If you’re looking for the best 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 FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM
If you’re serious about landscape photography, Sony’s very own FE 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master lens is your best option. It cover’s the most useful range and is extremely sharp, even in the corners. It also performs well in low light conditions thanks to its f/2.8 aperture and can be used for astrophotography as well.
The lens is weather-sealed and this should be a must for most landscape shooters, as it allows you to use use it in different weather conditions. The 16-35mm f/2.8 GM weighs about 1.5 lbs or 680 grams, making it one of the lighter lenses in its category. There aren’t really many cons to this lens, but we wish it was a bit cheaper.
Option #2 – Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G
If you feel like 16mm may not be wide enough for your type of shooting, we highly recommend Sony’s 12-24mm f/4. Similar lenses for DSLRs are massive, but since 12-24mm f/4 G lens is designed strictly for mirrorless cameras, its weight is quite impressive at only 1.24 pounds or 565 grams. It has a constant f/4 aperture throughout the zoom range, which is good enough for most scenarios. And while this isn’t a G Master lens, it is still quite good at pretty much everything – it’s sharp and has minimal falloff in the corners.
Of course, this lens falls short of the 16-35mm f/2.8 GM when it comes to low light performance and bokeh. However, the extra 4 millimeters on the wide end makes quite a bit of difference to people who enjoy ultra-wide-angle photography. We should also mention that this lens doesn’t accept screw-on filters due to its bulbous front element.
Option #3 – Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM
If you enjoy shooting primes and rarely go wider than 24mm, the FE 24mm f/1.4 G Master is an excellent choice. It’s the lightest 24mm f/1.4 full-frame lens on the market right now (it weighs just 15.7 oz or 445 grams) and one of the sharpest as well.
Thanks to its f/1.4 maximum aperture, it’s great for low-light and handheld shooting. Of course, this also makes it excellent for astrophotography as well and even environmental portraiture. This lens’ bokeh is beautifully creamy and circular. Of course, the 24mm f/1.4 GM is far from cheap but it’s undoubtedly an amazing prime lens.