Sony E-Mount (APS-C)

Zeiss Badge on Sony E-Mount Lens.

There is hardly a third-party lens manufacturer that does not produce for the Sony E-Mount. Not surprisingly, it is the camera system with by far the widest range of lenses available.

While this article focuses on the APS-C side of things, it is probably worth mentioning that if you count both crop and full-frame lenses, there are well over 200 autofocus lenses to choose from. Especially when it comes to prime lenses in “standard” and classic portrait focal lengths, you are spoiled for choice.

Complete List: Sony E-Mount Autofocus Lenses (APS-C)

Zooms: Wide Angle
Brand Product OSS Weight Rating
Sigma 10-18mm f/2.8 255g ***
Sony 10-18mm f/4.0 225g **
Sony 10-20mm f/4.0 178g ***
Tokina 11-18mm f/2.8 335g ***
Tamron 11-20mm f/2.8 335g ***
Zooms: Standard & Superzooms
Brand Product OSS Weight Rating
Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 116g *
Sony 16-55mm f/2.8 494g ****
Sony Zeiss 16-70mm f/4.0 308g **
Tamron 17-70mm f/4.0 525g ***
Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 290g ***
Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 194g *
Sony 18-105mm f/4.0 427g **
Sony 18-110mm f/4.0 1105g ***
Sony 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 325g **
Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 460g *
Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 524g *
Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 649g **
Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 460g *
Tamron 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 620g **
Zooms: Telephoto
Brand Product OSS Weight Rating
Sony 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 345g *
Sony 70-350mm f/4.5-6.3 625g ***
Primes: Wide Angle
Brand Product OSS Weight Rating
Sony 11mm f/1.8 181g ***
Yongnuo 11mm f/1.8 260g **
Samyang 12mm f/2.0 213g **
Zeiss 12mm f/2.8 260g ***
Viltrox 13mm f/1.4 420g ***
Sony 15mm f/1.4 219g ****
Sigma 16mm f/1.4 405g ***
Yongnuo 16mm f/1.8 273g ***
Sony 16mm f/2.8 67g *
Sigma 19mm f/2.8 160g **
Sony 20mm f/2.8 69g *
Sirui 23mm f/1.2 380g **
Sigma 23mm f/1.4 340g ****
Tokina 23mm f/1.4 276g ***
Viltrox 23mm f/1.4 260g ***
Sony Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 225g ***
Primes: Standard
Brand Product OSS Weight Rating
Viltrox 27mm f/1.2 565g ****
TTArtisan 27mm f/2.8 88g **
7Artisans 27mm f/2.8 173g **
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 265g ***
Sigma 30mm f/2.8 130g **
Sony 30mm f/3.5 138g **
Zeiss 32mm f/1.8 200g ***
Sirui 33mm f/1.2 400g **
Tokina 33mm f/1.4 285g ***
Viltrox 33mm f/1.4 270g ***
Sony 35mm f/1.8 154g **
TTArtisan 35mm f/1.8 199g **
Primes: Telephoto
Brand Product OSS Weight Rating
Brightin Star 50mm f/1.4 450g **
Sony 50mm f/1.8 202g **
Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 134g **
Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 146g **
Zeiss 50mm f/2.8 290g ***
Sirui 56mm f/1.2 419g **
Sigma 56mm f/1.4 280g ****
Tokina 56mm f/1.4 315g ***
Viltrox 56mm f/1.4 290g ***
TTArtisan 56mm f/1.8 233g **
Sigma 60mm f/2.8 190g **
Viltrox 75mm f/1.2 670g ****
Bonus: Compact Primes for Full Frame

A range of full-frame primes, which can also be an attractive choice due to their light weight and small size.

Brand Product OSS Weight Rating
Sigma 17mm f/4.0 220g ***
Samyang 18mm f/2.8 145g **
Viltrox 20mm f/2.8 157g **
Samyang 24mm f/1.8 230g ***
Samyang 24mm f/2.8 93g **
Sony 24mm f/2.8 162g ***
Sigma 24mm f/3.5 225g ***
Samyang 35mm f/1.8 210g ***
Samyang 35mm f/2.8 85g **
Sony Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 120g **
Sony 40mm f/2.5 173g ***
Samyang 45mm f/1.8 162g ***
Sigma 45mm f/2.8 215g ***
Sony 50mm f/1.8 186g **
Sony 50mm f/2.5 174g ***
Sony 50mm f/2.8 236g ***
Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 281g ***
Samyang 75mm f/1.8 230g ***
Sigma 90mm f/2.8 295g ***

The star ratings in the last column summarize the reviews you can find online. OSS stands for Optical SteadyShot, Sony’s nomenclature for lens-based image stabilization (the abbreviation is also used here for third-party lenses, regardless of the manufacturer’s own terminology). If you have any suggestions or corrections, please drop me a line using the contact form.

Opening the Mount

The immense range of lenses is largely the result of a management decision made by Sony in 2011. At that time, the Japanese company announced the release of the system’s technical specifications. This effectively opened up the Sony E-Mount to third-party manufacturers to produce lenses for the system.

Less than a year after the announcement, the first third-party autofocus lens for Sony E-Mount APS-C appeared, Tamron’s 18-200mm superzoom. Sigma, Zeiss, Samyang and many others soon followed.