Best lenses for the Sony A5000: Best primes

By Kevin Carter - Wednesday May 07 2014

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Introduction | Best prime lenses for the Sony A5000 | Best street prime under $300 | Best portrait prime under $300
Best lenses for the Sony A5000: Best primes

We’ve analyzed the image quality of the 20-Mpix Sony A5000 with over 22 zooms and primes. Read on to find out which of those models you should be using with Sony’s smallest and lightest mirrorless model.

Sony like rival makers continue to miniaturize models and the new A5000 is the smallest and lightest at just 9.4 oz (269g) with the battery in the maker’s current line up. At $499 including the 16-50mm collapsible kit zoom it’s a modestly priced model that may appeal to enthusiasts on a budget. Housed inside the compact form factor is a 20-Mpix APS-C CMOS sensor along with the firm’s Bionz X level processor which is capable of boosting sensitivity up to ISO16,000 and capturing Full HD video at up 50/60fps.

A 3.5 fps burst rate is a little pedestrian compared to the 10 fps of the NEX-5T or NEX-6 but this isn’t quite aimed at the same audience. Nevertheless, while it lacks some high-end features such as Hybrid AF and the additional versatility of the Multi-Interface shoe, it has a useful 3.0” tilting LCD monitor (albeit just 460k-dot) and built-in WiFi with NFC connectivity for both convenient sharing and image capture.

The A5000 was the first new model to eschew the NEX moniker in favor of the Alpha branding but it’s compatible with a steadily expanding line-up of lenses from the firm, currently standing at 22 when including the full-frame FE models, or 26 with the current Sigma DN and Tamron models. We’ve tested the optical quality of over 20 different lenses on the camera to see which of those models best suit your needs and which, if any, you should try to avoid.

Best prime lenses for the Sony A5000

Best street prime under $300

Best portrait prime under $300