Best lenses for the 24M-Pix Sony SLT-A77: Primes and ZoomsBy Kevin Carter - Friday November 15 2013 Lens Recommendations
While pricey models such as the $1,599 Sony Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm and $1,799 Sony 70-200mm f2.8 G series model head up our database, it’s refreshing to see lenses like the Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF), Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 EX DC HSM as well as some Sony DT models rank highly.
The older Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di model even outperforms their newer 24-70mm f2.8 Di USD version, particularly with regard to sharpness on the smaller APS-C size sensor. However, as a 43-115 mm equivalent, it maybe a touch ‘long’ for a lot of tastes, and the wider Sigma 17-50 mm f2.8 as the equivalent to a 26-77 mm may be more appealing. At $569, the Sigma is also modestly priced for an f2.8 constant aperture zoom.
Although not inexpensive at around $750, the Sony Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80mm f3.5-4.5 is more in keeping with the build of the A77 and it’s a good performer even if it looks to be close in performance to the now discontinued Sony DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens from a few years ago.
As for high-grade telephoto zooms, the Sony 70-400mm and 70-200mm f2.8 G-series models stand out as good performers, the latter coming second in our rankings. However, sharpness is slightly below par at the longer focal lengths on both models on the A77. While this is slightly disappointing in both cases, Sony has announced an upgraded 70-200mm f2.8 SSM II model, which sounds promising, if somewhat pricey at $2,999.