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 ZA142633
Sony 50mm f/1.444827
Konica Minolta AF 50mm f/1.426026
Sony 100mm F2.8 Macro67925
Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2/24 ZA Sony125025
Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Sony72525
Sony 35mm F1.4 G136924
Sony 300mm F2.8 G II750024
Sony 50mm F2.8 Macro58022
Sony 85mm F2.8 SAM24922
Sony 500mm F4 G SSM1300022
Sony 28mm F2.8 27017
Sony 20mm F2.873014