Are you searching the best landscape lens for your Sony a7 or A 9 camera?
The Sony A7 series cameras are popular for their superb quality and performance, while putting a full-frame sensor in a very small, light-weight body.
But to get the absolute best out of your Sony, you’re going to need a lens that is of at least as good a quality as the camera.
To help you choose the best lens for that, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide followed by our recommendations
Note these tips and recommendations are all focused on landscape photography. For other kinds of photography, different lenses and lens-qualities might be better or more important
If you’ve already invested in a mirrorless camera as highly praised as the Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras, chances are you already have a pretty good idea of what you want from a lens.
To make sure your new lens will live up to your expectations, pay close attention to the following qualities:
By far the most important choice you’ll make regarding your lens is the focal length.
Although a wide-angle remains the most popular for landscape photography, telephotos or regular focal lengths can add a variety of new perspectives and creativity to your shots.
Wide angle lenses offer a very broad field of view, allowing you to get more into frame.
The long depth of view can result in distorted perspectives, which can produce more drama and draw in the eye of the viewer.
With ultra-wide angle lenses the field of view is extremely large, and distortion will be even more dramatic.
Using a normal focal length will allow you to give a very realistic view. Images shot with a 50mm focal length will closely represent the way things are seen with the human eye.
To isolate single details in your shot, using telephoto lenses is your best option.
You can also use them to create a new perspective, by moving further away from your desired subject and zooming in.
With a super telephoto you’ll be able to shoot from the greatest distances.
Whether you’ll opt for a prime or zoom lens largely depends on your personal preferences.
A prime lens has only one focal length, so to get your desired framing you’ll have to use your feet. This can be tricky when shooting in remote locations, such as cliff edges.
On the other hand, primes are considered to be a bit faster than zooms, and they are generally of a lighter weight.
Zoom lenses will ensure you can frame your image however you want without having to move too much.
The downside is that they are often a bit heavier and might not be as fast as prime lenses.
Most of Sony’s FE zoom lenses however are quite light-weight, and will still offer a great image quality.
In the case of landscape photography, having the lowest maximum aperture really isn’t the most important feature of a lens.
In most cases you’ll want to opt for a higher aperture while shooting anyway, to ensure a large depth of field and get your entire landscape in focus.
If for example you’ll be using your Sony A series camera a lot during travels and might need your lens to perform very well in low-light situations (where a slow shutter speed is not ideal), a low maximum aperture is beneficial.
Take into account that faster lenses (those with a low maximum aperture) are often a bit more expensive.
Sony is quite well-known for offering high quality in small packages; their cameras as well as lenses are light-weight, not too large and perfect if you’re often moving around with your gear.
If you’re known to be climbing or hiking a lot to get those great landscape shots, opt for the lightest lens options.
When it comes to choosing lenses for landscape photography, you’re going to want to pick a sturdy, weather-sealed lens, since you’ll be shooting out in the elements a lot.
A lens that can take some rainfall, extreme temperatures and a sandstorm or two is very desirable.
Since a large part of Sony’s clientele is made up of travel photographers, above mentioned needs are taken well into account.
A decent weather sealing is added to almost all FE lenses, and build quality is great – both inside and out.
For photographers wanting the absolute best of the best, Sony has launched their GM series. Similar to Canon’s Luxury line, these lenses promise the best quality on all parts.
Images will come out super sharp, bokeh is very smooth and natural, apertures are fast and all GM lenses are tightly weather-sealed. By choosing lenses with the GM label, you’ll make sure your lens lives up to your A7 or A9 camera’s quality.
As with almost everything in life, you can make buying a lens for you’re a series camera as expensive as you want.
Prices for a high-quality lens range from $1000 to well over $2000. What the price tag of your lens will be completely depends on your personal preferences, country of purchase and of course your budget.
Sony and Zeiss seem to be close friends, and they’ve been producing lenses for Sony together for decades.
Zeiss is known for their incredible quality, and competes with the absolute best lenses in the field.
They’ve produced some lenses for Sony on their own, under the names “Batis” and “Loxia”.
Sony and Zeiss have also produced some lenses together, combining the best of both worlds. These lenses have both the Sony and Zeiss label; look out for those to spot some great quality!
Which ones of these great lenses will ultimately make the cut for you will completely depend on your personal photography needs.
If you’re the kind of landscape photographer that likes to stick to the traditional way of shooting landscapes, the Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 will probably suit your needs best.
On the other hand, if you like to mix it up and find new perspectives for you images, the high-end Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 could be a great fit for you.
Of course, budget will also play a big role, and depending on what kind of lenses you already own you might choose one over the other to complement your current glass. In the end, what’s important is how you’ll use your lens and camera.
Hi, I am Luca, founder and editor in chief at photographyambition.com. I am crazy about photography and I always have a camera with me. When I am not busy with my day job, enjoying my family or taking photos, I am on Photography Ambition to share what I have learnt so far.
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