Sony’s interchangeable-lens cameras come in two flavors: those with full-frame 35mm sensors and those with smaller (but still great) APS-C sensors. This guide provides recommendations for both kinds of cameras.
Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS
The fast prime for APS-C
This prime lens lets in a lot of light and has built-in image stabilization. It’s a little pricey, but the images it delivers are worth the investment.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $450.
Sony FE 50mm f/1.8
The fast prime for full frame
This prime lens lets in a lot of light and serves up sharp images for a great price.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $250.
Fast prime lenses (ones that don’t zoom) are recommended for beginners because the lack of zoom forces photographers to get close and better compose their shots. We recommend the Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS for APS-C sensors and the Sony 50mm f/1.8 for full-frame sensors because their wide f/1.8 apertures allows for shooting in dim situations with a fast shutter speed to avoid blur. And because the focal length nearly matches the human eye’s natural magnification, your images will be a lot like what you see in your head.
To take your photography to the next level, you’ll want to begin building your arsenal of lenses. We recommend the Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS or Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS as your telephoto, the Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS for a wide-angle option, the Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN or Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 for portraits, and the Sony E 20mm f/2.8 pancake lens. If macro is your thing, start with the Sigma 70mm f/2.8 Art DG Macro.
If you don’t shoot with a Sony camera but still want to invest in some great starter lenses, take a look at our lens guides for Canon, Nikon, Micro Four Thirds, and Fujifilm bodies.
Source: NY Times – Wirecutter