The 6 Best Sony A390 Lenses [2021]

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: April 10, 2020
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The Sony A390 is an awesome camera. If you do not already have a lens for your camera or are searching for a different lens, this will talk about the best 6 lenses for your Sony DSLR-A390.

Here are the best Sony A390 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 focal length. There are more selections spanning a variety of prices.

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)

An excellent combination of very compact size and minimal weight. Quiet and fast autofocus is supplied by a built-in motor.

The rounded aperture blades allow you to close down to f/4 and still have close to a completely circular aperture. This provides beautiful bokeh and greater versatility in controlling your 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)
13 Reviews
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 design was released by Minolta together with the release of the A-mount. Due to the age of the lens, the autofocus is controlled by the motor built into the A390's camera body.

Coupled autofocus can be fairly noisy and laggy. Then again, if that's not an issue for you the quality is superb. The bokeh is attractive and you will get a classic look to your images.

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...
37 Reviews
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 sought to flaunt what the A-mount is capable of doing with this lens. Zeiss manufactured this lens. The ZA (Zeiss Alpha) indicates that Zeiss designed the lens only for the A-mount.

The lens is the real deal. Corner-to-corner sharpness with vibrant color that delivers remarkable portrait photos.

Potential downsides are that it is a tad on the heavy side due to being built like a tank and it can be slow to autofocus. Keep in mind, that you'll find those same problems with any 85mm f/1.4.

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 an easily found inexpensive option. Cost savings come from the fact that the lens is manual focus.

At f/1.4 manually focusing will take a bit of practice. Stopping down to f/1.8 or f/2 can make focusing easier and you will still get amazing bokeh.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Minolta Maxxum AF 85mm f/1.4

Minolta Maxxum AF 85mm 1:1.4 F1.4 Lens
7 Reviews
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

This lens sits in between the price range of the other 2 lenses. Getting a used copy in acceptable condition can at times be hard as a result 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 means that the lens will be sluggish to autofocus and somewhat loud.

A Double-Gauss optical design is older and contains a total of 6 elements. The upside to this is that images possess a distinct look that is not able to be produced by contemporary lenses that contain a lot more lens elements.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Sony A390 Zoom Lenses

Sony 28-75mm f/2.8

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

It often gets compared to the excellent Zeiss 24-70mm, but it's around 1/2 the weight and has a lower price. Both create professional 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 Telephoto Zoom Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Cameras
146 Reviews
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

While still delivering impressive results, this lens is a less expensive solution. It isn't a pro lens, consequently assuming that you don't expect high-end tech, it is an excellent lens.

For a telephoto zoom, it gives you a great range for getting pictures of wildlife, sports, and children outdoors.

Photo sharpness is excellent and the autofocus is quick. The lens is made of plastic, which helps with eliminating 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
213 Reviews
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

A super-telephoto lens due to the zoom range. It is a fantastic affordable selection for any time you need a lens with lots of reach.

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

For a bit better performance take a look at the Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SSM ED G-Series, but unfortunately, count on paying close to twice as much.

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

Incredible quality for the money if you want to capture wonderful wide angle pictures that standard kit zooms cannot get. Distortion, especially of straight vertical lines is small or non-apparent unless you are actively trying to have a distorted perspective.

Along with being outstanding at taking beautiful landscapes, it is also a terrific lens to travel with. The angle of view is wide enough so that when you come across something you'll be able to get everything you see into the Sony A390'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
13 Reviews
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 well-engineered and does an excellent job of minimizing distortion. Furthermore, a large amount of energy has been put into cutting down on internal reflections and flare.

The result is a great lens that is appropriate for landscape, architecture, and astrophotography. The rear focusing system means the front isn't going to rotate so you won't have any issues 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
36 Reviews
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 incredibly fast autofocus, but the AF/MF focus clutch means it is a great selection for manual focusing. A push or pull of the focus ring switches the lens from MF to AF.

The Tokina is faster than the Sony 11-18mm, which is definitely not a major deal for architecture or landscape images. Where you'll find a difference is during astrophotography. That is a situation 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

The built-in filters are an amazing inclusion due to the fact the lens has a fixed petal-style hood which means a lens filter cannot be 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 pretty much everything you could need from a fisheye. You can get the exaggerated distortion, but the image will be tack sharp from corner-to-corner without vignetting.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye

Rokinon FE8M-S 8mm F3.5 Fisheye Lens for Sony Alpha (Black)
845 Reviews
Rokinon FE8M-S 8mm F3.5 Fisheye Lens for Sony Alpha (Black)
  • 180 degrees angle of view
  • Built-in petal type hood
  • 10 Elements in 7 groups
  • Aperture range of F/3.5 ~ 22

The lens features a rounded front element that means lens filters can not be attached. It comes with a removable petal-shaped lens hood that you will want to confirm that it is included if you get a pre-owned lens.

Construction quality will be somewhat hit or miss because of the affordable price of the lens. Almost all owners are really pleased with the results they get. You'll nevertheless want to carefully check the lens when you obtain it to know for sure that the lens isn't a bad copy.

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

The perfect balance of price, working distance, and weight for the Sony A390. The autofocus can be rather noisy, but for b taking macro photos, manual focus is better.

For ideal photos at 1:1 magnification, the lens ought to be stopped down by at least a couple of stops. By stopping down you will get a larger depth of field, which is very useful 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 lens is not that useful for 1:1 magnification on account of how little working distance you will have. At 1:1 magnification, the front lens element will be approximately 2 inches (5 cm) from the subject.

This lens performs well at tabletop, close-up, and copy work. It can be used to get closer to a subject than a standard 50mm lens and is great for nature photography whenever 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"

In addition to having autofocus, the focus ring feels great when manually focusing. Closed down a couple of stops and you'll get sharp photos.

Additionally, be careful when buying this lens as it is made for a number of lens mounts.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Used A-Mount Camera Lens Prices

Prices change on a regular basis. Over the past handful of years, interest in film photography has been increasing. As there are Minolta 35mm cameras that use the A-mount, some upward pressure is placed on the cost of lenses.

The Sony A-mount also doesn't hold a huge market share. As a result, there are a smaller number of third party options and the lenses made by Sony are routinely on backorder.

To obtain the best price, look at a few websites. For used lenses, be prepared to make a purchase when you see a good deal as they won't be available for very long.

What Lens Mount Does the A390 Use?

The Sony A390 uses the Sony A-mount. It is also the same as the Minolta A-mount. This is due to the fact that Sony bought Konica Minolta's camera division in 2006.

Minolta designed the A-mount for the release of interchangeable lens autofocus cameras in 1985. It is still in use to this day.

Standard Lens Cap Size

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

Additionally, there are many lenses that have much larger filter threads than 55mm. It's not hard to find to see 77m or 72mm filter threads. It would've been helpful if Sony utilized only 2 or 3 different filter thread sizes.

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