Top 10 Best First Lens for Sony A7III

It’s undeniable that Sony’s mirrorless camera models have revolutionized the photography and videography industry. Sony has a wide range of mirrorless camera models and the Sony a7iii is one of them. 

The Sony a7iii has a wide range of useful features and an attractive price point.

If you’ve recently purchased a Sony a7iii camera, then you might need to include a native full-frame E-mount (FE) lens in your gear bag. 

To help you make the right choice, here are the best lenses for your Sony a7iii based on your photography style, needs, and preferences:

Note: This post doesn’t only include E-mount lenses, but also the most popular lenses for Sony a7iii. These lenses will also work with other Sony E-mount full-frame cameras like Sony a7, a7 ii a7R, a7R ii, a7R iii s7S, or a7S ii a9.

1. Sony FE 24-70mm f:2.8 GM (G Master) E-Mount Lens

This is another wide-angle and telephoto zoom lens but with a wider focal length (24-70mm). It weighs just 1.95lb (about 886g). Sony FE 24-70mm f:2.8 GM is fast and wide enough to capture ultra-wide landscapes and night-sky shots.

The wider range also guarantees that this lens will work excellently for weddings and street photography. The f/2.8 aperture also enables photographers and videographers to capture stunning shots with soft, blurred backgrounds and bokeh.

Filmmakers can use this lens as a wider vlogging lens that perfectly places the subjects in the scene. Sony FE 24-70mm f:2.8 GM is a must-have lens for creativity!

2. Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS

This small-size lens delivers outstanding overall performance. It has a 105-300mm equivalent zoom range and covers a wide telephoto zoom range that is perfect for sports, actions, portraits, and lots more.

The Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS lens uses a dual linear motor system and internal focus mechanism to autofocus. This enables the lens to capture fast-moving subjects. This fast and accurate setup delivers sharp imagery, especially when combined with the inbuilt Optical Steady Shot image stabilization.

This lens also uses a maximum aperture of f/4 to keep both weight and size down. It also features a Nano AR coating that helps in minimizing the appearance of flare and ghosting. Though this lens is as sharp as the f/2.8 model (and costs less), it doesn’t give the best result when natural light is low.

3. Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8

This is a great choice and must-have wide-angle lens for all vloggers who would be shooting with a Sony a7iii camera. This lens is well-built, features a metallic body, strong weather sealing, and smooth and precise ring movement.

The lens has a first-rate construction. It has an AF/MF switch on its side, two XA (extreme aspherical) elements that help in minimizing distortion and field curvature, and an 11-blade diaphragm to produce a smooth, beautiful Bokeh effect. The lens also has two DDSSM systems, which help in achieving sharp focus quickly and quietly.

4. Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS

The Sony 24-105mm F4 G OSS is one of the best zoom lenses for Sony mirrorless cameras. The lens helps users to cover a wide range of videography. It’s fast to focus and captures impressively sharp videos across its aperture range. The Optical Stabilization technology helps to keep images steady at longer focal lengths.

Depending on what you’re shooting, this lens is also arguably the best lens for vlogging when coupled with the Sony a7iii. The body is well-weighted, and the focus and zoom rings have nice grip and movement. The lens also has a focus hold button, AF/MF switch, and a switch for enabling the built-in image stabilization.

The in-built image stabilization is superb and the autofocus performance is quiet, fast, and accurate. The f/4 aperture means the lens is not so reliable in low-light conditions as other top lenses but that’s okay. The lens delivers imagery with remarkable sharpness and contrast all through its focal range.

5. Sony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS

We highly recommend Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS for its optimization for macro shooting. This full-frame telephoto E-mount lens features inbuilt image stabilization for clear, sharp, images at up to 1:1 magnification.

The Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS lens boasts of having a fast f/2.8 aperture for controlling depth of field and working in less-than-ideal light. The lens also features a Nano AR coating that helps in eliminating ghosting and flare.

This lens features a floating focus mechanism that suppresses aberration equally at all focusing distances – this enables sharp in-focus rendering whether the subject is far off or extremely close. Finally, this lens has a sturdy and handsome build with a moisture- and dust-resistant design for durability.

6. Sony 16-35mm Vario-Tessar T FE F/4 ZA OSS E-Mount Lens

This lens was launched in 2014 as the first wide-angle lens for all Sony FE hybrids. It offers excellent optical performance and is a very good lens for both landscape photography and videography.

When you use the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4, expect fast focusing, impressively sharp images, low vignetting, reasonable distortion, and very good image quality. This lens features the ZEISS T (T star) coating to reduce flare and ghosting and is ideal for landscapes.

There are three ED glass elements to suppress chromatic distortion and constant f/4 maximum aperture throughout the zoom range.

7. Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM

The Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM lens is perfect for landscapes, cityscapes, astrophotography, and architecture, as well as recording movies. It has an ultra-wide-angle zoom that is built upon the success of the popular FE 12-24mm f/4 G lens.

This lens boasts of wider constant aperture, complex optical design, and lightning-fast AF. If you’re in search of a lens for recording movies with a useful zoom range and uncompromising image quality and performance, the Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM lens is your best choice.

Its innovative construction delivers outstanding corner-to-corner image quality all through the entire zoom range. It features a series of XA, aspherical, Super ED, and ED elements that all combine to reduce aberrations and distortions for achieving a high degree of accurate rendering, sharpness, and notable color accuracy.

It also features an updated Nano AR Coating II, which suppresses flare and ghosting for greater contrast when working in bright and backlit conditions. The fast f/2.8 aperture helps in achieving detailed low-light images also. The portable and compact design makes this lens perfect for videographers and vloggers that need extra mobility during shoots.

8. Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G (SEL20F18G)

This lens is ideal for vloggers and videographers, as well as landscapes, street, and wildlife photography. This lens presents an ultra-wide field of view and outstanding corner-to-corner sharpness – thanks to the fast f/1.8 max. aperture.

The Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G is a sleek wide-eyed prime lens with great portability, intuitive handling, and advanced optical design. It’s small and lightweight (just 373g), which makes the lens ideal for videographers and vloggers.

This lens features the XD (Extreme Dynamic) Linear focus motors for quick and smooth focusing and also employs two AA (Advanced Aspherical) elements and three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements that combine to accurately reproduce point light sources with high contrast. If you’re a videographer, this is the right lens for you!

9. Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art

The Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art lens offers a classic ultra-wide to wide zoom versatility. It has a solid value, a high image quality, and a high build quality. Its constant f/2.8 aperture makes it a great choice for low-light shooting and night photography.

Expect fantastic optical performance from this Sigma 4-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art lens. It’s much more pocket friendly than most of Sony’s comparable ultra-wide-angle lenses.

10. Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G (SEL1224G)

If you want a Sony-brand landscape lens and your budget can handle it, this Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G is your best option. It offers amazing image quality and rugged build quality.

This lens is sharp and ultra-wide – wider than the 14mm maximum of the Sigma lens. However, the price is a bit higher compared to the Sigma lens, coming in at about $1,773 (as at the time of writing this article).

That concludes our list of the top 10 best first lenses for the Sony a7iii cameras. Are we missing out on any lens in our list? Let us know what lens you’re shooting with, and why you love it in the comment box below!