Sony A6400 is the first mirrorless camera released in 2019 and it promises great performance for an affordable price. Although it rocks the same sensor as the A6300 and A6500, that’s not a bad thing. The processor has changed, however, and with it come many useful new features such as even better Eye AF, Animal Eye-AF, real-time object tracking, built-in intervalometer, which allows you to easily shoot timelapses and more. The body is essentially identical, with one big change – the camera now has a screen that can flip up, a feature that was welcomed with a lot of praise from people who shoot video of themselves (mainly vloggers).
The new APS-C mirrorless camera from Sony is so versatile that it can be used for basically any type of shooting, provided you have the right lens for it, of course. Chances are you’ve bought the A6400 with the kit lens (Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6), which is a solid lens for beginners, but it’s not that sharp and definitely won’t do the trick for every type of shooting. This is where our guide comes in – here are some of the best lenses for Sony A6400.
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Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS – Best A6400 Lens for Vlogging and Landscapes
This lens, although a bit pricier, is your best bet if you’re looking for a versatile ultra wide angle zoom lens for your Sony a6400. It will offer the same field of view a 15-27mm lens would on a full frame camera, which means it can get pretty wide! This lens also has good reputation when it comes to sharpness, making it an excellent choice for anyone looking to shoot landscapes. It has a constant aperture of f/4 through the entire zoom range.
Sony 10-18mm f/4 OSS also has built-in Optical SteadyShot (OSS), which allows you to take sharper images and better videos in low light conditions. Since the A6400 lacks in-body image stabilization (unlike the A6500), the camera will really benefit from this lens. In our opinion it is also the best A6400 lens for vloggers, thanks to the stabilization and the fact it can get really wide and get a lot of things in the frame. Did we also mention that it weighs just 7.94 oz (225 grams)?
Sony E 16mm f/2.8 – Smallest Lens for A6400
Sony 16mm f/2.8 is one of the smallest lenses you can buy for the A6400. It is also relatively wide, with a decent aperture of f/2.8, which means it’s great for travel photography, street photography, landscapes and vlogging. The lens is so small that you won’t even notice that this pancake lens is mounted on your camera. It weighs only 2.47 oz (70 grams). If you don’t mind sacrificing a bit of sharpness (especially in the corners of the image) for the size, this is definitely the lens for you.
Sigma 16mm f/1.4 – Best Wide-Angle Prime Lens for A6400
Unlike the 16mm lens we just talked about, this lens from Sigma is quite big and heavy, but offers stunning sharpness, image quality and beautiful bokeh. If you’re serious about photography and/or videography, then this is the lens you should get for your Sony A6400. The lens comes in at 14.29 oz (405 grams), and is without a doubt among the heavier E-mount primes, but if you don’t have a problem with that, it is the best wide-angle prime lens you can buy for your A6400 mirrorless camera.
Sony Zeiss Sonnar E 24mm f/1.8 ZA – Sharpest Lens for A6400
If you’re looking for the sharpest lens you can get for your new Sony camera, this is it. However, keep in mind that it is also one of the priciest lenses for Sony’s APS-C system. If the price is not an issue, you’ll be rewarded with a medium wide angle lens that is useful for just about any type of shooting. You can do street photography, landscapes and even portrait photography with this lens thanks to its large aperture of f/1.8, which also makes it great for use in low light conditions.
Sony Zeiss Sonnar E 24mm f/1.8 has minimum focusing distance of just 6.2 inches (16 cm), which means you can even use it for macro photography. The lens is just that versatile. And as you might have guessed it, this Sony/Zeiss lens produces some beautiful-looking bokeh as well.
Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS – Nifty Fifty for A6400
Basically every photographer should have a 50mm-equivalent lens in his arsenal, since they are often cheap and versatile. Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS is a 52.5mm-equivalent lens, that is somewhat pricier than your usual 50mm lenses, but it is quite sharp and offers image stabilization, a feature that is unusual for primes in this focal length.
Sigma 56mm f/1.4 – Best Portrait Lens for A6400
This newly released lens is getting praises from basically every reviewer on the planet. This 84mm-equivalent lens is without the doubt sharpest and most useful lens for portrait photography. It is great for low light shooting, and thanks to its large f/1.4 aperture, produces some magnificent, buttery-smooth bokeh. It is a bit pricey, but if can stomach the price, you simply can’t go wrong with this lens!
Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS – Affordable Portrait Lens for A6400
If you need a more affordable portrait lens (it is half the price of the aforementioned Sigma lens), then Sony’s very own 50mm (35mm focal length equivalent of 75mm) is a very good choice. It is very sharp, even in the corners at f/1.8. It is also a great choice for low light shooting, since it has both f/1.8 aperture and image stabilization! The bokeh is beautiful and creamy. There’s a reason why this is one of the highest rated E-mount lenses ever – it offers excellent value.
Sony Zeiss Vario-Tessar E 16-70mm f/4 – Best Zoom Lens for A6400
If you’re not a big fan of prime lenses and need one zoom lens that can do it all, the Sony Zeiss Vario-Tessar 16-70mm (24-105mm in full frame terms) is the one for you. The lens is sharp throughout the range and very versatile. You can shoot anything with it from landscapes to portraits, and the lens has great color reproduction as well.
It weighs only 10.86 oz (308 grams), making it the best travel lens for A6400, as well. If the price doesn’t turn you away and you love the simplicity of using zoom lenses, you should definitely grab one.