The A6100 is the new entry-level APS-C mirrorless camera from Sony, released in late 2019. For the price, it packs a lot of features and it’s a great camera if you’re just starting out. If you don’t need some extra video features found in the A6400 and A6600, you can save some money and instead invest it in lenses.
The A6100 packs the same 24MP sensor, shoots 4K and 1080p at up to 120fps. It lacks in-body image stabilization of the A6600 and doesn’t have S-log like both of its bigger brothers, but these things aren’t that important for up-and-coming shooters. What definitely is important is having the right lenses for the type of photography/videography that you want to do. Whether you just got the A6100 or plan on getting it soon, here are the best lenses for Sony A6100.
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Sony E 16-55mm f/2.8 G – Best All-Purpose Lens for A6100
The 16-55mm f/2.8 is one of the newest lenses in Sony’s lineup and it’s the lens many Sony APS-C shooters have been waiting for. It is a 24-82.5mm full-frame equivalent lens, making it useful in almost every situation. You can shoot landscapes, street photography, portraits and much more with this very sharp zoom lens. However, we should mention that it’s far from cheap and in fact, it’ll set you back much more than the camera itself. However, if you plan on stepping up to a camera like the A6600 sometime in the future, it may be worth to save up and get this amazing lens.
Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS – Best Landscape and Vlogging Lens for A6100
If you need a versatile wide-angle zoom lens for your A6100, this is your best choice. It is a 15-27mm equivalent lens (in full-frame terms), which means that it can go pretty wide. Pair this with very good sharpness, and you got yourself an excellent lens for landscape photography.
The 10-18mm f/4 also has built-in Optical Steady Shot (OSS), which is great considering that the A6100 lacks in-body image stabilization. This also makes it a solid choice for video. In fact, we believe it may be the best A6100 lens for vloggers, thanks to the stabilization and the fact it can go pretty wide. If you plan on using a gimbal, it is also a solid choice. Finally, we should mention that this lens weighs just 7.94 oz (225 grams), which means it won’t weigh you down.
Sigma 16mm f/1.4 – Best Wide-Angle Prime for A6100
If you like to shoot wide (but not extremely wide), this may be a great choice. This Sigma lens is sort of heavy, but sharpness is excellent and if you get close enough to your subject, the bokeh is beautiful as well and this trait isn’t very typical for wide-angle lenses. If you don’t have a problem with its weight (14.29 oz or 405 grams) and want a unique lens in your arsenal, we definitely suggest grabbing this lens.
Sony Zeiss Sonnar E 24mm f/1.8 ZA – Best 35mm-Equivalent Lens
Need a super sharp 35mm-equivalent lens for your Sony A6100? This medium wide-angle lens is truly versatile. It is a great choice for street photography, landscapes and you can even do some portrait photography with it thanks to its f/1.8 aperture. It has a minimum focusing distance of 6.2 inches (16 cm), meaning that you can also use it for macro photography. As we said, it’s super sharp and super versatile. However, it does have a con – it’s very expensive.
Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS – Excellent 50mm-Equivalent Lens
We believe that every photographer (especially beginners) should a fast 50mm or equivalent lens. Since the A6100 is an APS-C camera, this 35mm f/1.8 lens is basically a 52.5mm-equivalent lens. It’s a pretty sharp lens and has optical image stabilization, which isn’t a feature that’s typically found in this focal length.
Sigma 56mm f/1.4 – Best Portrait Lens for A6400
Planning on shooting a lot of portraits with your A6100? We believe this Sigma 56mm f/1.4 is the best portrait lens you can buy for your new camera. It is extremely sharp and the 84mm-equivalent focal length works out great for portrait photography. Pair that with its fast f/1.4 aperture buttery-smooth bokeh, and there’s no doubt that your portraits will look amazing.
Sony Zeiss Vario-Tessar E 16-70mm f/4 – Best Travel Lens for A6400
If you’re a traveler in need of a lightweight lens that covers a lot of range, the Sony Zeiss Vario-Tessar 16-70mm f/4 lens is an excellent choice. It is pretty sharp throughout most of its range and can be used for anything from landscapes to street photography and even portraits if you zoom in to 70mm and shoot wide open. If prime lenses aren’t your thing, this 10.86 oz (308 grams) simple to use zoom lens is a very good option. It has one downside and it’s a pretty hefty price.
Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS – Best Cheap Telephoto Zoom Lens for A6100
If sports or wildlife photography seems like something you’d want to try, then this is an excellent lens to practice with. It’s affordable, small, has optical image stabilization that helps prevent blur from hand-shake and is relatively sharp. Of course, it’s not the fastest lens as it has pretty small maximum apertures, which means it isn’t ideal for shooting in low-light situations. However, we still think it’s an excellent lens for the price and perfect for people who want a telephoto lens to experiment with.
We hope our guide helped you pick the right lens for your A6100. Now go out and start shooting!