The 6 Best Sony A380 Lenses [2021]

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: April 10, 2020
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The Sony A380 is a superb Single Lens Translucent camera. If you don't already own a lens for your camera or are searching for another lens, this will talk about the best 6 lenses to have for the Sony DSLR-A380.

Here are the best Sony A380 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 best Sony lenses are categorized by focal length. Also included are additional selections varying in cost.

Standard Primes

Sony 50mm f/1.8 SAM DT

Sale
Sony 50mm f/1.8 SAM DT Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Cameras - Fixed
305 Reviews
Sony 50mm f/1.8 SAM DT Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Cameras - Fixed
  • Lens not zoomable
  • Filter diameter (mm): 49 mm
  • Small size, light weight portrait lens
  • 35mm focal length equivelant on APS-C; 75mm
  • Smooth and silent AF operation with built-in motor (SAM)

A really good combination of very small size and lightweight. Quiet and accurate autofocus is provided by a built-in autofocus motor.

The circular aperture allows you to stop down by 2-stops and still have close to a completely circular aperture. The result is attractive bokeh and more versatility in controlling the depth of field.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Minolta Maxxum AF 50mm f/1.7

Minolta MAXXUM a.f. 50mm 1:1.7 (22)
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Minolta MAXXUM a.f. 50mm 1:1.7 (22)
  • - Minolta Prime lens
  • - Works with Sony Alpha
  • - Front and rear caps are included
  • - Lens case is included
  • - See photos for condition

This model was released by Minolta together with the unveiling of the A-mount. Because of the age of the lens, the autofocus is driven by the built-in motor in the A380's body.

Coupled autofocus can be laggy and noisy. In the event that that's not an issue for you, the results are excellent. You will end up with a classic rendering and eye-catching bokeh.

An additional great advantage of the lens is the price. It's substantially less expensive when compared with the Sony 50mm f/1.8 and on top of that may be the least expensive lens listed.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Sony 50mm f/1.4

Sony 50mm f/1.4 Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera
89 Reviews
Sony 50mm f/1.4 Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera
  • Ultra-bright standard 50mm lens with f/14 maximum aperture for Sony Alpha digital SLR cameras
  • Maximum magnification ratio (x): 0.15x.Provides superb clarity and visual accuracy even when shooting at fully open apertures indoors
  • Employs in-camera Super SteadyShot image stabilization system to minimize blur from camera
  • Circular aperture for low-light shots; 15-foot minimum focus distance; 55mm filter diameter
  • Measures 256 inches in diameter and 169 inches long; weighs 8 ounces

A little faster compared to the Sony or Minolta f/1.8, yet that can make an impact when you're taking pictures without much light. That as expected comes at an additional expense.

It is still a light and relatively compact lens that fits well on the A380 and will fit into almost any camera bag.

A slightly lower-priced option is the Minolta AF 50mm f/1.4. Take into account that they can be very difficult to purchase in usable condition. It also was constructed with physically coupled autofocus, which is slower and louder than lenses with built-in motors.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Portrait & Telephoto Lens

Sony 85mm f/1.4 ZA

Sony SAL-85F14Z 85mm f1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T Coated Telephoto Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR...
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Sony SAL-85F14Z 85mm f1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T Coated Telephoto Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR...
  • 85mm f1.4 telephoto lens boasts professional performance for portraits and close-ups
  • Astonishing sharpness at fully open aperture
  • T* coating to reduce flare and increase contrast
  • Smooth, visually pleasing background effects
  • Focus hold button for full creative control, auto clutch to stop manual focus ring rotation

Sony wanted to show off with this lens. Zeiss manufactured the lens. The ZA (Zeiss Alpha) means that Zeiss designed the lens exclusively for the A-mount.

This is a great lens. Tack sharp corner-to-corner with vibrant colors that renders astonishing portraits.

A potential downside is that it is somewhat heavy due to being built like a tank and the autofocus can feel slow. Take into account, that you'll find similar problems with any f/1.4 85mm lens.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Rokinon 85mm f/1.4

Rokinon 85M-S 85mm F1.4 Aspherical Lens for Sony (Black)
904 Reviews
Rokinon 85M-S 85mm F1.4 Aspherical Lens for Sony (Black)
  • Aperture Range: F/1.4 - F/20
  • 9 Elements in 7 Groups
  • Angle of View: 28.3 Degrees
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 3.3 ft
  • Filter Size: 72mm

The Rokinon is a readily available inexpensive option. Cost savings are due to the fact that the lens is manual focus.

Manually focusing at f/1.4 will need lots of practice. Closing down the aperture to f/1.8 or f/2 helps make focusing much easier and you will still get smooth bokeh.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Minolta Maxxum AF 85mm f/1.4

Minolta Maxxum AF 85mm 1:1.4 F1.4 Lens
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Minolta Maxxum AF 85mm 1:1.4 F1.4 Lens
  • max. aperture: 1.4 ; min. aperture: 22
  • focal range: 85 mm
  • elements/group: 7/6
  • aperture blades: 9

In terms of price, the lens is between the other two. Finding a used copy in better than acceptable condition may be hard 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 makes the lens somewhat noisy and sluggish.

A Double-Gauss optical design is older and only uses a total of six lens elements. That's not a bad thing as the lens has a distinct look that can't be made using a contemporary lens.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Sony A380 Zoom Lenses

Sony 28-75mm f/2.8

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

It is often compared to the legendary Zeiss 24-70mm, but it is close to half the weight and costs considerably less. Both lenses produce 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 Telephoto Zoom Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Cameras
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Sony 55-200mm f/4-5.6 SAM DT Telephoto Zoom Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Cameras
  • Compatible with 35 mm Full Frame, or APS-C format A-mount cameras.
  • Small size, light weight telephoto zoom lens. Circular Aperture
  • 35mm focal length equivelant; 82.5-300mm
  • Smooth and silent AF operation with built-in motor (SAM)
  • Closest focus distance: 0.95m; Maximum magnification: 0.29x

A lower-cost alternative that still produces outstanding results. It isn't a professional lens, therefore as long as you don't expect all the bells and whistles, it is an excellent lens.

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

The autofocus is quick and it delivers razor-sharp photos. The body of the lens is plastic, which helps trim down on weight.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6

Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Compact Super Telephoto Zoom Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera
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Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Compact Super Telephoto Zoom Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera
  • 75-300mm telephoto zoom lens with f/4.5-5.6 maximum aperture for Alpha digital SLR cameras
  • Ideal for taking close-up portraits and sports action without making subject nervous
  • Gives light sources a pleasing circular defocused effect in the background for better results
  • Minimum focusing distance of 4 feet, 11 inches; 7 aperture blades; 55mm filter diameter
  • Measures 2.81 inches in diameter and 4.81 inches long; weighs 1 pound, 2 ounces

This meets the criteria of a super-telephoto lens. It is a great cheap choice for any time you want a long focal length.

It is 4.8 inches (12.2 cm) long, 2.8 inches (7.1 cm) in diameter, and is 1 pound 2 ounces (510g). While that is not light, many professional zooms are several times heavier.

For slightly better performance you can look for the Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SSM ED G-Series, but unfortunately, count on spending approximately double the price.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Wide Angle Lens

Sony DT 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6

Sony DT 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Aspherical ED Super Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera
32 Reviews
Sony DT 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Aspherical ED Super Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera
  • DT lens design for optimum performance
  • Maximum Magnification ratio (x): 0.125x.Delivers excellent wide-angle and long telephoto shots
  • Mount : Sony A-mount
  • Aspherical lens elements for wide-angle accuracy
  • ED glass elements for sharp, accurate colors, 35mm Equivalent: 165 to 27mm

Excellent value for the money if you want to be able to take wonderful wide images that standard kit zooms can't get. Distortion, especially of vertical lines is minimal or non-existent unless you are actively trying to have an exaggerated perspective.

In addition to being outstanding at capturing spectacular landscapes, it's also an ideal 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 A380's frame.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Sony 20mm f/2.8

Sony SAL-20F28 20mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera
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Sony SAL-20F28 20mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera
  • 20mm f2.8 wide-angle lens
  • Visual accuracy from 10 inches to infinity
  • Coated optics for clarity and definition
  • Rear focusing system for fast autofocus response
  • Circular aperture for defocused effects

It is a well-engineered lens that does an excellent job of reducing lens distortion. In addition, quite a lot of work has been done to reduce flare and internal reflections.

The result is a fantastic lens that is well suited for astrophotography, landscape, and architecture photography. The rear focusing system means the front element does not rotate meaning you will not have any complications 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 DX 11-16mm F/2.8 Asph for Sony/ Minolta
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Tokina AT-X Pro DX 11-16mm F/2.8 Asph for Sony/ Minolta
  • All metallic moving parts are coated with a special lubricant to improve durability.
  • PRO models have a hardened Alumite (Armalite) finish to increase durability and give a top-quality feel and finish.
  • Use of our special alloy Duralumin for metal parts provides excellent durability, stabilizes torque and provides better handling. It also maintains smoother operation under all conditions.
  • Resistance to flare and ghosting, plus faithful color reproduction are all achieved by a unique coating technique – yet another reason for Tokina’s reputation for incredibly sharp and clean images.

It does not have extraordinarily fast autofocus, but the MF/AF focus clutch helps make it a very good selection for manual focusing. A push or pull of the focus ring switches the lens from manual to auto focus.

The Tokina has a larger aperture compared to the Sony 11-18mm, which is definitely not a huge issue for landscape or architecture images. Where you will observe a difference is during astrophotography. That is a circumstance where you'd want to have the 1-2 stop advantage the Tokina offers you.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Fisheye

Sony 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye

Sony SAL-16F28 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera
15 Reviews
Sony SAL-16F28 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera
  • 16mm (35mm equivalent) f2.8 fisheye lens provides unique photographic perspective
  • Corner-to-corner sharpness
  • Crisp focus from about 8 inches to infinity
  • 4 built-in filters: Normal, 056, B12, A12
  • Quick filter selection with a simple rotating dial

Built-in filters are an awesome inclusion due to the fact the lens has a 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 almost everything you could need from a fisheye. You can obtain the exaggerated distortion, but the image will remain sharp from corner-to-corner without vignetting.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye

Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera
32 Reviews
Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera
  • Bright f2.8 aperture for low-light shots
  • High-contrast, high-resolution image quality
  • Focus Range Limiter for faster auto focusing
  • Focus Hold button for full creative control
  • 35mm Focal-length equivalant: 75mm

The lens contains a large front element which means lens filters can not be attached. It has a detachable petal-type hood that you will want to confirm that it is included if you buy a pre-owned lens.

Quality is often hit or miss as a result of the low price of the lens. A majority of people are very pleased with the images they get. It is still important to extensively check the lens when you obtain it to be certain that the lens is not defective.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Macro Lens

Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro

Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera
30 Reviews
Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera
  • 100mm macro lens with f/2.8 maximum aperture for Sony Alpha digital SLR cameras
  • Works with Super SteadyShot image stabilization system to keep image steady in low light
  • Focus range limiter speeds up autofocus response; focus hold button gives you full control
  • High contrast and resolution gives your shots greater visual accuracy for close analysis
  • Measures 3 inches in diameter and 4 inches long; weighs 1 pound, 2 ounces

A perfect balance of cost, weight, and working distance for the Sony A380. The autofocus can be somewhat noisy, but for b taking macro images, manual focus is ideal.

For excellent photos at 1x magnification, the lens needs to be stopped down by two or more stops. By doing that you will have a larger depth of field, which is essential for macro.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro

Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera
32 Reviews
Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera
  • Bright f2.8 aperture for low-light shots
  • High-contrast, high-resolution image quality
  • Focus Range Limiter for faster auto focusing
  • Focus Hold button for full creative control
  • 35mm Focal-length equivalant: 75mm

A 50mm isn't that good for 1x magnification due to how little working distance you will have. At that level of magnification, the front lens element will end up being about 2 inches (5 cm) from the subject.

This lens performs well at close-up, tabletop, and copy work. It gives you the option to get closer to a subject than a standard 50mm, which is good for nature photography if you want to fill the frame with a small subject, such as a flower.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

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

Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 Di SP A/M 1:1 Macro Lens for Sony Digital SLR Cameras (Model 272ES)
344 Reviews
Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 Di SP A/M 1:1 Macro Lens for Sony Digital SLR Cameras (Model 272ES)
  • Country of Origin:Japan
  • Package length:3.8"
  • Package width:2.8"
  • Package height:2.8"

Even though this lens does have autofocus, the focus ring feels great when manually focusing. Stopped down at least a couple of stops and you'll get razor-sharp photos.

Also, be cautious when buying it as it is offered for a number of camera mounts.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Used A-Mount Camera Lens Prices

Prices change all the time. During the past couple of years, interest in film photography has been climbing. Due to the fact that there are 35mm Minolta film cameras that use the A-mount, some upward pressure is put on the cost of lenses.

The Sony A-mount also does not hold a significant share of the market. That is why there are fewer third party choices available and the lenses produced by Sony are oftentimes on backorder.

To get the lowest price on what you want to buy, check several websites. For used lenses, be ready to make a purchase when you see a bargain as they don't be available for very long.

What Lens Mount Does the A380 Use?

The Sony A380 uses the Sony A-mount. It is also identical to the Minolta A-mount. This is due to Sony purchasing Konica Minolta's imaging division in 2006.

The A-mount was created by Minolta for the introduction 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 really the filter sizes vary widely. Minolta lenses mostly feature 49mm filter threads.

You can also find a good number of lenses that have filter threads larger than 55mm. It is not hard to find to see 72mm or 77mm filter threads. It would have been good if Sony used only 2 or 3 different filter thread sizes.

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