If you’re looking for the best budget landscape lens for Sony FE (full-frame E-mount) mirrorless cameras (Sony A7III, A7RIV, A7RIII etc.), you’re at the right spot. Here are our favorites:
Best Choice – Sony Zeiss FE 16-35mm f/4 OSS
There’s no doubt that the Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master is the best landscape lens for Sony FE cameras. However, the Sony Zeiss 16-35mm f/4 gets somewhat close and is quite a bit cheaper.
Let’s get one thing out of the way first, you’ll definitely sacrifice some low-light performance when opting for this lens since it features a maximum aperture of f/4. That being said, this lens has optical image stabilization (unlike the 16-35mm GM), which can help with handheld shooting. Optically, this lens is pretty great for the price and is dust and moisture resistant.
If you’re working with a smaller budget or are taking most of your landscape shots during the day, you can definitely go with the Sony Zeiss and save quite a bit of money. On top of that, the 16-35mm f/4 is also lighter, which is another thing to consider.
Option #2 – Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8
In case you’re searching for a small, lightweight and capable zoom lens for landscape photography, the Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 should be on top of your list. Sure, you’ll definitely lose some focal range with this lens but some people the sacrifice is worth it, considering you get the f/2.8 maximum aperture. This also means you can use it for astrophotography as well, which is a big plus.
The autofocus on this lens is quite decent and while it isn’t the sharpest lens out there, we think it’s good enough for most people. Tamron has done a great job and we think this lens comes in at a great price.
Option #3 – Rokinon 18mm f/2.8
If you’re really looking to save money and need a decent landscape lens, the 18mm f/2.8 lens from Rokinon (Samyang) may just be the one for you.
This prime lens isn’t as versatile as the first two zoom lenses we mentioned, but you can undoubtedly take some great landscape photos at this focal length. Pair this with f/2.8 aperture, and you also get a really tiny lens that you can use for astrophotography as well.
The autofocus system is quick and quiet, although not as snappy as on Sony lenses, but this is to be expected. Overall, for its price and size, this lens is a great pick if you can live with just the 18mm focal length.