The 6 Best Sony A580 Lenses [2021]

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: April 10, 2020
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The Sony A580 is a very good Single Lens Translucent camera. If you do not have a lens for your camera or are looking for another lens, this page will talk about the top 6 lenses to use on your Sony DSLR-A580.

Here are the best Sony A580 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

Beneath, the top Sony lenses are broken down by focal length. There are more options 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 blend of minimal weight and very compact size. Quiet and accurate autofocus is powered by a built-in motor.

The circular aperture allows you to stop down to f/4 and still have an almost perfectly circular aperture. The result is gorgeous 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 is among the first lenses from when Minolta initially launched the A-mount for autofocus. Due to how old the lens is, the autofocus is controlled by a motor built into the A580 camera body.

Coupled autofocus can be a bit noisy and laggy. If that is not a major problem for you the picture quality is outstanding. You will end up getting eye-catching bokeh and a classic rendering.

One more significant advantage of the lens is the price. It's noticeably less expensive when compared with the Sony 50mm f/1.8 and also could possibly be the cheapest 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

Slightly faster compared to the Minolta or Sony f/1.8, yet that can certainly make a difference when you are shooting in low light. That not surprisingly comes at an additional cost.

It is still a light and relatively compact lens that balances nicely on the A580 and can fit into nearly any kind of camera bag.

A lower-priced solution is the Minolta AF 50mm f/1.4. Be aware that copies can be hard to purchase in good usable condition. It also was constructed with coupled autofocus, which is worse than lenses that have 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...
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 can do with this lens. Zeiss produced the lens. The ZA (Zeiss Alpha) signifies that Zeiss designed the lens only for the Sony A-mount.

This is an outstanding lens. Razor-sharp corner-to-corner with spectacular colors that creates stunning portrait photos.

Potential downsides are that it is fairly heavy on account of being built like a tank and the autofocus can seem slow at times. Bear in mind, that you'll run into similar problems with any 85mm f/1.4 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 an easily found budget possibility. 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. Stopping down to f/2 or f/1.8 will make focusing faster and easier and you'll still get creamy 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

In terms of price, this lens fits between the others. Obtaining a used copy in usable condition can at times be tough on account of a small supply available.

Although the lens does have autofocus, it's powered by the in-camera body motor that employs a mechanical coupler. This makes the lens sluggish to autofocus and fairly noisy.

A Double-Gauss optical design is older and contains six elements. That's not a negative as the lens has a unique look that can't be produced with a modern lens.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Sony A580 Zoom Lenses

Sony 28-75mm f/2.8

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

It often gets compared to the legendary Zeiss 24-70mm, but it is close to 1/2 the weight and costs considerably less. Both lenses 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 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 generating very good results, this is a more affordable selection. It isn't a professional lens, so assuming that you don't require high-end tech, it is a great lens.

For a telephoto zoom, it offers an excellent zoom range for capturing pictures of sports, children outdoors, and wildlife.

The autofocus is quick and it produces razor-sharp images. It is made out of mostly plastic, which will help cut 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
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

This qualifies as a super-telephoto lens due to the zoom range. It is a very good cheap selection for when you need a lens with lots of reach.

It is only 2.8 inches (7.1 cm) in diameter, 4.8 inches (12.2 cm) long, and comes in at 1 pound 2 ounces (510g). While not light by any means, many pro telephoto primes and zooms are several times heavier than that.

For slightly better capabilities you can look for 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

Great value for the price if you want to be able to capture wonderful wide images that a standard kit zoom cannot get. Distortion, especially of straight vertical lines is minimal or non-apparent unless you are purposefully trying to get an exaggerated perspective.

As well as being very good at shooting gorgeous landscapes, it is a fantastic lens to travel with. The angle of view is wide enough so that when you see something you will be able to get everything in the 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 reducing lens distortion. Additionally, a great deal of energy has been done to decrease flare and internal reflections.

The result is a good lens that is appropriate for astrophotography, architecture, and landscape photography. The lens uses rear focusing which means the front element isn't going to rotate meaning you will not have any issues using a circular 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 auto/manual focus clutch makes it an ideal pick for manual focusing. A pull or push of the focus ring switches the lens from AF to MF or vice versa.

The Tokina has a larger aperture than the Sony 11-18mm, which isn't a large deal for landscape or architecture images. Where you'll find something different is during astrophotography. That is a circumstance where you'd want to have the 1-to-2 stop advantage the Tokina gives 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 a terrific addition because the lens has a fixed petal-style hood which means a lens filter can not 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 require from a fisheye. You'll get corner-to-corner sharpness without noticing vignetting while still achieving exaggerated distortion.

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 curved front element which means filters cannot be attached. It comes with a removable petal-type hood that you'll want to ensure is included if you opt for a used copy.

Build quality will be a little hit or miss as a result of the budget price of the lens. Most buyers are really happy with the results they get. It is still important to extensively check the lens when you get it to know for sure that it is not substandard.

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 working distance, cost, and size for the Sony A580. The autofocus can be a bit loud, but for shooting macro images, manual focus is the best.

For ideal results at 1:1 magnification, the lens ought to be stopped down. By doing that you will get a larger depth of field, which is always important for macro photography.

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

The 50mm focal length is not the best for 1:1 magnification because of how little working distance you'll have. At 1:1 magnification, the front lens element will end up being around 2 inches (5 cm) away from the subject.

This lens excels at copy work, tabletop, and close-up photography. It can be used to get closer to a subject than a standard 50mm lens, and is perfect for nature photography when you need to fill the frame with a smaller sized 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 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 will get tack sharp images.

Furthermore, be mindful when purchasing it as it's offered for a variety of camera mounts.

Also available at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Used A-Mount Camera Lens Prices

Prices change frequently. Over the past handful of years, interest in film shooting has been going up. Due to the fact that there are 35mm Minolta film cameras that use A-mount lenses, some additional demand is placed on the cost of lenses.

The Sony A-mount also doesn't have a major market share. For that reason, there are a smaller number of third party options available and the lenses produced by Sony are often on backorder.

To get the best price on what you want to buy, check out prices on several sites. For used lenses, be ready to pay for when you find a deal as they usually do not last very long.

What Lens Mount Does the A580 Use?

The Sony A580 uses the Sony A-mount. It is also the same as the Minolta A-mount. This is due to the fact that Sony purchased Konica Minolta's imaging division in 2006.

The A-mount was engineered by Minolta for the intro of interchangeable lens cameras with autofocus in 1985. It is still in use to this day.

Standard Lens Cap Size

55mm, but honestly the sizes are sporadic. Older Minolta lenses have 49mm filter threads.

There are a good number of lenses that have filter threads bigger than 55mm. It is not rare to see 77m or 72mm filter threads. It would have been nice if Sony made use of only 2 or 3 different filter thread sizes.

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