Best Budget Action/Wildlife Lens for Sony FE Mirrorless Cameras

If you’re looking for the best budget action/wildlife lens for Sony FE (full-frame E-mount) mirrorless cameras (Sony A7III, A7RIV, A7RIII etc.), you’re at the right spot. These are our top choices:

Best Choice for Action Photography – Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8

tamron 70-180mm best action photography sony fe lens

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Ever since Tamron released their excellent and affordable 28-75mm f/2.8 standard zoom lens, people have been eagerly waiting for a fast and compact telephoto lens from Tamron. It’s finally here, and the Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 doesn’t disappoint. It’s incredibly lightweight for a telephoto zoom lens of this focal range, yet offers an f/2.8 maximum aperture, making it a great choice for low-light shooting. The autofocus is accurate and quiet, although slightly slower than the Sony’s 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master lens. It has another con, which may deter some people from buying it – there is no optical image stabilization. That being said, basically all current Sony FE mirrorless cameras have in-body image stabilization.

Compared to the G Master, you’re also going to lose 20mm on the long end; however, we believe this isn’t a problem since most cameras these days have high-resolution sensors and you can easily crop a bit. The fact that you can get a fast telephoto lens that gives you 90% of the features the G Master lens has at nearly half the size and price is extremely impressive! This lens comes highly recommended for anybody who’s on a budget and wants to shoot sports and action photography.

Best Choice for Wildlife Photography – Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS

70-300mm best budget wildlife sony lens

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If you’re into wildlife photography, but don’t have a huge budget to work with, this 70-300mm lens is probably your best bet. This is not the fastest lens out there, but it works well in conditions where there’s enough light. Also, 300mm should be good enough for most non-professional wildlife shooters. This lens has excellent center sharpness and even corners are quite good. Overall, this is currently the best budget wildlife lens for Sony’s lineup of full-frame mirrorless cameras.