Camera Lens Reviews

Sony a7R – First Three Lenses

  • Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 (Amazon | B&H Photo) – A great mid-range lens the covers wide to mid-range zooming. See more on the Sony 24-70mm review.
  • Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 (Amazon | B&H Photo) – I’m so impressed with this lens! I feel like I get just as good of results with this lens as I did with my Nikon 70-200 f/2.8. See more on the Sony 70-200mm review.
  • Sony FE 16-35 f/4 (Amazon | B&H Photo) – I’m so excited about this lens! This is the first full-frame wide angle lens that fits the eMount on the Sony a7 line of cameras.

Sony a7R – Other Goodies!

  • Sony Alpha Adaptor (Amazon | B&H Photo) – So that you can attach the other Sony full-frame Alpha lenses to your Sony a7R
  • Novoflex Leica Adaptor (Amazon | B&H Photo) – Fantastic for attaching any lens that uses the Leica lens mount. Check out my Leica Lens Buying Guide for more info.
  • Nikon F Lens Adaptor (Amazon | B&H Photo) – To hook up your Nikon DSLR lenses
  • Canon EF Adaptor (Amazon | B&H Photo) – To hook up your Canon DSLR lenses

Sony A5000 / A6000 Camera – Two Great Lenses

If you are just getting started and want recommendations on your first three lenses, here they are. Often times a camera will come with a “kit lens” that is pretty versatile and can get you a long way. The Sony a6000 comes with a 16-50mm lens that produces great pictures. But there are many lenses that are better for more specialized situations.

  • Sony 55-210mm (Amazon | B&H Photo) – This lens is a little big but its versatility is perfect for mid-range stuff like landscapes, birthdays, sports, etc.
  • Sony 10-18 F/4 (Amazon | B&H Photo) – A great lens that gives you maximum wide-angle flexibility for landscapes and architecture. To find out more, read my full Sony 10-18mm Lens Review.

Leica Lens Buying Guide

I’m really getting into using Leica lenses with the Sony a7R. You have to manually focus but you still get focus peeking and all of the other sweet features of the Sony mirrorless system. I’ve created a Leica Lens Buying Guide where I’ll chronicle what I learn and recommend.

All Lens Reviews

I only write reviews for lenses that I used and I recommend.   Below is the full list.

  • Sony FE 24-70mm Review – A very versatile full-frame lens with excellent quality. I keep this lens on my camera 90% of the time now.
  • Sony FE 70-200mm Review – An awesome full-frame zoom lens that I used throughout my trip to Africa.
  • Sony 10-18mm Lens Review – A great lens that gives you maximum wide-angle flexibility for landscapes and architecture.
  • Nikon 14-24 Review – A great wide-angle lens for landscapes and architecture that I use for about 60% of my landscapes
  • Nikon 16mm Fisheye Review – A fun lens that seems to work best when there is just A LOT to capture in a scene and traditional wide angle just can’t cut it.
  • Nikon 28-300 Review – An incredible lens. I currently use it for most of my landscape shots, unless things get really wide. In that case, I use the 14-24 lens.
  • Nikon 24-70 Review – Perfect for mid-range stuff like landscapes, birthdays, families, close-up sports, events, holiday cheer, swinger parties
  • Nikon 50mm Review – Ideal for cute children, close-up objects where you like a blurry background, friends, interventions
  • Nikon 70-200 Review – A great lens for things that are kinda far away, like animals or sports or that girl you are stalking
  • Nikon 85mm Review – Incredible for people shots. Just. Incredible.
  • Nikon 200-400 Review – A super-zoom lens, perfect for wildlife and other shots from a distance.
  • Nikon 18-200 Review – A great all-around lens for wide-angle and zoom.  Just getting started?  This is what you need!

Want to try out a lens?  See my Lens Rental review of – Netflix for lenses!

More Reviews and recommendations

I have many other reviews and recommendations you may find helpful!

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  • Megan

    I see that you don’t mention Canon, is there any reason?

  • Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)

    Hi Megan,

    The primary reason is the line above – “I only write reviews for lenses that I used and I recommend.” Trey is primarily a Nikon user, so he primarily uses Nikon lenses.

  • Monique Moniot Greathouse

    I have a NEX7 but am saving for the A7R. Can the full frame lens be used on a NEX7 in the meantime?

  • treyratcliff

    Yes, they can be mounted there @moniquemoniotgreathouse:disqus — you will get it at 2x the zoom… so the 24-70 becomes 36-105

  • jetson

    My posts seem to be disappearing… but I’ll try again…

    Sony or Leica? I am planning to get a Sony a7-II, and I can afford one good lens. If you were faced with this choice, what lens would you choose? I’m considering the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 but now based on your Leica page also the Leica R 35-70 Macro f/4. In general, manual focus would not be a problem, but I don’t know well manual focus works with the a7 in particular. Thanks!

  • treyratcliff


    If cost is a factor, I would definitely go with the Sony lenses. The Leica ones are great, but they are SO expensive…

  • Rock

    just purchased the a6000 (on sale now for an unbeatable price). i do mostly portraits, and am looking for fast, sharp prime recommendations. i am still trying to figure out the E mount system. I am looking for a 50mm and 85mm. Which one would work on the a6000. thanks!

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