The 6 Best Sony A230 Lenses [2021]

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: April 10, 2020
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The Sony A230 is a great camera. If you don't already have a lens for your camera or are shopping for a different lens, this article will cover the top 6 lenses for your Sony DSLR-A230.

Here are the best Sony A230 lenses:

  1. Standard Lens - Sony 50mm f/1.8 SAM DT
  2. Portrait Lens - Sony 85mm F1.4 ZA CZ
  3. Zoom Lens - Sony 28-75mm f/2.8
  4. Wide Angle Lens - Sony DT 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6
  5. Fisheye Lens - Sony 16mm f/2.8
  6. Macro Lens - Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro

Below are the best Sony lenses separated by type of photography. There are additional selections varying in price.

Standard Primes

Sony 50mm f/1.8 SAM DT

Sony 50mm f/1.8 SAL50F18 Prime A-Mount Lens

A really good combo of small size and minimal weight. The built-in autofocus motor is faster and quieter than previous lenses that rely on the physically coupled autofocus drive system.

Rounded aperture blades allow you to close down by 2-stops and keep close to a circular aperture. The result is gorgeous bokeh and more flexibility in managing depth of field.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Minolta Maxxum AF 50mm f/1.7

Minolta Maxxum 50mm f/1.7 prime lens

This is an older model from the introduction of the A-mount. Because of the age of the lens, the autofocus is done by a motor built into the A230 camera body.

Physically coupled autofocus can be slow and somewhat noisy. Having said that, if that's not an issue for you the output is excellent. You'll end up with a classic image rendering and pleasant bokeh.

Another large advantage of this lens is the price. It is drastically more affordable compared to the Sony 50mm f/1.8 and additionally might be the least expensive lens on the list.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Sony 50mm f/1.4

Sony 50mm f/1.4 A Mount Lens

Slightly faster compared to the Sony or Minolta f/1.8, nevertheless, that can certainly be important when you're shooting without much light. That obviously comes at a larger cost.

It is still a light and compact lens that works nicely on the A230 and fits into virtually any camera bag.

A lower-priced option is the Minolta AF 50mm f/1.4. Bear in mind that they can be really difficult to purchase in usable condition. The lens also was constructed with coupled autofocus, which is worse than lenses that contain built-in autofocus motors.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Portrait & Telephoto Lens

Sony 85mm f/1.4 ZA

Sony Alpha 85mm f/1.4 Lens

Sony pulled out all the stops with this lens. Zeiss manufactured the lens. The ZA (Zeiss Alpha) indicates that Zeiss created the lens only for the Sony A-mount.

This is an awesome lens. Razor-sharp corner-to-corner with vivid colors that renders amazing portraits.

A potential downside is that it's a bit on the heavy side because it's built like a tank and it can feel slow to autofocus at times. Keep in mind, that you'll come across those same problems with any f/1.4 85mm.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Rokinon 85mm f/1.4

Rokinon 85M-C 85mm f/1.4 Lens

The Rokinon is a very easily found budget alternative. A lower price comes from the fact that the lens doesn't have autofocus.

At f/1.4 manually focusing will need lots of practice. Closing down the aperture to f/1.8 or f/2 will make focusing much easier and you'll still get amazing bokeh.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Minolta Maxxum AF 85mm f/1.4

Minolta AF 85mm F/1.4

This lens splits the price range of the other 2 lenses. Obtaining a used lens in acceptable condition will likely be tough because of a limited supply available.

The lens does have autofocus, but it uses a mechanical coupler and is driven by an in-camera body motor. This makes it a bit noisy and sluggish to autofocus.

The lens is an older 6 lens element Double-Gauss design. An upside to this is that images have a distinct look that can not be made by cutting-edge lenses that contain many more lens elements.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Sony A230 Zoom Lenses

Sony 28-75mm f/2.8

Sony 28-75mm f/2.8 SAM Zoom Lens

If you want to shoot indoor shooting, night events, travel, and family photos, this is an excellent fast zoom for that. It’s a well-constructed lens with fairly quiet autofocus.

The lens often gets compared to the legendary Zeiss 24-70mm, but it's approximately half the weight and less expensive. Both create professional results.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Sony 55-200mm f/4-5.6 SAM DT

Sony 55-200mm f/4-5.6 SAM DT Zoom Lens

While still generating wonderful results, this is a cheaper alternative. It is not a professional lens, consequently assuming that you don't need high-end technology, it is a great lens.

For a mid-range telephoto zoom, it gives you an excellent range for capturing photos of wildlife, sports, and children outdoors.

The autofocus is quick and it renders tack sharp images. It is made out of mostly plastic, which aids in minimizing weight.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6

Sony SAL 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Compact Super Telephoto Zoom Lens

A borderline super-telephoto lens due to the zoom range. It is an outstanding affordable alternative for any time you need a long focal length.

It's only 2.8 inches (7.1 cm) in diameter, 4.8 inches (12.2 cm) long, and weighs in at 1 pound 2 ounces (510g). While not light by any means, many professional zooms are many times that weight.

For improved results take a look at the Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SSM ED G-Series, but unfortunately plan on paying about twice the price.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Wide Angle Lens

Sony DT 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6

Sony 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Ultra Wide Zoom Lens

Impressive value for the money if you want to shoot excellent wide angle shots that a kit zoom cannot capture. Distortion, especially of straight vertical lines is minimal or non-existent unless you're trying to have a distorted perspective.

In addition to being ideal at taking breathtaking landscapes, it's an ideal lens to travel with. The angle of view is wide enough so when you come across something you'll be able to get everything you see into the Sony A230's frame.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Sony 20mm f/2.8

Sony 20mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Prime Lens

It is a well-corrected lens that does an excellent job of reducing lens distortion. On top of that, a large amount of work has been put into cutting down on flare and internal reflections.

The result is a great lens that is very good for landscape, astrophotography, and architecture photography. The rear focusing system means the front isn't going to rotate meaning you will not have any challenges using a polarizer or different filter.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Tokina AT-X 11-16mm f/2.8 DX II

Tokina AT-X Pro DXII 11-16mm f/2-2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Lens

It doesn't have extraordinarily fast autofocus, but the manual/auto focus clutch makes it a superb selection for manual focusing. A pull or push of the focus ring will switch the lens from AF to MF.

The Tokina has a larger aperture than the Sony 11-18mm, which will not be a major deal for architecture or landscape images. Where you will observe an improvement is during astrophotography. That's a situation where you will want to take advantage of the 1-2 stop advantage the Tokina supplies.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama


Sony 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye

Sony 16mm f/2.8 Prime Fisheye Lens

Built-in filters are an awesome addition because the lens has a fixed petal-style hood which prevents a lens filter from being attached to the front of the lens.

  • 056 - Accented contrast for black and white photos.
  • B12 - Correct color by eliminating red tones.
  • A12 - Correct color by eliminating blue tones.

This lens has everything you could desire from a fisheye. You can take advantage of the exaggerated distortion, but the image will remain razor-sharp from corner-to-corner without vignetting.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye

Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Prime Fisheye Lens

The lens features a curved front element which means filters can not be attached. It comes with a snap-on petal-type lens hood that you will want to confirm that it is included if you get a used lens.

Construction quality is often somewhat hit or miss because of the very low price of the lens. Almost all owners are quite pleased with the results they get. It is still important to extensively check out the lens when you obtain it to know for sure that the lens isn't a defective copy.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Macro Lens

Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro

Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

An ideal balance of price, weight, and working distance for the Sony A230. The autofocus will be a bit loud, but for shooting macro images, manual focus is easier than using AF.

For excellent results at 1:1 magnification, the lens ought to be stopped down by 2 or more stops. By stopping down you will have a wider depth of field, which is always important for macro photography.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro

Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

A 50mm lens is not the best for 1x magnification on account of how little working distance you'll have. At 1x magnification, the front of the lens will need to be about 2 inches (5 cm) far from the subject.

This lens excels at tabletop, copy work, and close-up photography. It allows you to get closer to a subject than a standard 50mm, and that is ideal for nature photography when you want to fill the camera frame with a small subject, for instance, a flower.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 Di SP A/M 1:1 Macro

Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

Even though this lens does have autofocus, the focus ring feels great when manually focusing. Stopped down two or more stops and you'll get sharp pictures.

In addition, be cautious when shopping for this lens as it is manufactured in a number of camera mounts.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Used A-Mount Camera Lens Prices

Prices are constantly changing. During the previous handful of years, participation in film shooting has been expanding. Due to the fact that there are Minolta 35mm film cameras that use A-mount lenses, some upward pressure is added to the price of lenses.

The A-mount also doesn't hold a significant market share. Consequently, there are a smaller number of third party choices, and the lenses manufactured by Sony are very often on backorder.

To get the best price on what you want, check multiple websites. For used lenses, be ready to buy when you see a good deal as they don't last long.

What Lens Mount Does the A230 Use?

The Sony A230 uses the Sony A-mount. It is also the same as the Minolta A-mount. This is due to Sony acquiring Konica Minolta's imaging division in 2006.

The A-mount was designed by Minolta for the introduction of interchangeable lens autofocus cameras in 1985. It is still supported by Sony.

Standard Lens Cap Size

55mm filter threads are the most common, but honestly, the filter sizes are sporadic. Previous Minolta lenses tend to have 49mm filter threads.

There are a number of lenses that have filter threads much bigger than 55mm. It's not rare to see 72mm or 77mm filter threads. It would have been good if Sony used only 2 or 3 different filter sizes.

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