Recommended lenses for Sony A900 and Sony A850

by Enche Tjin on July 15, 2010

So you decide to go full frame and get Sony A900 / A850 full frame camera. Great! But what are the best lens for these camera? Sony has pretty complete set of high quality lens for these cameras. Sony works closely with famous Carl Zeiss lens to provide the best optics ever.

Generally speaking, Sony lenses are more expensive than Canon and Nikon version, however, Sony DSLR cameras, including A900 & A850 has built-in stabilization. So any lenses mounted in it will get benefit similar (but not identical) to image stabilized lens.

Without further ado, these are best lenses for Sony A900 and A850

sony-24-70mm-f-2-8Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss SSM Price: $1600

Most useful general purpose zoom is versatile for most shooting condition. It is great for travel, architecture, portrait, still life and many more. If you only have budget to get one lens, this will be it.

sony-70-300mm-ssm-gSony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SSM ED G Price: $849

Sony affordable and lighter telephoto zoom lens for long travel while show little compromise on image quality or focusing speed.

sony-50mm-f-1-4Sony 50mm f/1.4 Price: $379

50mm is a classic lens everybody must have, including A900 owner. 50mm images has almost the same perspective as human eyes, therefore it looks the most natural to eye. As an alternative, you can also get used legacy lens, Konica Minolta 50mm f/1.4  which is cheaper but has almost similar quality.

sony-85mm-f-1-4Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Price: $1369

A favorite lens for portrait photography. Wide open at f/1.4 it is sharp in the center and soft on the edges, at f/2.8 it is very sharp. The auto focusing system is inherited from legacy mechanic from Minolta design, it is not fast, create some noise and extend a bit. Image quality is exceptional.

sony-70-400mm-ssm-gSony 70-400mm f/4-5 – 5.6 Price: $1600

The best Sony telephoto zoom lens up to date, this lens is very sharp even wide open and auto focus fast enough to catch the perfect moment. Great for shooting far away subjects such as birds and sports. However, this lens is a quite long and heavy as walk around lens.

sony-135mm-f-1-8Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Price: $1479

It is the fastest (biggest max. aperture) 135mm lens in the market and very sharp even wide open. Auto focus system used old mechanical design. The lens benefited greatly by built-in image stabilization and great for head and shoulder portrait, fashion but you need a fairly large space / studio or outdoor.

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John from Buffalo February 7, 2011 at 3:12 pm

You totally dismissed the Sony CZ 16-35mm!! That lens is absolutely stellar at f/2.8 and its the ONLY lens that even suitable for wide angle photography. I can’t see you putting in the 85mm and the 135mm together, either. I mean 85mm is portrait w/ a little distance totally throwing out the 135mm. Why be redundant and exclude the 16-35? Seems a little off.

John from Buffalo February 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm

… additionally saying the Sony 70-400 is awesome wide open is like saying Sigma 12-24 is the sharpest lens on the market for full-frame cameras. That just seems absurd. f/4-5 wide open isn’t fast enough. f/1.4 from the CZ 85mm + teleconvertor @ f/2.8 (2x) … now THAT’s fast wide open. Come on … I think the review of “best sony lenses” is a little skewed here.

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