Best Sony A6300 Lenses
This is a comparison of the 6 best lenses for Sony a6300 owners by Colorado-based wedding and adventure photographer Marc Bergreen.
So you have a Sony a6300, and now you want some lenses to go with it. Maybe you bought it with the kit lens but are ready to get a little more creative with your images.
Maybe you realized that the kit lens just can’t quite do everything you want it to (shoot in low light, create beautiful bokeh, etc).
You’ve come to the right place. Below are my favorite lenses for the Sony a6300 based on my experience with this series of a6xxx cameras.
It can be tough to decide what lenses to invest in first. That’s why I’ve done the work for you and listed my top choices below.
|Sony E 24mm f/1.8Great low-light performance, compact size, sturdy build quality and impressive auto-focus makes this a must have lens for your Sony a6300.||View Price|
Before you start comparing lenses, I think the most important consideration is what type of subjects you like to photograph.
Landscapes usually lend themselves to a wide angle perspective to capture the full scene.
To photograph portraits/events/family, you’ll want something with a fast aperture to create beautiful bokeh and isolate your subject.
I tend to shoot a wide variety of subjects so I try to have a full lineup of lenses that covers everything from wide to telephoto. I also like to have a few fast prime lenses that work well in low light.
Many people really like to have a nice mid range zoom that works for almost any subject.
Since you chose the Sony a6300, you probably appreciate the incredibly compact design that fits in your pocket. With that, you’ll probably be selecting lenses are equally compact to match the balance/size of the camera body.
All of the options below pair nicely with the small size of this impressive little camera.
Best Sony a6300 Lenses in 2019
|Sony 24mm f/1.8||View Price →|
|Sony 16-70mm f/4||View Price →|
|Sony 20mm f/2.8||View Price →|
|Sony 10-18mm f/4||View Price →|
|Sony 35mm f/1.8||View Price →|
|Sony 50mm f/1.8||View Price →|
Which Lenses Work with the Sony a6300?
Sony produces two main types of lens for its ‘E-mount’ mirrorless camera bodies – ‘FE’ and ‘E’ lenses. There’s also the A-mount, which is for the Sony unique Translucent Mirror type camera bodies.
If you see a Sony lens that contains an ‘E’, this means that it’s been designed for their APS-C sensor range of mirrorless bodies – i.e. the Sony alpha a6300, and other a6xxx cameras.
Then there’s the Sony ‘FE’ lenses, which cover the entire 35mm frame of a full frame camera. This means that they can be used on all Sony mirrorless cameras, even the Sony a6300 (albeit at a 1.5* focal length multiplication).
Unless you’re planning to upgrade to a full frame Sony body soon, or perhaps already own one and wish to share lenses, it’s generally advisable to take advantage of lenses made specifically for the APS-C sensor (i.e. Sony ‘E’ lenses).
These lenses are usually smaller, lighter and much more affordable than their full frame (FE) counterparts.
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In addition to all the Sony FE and E lenses which work with the Sony a6300, there are also several great third party options available.
However in the interests of simplicity, the I’ve concentrated on the Sony (own-brand) offerings.
Arguably, it’s these ‘native’ lenses that perform the best, since they have been designed specifically for the cameras that share the same brand.
That said, let’s take a look at the ones I recommend here in 2019.
Focal Length: 24mm (equivalent to 36mm)
Weight: 225g (7.9 oz.)
Size (Diameter x Length): 63 x 66mm (2.5 x 2.6in)
Filter Diameter: 49mm
Minimum Focus Distance: 0.16m (6.3in)
The first thing to note about this 24mm lens is the quality. It’s immediately apparent when you pick it up, this is a high quality lens.
With an all metal barrel and super sharp optics, this lens is definitely worth the cost (see here for the latest price).
You often get what you pay for in terms of lens quality, and this is no exception.
It might be confusing for beginners to spend more on a lens than a camera body but the quality of your images is highly dependent on the lens you put in front of your sensor.
The Sony 24mm f/1.8 produces razor sharp images and has amazing low light performance with its f/1.8 aperture.
While it feels very sturdy, it doesn’t feel heavy. It feels like a solid lens that will last a long time.
I would compare the quality to that of other full frame FE lenses I own in a smaller/lighter package designed specifically for the Sony a6xxx series.
This lens is one of the larger APS-C E-mount lenses, likely because of the fast aperture.
At f/1.8, it lets in a lot of light, pairing nicely with the Sony a6300 and its already impressive low light performance. Together they make a great combo for dark shooting environments.
The focusing feels smooth and the lens barrell offers a nice grip. This makes it easy to hold, ensuring your images are tack-sharp when shooting without a tripod. Again, the metal design is a nice touch here, and makes the experience of handling it feel great.
The autofocus on the Sony 24mm f/1.8 is fast and effective. As a prime, I expect it to be sharp, but the quality exceeded my expectations as an impressively sharp lens.
Even at the widest aperture, the image was very usable across the whole frame. The sharpness improves at f/2.8 and maximum sharpness is reached at f/4.
The only drawbacks of this lens are that it is slightly heavier and not as compact as some others like the 20mm f/2.8.
This is likely due to the improved build quality and sharper optics. In general, the better the optics, the heavier the lens – usually due to the amount of glass that needs to be used.
I selected this lens as a favorite because of the focal length. I strongly encourage everyone to try shooting at 35mm, or in this case, the equivalent of 35mm since the a6300 is a crop sensor camera.
With an equivalent focal length of 36mm, the Sony 24mm f/1.8 is a perfect do-anything match to the a6300.
This lens works really well for a wide variety of subjects! Talk to most seasoned pro’s and they will promote the utility of the 35mm as a great, all-round lens – from portraits to landscapes, it’s an incredibly versatile focal length.
A lot of people tell you your first lens should be “nifty fifty”, but I think a 35mm is a much better choice!
Focal Length: 16-70mm (equivalent to 24-105mm)
Weight: 308g (10.9 oz.)
Size (Diameter x Length): 67 x 75mm (2.6 x 3 in)
Filter Diameter: 55mm
Minimum Focus Distance: 0.35m (13.8in)
It’s hard to deny the versatility of a mid range zoom, and the Sony 16-70mm f/4 is no exception.
This lens is great for a lot of different styles of photography. With the wide range of focal lengths you can be ready to shoot any subject.
Typically I shoot with prime lenses but if you’re looking for a do-anything zoom lens, this is the one to get for the Sony a6300.
It has a constant f/4 aperture that keeps things consistent throughout the zoom range, meaning that even when you zoom in or out, the aperture can stay the same.
When you shoot in full manual mode, the last thing you want is for a lens to change aperture when you zoom in. It throws off your exposure and slows you down.
At 16mm, this lens is great for shooting wide landscape image,s and at 70mm it creates nicely blurred backgrounds (bokeh) for sharply defined portraits.
For its wide range of zoom, the Sony 16-70mm f/4 features a surprisingly compact design. Even with the 16-70mm attached, the a6300 will still zip under a jacket with ease.
It makes a great travel lens to document adventures, especially when you aren’t sure what types of subjects you might encounter.
If you are looking for an extremely compact setup, I’d recommend going with a prime lens, but if you want a wide range zoom, the 16-70mm is a great choice.
Another feature that stood out was the sharpness of this lens. It stayed relatively sharp throughout the zoom range, and handles direct sunlight well – see sample image below.
Like the above lens, I’m a big fan of the metal-feeling design. At 308g (10.9 oz), the Sony 16-70mm f/4 is the heaviest lens in this review, but the quality/flexibility make it worth it.
Because of the relatively slow f/4 aperture, this lens is not ideal for shooting in dark scenes and the autofocus slows down in low light. I’d recommend either using a flash, or some form of tripod in order to get a sharp photo.
Because it doesn’t outweigh the camera body, it balances nicely on the small a6300 body. It is also much lighter than equivalent setups from other manufacturers.
I do notice that this lens has a little more distortion than I would like – because of the APS-C crop factor, the lens uses a wider focal length to achieve the equivalent of a full frame camera.
However, the distortion wasn’t a deal breaker for me – it was just something I noticed and would need to be aware of when shooting certain scenes the need to have straight/proportional lines (i.e. buildings or faces).
Either way, this level of distortion is easily corrected in Lightroom – you can either click on a button to fix it in one step, or add ‘lens profile corrections’ to an import preset, to fix the photos when you import them.
Overall, the Sony 16-70mm f/4 is a fantastic lens that serves it’s purpose well: cover a wide variety of subjects and make crisp images.
Focal Length: 20mm (equivalent to 30mm)
Weight: 69g (2.4 oz.)
Size (Diameter x Length): 63 x 20mm (2.5 x 0.8in)
Filter Diameter: 49mm
Minimum Focus Distance: 0.2m (7.8 in)
This lens immediately grabbed my attention because of the incredibly compact design. It literally fits in the palm of your hand!
It’s awesome for making images in an incognito situation, especially when combined with the silent shutter on the a6300.
The Sony 20mm f/2.8 paired with a compact Sony body like the a6300, allows you to have the minimum amount of equipment between you and your subject.
Like the Sony 24mm f/1.8 (favorite lens mentioned above), this lens has a great focal length. At a 30mm equivalent, it is a little wider than the 35mm sweet spot but still has a lot of the same benefits.
It is an awesome lens for documenting life, especially when you appreciate the simplicity of a prime lens.
The Sony 20mm f/2.8 is wide enough to capture the scene but not so wide that it distorts things too much.
It’s perfect for travel, family, portraits, and landscapes – it really is a do-all lens for a wide variety of subjects.
Although it’s super-light and compact, the Sony 20mm f/2.8 isn’t nearly as rugged-feeling as the all-metal barrel lenses above. It feels like a mostly plastic design, but that’s what makes is so light.
I think it would survive a drop simply because of the light design. It just doesn’t weigh enough to hurt itself.
Distortion at this focal length is to be expected, but it was completely acceptable, and again, easily fixed in Lightroom or any of the Lightroom alternatives. I think it would work well for almost everything, except for maybe closeup portraits.
Autofocus was fast and effective. I thought there might be some lag because this lens is so inexpensive, but I found it to be quite responsive.
The f/2.8 aperture was great, especially considering how compact this lens is. It can shoot in darker scenes without having to push the ISO too high. If you’re close enough to your subject, you can even blur the background nicely too.
The last thing that impresses me is the nifty lens hood that protects the front of the Sony 20mm f/2.8 – it’s really quite unique.
The lens hood protects the front element nicely from scratches, as well as from inclement weather. Also, I didn’t worry when throwing it in a backpack because I knew the lens was protected even without a lens cap.
Overall, a very impressive lens in an ultralight package, priced affordably to suit most budgets.
Focal Length: 10-18mm (equivalent to 15-27mm)
Weight: 225g (7.9 oz.)
Size (Diameter x Length): 70 x 63mm (2.8 x 2.5in)
Filter Diameter: 62mm
Minimum Focus Distance: 0.25m (9.8in)
This was the first lens I purchased for my a6300. I’m a big fan of wide angle lenses and this was no exception!
The Sony 10-18mm f/4 is the APS-C equivalent of the 16-35mm, my favorite lens for capturing wide landscape images.
When I began as a photographer I always wanted to include more of the landscape in my images. When I discovered wide angle lenses like this one, it felt like I could finally capture my vision.
Dream of capturing Instagram-worthy shots with a little person and big landscape? Get the Sony 10-18mm f/4!
The wide to super-wide range of the 10-18mm will allow you to capture a viewing angle that will immerse the viewer in the frame, making your final image more powerful and striking.
This lens also maintains an incredibly compact size for the zoom range it offers. I often keep it tucked in my jacket while hiking or skiing so that I can pull it out whenever a beautiful scene appears.
Another impressive feature of the Sony 10-18mm f/4 is the excellent all-around sharpness.
I did try this lens on my Sony a7RIII a few times (it covers the full frame for a portion of the focal length, about 12-17mm).
On the high resolution of the a7RIII I do notice some loss in sharpness, but it’s fine when shooting at 24mp on the a6300.
The one issue with using the Sony 10-18mm f/4 on a full frame camera like the a7 series is the increased distortion you get when shooting at such wide focal lengths.
The build quality of this lens was more than adequate. Over the last couple of years, it has held up well to a lot of abuse.
It does have a plastic feeling design but I’ve never had any issues with it despite taking it climbing, skiing, and camping regularly.
The autofocus is fast and effective and I’ve never had issues getting things in focus.
If you learn about hyperfocal distance, you’ll understand that with a 10-18mm lens, almost everything will be sharp through most of the frame, as long as it’s focused at or beyond about 1.5 meters (5 ft).
The Sony 10-18mm f/4 does suffer in low light scenarios forcing you to use a higher ISO than you would with a faster lens.
Overall this is my favorite lens for action sports and travel because of it’s wide perspective!
Focal Length: 35mm (equivalent to 52.5mm)
Weight: 154g (5.5 oz.)
Size (Diameter x Length): 63 x 45mm (2-1/2 x 1-13/16in.)
Filter Diameter: 49mm
Minimum Focus Distance: 0.3m (0.99ft)
Many photography videos and guides suggest that beginners improve by trying a 50mm ‘standard’ prime lens.
The Sony 35mm f/1.8 is a great option for a 50mm equivalent for the a6300.
Prime lenses encourage you to zoom with your feet and frame up subjects with more purpose. This lens will certainly do that and it will help you improve your photography in the process.
This lens does a great job for an inexpensive, fast prime lens, and should definitely be on the shopping list of all Sony a6300 owners.
The compact design and light weight of this lens is great when paired with the a6300. It balances nicely and has a very fast aperture that allows you to shoot in dark scenes.
The 50mm equivalent of this lens is a great medium focal length that does equally well at portraits and other subjects.
The bokeh is smooth and consistent with some sharpness towards the middle of the frame.
The main issue with this lens is the lack of sharpness at low apertures. It doesn’t get sharp until you stop down a lot. This was a bit frustrating since prime lenses are typically sharper than zooms.
What it lacks in sharpness, it makes up for in just how affordable this lens is (check the latest price here), and its super light design.
The build quality on the Sony 35mm f/1.8 is pretty good, although it does feel a like a mostly plastic design. Despite this, it easily survived getting dropped!
The autofocus is fast and effective. For those looking for a standard focal length lens at an affordable price with a fast aperture, this would be a good choice.
Overall, a great option for those looking for the classic “nifty fifty” for their Sony a6300!
Focal Length: 50mm (equivalent to 75mm)
Weight: 202g (7.1 oz.)
Size (Diameter x Length): 62x 62mm (2.4 x 2.4 in)
Filter Diameter: 49mm
Minimum Focus Distance: 0.39m (15.3 in)
This lens is at the end of my list, but not because I don’t appreciate its ability to make great images.
The equivalent focal length of 75mm is not my most commonly used, but when you need to take a sharp portrait with a blurred backdrop, this is a great option.
The telephoto focal length will compress the scene and bring the viewers eye to the subject while making the background feel closer than it really is.
Understanding lens compression and the way it makes a scene look can bring a whole new dimension to your photography. This lens makes that possible.
Additionally, the f/1.8 aperture on the Sony 50mm f/1.8 will allow you to create dreamy bokeh that isolates your subject from the backdrop.
This is the only lens in this review that I would use for creating clean and crisp portraits, and for that purpose, it truly excels.
In addition to blurring out the backdrop, it will also render people’s faces properly avoiding any distortion that might occur with wider angle lenses.
This lens is also surprisingly compact for what it offers (50mm f/1.8). Other lenses with these specs tend to be much larger/heavier.
The sharpness is good, especially for the low price point of this lens (check the latest price here). The design is similar to the 35mm f/1.8 and appears to be mostly plastic.
With a low weight of only 202g (7.1 oz) this lens balances nicely on a small mirrorless camera body like the a6300.
Overall, the Sony 50mm f/1.8 is an excellent choice for someone looking to take beautiful portraits without spending a ton of money on a lens!
Best Sony a6300 Lenses | Final Words
Based on my experience, these are the 6 best lens choices available for the Sony a6300.
I think they offer the best balance of value, features, size/weight, and versatility. Each of the lenses serves a specific subject and user best, but I think they are all great choices.
It’s up to you to decide what is the best lens for the subjects you like to photograph.
Because lenses hold their value well, you can buy one to try it and if you don’t like it, sell it without loosing much money.
Hopefully my review was helpful in choosing the best lenses to pair with your a6300. My goal is to be insightful and practical so you can maximize the potential of the a6300 camera body!
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below – do you agree with my selection?
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