Best lenses for the 24M-Pix Sony SLT-A77: Primes and Zooms

By Kevin Carter - Friday, November 15, 2013

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Best lenses for the 24M-Pix Sony SLT-A77: Primes and Zooms

Following our recommendations for the flagship Sony SLT-A99, we’ve had the opportunity to assess the firm’s semi-professional 24-Mpix DT (APS-C) format model - the SLT-A77 - with a sizeable collection of Sony and third-party prime and zoom models to assess image quality. Read onto find out which of these models perform best when paired with the camera.

Sony announced the top-of-the-range APS-C format SLT-A77 in mid 2011, and it has remained one of the most highly desirable and accomplished semi-pro models ever since. It adopts a high-resolution 24-Mpix CMOS sensor with the firm’s SLT fixed semi-transparent mirror technology for continuous shooting up to 12-frames-per-second at full resolution.

The A77 also has a high-resolution EVF and combines a 19-point full-time PD-AF system (with 11-cross type sensors) with object tracking via CD-AF using the image sensor. As with other SLT models from the firm, and the reason for the technology in the first place is that the A77 maintains both real-time viewing with the EVF and the PD-AF capabilities during stills and video capture.  All this and the semi-pro build have kept this camera at the forefront of the market since its introduction.

Our labs have analyzed the optical quality of nearly 40 lens models from both Sony and third-party makers on the SLT-A77, and while not as comprehensive as some of our previous round-ups it’s still a significant and useful sample. We will be analyzing more lenses from Sony and others with the SLT-A77 and adding the results to our inter-active database as they become available.

In the meantime, some of the Sony models evaluated with the SLT-A77 include the Sony DT 35mm f1.8, and Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80mm f3.5-4.5 models and some exotics including the Zeiss Distagon T* 24mm f/2.0, Sony 70-400mm f4-5.6 G SSM II, Zeiss 85mm f1.4 and the longest lens from Sony currently, the 500mm f4 G SSM super-telephoto.

Third party models haven’t been overlooked either. We’ve analyzed the extreme ultra-wide DT format Sigma 8-16mm f4.5-5.6 DC HSM, as well as the firm’s 17-50mm f2.8 EX DC HSM and remarkable 35mm f1.4 DG HSM A models. We’ve also included Tamron’s previously impressive SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di USD full-frame standard zoom, as well as the earlier more accessibly priced SP 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di version, which is still available.

Please note we’ve not yet seen the new high-speed Sony DT 16-50mm f2.8 OSS SSM or the Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM, but they should be available soon and they will be added to our interactive database in due course.

Best prime lens for the Sony SLT-A77

Best zoom lenses for the Sony SLT-A77

Best Wide Angle Lenses for the SLT-A77

Best Portrait Primes for the SLT-A77 

Best Standard Primes for the SLT-A77

Best Standard Zooms for the SLT-A77

Best Telephoto zooms for the SLT-A77