The 6 Best Sony A37 Lenses [2021]

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: April 9, 2020
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The Sony A37 is an awesome camera. If you do not already own a lens or are wanting for a new lens, this will talk about the best 6 lenses to have for the Sony SLT-A37.

Here are the best Sony A37 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 categorized by focal length. Also covered are additional choices covering a variety of costs.

Standard Primes

Sony 50mm f/1.8 SAM DT

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

An awesome mix of compact size and light weight. The autofocus motor is quieter and faster than previous lenses that rely on the physically coupled autofocus.

The rounded aperture blades allow you to stop down by 2-stops and keep close to a completely circular aperture. This results in gorgeous bokeh and more flexibility in controlling 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 model was released by Minolta together with the release of the A-mount. As a consequence of the age of the lens, the autofocus is done by the motor built into the A37's body.

Autofocus that is coupled can be a little noisy and sluggish. If that's not a concern for you the picture quality is excellent. The bokeh is attractive and you'll end up getting a classic image 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 flaunt what the A-mount is capable of doing with this lens. Zeiss built this lens. The ZA (Zeiss Alpha) indicates that Zeiss developed the lens exclusively for the A-mount.

This is a magnificent lens. Tack sharp corner-to-corner with vivid colors that produces amazing portraits.

Potential downsides are that it's a little on the heavy side thanks to being built like a tank and it can seem slow to autofocus. Be aware, that you'll come across those same problems with any 85mm f/1.4.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Rokinon 85mm f/1.4

Rokinon 85M-C 85mm f/1.4 Lens

The Rokinon is a low-cost option that is convenient to find. Cost savings are due to the fact that the lens does not have autofocus.

Manually focusing at f/1.4 will require lots of practice. Closing down the aperture to f/2 or f/2.8 will make focusing less of a challenge and you'll still get smooth bokeh.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Minolta Maxxum AF 85mm f/1.4

Minolta AF 85mm F/1.4

This lens falls in the middle of the price range of the other 2 lenses. Finding a used copy in good usable condition may be tough because of a small available supply.

The lens does have autofocus, but it uses a mechanical coupler and is driven by an in-camera body motor. This means the lens will be slow to autofocus and relatively loud.

A Double-Gauss optical design is older and contains a total of 6 elements. That is not a bad thing as the lens has a distinctive appearance that cannot be made with a modern lens.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Sony A37 Zoom Lenses

Sony 28-75mm f/2.8

Sony 28-75mm f/2.8 SAM Zoom Lens

If you want to shoot night events, indoor shooting, travel, and family photos, this is a superb fast zoom for that. The autofocus is fairly quiet and the lens is well designed.

The lens often gets compared to the excellent Zeiss 24-70mm lens, but it is approximately half the weight and costs considerably less. Both produce pro images.

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 producing wonderful results, this is a lower-cost alternative. It is not a professional lens, therefore assuming that you do not require high-end technology, it is a very good lens.

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

The autofocus is quick and it produces razor-sharp pictures. The lens is manufactured out of plastic, which aids in eliminating 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 due to the large zoom range. It is a good inexpensive solution for any time you want a long focal length.

The lens is 4.8 inches (12.2 cm) long, 2.8 inches (7.1 cm) in diameter, and is 1 pound 2 ounces (510g). While not considered light, many professional telephotos are multiple times heavier.

For a little better functionality look for the Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SSM ED G-Series, however, count on paying around 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

Very good value for the price if you want to take wonderful wide-angle images that a standard kit zoom can't take. Distortion, especially of vertical lines is minor or non-apparent unless you are intentionally trying to create an exaggerated perspective.

In addition to being great at taking gorgeous landscapes, it is also an excellent lens to travel with. The lens is wide enough so when you see something you will be able to get everything you see into the Sony A37's frame.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Sony 20mm f/2.8

Sony 20mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Prime Lens

A well-engineered lens that does a terrific job of minimizing distortion. Furthermore, quite a lot of energy has been done to decrease internal reflections and flare.

The result is an awesome lens that is suitable for architecture, astrophotography, and landscape photography. The lens has a rear focusing system which means the front element will not rotate meaning you will not have any issues using a circular polarizer or 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 does not have extraordinarily fast autofocus, but the AF/MF focus clutch means it is an ideal choice for manual focusing. A pull or push of the focus ring will switch the lens from auto to manual focus.

The Tokina is faster than the Sony 11-18mm, which is definitely not a huge deal for landscape or architecture photos. Where you will see a big difference is with astrophotography. That is a circumstance where you would want to take advantage of the 1-to-2 stop advantage the Tokina offers.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama


Sony 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye

Sony 16mm f/2.8 Prime Fisheye Lens

Having built-in filters is a really good addition due to the fact the lens has a petal-style hood which prevents a lens filter from being put on 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 pretty much everything you could need from a fisheye lens. You'll obtain corner-to-corner sharpness without noticing vignetting while still getting exaggerated distortion.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye

Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Prime Fisheye Lens

The lens has a curved front element which means lens filters cannot be attached. It has a snap-on petal-style lens hood that you'll want to ensure is included if you get a pre-owned copy.

Construction quality is often somewhat hit or miss as a consequence of the very low price of the lens. Almost all people are quite happy with the pictures they get. You will still want to fully check the lens when you get it to be certain that it is not a bad 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 working distance, cost, and weight for the Sony A37. The autofocus will be a bit noisy, but for taking macro pictures, manual focus is ideal.

For the best output at 1:1 magnification, the lens should be stopped down. By stopping down you will get a larger depth of field, which is crucial 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 isn't the best for 1x magnification due to the short working distance. At that level of magnification, the front lens element will end up being approximately 2 inches (5 cm) away from the subject.

This lens does well at tabletop, copy work, and close-up photography. It allows you to get closer to a subject than a standard 50mm lens, which is great for nature photography when you want to fill the 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

While this lens does have autofocus, the focus ring feels great when manually focusing. Stopped down 2 or more stops and you'll get razor-sharp images.

In addition, be careful when purchasing it as it is produced for several camera mounts.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Used A-Mount Camera Lens Prices

Pricing is regularly in flux. Over the past few years, participation in film photography has been increasing. Since there are Minolta 35mm film cameras that use the A-mount, some upward pressure is added to the cost of lenses.

The Sony A-mount also doesn't hold a sizeable share of the market. For that reason, there are a smaller number of third party choices and the lenses made by Sony are quite often on backorder.

To obtain the lowest price on what you want to buy, check different websites. For used lenses, be prepared to make a purchase when you come across a good deal as they do not be available for very long.

What Lens Mount Does the A37 Use?

The Sony A37 uses the Sony A-mount. It's also identical to the Minolta A-mount. This is due to Sony purchasing Konica Minolta's imaging division in 2006.

Minolta created the A-mount for the release of interchangeable lens cameras with autofocus in 1985. It's still being supported by Sony to this day.

Standard Lens Cap Size

Generally 55mm, but honestly, the sizes vary widely. Earlier Minolta lenses have 49mm filter threads.

You can also find quite a few lenses that have filter threads much bigger than 55mm. It isn't uncommon to see 72mm or 77mm. It would have been helpful if Sony utilized only 2 or 3 different filter thread sizes.

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