If you’re looking for the best budget landscape lens for Sony APS-C mirrorless cameras with E-mount (Sony A6600, A6500, A6400, A6300, A6100, A6000 etc.), you’re at the right spot. Here are some of our favorites:
Best Choice – Rokinon (Samyang) 12mm f/2
Manual focus lenses are generally not our first suggestion, but Rokinon’s 12mm f/2 lens is too good not to mention. On top of that, focusing manually on mirrorless cameras is pretty easy. This is especially true with wide-angle lenses, which are generally stopped down to f/5.6 or f/8 for landscape photography.
Rokinon 12mm f/2 is an 18mm full-frame equivalent lens, which means it can get pretty wide! Combine that with its very bright f/2 aperture, and you get a great option for low-light shooting and astrophotography. The lens is quite sharp, even at brighter apertures and excellent when you stop it down, making it a great choice for landscapes. If the idea of focusing manually doesn’t scare you, this lens is an amazing choice for landscape photography when paired with Sony APS-C mirrorless cameras.
Option #2 – Sony 16mm f/2.8
If an 18mm equivalent lens seems a bit too wide for your taste, Sony 16mm f/2.8 (24mm equivalent) is a pretty good alternative. It gets decently wide and is incredibly small and easy to carry, making it a great option for travel photography. In fact, this pancake lens is so small that you won’t even notice it’s mounted on your camera. Sony 16mm f/2.8 weighs only 2.47 oz (70 grams)! This isn’t the sharpest lens out there, but that’s understandable considering its size and price. It’s pretty sharp in the center, but corners aren’t as good unless you stop it down, which is what you’ll do anyway when shooting landscapes.