Sony

There was once only a small se­lec­tion of full­frame E-mount lenses, but not any more

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Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS £1,199 www.sony.co.uk

For Sony full-frame mir­ror­less users, this is a re­ally ver­sa­tile lens that gives con­sis­tently ex­cel­lent re­sults. It’s im­pres­sively sharp, fea­tures a weather-re­sis­tant con­struc­tion, and pro­vides a re­ally use­ful zoom range with­out be­ing too bulky. In short, it ticks all the right boxes and is ar­guably the best-judged gen­eral-pur­pose zoom Sony has yet made.

Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 £599 www.sony.co.uk

Sony’s full-frame FE lenses have gained a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing huge and ex­pen­sive, but the firm also makes some smaller and more af­ford­able op­tions for en­thu­si­ast pho­tog­ra­phers. This 85mm prime is a great por­trait lens for both full-frame and APS- C users, com­bin­ing de­cent sharp­ness with at­trac­tive back­ground blur.

Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS £879 www.sony.co.uk

The only aut­o­fo­cus lens for Sony full-frame mir­ror­less that of­fers 1:1 mag­ni­fi­ca­tion, this short tele­photo macro is a su­perla­tive lens. In­deed, it’s one of the sharpest we’ve ever tested, while also giv­ing beau­ti­fully ren­dered out- of-fo­cus back­grounds for por­trai­ture. The push-pull fo­cus ring is also use­ful for macro work.

Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS £1,149 www.sony.co.uk

Thanks to its f/4 aper­ture, this pre­mium tele­zoom is a great match to Al­pha 7 cam­eras in terms of size and weight, and no­tably more por­ta­ble than its f/2.8 sib­ling. It’s also equally at home on Sony’s Al­pha 6000-se­ries mod­els. Op­ti­cally, it de­liv­ers the goods, with its fast fo­cus­ing seal­ing the deal.

Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G £1,699 www.sony.co.uk

For ul­tra-widean­gle lovers, Sony’s lat­est op­tic is one of the best around. Sig­nif­i­cantly smaller than com­pa­ra­ble lenses for DSLRs, it nonethe­less de­liv­ers con­sis­tently ex­cel­lent im­age qual­ity. While it’s cer­tainly not for ev­ery­one and will ex­ceed some tight bud­gets, it’s a great op­tion for those who shoot in­te­ri­ors, ar­chi­tec­ture or land­scapes.

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