Best lenses for the 20-MPix Sony Alpha A3000: Primes and ZoomsBy Kevin Carter - Wednesday March 05 2014 Lens Recommendations
Continuing our series of lens recommendations for new camera models, we’ve had the opportunity to assess the new entry-level Sony A3000 - the first of a new DSLR form-factor from the firm to adopt the mirrorless E-mount. We’ve assessed and collated data on a sizeable collection of Sony and third-party prime and zoom models to assess image quality. Read onto find out which of these models perform best when paired with the new camera.
Sony’s A3000 is the first model in the firm’s reimagined line-up of Alpha APS-C mirrorless cameras, formerly known as NEX. It is an entry-level model aimed at replacing the NEX-3N but it adopts a built-in EVF and features a newly developed 20-Mpix CMOS sensor, up in pixel count from the previous 16-Mpix device adopted by the previous NEX-3N and NEX-5T models.
Intended as a cost-cutting exercise perhaps, the sensor is slightly smaller dimensionally than the standard APS-C size but it’s not lacking much in signal performance (see our earlier sensor analysis here). It’s also rather good at rendering fine detail. As a result of a less aggressive AA filter the A3000 can match the resolving power of the 24-Mpix Sony NEX-7, and can even out-perform it slightly with some high-grade lenses.
Our labs have analyzed the optical quality of nearly 20 E-mount and recently introduced full-frame FE-mount models from both Sony and third-party lens makers on the A3000. We will be analyzing more lenses from Sony and others with the A3000 as soon as they’re available and adding the results to our interactive database.
In the meantime, some of the Sony models evaluated with the A3000 include the new full-frame Sony FE Zeiss Sonnar T* 55mm f1.8 ZA and 35mm f2.8 ZA (primarily intended for the Sony A7 models), but also the two original E-mount Zeiss Touit models – the high-speed standard Planar 1,8/32 and ultra-wide 2,8/12.
Sigma offers a trio of accessibly priced DN A or ‘Art’ series f2.8 models, the 60mm, 30mm and 19mm, and we’ve the results on the former two. We’ve yet to analyze the latest 19mm model but we have tested the earlier, now discontinued EX version and have included it here for reference.