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Best Lens for Sony A7III [2021 Review]

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Published: 16/06/2021

After equipping yourself with a high-quality camera such as the Sony A7III, remember it’s not the only part of the equation. To shoot high-quality images, you also need to equip yourself with the best lens for Sony A7III. Otherwise, you may deliver disappointing results.

Our Top Sony A7III Lens Reviews

Sony A7III has a wide range of lenses, but all are not created equal. In this review, we focus on the best lens for Sony A7III that produces impressive results.

Brand
Best Overall
Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8
Best for the Money
Sony FE 24-105mm f/4
Best Cheap Pick
Sony FE 28mm f/2
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
Wide Angle
Standard
Item Weight
1.5 pounds
1.46 pounds
7.1 ounces
Rating
-
Best Overall
Brand
Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8
Product
Sony - FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Wide-Angle Zoom Lens...
Lens Type
Wide Angle
Item Weight
1.5 pounds
Rating
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
Wide Angle
Item Weight
1.46 pounds
Rating
-
Price
Best Cheap Pick
Brand
Sony FE 28mm f/2
Product
Sony SEL28F20 FE 28mm f/2-22 Standard-Prime Lens...
Lens Type
Standard
Item Weight
7.1 ounces
Rating
Price

Here's a quick recap of our top recommended Sony A7III lens listed in this article. In this table, we've also included an overview of their top features.

ProductFocal LengthApertureWeight (Pounds)
Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.816-35mmf/2.81.5
Sony FE 24-105mm f/424-105mmf/41.46
Sony FE 28mm f/228mmf/20.4
Sony FE 35mm f/1.835mmf/1.80.6
Sony 55mm f/1.855mmf/1.80.6
Sony 85mm f/1.8-2285mmf/1.8-220.6
Sony 90mm f/2.8-2290mmf/2.8-220.98

Best Overall Lens for Sony A7III: Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8

The Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 is a flexible wide-angle zoom lens with a great design for mirrorless and full-frame cameras. It can keep a great constant aperture of f/2.8 throughout the zoom range, enhancing low-lighting working. 

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

Unlike the Sony FE 28mm f/2, it features four dispersion elements, three aspherical elements, and two XA elements. The low dispersion elements help suppress the chromatic aberration, while the aspherical elements help minimize spherical aberrations for better image sharpness and clarity. 

Besides, it comes with a Nano AR coating on its elements to help minimize flare and ghosting, which helps improve the overall image color fidelity and contrast when shooting in strong lighting. 

Also, it features an 11-blade aperture diaphragm, enabling it to produce soft-edged and smooth bokeh. The construction is high-quality and weather-resistant, allowing you to use it in harsh weather. 

It features two Direct Drive autofocus motors, which makes focusing responsive, smooth, and fast. However, it weighs 1.5 pounds, the heaviest on our list, and unsuitable for carrying around.

Pros

  • It performs better in low-light than the Sony FE 24-105mm f/4
  • It’s weather-resistant, suitable for harsh conditions
  • It produces the best bokeh on our list

Cons

  • It’s the heaviest lens in our list, making it unsuitable for carrying
  • It has no image stabilization
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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 Sony A7III Lens for the Money: Sony FE 24-105mm f/4

The Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 is designed with versatility in mind, being a short telephoto to a wide-angle lens for mirrorless cameras. Aside from the impressive range of focal length, it features a constant aperture of f/4 throughout the zoom range. 

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

The constant aperture allows it to maintain great performance throughout the zoom and have better control over shallow depth of field. To suppress chromatic aberrations, distortion, and color fringing for better image clarity and sharpness, it employs extra-low dispersion elements and aspherical elements in its optical design. 

Unlike the Sony 55mm f/1.8, these elements feature a Nano-coating which helps reduce flare and ghosting for better color accuracy and high contrast, especially when working in bright light. 

Unlike the Sony 55mm f/1.8, it comes with an Optical SteadyShot image stabilization functionality to eliminate the camera shaking effect, ensuring sharp images even when shooting handheld. 

However, it’s the second heaviest on our list, weighing 1.46 pounds, making it unsuitable for extended shooting periods.

Pros

  • It has the best zoom range
  • It comes with image stabilization to eliminate the camera shaking effect

Cons

  • It’s the second heaviest on our list, making it less portable
  • Its low light performance is less appealing than the one in the Sony 16-35mm f/2.8
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 Sony A7III: Sony FE 28mm f/2

The Sony FE 28mm f/2 comes with a fast maximum wide aperture of f/2, making it ideal for working in poor lighting conditions and selective focus effects. 

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

Unlike the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.38, the optical design consists of three elements that reduce the chromatic and spherical aberrations. It comes with an internal focus design that uses a linear motor for autofocus functionality. 

The linear motor significantly improves the focusing experience, while the internal focus design eliminates the increase in length during focusing. Like the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8, it features a weather-resistant construction, allowing you to work even in tough environments. 

It comes with a 9-blade aperture diaphragm, which helps produce a smooth and good quality bokeh. 

Besides, this lens accepts fisheye and ultra-wide converters, allowing you to transform it into a 16mm or 21mm lens for improved versatility. It weighs 0.4 pounds, lightweight enough to carry and shoot for an extended period without making your wrists hurt after a while.

Pros

  • It’s the most lightweight on our list, making it ideal for carrying
  • Unlike other lenses in our list, it accepts fisheye converters

Cons

  • It produces less appealing bokeh than the Sony FE 24-105mm f/4
  • Unlike the Sony 90mm f/2.8-22, it doesn’t have image stabilization.
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 Versatile Lens for Sony A7III: Sony FE 35mm f/1.8

The Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 is a versatile wide-angle lens with an excellent wide aperture of f/1.8, ideal for low-light and selective focus shooting. The optical design features aspherical elements that help suppress spherical and chromatic aberrations, producing a clear and sharp image. 

FE 35mm F1.8 Large Aperture Prime Lens (SEL35F18F)

Like the Sony FE 28mm f/2, it comes with a linear motor and internal focus design to enhance the autofocus experience. Typically, it comes with an AF/MF switch, allowing fast and convenient selection between manual focus and autofocus. 

Unlike the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8, it comes with a 9-blade aperture diaphragm, ensuring the production of an impressive bokeh. The construction is dust and moisture resistant, allowing you to use it in harsh environments. 

Although it’s 0.2 pounds heavier than the Sony FE 28mm f/2, it weighs 0.6 pounds, which is lightweight and suitable for carrying around. The focus hold button is customizable, and you can use it to lock the focus or set it to activate other functionalities, making the shoot effortless. 

Pros

  • It performs well in poor lighting conditions
  • It’s more lightweight than Sony FE 24-105mm f/4
  • It features internal focus, enhancing compactness.

Cons

  • It produces less appealing bokeh, unlike the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8
  • The autofocus motor produces some noise.
FE 35mm F1.8 Large Aperture Prime Lens (SEL35F18F)
  • F1. 8 with 9-blade circular aperture contributes to gorgeous bokeh
  • Compact and lightweight sets a new standard for portability
  • Aspherical element suppresses aberration to deliver high resolution

Best Prime Lens for Sony A7III: Sony 55mm f/1.8

If you are looking for normal length high-performing prime, the Sony 55mm f/1.8 has a fast wide aperture of f/1.8 with excellent resolution. It comes with three aspherical elements to reduce spherical aberrations, improving image sharpness and clarity. 

Sony 55mm F1.8 Sonnar T FE ZA Full Frame Prime...

Also, it comes with an anti-reflective coating, which helps minimize flare and ghosting, especially when shooting in strong lighting conditions. 

It uses the Zeiss Sonnar optical concept, incorporating seven elements arranged in five groups, allowing you to achieve a wide aperture of f/1.8 with enhanced contrast and reduced flare. It features an internal focus design with a linear motor geared towards improving the autofocus experience for sharper images. 

Like the Sony FE 35mm f/1.8, it comes with a 9-blade aperture diaphragm which helps produce a good quality and smooth bokeh. Also similar to the Sony FE 28mm f/1.8, it weighs 0.6 pounds, being compact and lightweight enough for extended periods of shooting without exhaustion.

Pros

  • The aperture is ideal for low-light shooting
  • It suppresses chromatic aberrations and distortions similar to the Sony FE 28mm f/2
  • It’s lightweight, convenient for extended periods of shooting, unlike the Sony FE 24-105mm f/4.

Cons

  • It doesn’t feature image stabilization
  • It produces less appealing bokeh than the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8
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Sony 55mm F1.8 Sonnar T FE ZA Full Frame Prime...
  • Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded. Lens Groups / Elements is 5/7
  • Focal Length: 55mm, Filter Diameter: 49mm
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 19-11/16 inches (.50m)

Best Portrait Lens for Sony A7III: Sony 85mm f/1.8-22

The Sony 85mm f/1.8-22 is a sleek short-telephoto ideal for portraits and real estate photography. With a bright wide aperture of f/1.8, it’s excellent for using selective focus techniques and achieving shallow depth of field.

Sony SEL85F18 85mm F/1.8-22 Medium-Telephoto Fixed...

Unlike the Sony 16-35mm f/2.8, the f/1.8 aperture performs better in low light. The optical construction features nine elements arranged in eight groups, including low-dispersion elements to suppress chromatic color fringing and aberrations, enhancing the color accuracy and image clarity. 

Like the Sony 35mm f/1.8, it comes with an AF/MF switch and a customizable focus hold button, making the focus functionality effortless. Also, it features a double linear autofocus motor for smooth and fast focusing and a snappy manual focus, which allows focusing fine-tuning. 

Like the Sony 55mm f/1.8, it comes with a 9-blade aperture diaphragm, which helps produce a pleasing bokeh quality. It weighs 0.6 pounds, which is convenient for carrying around.

Pros

  • The aperture is ideal for real estate photography
  • It suppresses chromatic aberrations and distortions better than the Sony FE 28mm f/2
  • It comes with a snappy manual focus for fine-tuning the focus

Cons

  • Unlike the Sony 90mm f/2.8-22, it doesn’t feature any image stabilization
  • It produces less appealing bokeh compared to the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 
Sale
Sony SEL85F18 85mm F/1.8-22 Medium-Telephoto Fixed...
  • Wide F1.8 maximum aperture enables beautiful defocusing effects
  • 9-Blade circular aperture creates beautiful round defocused bokeh
  • ED glass element for corner-to-corner sharpness

Best Lens for Sony A7III with Image Stabilization: Sony 90mm f/2.8-22

The Sony 90mm f/2.8-22, a G series lens, excellently balances bokeh and sharpness using unique elements, ensuring clear and sharp images. It also minimizes chromatic aberrations and distortion, as well as enhances smooth out-of-focus areas. 

Sony SEL90M28G FE 90mm f/2.8-22 Macro G OSS...

It comes with a fast aperture of f/2.8, which facilitates the control over depth of field, ideal for working in poorly lit areas. 

Like the Sony FE 24-105mm f/4, it comes with a Nano-coating on its elements which suppresses flare and ghosting for better image quality, especially when working in a strong light. It features a Direct Drive Super Sonic Motor, which enhances smooth and fast focusing. 

Also, it comes with a focus range limiter and the focus hold button to further optimize focusing. Like the Sony FE 24-105mm f/4, it’s equipped with an Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system to minimize the camera shaking effect even when shooting handheld. 

It weighs 0.98 pounds, which is less impressive for carrying around.

Pros

  • It features image stabilization to reduce the camera shaking effect
  • It comes with Nano coating to reduce distortions
  • It has the best autofocus motor on our list, enhancing focusing performance

Cons

  • It’s heavier than the Sony FE 28mm f/2, making it unsuitable for carrying
  • It produces less appealing bokeh than Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8
Sale
Sony SEL90M28G FE 90mm f/2.8-22 Macro G OSS...
  • A perfect match for α7 series, 35mm full-frame E-mount cameras, 90mm Macro with a bright F2.8...
  • Minimum Focus Distance : 0.92 ft (0.28 m), Maximum Magnification ratio : 1.0x, Focal Length : 90 mm....
  • Optical Steady Shot image stabilization for handheld shooting, Instant manual/auto focus selection...

Conclusion

Due to the wide range of Sony A7III lenses in the market, it may be confusing to identify one that will suit you. Although the right lens may depend on the shooting circumstance, you can’t go wrong with any lens from the above list.

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