The Top Five Lenses for the Sony a6300
The Sony a6300 is one of the best all-around mirrorless cameras available. The 24.2 megapixel APS-C EXMOR CMOS sensor, the BIONZ X image processing engine.
The highly rated 4D focusing mechanism with its 425 phase detection points and weather sealed magnesium alloy chassis result in a fantastic fully loaded package in a small frame and an affordable price tag.
No camera is complete without its associated piece of optics. The Sony a6300 is no different. Today we look at the best lenses for Sony a6300. Due to the 1.5x crop factor of the Sony a6300, all lenses that are mounted on it gets its focal length slightly extended.
5 Best Lenses (for Sony a6300)
1. The Sony E35mm f/1.8 OSS
The Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OS is the standard go-to lens for your street photography pursuits. The focal length is 35mm but when mounted on the Sony a6300 it becomes the equivalent of a 52.5mm lens on a 35mm format. That is about the same focal length as that of the human eye.
Ideally, when you are shooting street photos (because that is one area where the Sony a6300 is excellent at), you would want to capture a scene as your eyes see it.
The E35m f/1.8 does exactly that. The lens is sharp. The seven-blade aperture diaphragm is good enough for those soft out of focus effects. The lens is composed of one ED element and two aspherical elements.
Auto-focusing is powered by a linear motor. Along with the auto-focusing, you get DMF (Direct Manual Focus). DMF ensures that you can adjust manual focusing by turning the focus ring at any time even in auto-focusing mode.
Plus, it has optical image stabilization for those low light shooting situations when you need some leverage regarding stability when using slow shutter speeds.
- This version is originally intended for sale outside the US and may contain adapters, manuals, and warranties not compatible with US standards.
2. The Sony E50mm f/1.8 OSS
The 50mm is a quintessential piece of optic regardless of what format you are on. Be it a DSLR or a mirrorless, APS-C or full-frame. There is a certain charm about this lens, which makes even APS-C users looking to buy at least one in their career.
The 50mm lens becomes a medium tele 75mm (equivalent on the 35mm format), because of the crop factor when mounted on the Sony a6300. What makes this lens, and the one that we read about previously, special is the maximum aperture.
- Fixed 50mm mid-range telephoto focal length (35mm format equivalent: 75mm)
- Minimum Focus Distance : 1.28 ft (0.39 m), Maximum Magnification ratio : 0.16x, Focal-Length : 50 mm
- Built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
- Large F1.8 maximum aperture enables beautiful defocusing effects
- Lens not Zoomable
At f/1.8 you would make little light seem like small talk. No challenge at all. You add Optical Image Stabilization into the equation and all of a sudden you have in your hand a formidable tool.
The E50mm f/1.8 OSS comes with DMF. I would say if you could only pick three lenses ever to shoot, one of them would be a toss-up between the 50mm and the 35mm. I’d personally go with the 35mm. But the 35mm wouldn't win the title for the best lenses for Sony a6300.
3. The Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens
Ah! The 24-70mm f/2.8. This brilliant piece of optics is such a joy to work with. The 24-70mm focal length makes for one of the greatest walk-around lenses ever. If you could choose only one lens and that’s it, the 24-70mm would be my choice.
On the Sony a6300, the lens becomes a 35mm format equivalent of 36 – 105mm. The f/2.8 aperture makes the FE 24-70mm f/2.8 quite a fast lens to work with (concerning shutter speed as well as auto-focusing). A supersonic wave motor powers auto-focusing.
This lens is designed for the full-frame Sony systems. On crop systems, only the image coming from the center area of the lens is utilized, which means any barrel distortions affecting the fringe of the lens will be cropped out. In any case, this is a GM (G master) series lens.
This set is known for the extra elements in the lens construction that cut out aberrations. The presence of extreme aspherical (XA) items in the lens ensures that the lens can cut out on spherical aberrations much more aggressively.
Wide aperture lenses tend to suffer from ghosting ND flares. But the presence of nanocrystal coating on the lens takes care of that. The lens aperture diaphragm is made up of 9 blades. The larger the number of edges, the smoother the resulting bokeh effect.
For my money, this lens could very well be the winner of this discussion of the best lenses for Sony a6300.
- E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
- Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22, Minimum Focus Distance - 1.24 ft
- Focal-Length : 24-70 mm, Maximum Magnification ratio : 0.24 x
- One XA Element, Two Aspherical Elements
- One ED Element, One Super ED Element, Nano AR Coating
4. The Sony FE 70-200 f/2.8 GM OSS
What complimented a 24-70mm lens? A 70-200mm of course. The Sony FE 70-200 f/2.8 GM OSS is the perfect foil for the excellent walk-around lens that we just finished discussing above.
The construction of this lens includes one Extreme Aspherical Element, two Aspherical Elements, four Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Elements and two Super ED Elements.
These take care of spherical and chromatic aberrations. Nano AR and fluorine coating takes care of ghosting and flares.
The quality of the bokeh (out of focus element of the lens) is controlled by the lens aperture diaphragm. There are 11-blades rounded bladed on the FE 70-200 f/2.8 GM. It produces a soft rounded bokeh. The f/2.8 maximum aperture of the lens makes the entire focal length from 24mm right up to 200mm the same aperture.
The Sony FE 70-200 f/2.8 GM OSS is designed for the full-frame Sony camera. On an APS-C system like the a6300, the resulting focal length becomes a 35mm format equivalent of 105-300mm. In other words a telelens.
Just like any good telelens, the Sony FE 70-200 f/2.8 GM OSS has some extra features build into it that facilitates better and faster focusing. There is a focus delimiter button. Thus allows you to lock the focus hunting range of the lens. There is an AF/MF switchover button and also focus hold button.
Image stabilization is a must-have for long lenses, and the Sony FE 70-200 does have optical steady shot built into it. You will need image stabilization because, at an extreme focal length, even the slightest hand movement becomes exaggerated.
- G Master design combines extraordinary sharpness and smooth bokeh, Constant F2.8 max aperture maintains exposure and depth of field.Weight 1480 g (without tripod mount)
- Class-leading min. focus distance of 37.8" / 0.25x max. mag, Dual floating focus system for high AF speed and precision, XA, ED/Super ED elements and Nano AR Coating for superb resolution
- Aspherical elements & 11-blade circular aperture for gorgeous bokeh, Min. focus breathing and par focal design ideal for video, Direct coupled mechanical focus system for precise manual focus
- Rigid construction with constant lens length during focusing and zooming, High performance Optical Steady Shot Image stabilization, Dust and moisture resistant for robust reliability
- Nano AR coating suppress reflections, flare and ghosting, XA (extreme aspherical) element with 0.01 micron surface precision
5. Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN Lens
The 85mm has a perfect portrait focal length lens for full-frame cameras. An equivalent on the APS-C format would be something like a 60mm (60mm x 1.5 = 90mm) because of the crop factor involved. Thus, this small innocuous looking lens is the right focal length if you are interested in making portrait images.
The fast f/2.8 aperture of the Sigma 60mm lens can handle most lighting situations and produce excellent images. The internal construction of the lens consists of a special low dispersion glass and glass molded aspherical elements. These take care of any aberrations and distortions. The lens aperture diaphragm is composed of a total of 7-blades. The bokeh created is beautiful and soft.
- Minimum focusing distance of 50CM
- Maximum Focusing magnification ratio of 1:7.2
- Excellent for taking shots with a pinpoint focus on a subject.
- Fast and large apertures lens for mirror less camera systems
- Choice of silver or black finish.
Summary: Best Lenses for Sony a6300
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