Best lenses for your Sony NEX-7: 14 wide-angle, standard and telephoto models analyzed!

By Kevin Carter - Wednesday July 03 2013

Lens Recommendations
Introduction | Sony NEX-7 lenses overview | Sony NEX-7 best lenses | The best lens for your Sony NEX-7 | Sony NEX-7 Lenses – Wide Angle | Sony NEX-7 Lenses – Standard | Sony NEX-7 Lenses – Super Zoom | Conclusion

Best Prime for your Sony NEX-7:

Sony E 50mm F1.8 OSS 300 23
Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm F1.8 ZA 1000 22
Carl Zeiss Planar Touit 1.8/32 Sony E 1000 22
Sony E 35mm f/1.8 450 21
Sigma 30mm F2.8 EX DN Sony E 189 21
Sigma 19mm F2.8 EX DN Sony E 140 18
Sony E 20mm F2.8 350 17
Carl Zeiss Distagon Touit 2.8/12 Sony E 1250 17
Sony E 30mm F3.5 Macro 250 15

With an overall DxOMark Score of 23 points, the best-performing Sony E-mount lens in our database at the time of publishing is the $300 stabilized Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS. This is closely followed by the Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm f/1.8 ZA and the recently reviewed ZEISS Planar Touit 1,8/ 32 Sony E, both achieving a DxOMark score of 22 points. Representing particularly good value is the $189 Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Sony E (although this has recently has been revised as an Art series lens, which we’ve not yet tested).

Best Zoom lenses for the Sony NEX-7: 

Sony E 10-18mm f/485014
Sony E18-200mm f/3.5-6.380013
Sony E 16-50mm f/3.5-5.635012
Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 LE85011
Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Sony E73910

Zoom lenses are still fairly scant but of those tested the Sony E 10-18mm f/4 is beginning to approach the ZEISS and Sony wide-angle equivalents with a DxOMark score of 14 points. And, incidentally, compared to retro-focus APS-C format lenses for DSLRs that and the Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 comes close to the best wide-angle measured on the Canon EOS 100D. However, it’s not all good news as despite the design benefits over retro-focus lenses substantially reducing the size of the Sony E-mount zooms remains a challenge.

From the list above it’s easy to see the Sony E 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 is good value at $350 by comparison, achieving a pretty good DxOMark Score of 12 points.