Six E-mount lenses that deliver fabulous results without breaking the bank


The Sony E mount system has built a plethora of lenses over the years, not only from Sony itself, but also from third parties like Tamron and Sigma.

But you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to achieve fantastic artistic results with your camera and lens. Here are six lenses that exceed all expectations and won’t hurt your wallet.

Sigma 35mm f/2 Contemporary

The Sigma 35mm f/2 Contemporary lens offers beautiful bokeh and stunning character in a compact, lightweight body. I’ve used it for environmental portraits, and it didn’t skip a beat. Although it lacks some of the pro-grade features of the Sigma 35mm f/1.2, the f/2 Contemporary version will delight anyone who picks it up. Here is what I said in my review:

“Between its gorgeous bokeh, compact footprint, and autofocus capabilities, the Sigma 35mm f/2 Contemporary is an absolute pleasure to use.”

Bryan Esler

Tamron 20mm f/2.8

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Wide-angle lenses like the Tamron 20mm f/2.8 can deliver a view that other primes can’t. You get perspective distortion and increased depth of field like no other premier can. It also helps put your topic in context.

The Tamron 20mm offers sharp optics and unbeatable colors. The addition of pro-grade weather sealing is impressive for a lens in this price range – it’s simply a stunning lens.

Tokina 85mm f/1.8

Although a little late to the party, Tokina’s 85mm f/1.8 lens offers excellent build quality. Its 9-blade aperture provides superb background separation as well as superb center sharpness. The creamy bokeh gives character to this lens and it is perfect for portraits. Here’s what Darren Miles had to say in his review:

“The value proposition of the Tokina 85 simply cannot be overstated. If you’re in the market, this lens is definitely worth considering!”

Darren Miles

Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 G2

Tamron has made huge strides when it comes to its line of mirrorless lenses, and the 28-75mm f/2.8 G2 continues that trend. This lightweight, compact lens offers a standard zoom range with sharp optics, fast and accurate autofocus, and improvements in bokeh and background separation. Here is what I said in my review:

“For me, the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 G2 lens is the perfect addition to my shooting setup. It’s compact and lightweight, which means it doesn’t weigh me down and gives me more space to take an extra lens or accessory with me. Sharpness and image quality reign supreme here.

Bryan Esler

Sony 50mm f/2.5

There are tons of 50mm lenses on the market today, especially for E-mount cameras. The 50mm f/2.5 lens provides wonderful background separation to help your subjects to shine. While it’s not the bokeh monster like the G Master version, it certainly holds its own and is a great option for those looking for a compact, budget-friendly 50mm lens. Check out my full review for more.

Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 Contemporary

I couldn’t forget the wildlife photographers! This super telephoto lens from Sigma ticks all the boxes when it comes to price, size, focus and image quality. Weighing just 2.5 pounds, this lens can easily slip into your backpack without breaking your back. It’s great if you’re capturing birds, nature, or anything else outdoors. Here is what I said in my review:

“If you’re looking for a hidden gem for the Sony E-mount system (or even the L-mount), the Sigma 100-400mm might be just the thing for you. The performance is what I would expect from a pro-level lens. And at a very affordable price, hard not to miss.

Bryan Esler


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