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

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

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 50mm f/1.7 prime lens

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 A Mount Lens

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 Alpha 85mm f/1.4 Lens

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-C 85mm f/1.4 Lens

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 AF 85mm F/1.4

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

Sony 28-75mm f/2.8 SAM Zoom Lens

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 Zoom Lens

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

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

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 20mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Prime Lens

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 DXII 11-16mm f/2-2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Lens

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 16mm f/2.8 Prime Fisheye Lens

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

Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Prime Fisheye Lens

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

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

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 90mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

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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