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Sony E-Mount Lenses

When Sony launched its NEX mirrorless system in May 2010, the compact and fully-featured cameras gained widespread praise for their ergonomics and imaging performance. The initial weak point of the E-mount, however, was the absence of a comprehensive lens catalog. Sony usefully provided its NEX users with a roadmap (see below) on how it intended to develop the lens lineup for the new mount, but the restricted number of native lenses was mentioned by many reviewers as a disadvantage of adopting the NEX/E-mount system.

Lens schedule
Early Sony E-Mount roadmap[sony]

These concerns receded over time, as Sony delivered on its promises and provided a steady flow of E-mount glass, including enthusiast oriented lenses developed in collaboration with Zeiss. Also, the success of Sony's APS-C mirrorless cameras enticed third party lens manufacturers, such as Sigma and Carl Zeiss, to offer manual and autofocus lenses for the E-mount. After the introduction of the full-frame A7 cameras in October 2013, Sony's effort to strengthen its lens catalog intensified, but the focus shifted clearly towards FE lenses instead of APS-C. The FE optics can be mounted and used on APS-C cameras, but they project on image circle that can only be partially captured by the APS-C sensor, while being bigger and heavier than equivalent NEX-lenses.

The following listing provides an overview of lens availability for the Sony E-mount, and reports the main specifications of the optics for comparison. The listed prices are those at release time, so they may have changed since then. The catalog comprises both autofocus as well as manual lenses, and lists both optics from Sony and other lens producers. If you are mainly interested in full frame lenses for the E-mount, you might want to move across to the FE timeline and lens list. Conversely, if you are exclusively looking for APS-C lenses and want to avoid the bulk and costs of full frame glass, you can suppress the FE listings by un-selecting the respective checkbox in the table header.

Headline Specifications of E-Mount Lenses for APS-C Cameras
Wide-angle Focus
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Samyang 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fish-Eye MF no no 60 x 56 mm 217 g 2012 299 discont. check
Samyang 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fish-Eye II MF no no 60 x 65 mm 265 g 2014 299 latest check
Samyang 8mm f/3.5 UMC Fish-Eye CS II MF no no 75 x 101 mm 450 g 2012 329 latest check
Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS MF no no 87 x 132 mm 620 g 2013 599 latest check
Voigtlander 10mm f/5.6 Hyper-Wide-Heliar MF 72 no 68 x 74 mm 371 g 2016 1099 latest check
Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS AF 62 no 70 x 64 mm 225 g 2012 849 latest check
Samyang 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS MF 67 no 73 x 59 mm 245 g 2014 349 latest check
Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 AF 67 no 82 x 86 mm 270 g 2012 699 latest check
Samyang 12mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS FISH-EYE MF no no 77 x 99 mm 525 g 2014 499 latest check
Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D MF no no 75 x 83 mm 609 g 2016 979 latest check
Voigtlander 12mm f/5.6 Ultra-Wide-Heliar MF 67 no 67 x 74 mm 230 g 2016 699 latest check
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC MF no no 87 x 122 mm 570 g 2010 399 latest check
Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC AF no no 86 x 98 mm 470 g 2016 849 latest check
Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro MF 77 no 84 x 65 mm 410 g 2015 529 latest check
Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5 Super-Wide-Heliar MF 58 no 66 x 68 mm 294 g 2016 799 latest check
Samyang 16mm f/2.0 ED AS UMC CS MF 77 no 83 x 115 mm 615 g 2013 399 latest check
Sony E 16mm F2.8 Pancake AF 49 no 62 x 23 mm 74 g 2010 299 latest check
Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 AF 77 YES 78 x 95 mm 330 g 2016 1499 latest check
Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN AF 46 no 61 x 46 mm 140 g 2012 199 discont. check
Sigma 19mm f/2.8 DN Art AF 46 no 61 x 46 mm 160 g 2013 199 latest check
Samyang 20mm f/1.8 ED AS UMC MF 77 no 83 x 114 mm 525 g 2016 599 latest check
Tokina Firin 20mm f/2.0 FE MF MF 62 no 69 x 82 mm 490 g 2016 799 latest check
Sony E 20mm F2.8 AF 49 no 63 x 20 mm 69 g 2013 349 latest check
Samyang 21mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC CS MF 58 no 64 x 68 mm 275 g 2015 499 latest check
Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 MF 52 YES 62 x 72 mm 394 g 2015 1499 latest check
Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC MF 77 no 83 x 124 mm 590 g 2011 599 latest check
Mitakon Freewalker 24mm f/1.7 MF 49 no 62 x 55 mm 246 g 2014 349 latest check
Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm F1.8 ZA AF 49 no 63 x 66 mm 225 g 2011 999 latest check
Handevision Iberit 24mm f/2.4 MF 49 no 58 x 68 mm 320 g 2016 619 latest check
Samyang 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt/Shift MF 82 no 86 x 139 mm 734 g 2012 999 latest check
Meike 25mm f/0.95 MF 55 no 64 x 101 mm 540 g 2016 659 latest check
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 AF 67 YES 81 x 78 mm 335 g 2015 1299 latest check
Standard zooms Focus
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Sony E 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ OSS AF 40.5 no 65 x 30 mm 116 g 2012 349 latest check
Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS AF 67 no 73 x 95 mm 426 g 2013 999 latest check
Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS AF 49 no 62 x 60 mm 214 g 2010 299 latest check
Sony E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS AF 72 no 78 x 110 mm 482 g 2013 599 latest check
Sony E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS AF 67 no 76 x 99 mm 524 g 2010 899 latest check
Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC AF 62 no 68 x 97 mm 460 g 2011 749 latest check
Sony E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS LE AF 62 no 68 x 97 mm 460 g 2012 849 latest check
Sony E PZ 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS AF 67 no 93 x 99 mm 649 g 2012 1199 latest check
Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM AF 82 YES 88 x 136 mm 886 g 2016 2199 latest check
Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS CZ Vario Tessar AF 67 YES 73 x 95 mm 426 g 2013 1199 latest check
Sony FE 24-240 f/3.5-6.3 OSS AF 72 YES 81 x 119 mm 780 g 2015 999 latest check
Standard primes Focus
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Sony FE 28mm f/2.0 AF 49 YES 64 x 60 mm 200 g 2015 449 latest check
Meike 28mm f/2.8 MF 49 no 60 x 29 mm 102 g 2016 89 latest check
Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS AF 55 YES 73 x 83 mm 295 g 2013 499 latest check
Sony FE 28-135mm f/4 G PZ OSS AF 95 YES 105 x 163 mm 1215 g 2014 2499 latest check
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN C AF 52 no 65 x 73 mm 265 g 2016 339 latest check
Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN AF 47 no 61 x 39 mm 135 g 2012 199 discont. check
Sigma 30mm f/2.8 DN Art AF 46 no 61 x 41 mm 140 g 2013 199 latest check
Sony E 30mm F3.5 Macro AF 49 no 62 x 56 mm 138 g 2011 249 latest check
Yasuhara Nanoha x5 f/11 no no no 64 x 86 mm 360 g 2011 499 latest check
Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 AF 52 no 65 x 60 mm 210 g 2012 499 latest check
Jackar Snapshooter 34mm f/1.8 MF 37 no 48 x 53 mm 145 g 2012 190 latest check
Mitakon Speedmaster 35mm f/0.95 MF 58 no 64 x 82 mm 680 g 2013 749 discont. check
Mitakon Speedmaster 35mm f/0.95 II MF 55 no 63 x 60 mm 460 g 2016 599 latest check
Samyang 35mm f/1.2 ED AS UMC CS MF 62 no 68 x 74 mm 420 g 2016 499 latest check
Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC MF 77 no 83 x 138 mm 735 g 2011 599 latest check
Sony Distagon FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA AF 72 YES 79 x 112 mm 630 g 2015 1599 latest check
Meike 35mm f/1.7 MF 49 no 61 x 41 mm 176 g 2016 89 latest check
Sony E 35mm F1.8 OSS AF 49 no 63 x 45 mm 155 g 2012 449 latest check
Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 MF 52 YES 62 x 59 mm 340 g 2014 1299 latest check
Handevision Iberit 35mm f/2.4 MF 49 no 58 x 35 mm 280 g 2016 579 latest check
Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar AF 49 YES 62 x 37 mm 120 g 2013 799 latest check
Handevision Ibelux 40mm f/0.85 MF 67 no 74 x 128 mm 1200 g 2014 2080 latest check
Tele-photo Focus
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Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 MF 67 no 69 x 87 mm 720 g 2014 849 latest check
Samyang 50mm f/1.2 AS UMC CS MF 62 no 68 x 74 mm 375 g 2015 549 latest check
Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC MF 77 no 82 x 101 mm 565 g 2014 499 latest check
Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC AF 67 no 74 x 98 mm 560 g 2016 699 latest check
Sony FE 50mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar AF 72 YES 84 x 108 mm 778 g 2016 1499 latest check
Sony E 50mm F1.8 OSS AF 49 no 62 x 62 mm 202 g 2011 299 latest check
Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 AF 49 no 60 x 69 mm 186 g 2016 249 latest check
Photex MC 50mm f/2 Tilt-Shift MF 46 no 63 x 58 mm 270 g 2010 265 latest check
Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 MF 52 YES 62 x 59 mm 320 g 2014 949 latest check
Meike 50mm f/2.0 MF 49 no 61 x 41 mm 188 g 2016 89 latest check
Handevision Iberit 50mm f/2.4 MF 49 no 58 x 55 mm 250 g 2016 549 latest check
Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 AF 52 no 65 x 91 mm 290 g 2014 999 latest check
Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro AF 55 YES 71 x 71 mm 236 g 2016 499 latest check
Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar AF 49 YES 64 x 71 mm 281 g 2013 999 latest check
Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS AF 49 no 64 x 108 mm 345 g 2011 349 latest check
Lensbaby Velvet 56 f/1.6 MF 62 no 72 x 94 mm 400 g 2015 499 latest check
Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN Art AF 46 no 61 x 56 mm 190 g 2013 239 latest check
Venus Optics Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro MF 62 no 70 x 95 mm 503 g 2014 429 latest check
Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS AF 77 YES 88 x 200 mm 1480 g 2016 2599 latest check
Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS AF 72 YES 80 x 175 mm 840 g 2013 1499 latest check
Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS AF 72 YES 84 x 144 mm 854 g 2016 1199 latest check
Handevision Iberit 75mm f/2.4 MF 49 no 58 x 65 mm 270 g 2016 549 latest check
Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2 MF 77 no 83 x 96 mm 921 g 2015 799 latest check
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical IF MF 72 no 78 x 101 mm 569 g 2008 299 discont. check
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC MF 72 no 78 x 101 mm 570 g 2013 399 latest check
Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM AF 77 YES 90 x 108 mm 820 g 2016 1798 latest check
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 AF 67 YES 81 x 92 mm 475 g 2015 1199 latest check
Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 AF 67 YES 78 x 82 mm 371 g 2017 599 latest check
Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 MF 52 YES 63 x 95 mm 594 g 2014 1399 latest check
Handevision Iberit 90mm f/2.4 MF 49 no 58 x 69 mm 340 g 2016 489 latest check
Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS AF 62 YES 79 x 131 mm 602 g 2015 1099 latest check
Samyang 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC MACRO MF 67 no 73 x 149 mm 730 g 2015 599 latest check
Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF OSS GM AF 72 YES 85 x 118 mm 700 g 2017 1499 latest check
Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS AF 77 YES 94 x 205 mm 1395 g 2017 2499 latest check
Venus Optics Laowa STF 105mm f/2.0 MF 67 no 76 x 99 mm 745 g 2016 729 latest check
Samyang 135mm f/2.0 ED UMC MF 77 no 82 x 148 mm 845 g 2015 599 latest check
Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 AF 67 YES 81 x 120 mm 614 g 2017 1999 latest check
Samyang 300mm f/6.3 ED UMC CS MF 58 no 65 x 74 mm 320 g 2013 299 latest check

Further Reading

If the existing catalog of native E-mount lenses does not contain what you are looking for, what about using some lenses from other mounts on your mirrorless Sony via an adapter? Many of the Canon EF lenses can even autofocus on the latest Sony cameras. Or if you are willing to focus manually, there is the entire set of excellent Leica-R lenses or Zeiss Contax lenses, which just crave for a modern digital camera.