The 6 Best Sony A65 Lenses [2021]

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: April 9, 2020
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The Sony A65 is an awesome camera. If you don't have a lens or are wanting for a new lens, this article will talk about the best 6 lenses to have for your Sony SLT-A65.

Here is the list of the best Sony A65 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 split up by focal length. There are different choices varying in price.

Standard Primes

Sony 50mm f/1.8 SAM DT

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

The perfect blend of very small size and minimal weight. Smooth and quiet autofocus is provided from a built-in motor.

A 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 flexibility in controlling your depth of field.

Also found 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 introduction of the A-mount. Because of how old the lens is, the autofocus is powered by the built-in motor in the A65's camera body.

Autofocus that is physically coupled can be noisy and sluggish. However, if that is not a major problem for you the results are amazing. The bokeh is pleasing and you will end up getting a classic rendering.

Also found 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 created the lens specifically for the A-mount.

This lens is incredible. Tack sharp corner-to-corner with stunning colors that renders stunning portraits.

Potential downsides are that it's fairly heavy because it's built like a tank and the autofocus can feel slow at times. Keep in mind, that you'll encounter similar issues with any 85mm f/1.4.

Also found at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Rokinon 85mm f/1.4

Rokinon 85M-C 85mm f/1.4 Lens

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

Manually focusing at f/1.4 will require a bit of practice. Stopping down to f/2 or f/1.8 makes focusing much easier and you will still get amazing bokeh.

Also found at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Minolta Maxxum AF 85mm f/1.4

Minolta AF 85mm F/1.4

The lens sits in between the range of prices for the other 2 lenses. Obtaining a used lens in better than acceptable condition may be a challenge because of a limited supply available.

While the lens is capable of autofocus, it is powered by the in-body motor that uses a physical coupler. This makes it slow to autofocus and fairly loud.

A Double-Gauss design is older and only uses a total of 6 lens elements. The upside to this is that images have a distinct look that can not be made by cutting-edge lenses that are built with a lot more lens elements.

Also found at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Sony A65 Zoom Lenses

Sony 28-75mm f/2.8

Sony 28-75mm f/2.8 SAM Zoom Lens

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

The lens often gets compared to the legendary Zeiss 24-70mm, but it's close to 1/2 the weight and less expensive. Both produce professional images.

Also found 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 option that can still produce outstanding results. It is not a professional lens, therefore so long as you don't require all the bells and whistles, it is a good lens.

As a mid-range telephoto zoom, it has an excellent zoom range for shooting photos of wildlife, children outdoors, and sports.

The autofocus is fast and it produces sharp pictures. The lens is constructed out of plastic, which aids in trimming down on weight.

Also found 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's a fantastic affordable option for any time you want a long focal length.

It's only 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 telephoto zooms are many times heavier than that.

For slightly better functionality look for the Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SSM ED G-Series, but unfortunately plan on spending about twice as much.

Also found 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

Amazing value for the price if you want to be able to take beautiful wide angle shots that a kit zoom cannot get. Distortion, especially of vertical lines is minimal or non-apparent unless you're purposefully trying to create a distorted perspective.

Along with being ideal at taking beautiful landscapes, it is a terrific lens to travel with. The lens is wide enough so when you see something you'll be able to get everything you see into the Sony A65's frame.

Also found at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Sony 20mm f/2.8

Sony 20mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Prime Lens

It's well-corrected and does a very good job of minimizing lens distortion. On top of that, an enormous amount of work has been done to minimize flare and internal reflections.

The result is a fantastic lens that is perfect for astrophotography, landscape, and architecture photography. The lens has a rear focusing system which means the front element is not going to rotate meaning you will not have any difficulties using a circular polarizer or different filter.

Also found 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 tremendously fast autofocus, but the MF/AF focus clutch means it's a good option 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 when compared with the Sony 11-18mm, which isn't a big issue for architecture or landscape photography. Where you will notice something different is with astrophotography. That's a situation where you'd want to take advantage of the 1-to-2 stop advantage the Tokina offers.

Also found at: eBay, KEH, Adorama


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 fixed petal-style hood which means a lens filter cannot be mounted 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 nearly everything you could want from a fisheye. You can take advantage of the exaggerated distortion, but the image will be sharp from corner-to-corner without vignetting.

Also found at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye

Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Prime Fisheye Lens

The lens features a bulbous front element that means filters cannot be used. It comes with a removable petal-style hood that you'll want to make sure is included if you get a used lens.

Build quality is often somewhat hit or miss on account of the budget price of the lens. The majority of owners are really happy with the images they get. You'll still want to adequately test the lens when you receive it to know for sure that the lens is not a defective copy.

Also found 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, weight, and value for the Sony A65. The autofocus is a bit loud, but for taking macro images, manual focus is your best option.

For the best images at 1:1 magnification, the lens should be stopped down by at least a couple of stops. By stopping down you will get a wider depth of field, which is always important for macro.

Also found at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro

Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

The 50mm focal length isn't that good for 1:1 magnification on account of how small the working distance will be. At that level of magnification, the front lens element will have to be around 2 inches (5 cm) away from the subject.

This lens performs well at close-up, copy work, and tabletop photography. It enables you to get closer to a subject than a 50mm prime, and that's great for nature photography whenever you want to fill the frame with a smaller sized subject, for example, a flower.

Also found at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

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

Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

The focus ring feels great when manually focusing, and the lens also has autofocus. Stopped down two or more stops and you will get razor-sharp images.

Additionally, be mindful when buying it as it is built in various lens mounts.

Also found at: eBay, KEH, Adorama

Used A-Mount Camera Lens Prices

Prices are regularly changing. During the previous handful of years, participation in film shooting has been expanding. Due to the fact that there are Minolta 35mm film cameras that use the A-mount, some upward pressure is placed on the price of lenses.

The A-mount also does not hold a large market share. Due to this fact, a smaller amount of third party options exist and the lenses manufactured by Sony are often on backorder.

To find the least expensive price on what you want, check multiple sites. For used lenses, be prepared to make a purchase when you come across a bargain as they don't last very long.

What Lens Mount Does the A65 Use?

The Sony A65 uses the Sony A-mount. It's also the same as the Minolta A-mount. This is because Sony acquired Konica Minolta's imaging division in 2006.

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

Standard Lens Cap Size

55mm, but really the filter sizes are sporadic. Minolta lenses tend to have 49mm filter threads.

You will also find many lenses that have filter threads much larger than 55mm. It isn't unusual to see 77mm or 72mm. It would've been nice if Sony made use of only 2 or 3 different filter thread sizes.

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