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10 Best Sony Lenses for Real Estate Photography Compared

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10 Best Sony lenses for Real Estate Photography

Real Estate Bees’ editorial team asked a few industry-leading real estate photographers to share their expertise on the best Sony lenses for real estate photography to help our readers make a more educated purchase decision when shopping for a lens.

With the help of the experts, we ranked the most popular Sony lens models used for real estate photography from best to worst and described their features, pros and cons. Visiting retailers of the listed products by clicking links within our content may earn us commissions from your purchases but we never receive any compensation for the inclusion of products and/or services in our consumer guides. Read our editorial guidelines to learn more about our review and rating process.

— Kimberly Anderson, Senior Creative Editor at Real Estate Bees

Learn about the most sought-after Sony camera lenses that property photographers swear by, including the best Sony E-mount lenses for real estate photography.

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Experts' Choice Breakdown for Sony Real Estate Photography Lenses

Sony Lens Model Reviews
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Sony 16-35mm Vario-Tessar T* FE F4 ZA OSS E-Mount

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The Sony 16-35mm Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens is a compact and weather-sealed lens.

It has a fixed f/4 aperture that allows photographers to achieve beautiful backgrounds and defocus effects with a shallow depth of field at all focal lengths.

It provides consistent performance and illumination throughout the zoom range.

Its lens design incorporates five aspherical elements, including a large-diameter Advanced Aspherical (AA), three extra-low dispersion elements, and a Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating.

This is to ensure optimal image quality and simultaneously deliver images that are free from aberrations and flare.

Many real estate photographers would agree that this is the best Sony wide angle lens for real estate photography.

 

Pros

  • Sharp throughout the zoom range
  • Optically stabilized design
  • Compact construction makes it easy to carry and hold
  • Ultra-wide field of view capturing almost as much as the human eye
  • Dust and moisture resistant

I find the Sony 16-35 f4.0 to be tack sharp corner to corner with very little lens distortion and no lens flare even in direct sunlight.

It’s very affordable for the quality, and it’s a workhorse lens that will last. I have personally photographed over 1,000 properties with this lens, and I highly recommend it.

— Vic DeVore, DeVore Design, Owner

Cons

  • Due to its narrow focal length, it tends to produce barrel distortion throughout the zoom range
  • Quite pricey
  • The lens extends while focusing
  • Slow aperture at the wide end

The f4 doesn’t allow for bokeh and it’s not suitable for detailed photos.

— Vic DeVore, DeVore Design, Owner
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Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G

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The next model on our list of the best wide angle lenses for real estate photography that work with Sony A7III is Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G. It’s a versatile lens, with an ultra-wide perspective.

Four aspherical elements, a Super Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) element, three ED elements, and Nano AR coatings are all used to maximize corner-to-corner sharpness, while also minimizing chromatic aberrations and distortion.

It also has a 12-24mm focal point length range which is an unusually wide lens.

However, it’s fitted with impressive optics to make it remarkably free of the usual types of flaws you’d expect of something this broad.

It’s the best real estate lens for Sony A7III and A7RIII.

 

Pros

  • Very high center sharpness
  • Light and compact design
  • Extremely wide angle of view
  • Integrated lens hood to block the sun and prevent lens flare
  • Fitted with a Focus Hold button to help photographers lock focus on images
  • Dust- and moisture-resistant construction

I like that it can capture wide angles, has a set aperture and is not variable. Mainly because I work with wide angle lenses most of the time and these lenses can even do close-up work if needed.

It’s a wide-angle, non-variable aperture lens that is wide enough for most rooms, including laundry rooms and bathrooms.

— James H. Johnson, Jim Johnson Photography, Owner

Cons

  • Although this is almost meaningless to most photographers, the corner sharpness is not very high
  • The lens hood prevents filters
  • It offers no image stabilization
  • There’s noticeable vignetting in its imagery
  • Distortion throughout the zoom range
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Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS

Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS

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The Sony E 10-18mm F4 OSS is an ideal lens for landscape photographers. It is the only ultra-wide zoom lens designed by Sony for its APS-C mirrorless cameras.

A fixed maximum f/4 aperture provides consistent performance throughout the zoom range, as well as allowing improved control over focus position.

The lens incorporates three aspherical elements and a Super ED (extra-low dispersion) glass element for improved clarity and color neutrality by reducing astigmatism, field curvature, coma, and chromatic aberrations.

Additionally, it is equipped with Optical SteadyShot (OSS) image stabilization, which helps to minimize camera shake when using slower shutter speeds while shooting handheld.

 

Pros

  • Strong optics which improves a camera’s ability to capture images at a distance
  • Fitted with optical image stabilization
  • Light and compact design making it easy to handle
  • Support of front lens filters
  • Ultra-wide angle of view

 

Cons

  • Displays some distortion on images
  • No dust and splash protection
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Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM

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The Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM is a fast, versatile wide-angle zoom lens designed for full-frame E-mount mirrorless cameras.

It has a fixed maximum f/2.8 aperture that delivers consistent quality throughout the zoom range in either favorable or bad lighting conditions.

XA (extremely aspherical) elements, two extra-low-distortion elements, and three aspherical elements reduce chromatic aberrations as well as control spherical aberrations to ensure a high level of image clarity and sharpness.

In addition, a Nano AR coating has been fitted to limit ghosting and lens flare, increasing contrast and color rendering in bright lighting conditions.

 

Pros

  • Fixed f/2.8 aperture which enhances its ability to capture images in a dim lighting environment
  • With two Direct Drive SSMs, it provides fast and silent autofocus
  • Focus Hold button to help photographers lock focus on images
  • Dust and moisture resistant

 

Cons

  • It offers no in-lens stabilization
  • Due to its field curvature at 35mm images display some edge softness
  • Some distortion is evident in its imagery
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Sony FE 24-105mm f/4

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The Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens is a versatile, wide-angle to short-telephoto zoom lens designed for E-mount mirrorless cameras.

With a maximum aperture of f/4, the lens provides consistent performance throughout its zoom range and also allows increased control over the depth of field.

The optical design employs a combination of four aspherical elements and three extra-low dispersion glass elements to minimize color fringing, distortion, and a variety of aberrations in order to deliver increased sharpness and clarity.

A Nano AR Coating has also been applied to control lens flare and ghosting to ensure increased color accuracy and high contrast when working under bright lighting conditions.

Its versatility is enhanced by an Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system which reduces the appearance of camera shake.

A Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave AF motor provides smooth and quick focusing, as well as feature-rich manual focus control.

 

Pros

  • Maximum optical zoom range of 4.4x
  • Fast and smooth focusing
  • Optimal image stabilization
  • Dust and splash protection

 

Cons

  • It is quite expensive
  • There are dim corners when image corrections are turned off
  • It displays some edge softness at f/4 when capturing images at wider angles
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Sony E-mount FE 24mm F1.4 GM

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The Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM Lens is a quick and flexible lens, with a wide but usable perspective.

It is complemented by a f/1.4 maximum aperture to allow for better control over depth of field in poor lighting conditions. This makes it an ideal lens for landscape photography.

Its optical design employs two XA (extremely aspherical) elements that greatly reduce spherical aberrations for high levels of image sharpness and clarity.

Nano AR coating has also been applied to control ghosting, lens flare and surface reflections, under bright lighting conditions, for improved contrast and color fidelity.

It uses a Direct Drive SSM (Super Sonic Wave Motor) which is fast, silent, and also allows for more responsive manual focus control.

 

Pros

  • Excellent balance of size to performance ratio
  • Smooth, quiet, and fast autofocus
  • Manual focus ring is linear and nicely damped
  • Extremely sharp corners
  • Images show low vignette and distortion due to lens type
  • Its aperture ring has selectable detents

 

Cons

  • Coma performance isn’t incredible
  • There’s a bit of focus pulsing in certain backlit situations
  • It is pricier than some other options
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Sony FE 28mm f/2

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The Sony FE 28mm f/2 Lens is a fast, compact and wide-angle lens for full-frame E-mount cameras.

Its fast f/2 maximum aperture allows selective focus effects and makes it suitable for creating images with shallow depth of field, especially in low light.

Three aspherical elements are incorporated in the design. They include one Advanced Aspherical and two extra-low dispersion elements.

They reduce field curvature, color fringing, and aberrations resulting in high-quality imaging under a variety of lighting conditions.

For quick and responsive focusing, the lens uses a linear autofocus motor and internal focus design.

Additionally, it has a dust and water-resistant structure that makes it suitable for use in unfavorable weather.

 

Pros

  • The image quality after corrections is fine
  • Accurate autofocus
  • Inexpensive
  • Wide aperture
  • Dust- and splash-resistant design
  • Add-on conversion lenses available

 

Cons

  • Distortion and vignettes without corrections are substantial
  • The image quality at full aperture is not optimal
  • Close focus is limited
  • Soft edges at wide apertures
  • Omits optical stabilization
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Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA

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The Sony Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA is a wide angle 35mm prime lens. This is the first FE-mount lens to feature an f1.4 maximum aperture, making it ideal for low-light applications.

With a spherical and “AA” (advanced spherical) lens element combined with renowned ZEISS T* coating, the lens delivers outstanding image resolution, suppresses surface reflections and controls flare.

It is equipped with Sony’s Direct Drive SSM (DDSSM) motor, which allows for silent autofocus.

It also has an aperture ring on its lens barrel with two settings: “clicks” for still photographers and “smooth” for moviemakers.

 

Pros

  • It is sharp even at f/1.4 with no evidence of distortion
  • Physical aperture ring
  • Weather- and dust-resistant design

 

Cons

  • Bulky
  • Expensive
  • Lacks optical image stabilization
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Zeiss Batis 2.8/18

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The Zeiss Batis 2.8/18mm is a modern autofocus prime lens that offers the widest aperture available for Sony E-Mount cameras.

It has a complex optical design consisting of eleven elements. Two of them are “normal” glass and the remainder are either aspherical, made from special glass, or a combination of both.

With the Distagon optical design, distortion, color fringing, and other aberrations are greatly reduced, leading to sharp, clean, and color-accurate imagery.

The lens also incorporates a floating element design and enhanced ZEISS T* anti-reflective. This provides consistent performance even when working in difficult lighting conditions.

The lens barrel features an OLED display that highlights the depth of field range and focus distance for rapid recognition of the focusing parameters.

Linear motors are used to deliver smooth, fast, and silent focusing performance to suit both still photography and videography.

 

Pros

  • Fully weather sealed
  • Excellent autofocus system that is fast, quick, and quiet
  • Incredible center sharpness and resolution over much of the frame
  • Great microcontrast, color rendition, and rendering
  • Chromatic aberrations are near perfectly controlled
  • Sturdy but light
  • OLED information display

 

Cons

  • Moderate distortion
  • There’s evidence of strong vignette at wide apertures
  • Extreme corners never get quite as sharp as the center
  • Pricey
  • Soft edges unless stopped down considerably
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Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD

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This Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD lens is a super wide-angle zoom lens with a diameter of 67mm.

It is extremely compact and lightweight. Its optical design incorporates 13 lenses arranged in 11 groups, including one XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) lens element and two aspherical lenses; they effectively reduce chromatic aberrations.

These lenses feature a BBAR (Broad-Brand Anti-Reflection) coating that effectively reduces lens flares and ghosting.

With a fixed f/2.8 aperture, its edge-to-edge resolution and contrast are high, and its aperture remains fast throughout its zoom range.

The model uses a Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive (RXD) stepping motor unit which enhances the autofocus system’s performance.

 

Pros

  • Beautiful build with thorough weather sealing
  • Outstanding, silent, fast, and accurate autofocus performance
  • Good acutance and microcontrast in rendering fine textures
  • Excellent flare resistance and chromatic aberration control
  • Images and videos can be corrected with the native lens
  • It has an excellent price to performance ratio

 

Cons

  • Smaller zoom range compared to other options
  • Pronounced barrel distortion at 17mm
  • Edge sharpness suffers at wide angles
  • There’s evidence of pincushion distortion when zoomed in
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Learn More About Real Estate Photography Equipment

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