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Best lenses for Sony A7iii in 2022

Best lenses for Sony A7iii
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For a long time the Sony A7iii has been the staple full-frame mirrorless camera that performs just as well at stills as it does video. Many hybrid shooters therefore require superior quality lenses that lend themselves to both disciplines, namely lenses that have smooth focusing and silent operation. But with so many options available for the camera, it’s sometimes hard to know where to start.

Generally, users want to balance budget with image quality whilst also attaining the best features such as Optical Steady Shot stabilization and flexibility in focal lengths. It’s not always the most expensive lenses that produce the best results, so that’s why we’ve included a range of lenses, some more affordable than others.

Photography is a vast creative discipline that aims to capture a plethora of subject matter. With that in mind we’ve rounded up the best lenses for the Sony A7 III to cover a wide range of uses, so there’s something for everybody. Included in this list are fast ultra-wide angle lenses for astrophotography, landscapes, and real estate photography but also super sharp primes ideal for isolating beautiful portrait subjects against a busy background. Longer lenses are important too and help reach out and capture the action when taking wildlife, sports, or action shots so we’ve picked the best of those as well. Of course, many of these lenses will also prove perfect for other Sony full-frame lenses from the original A7 to the A7R IV, and even the pro A9 II.

Read on to find the best lenses for the Sony A7 III and bag the perfect companion to your camera…

Best lens for Sony A7III in 2022

(Image credit: Tamron)
Best wide zoom lens for Sony A7iii

Specifications

Aperture range: Constant f/2.8
Image stabilization: No
Lens construction: 13 elements in 11 groups
Dimensions: 73 x 99mm
Weight: 420g
Filter size: 67mm

Reasons to buy

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Half the price of Sony equivalent
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Bright, constant f/2.8 aperture
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Excellent optical sharpness

Reasons to avoid

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Focal length range limited
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No image stabilization

This wide-angle zoom puts its money where its mouth is and competes well against all other lenses in its class. A useful zoom range makes it perfect for landscape photographers who need a little more flexibility when it comes to recomposing shots or wish to shift perspectives a little. A fast, constant f/2.8 aperture also suits low-light subjects and astrophotography.

It’s not just large vistas this lens excels at though, thanks to the 19cm minimum focusing distance at 17mm it can also pick out details cleanly. A rapid eXtra silent stepping drive (RXD) produces fast, silent autofocus making it adept at video shooting too, helping to pull focus without interference.

See full Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD review

(Image credit: Sony)
Best portrait prime lens for Sony A7iii

Specifications

Aperture range: Constant f/1.8
Image stabilization: No
Lens construction: 9 elements in 8 groups
Dimensions: 78 x 82mm
Weight: 371g
Filter size: 67mm

Reasons to buy

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Creamy bokeh 
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Fast autofocus
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Razor sharp
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Fast maximum aperture

Reasons to avoid

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Characteristic vignetting at wide apertures
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No in-built image stabilization

A light and nimble lens to shoot with this 85mm f/1.8 from Sony is ideal for portraiture. The fixed focal length sits perfectly to balance perspective compression whilst maintaining a level of accuracy to facial features. The focal length, combined with the fast f/1.8 aperture, creates a flatteringly shallow depth of field for creamy background bokeh that isolates subjects with ease.

Although it comes sans image stabilization, (for that you’ll have to rely on the in-body stabilization of the A7 III) it’s significantly cheaper and lighter than the more expensive FE 85mm f/1.4 GM making it more suited for portrait photographers that like to travel light and shoot on location.

See full Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 review

(Image credit: Sony)
Best Sony A7iii lens for sports & wildlife

Specifications

Aperture range: f/5.6-6.3
Image stabilization: Yes
Lens construction: 24 elements in 17 groups
Dimensions: 111.5 x 318mm
Weight: 2115g
Filter size: 95mm

Reasons to buy

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Optical Steady Shot
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Expansive zoom range
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Compatible with teleconverters

Reasons to avoid

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Slow aperture range

There comes a time where photographers need to reach in close to the action and that’s exactly what the Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS does. A huge focal length range aids the honing of frames for wildlife, sports, and action photography.

Though it has a slightly slower aperture range than other lenses on this list it’s equipped with an in-built optical steady shot feature that pairs with the A7 III’s in-built stabilization to provide a smooth shot whether handheld or on a monopod. It has three OSS modes and customizable focus hold buttons placed around the barrel at 90 degree intervals.

See full Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS review

(Image credit: Sony)
Best ultra-wide lens for Sony A7iii

Specifications

Aperture range: Constant f/2.8
Image stabilization: No
Lens construction: 17 elements in 14 groups
Dimensions: 97.6 x 137mm
Weight: 847g
Filter size: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Excellent sharpness edge-to-edge
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Constant f/2.8 aperture

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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No OSS

If money is no object and top-notch optical performance is a priority then the Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM is the ultra wide-angle zoom for you. Innovative XA (extreme aspherical) elements combined with superior quality glass in the lens provide edge-to-edge sharpness at any zoom range with smooth bokeh to boot. 

A low-light beast this GM lens sports a constant f/2.8 aperture throughout the focal lengths and extreme field of view lends itself to astrophotography, landscapes, interior, and real estate photography in one go. Due to the bulbous front end traditional filters won’t fit, instead a handy filter mount at the rear of the lens barrel houses the filters for expanded use.

See full Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM review

(Image credit: Sigma)
Best Sigma A7iii lens for macro

Specifications

Aperture range: Constant f/2.8
Image stabilization: No
Lens construction: 17 elements in 12 groups
Dimensions: 74 x 135.6mm
Weight: 710g
Filter size: 62mm

Reasons to buy

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Minimal chromatic aberration
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Doubles as a portrait lens
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Reasonably priced

Reasons to avoid

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Fixed focal length

Sigma’s Art line is known for impressive image quality and robust builds and this 105mm macro is no exception. With a strong, slimline profile it has weather seals all-round to protect it from the elements. Double that with a fluorine coating on the front element and it becomes a lens that could be taken anywhere.

Good as a mid-telephoto portrait lens thanks to its ability to focus to infinity, it quite obviously excels at macro images rendering genuine 1:1 reproduction ratios with outstanding detail. Utterly sharp throughout the frame and a special lens design that reduces color fringing that can’t be compensated for by the camera makes it likely the best macro lens for the Sony A7 III for the money.
See full Sigma 105mm f/2.8 DG DN Macro | A review

(Image credit: Sony)
Best pro telephoto zoom for Sony A7iii

Specifications

Aperture range: Constant f/2.8
Image stabilization: Yes
Lens construction: 17 elements in 14 groups
Dimensions: 88 x 200mm
Weight: 1045g
Filter size: 77mm

Reasons to buy

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Flexible zoom range
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Optical Steady Shot
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Iconic image quality

Reasons to avoid

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Understandably expensive

Though many lenses in this roundup rely on the Sony A7 III’s in-built stabilization system which performs well on many fronts, this 70-200mm is such a useful and portable lens that Sony are aware many users will be shooting handheld, so they’ve thrown another two stops of stabilization in the lens to help counteract camera shake blur. 

Combine that with the fast and constant f/2.8 aperture and it develops into an indoor powerhouse for gig or events photography as well as creating flattering portraits with wonderfully isolated backgrounds and gorgeous bokeh. Keep an eye out on the horizon as the newer Mark II version of this lens is due to drop soon (pre-orders are already open).

See Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS review

How we test lenses

We test lenses using both real world sample images and lab tests. Our lab tests are carried out scientifically in controlled conditions using the Imatest testing suite, which consists of custom charts and analysis software that measures resolution in line widths/picture height, a measurement widely used in lens and camera testing. We find the combination of lab and real-word testing works best, as each reveals different qualities and characteristics.

Read more:
Best Sony lenses
Best macro lenses
Best 100-400mm lenses
Best 150-600mm lenses
Best lenses for astrophotography

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Jason Parnell-Brookes is an Internationally award-winning photographer,  writer, and former Technique Editor of N-Photo magazine. He won Gold in the Nikon Photo Contest 2018/19 and was named Digital Photographer of the Year in 2014. Jason is a qualified teacher, Masters graduate and works with many high profile international clients.