Best lenses for your Sony SLT Alpha 99: 22 wide-angle, standard and telephoto models analyzed!

By Kevin Carter - Friday, June 28, 2013

Lens Recommendations
Introduction | Best Prime for your Sony Alpha 99 | Best Zoom for your Sony Alpha 99 | Conclusion

With a DxOMark Score of 33 points, the top-performing Sony A-mount lens in our database is the $1426 Sony made, Zeiss designed Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZA. Sony’s 50mm f/1.4 or the older Konica Minolta AF 50mm f/1.4 represents good value and score highly, while the Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro at $679 or perhaps the Sigma equivalent could be pressed into service as a portrait lens if the shorter, faster Zeiss is out of reach.

Of those tested, the best performing wide-angle lenses are the Zeiss Distagon T* 2/24 and the Sony 35mm f/1.4G, achieving 25 and 24 points, respectively, on our DxOMark Score, though the best value is the modest little Sony 28mm f/2.8 $270 with a DxOMark score of 17 points.

Sony Planar T* 85mm F1.4 ZA 1426 33
Sony 50mm f/1.4 448 27
Konica Minolta AF 50mm f/1.4 260 26
Sony 100mm F2.8 Macro 679 25
Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2/24 ZA Sony 1250 25
Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Sony 725 25
Sony 35mm F1.4 G 1369 24
Sony 300mm F2.8 G II 7500 24
Sony 50mm F2.8 Macro 580 22
Sony 85mm F2.8 SAM 249 22
Sony 500mm F4 G SSM 13000 22
Sony 28mm F2.8 270 17
Sony 20mm F2.8 730 14