of the toughest on the list, given its metal construction. Because of its big sizing and choice of materials, it is the heaviest lens on review at 27.51 ounces.

While sturdy, we are a bit downcast by the omission of weather sealing. You may want to keep it out of the rain to enjoy the advantages its robust build offers.

On its rear is a focus ring that feels fluid to handle and functions pretty responsively. We like its zoom capabilities, given the very minimal focus breathing. As you change focus, the image doesn't zoom in or out.

Thanks to its rubber zoom ring, the lens is pretty easy to turn. We also like the evenness and fluidity of its gliding action.

Pros

  • Most extensive zooming capacity for all-purpose use
  • A smooth, responsive focus ring than the Sony - FE 24-105mm F4

Cons

  • Second darkest maximum apertures unideal for low light
  • The heaviest lens on review hence tedious
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Sony SEL24240 FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Zoom Lens...
  • A perfect match for α7 series, 35mm full-frame E-mount cameras, 10x magnification with a wide 24mm...
  • Minimum Focus Distance : 1.64 ft-2.63 ft (0.5 m-0.8 m), Maximum Magnification ratio : 0.27x,...
  • Corner to corner sharpness from 5 Spherical elements, ED glass element reduces flare and ghosting,...

Conclusion

Sony A7S camera with zoom lens

When selecting your best lens for A7S, focal length, aperture parameters, and sharpness are the top considerations. Other issues like stabilization, build quality, and portability, is also very important. 

With our detailed guide taking you through the comparisons of these products, we believe you are ready to settle on an option.

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