Recommended lenses for Sony A500/A550

by Enche Tjin on November 30, 2009

Sony A500/A550 is a dark horse in DSLR camera market. It is positioned as mid-range DSLR camera which is between beginner and advanced camera. It has ability to shoot up to 7 fps, has a built-in stabilization and fast auto focus in live view mode. However, unlike many other DSLR in 2009, A500 and A550 do not have any video recording feature. In a wider DSLR landscape, it competes directly with last year Nikon D90.

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Sony A500 and A550 - identical twin brothers - image from Photography Bay

Here are some recommended lenses for Sony A500/A550 based on size, price, and quality.

Sony 16-105mm f/3.5-4.5 DT
It is a very versatile Sony lens that is very good in term of price/value. It is very sharp especially in 35-50mm focal length. 16mm is very useful for landscape or journalism style, and 105mm will make a nice portrait. If you need to choose only one lens to bring, I suggest you to take this lens.

Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G-series
G-series lenses are Sony high quality lens line-up that show little compromise on quality. This lens will be great for wildlife, sports and maybe some portraits.

Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro
Very sharp lens for close-up photography such as food photography, insect, and also portraitures. Fast aperture combined with camera built-in stabilization make it ideal for low light condition too. It is also compatible with full frame DSLR camera. It is a great value for money.

Sony 50mm f/1.4
Sony popular prime lens. It is famous for portrait, low light photography such as concert, and general purpose. This lens is compatible with full frame Sony cameras such as A850 and A900 so if you upgrade your body, you will able to use it. This is classic lens that will serve you for years to come. This year, Sony also release a cheaper version, the 50mm f/1.8 SAM. This lens is very lightweight,  significantly cheaper but construction quality and auto focus is not as a fast as 50mm f/1.4.

Maybe interesting for you to know: Sony A500 and A550, press release and differences

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