Best lenses for the Sony A7C

Choosing the best glasses for Sony A7C (opens in a new tab) means factoring in its compact rangefinder-style design, its focus on content creators and videographers, and its low price as the cheapest full-frame mirrorless Sony Alpha camera currently.

The A7C is one of the best cameras for vlogging, not to mention one of the best 4K cameras for video. We’ve been a little lukewarm about this since launch given it’s a fairly modest rehash of Sony’s existing camera tech, but at the price we have to admit it’s one of the best Sony cameras, at least for beginners or new Sonys. users.

But this won’t just be a repeat of our main guide to the best Sony lenses. We like to match the lenses with the camera. There are many high-end Sony G Master constant aperture lenses that would be perfect for a Sony A7R IV (opens in a new tab) or Sony A1, but would be overkill on this cheaper model – both financially and physically.

The Sony A7C is the company’s smallest full-frame camera and doesn’t have the best grip, so it makes sense to choose lenses that are going to balance as well with it as possible. Sometimes the “best” lens to fit with a particular camera is not necessarily the “best” lens you can buy!

We’re also keeping an eye on the price, as one of the reasons for buying the A7C is its relatively low cost. Owners of this camera are therefore likely to be looking for budget lenses as well.

So with all that in mind, here are what we think are the best lenses for the Sony A7C right now.

The best lenses for the Sony A7C in 2022

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Sony’s retractable pint-sized kit lens is our top recommendation for this camera

Features

To go up: Sony FE

Elements/groups: 8/7

Diaphragm blades: seven

Autofocus: Linear motor

Stabilizer: Nope

Minimum focus distance: 0.3-0.45m

Maximum magnification: 0.16x

Filter thread: 40.5

Dimensions (LxW): 66.6x45mm

Lester: 167g

Reasons to buy

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Ultra-compact design

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Excellent performance

Reasons to avoid

Limited zoom range

Minimal focus changes with zoom

Sony fans are spoiled for choice when choosing a standard zoom. But while the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master is the pro’s choice, it costs a fortune and weighs a ton. The Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art (opens in a new tab) is half the price but still huge, and while there are also worthy rivals from Samyang and Tamron, that’s the modest Sony FE 28-60mm f4-5.6 (opens in a new tab) kit lens that we recommend as the perfect everyday companion for the Sony A7C. Admittedly, for a kit lens, it has an extremely modest 2.1x zoom range. That’s the bad news. The good news is that it performs extremely well – much better than you might expect from a retractable kit lens. As a kit lens it’s limited, but still pretty good. It was originally launched as a kit lens for the Sony A7C, but now it’s available separately and when mounted on a regular Sony body you get a really compact camera/lens combo for a full frame camera.

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This crisp, compact ultra-wide zoom is perfect for travel and landscapes

Features

To go up: Sony FE

Elements/groups: 11/13

Diaphragm blades: 9

Autofocus: RXD

Stabilizer: Nope

Minimum focus distance: 0.19-0.26m

Maximum magnification: 0.19x

Filter thread: 67mm

Dimensions (LxW): 73x99mm

Lester: 420g

Reasons to buy

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Fabulous image quality

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High quality waterproof construction

Reasons to avoid

Fairly limited overall zoom range

No optical stabilizer

Every photographer needs an ultra-wide zoom, whether they realize it or not. And given the Sony A7C’s particular aptitude for travel, this Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD fits the bill perfectly. No full-frame ultra-wide zoom will be small, but the Tamron is cleaner and certainly easier to transport than Sony’s own wide-angle behemoths – and much easier to afford too. Despite the Tamron’s price tag, it offers premium, waterproof build quality, a fast and consistent f/2.8 aperture, a fast and virtually silent RXD (Rapid eXtra silent stepping drive) autofocus system and, most importantly, exceptional image quality. Corner-to-corner sharpness is particularly impressive for an ultra-wide-angle lens, even when shooting at the widest aperture. It doesn’t quite match Sony’s 16-35mm lenses for maximum viewing angle, but it comes pretty close and is excellent value for money.

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For the longer end of the zoom scale, this Tamron telephoto lens is hard to beat

Features

To go up: Sony FE

Elements/groups: 19/14

Diaphragm blades: 9

Autofocus: RXD

Stabilizer: Nope

Minimum focus distance: 0.27-0.85m

Maximum magnification: 0.22-0.5x

Filter wire: 67mm

Dimensions (LxW): 81x149mm

Lester: 810g

Reasons to buy

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Remarkably compact and lightweight

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Advanced autofocus system

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Impressive image quality

Reasons to avoid

Inner barrel extends when zoomed

No optical stabilization

The Sony A7C is not a sports camera and you’re unlikely to use it for wildlife either, so we’re not suggesting long range super telephoto lenses for this camera. But a short-medium constant aperture telephoto lens is useful for all sorts of other subjects, from portraits to weddings and event photography – and this Tamron, again, undercuts Sony’s own offerings in terms of weight and of cost. By slightly shortening the maximum focal length to 180mm and using clever design work, Tamron has managed to squeeze nearly the same telephoto range as a typical professional telephoto lens into a much smaller and lighter body, while retaining the same fast and constant f/2.8 aperture. Evaluation. There’s no real compromise between image quality and overall performance, making this lens a real winner at the price.

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This versatile wide-angle lens from Tamron can also be used as a close-up lens

Features

To go up: Sony FE

Elements/groups: 10-9

Diaphragm blades: seven

Autofocus: OSD

Stabilizer: Nope

Minimum focus distance: 0.11m

Maximum magnification: 0.5x

Filter wire: 67mm

Dimensions (LxW): 72x64mm

Lester: 220g

Reasons to buy

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Exceptional sharpness

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0.5x Macro Capability

Reasons to avoid

Not the fastest AF

Barrel distortion requires digital correction

We didn’t include a true macro lens in our list of the best lenses for the Sony A7C, but this lens (pun intended) is the closest thing to it. It’s also a great substitute for the glossy but bulkier Tamron 17-28mm ultra-wide zoom lens if space in your kit bag is tight. In fact, Tamron offers a trio of wide-angle lenses for Sony’s full-frame E cameras, with focal lengths of 20mm, 24mm, and 35mm. But if you want to go deeper, it might as well be the widest of the bunch. All three lenses share a common f/2.8 aperture and 67mm filter size. The premiums have a tough act to follow, as we were extremely impressed with the Tamron 17-28mm and 28-75mm constant aperture f/2.8 zooms. Keeping pace, this 20mm lens is very light in build and price, yet delivers big performance with sumptuous image quality.

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This is a central lens in a set of three brilliant pint-sized premiums from Sony.

Features

To go up: Sony FE

Elements/groups: 9/9

Diaphragm blades: seven

Autofocus: Step-by-step engine

Stabilizer: Nope

Minimum focus distance: 0.28m

Maximum magnification: 0.2x

Filter wire: 49mm

Dimensions (LxW): 68x45mm

Lester: 173g

Reasons to buy

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Very thin, very light

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Excellent image quality

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Clickable aperture ring

Reasons to avoid

Only f/2.5

Expensive considering its features

The Sony FE 40mm f/2.5G is the centerpiece of Sony’s new compact full-frame mirrorless lens series, and the perfect size and portability for the Sony A7C. For anyone who’s sick of the front-heavy feel of Sony’s big heavy zooms, it’s perfect, completely changing the balance and feel of the camera. Like the first two in this new series (24mm and 50mm), it’s small and light, and has an aperture ring that can be unchecked for video. These three lenses are even the same size and weight (close enough) and share the same 49mm filter thread. Compact prime lenses have gained popularity among vloggers because they are so easy to use and balance on a gimbal.

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A portrait photographer’s dream lens, and this one’s affordable too

Features

To go up: Sony FE

Elements/groups: 9/8

Diaphragm blades: 9

Autofocus: Dual Linear Motor

Stabilizer: Nope

Minimum focus distance: 0.8m

Maximum magnification: 0.13x

Filter thread: 67mm

Dimensions (LxW): 78x82mm

Lester: 371g

Reasons to buy

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Excellent image quality

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Compact and lightweight

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Weather sealed construction

Reasons to avoid

No optical image stabilization

More depth of field than an f/1.4 lens

Sony makes a high-end FE 85mm f1.4 G Master lens, but it’s very expensive and too much for the modest A7C, so we’d recommend the Sony FE 85mm f1.8 for this camera instead. It’s only about a third of the cost and less than half the weight of its stablemate f/1.4 G-Master, so it lightens the load for handheld shooting and is much easier on your bank balance . The grip is refined, the build quality is impressive and the image quality is excellent in every respect: the central sharpness is absolutely exceptional, even when shooting wide apertures, and it remains very impressive even in the corners ends of the frame. Indeed, there is practically nothing to gain in dive by stopping at f/2.8. The quality of the bokeh does not match that of the f/1.4 G-Master lens but it is nevertheless very dreamy, and remains fluid by reducing the aperture a little.

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