The 6 Best Sony A33 Lenses [2021]

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: April 9, 2020
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The Sony A33 is a terrific SLT camera. If you don't already own a lens or are shopping for a new lens, this page will go over the best 6 lenses to have for your Sony SLT-A33.

Here are the best Sony A33 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, the top Sony lenses are separated by type of photography. Also covered are additional options spanning a variety of prices.

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 lightweight. Accurate and quiet autofocus is supplied by a built-in autofocus motor.

A circular aperture allows you to stop down by 2-stops and still have close to a completely circular aperture. This creates gorgeous bokeh and greater freedom in managing the 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 design was released by Minolta along with the launch of the A-mount. On account of how old the lens is, the autofocus is powered by a motor built into the A33.

Coupled autofocus can be a little noisy and slow. Having said that, if that is not a major problem for you the image quality is fantastic. The bokeh is attractive and you will get a classic rendering.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Portrait & Telephoto Lens

Sony 85mm f/1.4 ZA

Sony Alpha 85mm f/1.4 Lens

Sony wanted to show off with this lens. The lens was produced by Zeiss. The ZA (Zeiss Alpha) denotes that Zeiss created the lens specifically for the A-mount.

This lens is extraordinary. Corner-to-corner sharpness with brilliant color that renders impressive portraits.

A potential downside is that it is a bit on the heavy side thanks to being built like a tank and the autofocus can feel slow. Bear in mind, that you will encounter those same issues 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 readily available low-cost option. A lower price is due to the fact that it is a manual focus lens.

At f/1.4 manually focusing will need lots of practice. Stopping down to f/1.8 or f/2 will make focusing much easier and you will still get pleasing bokeh.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Minolta Maxxum AF 85mm f/1.4

Minolta AF 85mm F/1.4

In terms of price, the lens is between the other 2. Obtaining a used copy in better than acceptable condition will likely be difficult because of a small available supply.

While the lens is capable of autofocus, it's powered by the in-body motor that employs a physical coupler. This means the lens will be somewhat loud and slow.

A Double-Gauss design is older and contains a total of 6 lens elements. That is not a negative as the lens renders a distinctive appearance that can't be made with a modern lens.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Sony A33 Zoom Lenses

Sony 28-75mm f/2.8

Sony 28-75mm f/2.8 SAM Zoom Lens

A fast zoom lens that is outstanding for indoor shooting, travel, family photos, and night events. It is a well-made lens with quiet autofocus.

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

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

A lower-priced alternative that can still produce impressive results. It isn't a pro lens, accordingly as long as you don't require high-end tech, it is an excellent lens.

As a mid-range telephoto zoom, it offers a great zoom range for taking images of children outdoors, sports, and wildlife.

The autofocus is fast and it produces tack sharp pictures. The lens is manufactured out of plastic, which helps with cutting down on 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 super-telephoto lens. It's an outstanding budget alternative for when you need a long lens.

It is 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 considered light, many pro zooms are several times heavier.

For a little bit of improved performance you can look for the Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SSM ED G-Series, but count on having to pay about twice as much.

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

Fantastic quality for the money if you want to be able to capture outstanding wide-angle shots that a kit zoom cannot get. Distortion, especially of vertical lines is small or non-apparent unless you are intentionally trying to get a distorted perspective.

As well as being great at capturing spectacular landscapes, it's a terrific lens to travel with. The lens is wide enough so when you come across something you will be able to get everything you see into the Sony A33's frame.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Sony 20mm f/2.8

Sony 20mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Prime Lens

It's a well-corrected lens that does an excellent job of reducing distortion. In addition, a large amount of effort has been done to reduce flare and internal reflections.

The result is a terrific lens that is ideal for astrophotography, landscape, and architecture photography. The lens uses rear focusing which means the front element isn't going to rotate meaning you will not have any complications using a polarizer or any other 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 MF/AF focus clutch helps make it a great pick for manual focusing. A pull or push of the focus ring will switch the lens from manual to auto focus or vice versa.

The Tokina is faster when compared to the Sony 11-18mm, which will not be a major issue for landscape or architecture photos. Where you'll observe something different is during astrophotography. That is a circumstance where you'll want to take advantage of the 1-2 stop advantage of the Tokina supplies.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Fisheye

Sony 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye

Sony 16mm f/2.8 Prime Fisheye Lens

The built-in filters are a terrific addition because the lens has a fixed petal-style hood which prevents a lens filter from being mounted 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 just about everything you could desire from a fisheye lens. You can get the exaggerated distortion, but the image will be 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 contains a rounded front that means filters can not be attached. It has a removable petal-type hood that you will want to ensure is included if you buy a pre-owned copy.

Quality can be hit or miss as a consequence of the very low price of the lens. The majority of owners are really pleased with the photos they get. It is still important to carefully check out the lens when you receive it to know for sure that it isn't defective.

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 cost, working distance, and size for the Sony A33. The autofocus will be rather noisy, but for b taking macro images, manual focus is easier than using AF.

For best results at 1x magnification the lens really needs to be stopped down by at least 2 stops. Doing that will also give you a larger depth of field, which is very important for macro.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro

Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

The 50mm focal length is not that useful for 1:1 magnification due to the short working distance. At 1x magnification, the front lens element will have to be approximately 2 inches (5 cm) far from the subject.

This lens performs well at tabletop, close-up, and copy work. It allows you to get closer to a subject than a 50mm prime, which is excellent for nature photography if you need to fill the camera frame with a small subject, like 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

The focus ring feels great when manually focusing, and it also has autofocus. Closed down at least a couple of stops and you will get tack sharp images.

Furthermore, be mindful when buying it as it's manufactured for various camera mounts.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Used A-Mount Camera Lens Prices

Pricing is regularly in flux. During the previous few years, participation in film shooting has been expanding. As there are Minolta 35mm film cameras that use the A-mount, some upward pressure is placed on the price of lenses.

The A-mount also doesn't hold a major market share. Because of this, a smaller number of third party options can be found and the lenses produced by Sony are very often on backorder.

To find the lowest price on what you want to buy, check prices on different sites. For pre-owned lenses, be prepared to pay for when you find a great deal as they usually do not last very long.

What Lens Mount Does the A33 Use?

The Sony A33 uses the Sony A-mount. It is also the same as the Minolta A-mount. The reason behind this is that Sony purchased Konica Minolta's camera division in 2006.

Minolta engineered the A-mount for the intro of interchangeable lens cameras with autofocus in 1985. It's still supported by Sony.

Standard Lens Cap Size

55mm, but really the filter sizes are all over the place. Previous Minolta lenses have 49mm filter threads.

There are also a good number of lenses that have much larger filter threads than 55mm. It isn't hard to find 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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