Best lenses for the Sony A5000: Part II - Best zooms

By Kevin Carter - Thursday May 22 2014

Lens Recommendations
Introduction | Best zoom lenses for the Sony A5000 | Best standard zoom under $500 | Best telephoto zoom under $400

Best zoom lenses for the Sony A5000

With a DxOMark lens score of 17 points and a convincing lead over the model in second place the best-performing lens on the Sony A5000 is the Sony FE 70-200mm f4 G OSS. Telephoto zooms are, arguably, the most useful of their type with standard and ultra-wide models more easily replaced by primes.

The 70-200mm f4 is a full-frame model so on a cropped model like the A5000 it has the equivalent field of view as a 100-300mm or thereabouts.

Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS 1498 17 12
Sony FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS 500 15 9
Sony FE Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS 1200 15 7
Sony E 10-18mm f/4 850 14 8
Sony E18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 800 12 7
Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS 350 12 7
Sony E 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 350 12 7
Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 LE 850 11 5
Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Sony E 739 10 5
 

Although it would serve double duty on one the three A7 models, it’s a still an expensive option given the relatively affordable price of the camera. Although not in the same league optically, the earlier Sony E18-200mm f3.5-6.3 could be a worthwhile option, or perhaps better still the stabilized E55-210mm f4.5-6.3 at just $350 would a better fit, particularly if the A5000 was purchased with the E16-50mm f3.5-5.6. Marginally faster but with better image quality is the Sony FE28-70mm f3.5-5.6 OSS, in second place overall. As the equivalent to a 35-105mm it lacks the reach of those models but it’s a good performer and at $500 it’s a good investment as it can also be used on full-frame models.