List of Sony A-mount lenses

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Sony released the following lenses for Sony A-mount cameras since 2006. Many of the original designs are based on Minolta A-mount technology it acquired from Konica Minolta. Of those, most lenses are optically, mechanically and electrically identical to their Minolta predecessors and differ only in their outer appearance. However, some lenses also have seen subtle changes in the optics and electro-mechanics (as indicated). Some of the new lenses introduced into the line have been developed in cooperation with Carl Zeiss (as indicated).

All Sony A-mount lenses are fully compatible with Konica Minolta A-mount cameras. All full-frame Sony A-mount lenses are also compatible with Minolta A-mount cameras, with the exception that SSM and SAM lenses can only be used with manual focusing (with electronic focus assist) on camera bodies not supporting SSM already. All Minolta A-mount lenses are also compatible with all Sony A-mount cameras, but features like electronic first curtain shutter (EFCS) and AF-D provided by newer cameras are not officially supported in conjunction with these lenses and may work unreliable or not at all. The same holds true for Konica Minolta A-mount lenses, however, they can be used on APS-C/Super-35mm format Sony A-mount cameras only (using them on Sony full-frame cameras will cause the image to be auto-cropped).

Using the Sony lens adapters LA-EA1, LA-EA2, LA-EA3 or LA-EA4, A-mount lenses can also be used seamlessly on E-mount cameras, however, various format and autofocus restrictions apply depending on the adapter and camera used. LA-EA1 and LA-EA2 only support APS-C/Super-35mm format cameras. LA-EA1 and LA-EA3 support autofocus only with SSM and SAM lenses, whereas LA-EA2 and LA-EA4 utilize SLT technology to support autofocus with the other lenses as well.

Model Lens VX code Lens ID Type Distance encoder AF-D support Aberration correction Weather sealing RRP (USD) Release date Comments

SAL-16F28 Fish-Eye 16mm f/2.8 VX8917 25781 Prime No No No No $1000 2006-10 Minolta design

SAL-20F28 20mm f/2.8 VX8918 25791 Prime No No Camera No $680 2006-10 Minolta design

SAL-24F20Z Distagon T* 24mm f/2 ZA SSM VX8932 60 Prime Yes Camera (since 2013-02-05) Camera No $1250 2010-07 Sony / Carl Zeiss design

SAL-28F28 28mm f/2.8 VX8919 25571 Prime No No Camera No $250 2006-10 Minolta design

SAL-30M28 Macro DT 30mm f/2.8 SAM 58 Prime Yes No Camera No $175 2009-03 Sony design

SAL-35F14G 35mm f/1.4 G VX8900 43 Prime Yes Camera (since 2013-02-05) Camera No $1400 2006-10 Minolta design, updated optics and electro-mechanics

SAL-35F18 DT 35mm f/1.8 SAM 62 Prime Yes No Camera No $200 2010-07 Sony design

SAL-50F14 50mm f/1.4 VX8915 44 Prime Yes Camera Camera No $350 2006-07 Minolta design, updated optics and electro-mechanics

SAL-50F14Z Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZA SSM 70 Prime Yes Camera (since 2013-08-27) Camera Yes $1500 2013-06 Sony / Carl Zeiss design

SAL-50F18 DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM 57 Prime Yes No Camera No $125 2009-03 Sony design

SAL-50M28 Macro 50mm f/2.8 VX8922 31 Prime Yes Camera (since 2013-02-05) Camera No $480 2006-07 Minolta design

SAL-85F14Z Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZA VX8901 45 Prime Yes Camera (since 2013-02-05) Camera No $1370 2006-10 Sony / Carl Zeiss design

SAL-85F28 85mm f/2.8 SAM VX8945 61 Prime Yes Camera (since 2013-02-05) Camera No $250 2010-07 Sony design

SAL-100M28 Macro 100mm f/2.8 VX8923 28 Prime Yes Camera (since 2013-02-05) Camera No $680 2006-07 Minolta design

SAL-135F18Z Sonnar T* 135mm f/1.8 ZA VX8902 47 Prime Yes Camera (since 2013-02-05) Camera No $1480 2006-10 Sony / Carl Zeiss design

SAL-135F28 Smooth Trans Focus 135mm f/2.8 [T4.5] VX8920 20 Prime No No No No $1200 2006-10 Minolta design, updated mechanics

SAL-300F28G 300mm f/2.8 G SSM VX8916 32 Prime Yes Camera (since 2013-02-05) No No $6000 2006-09 Minolta design

SAL-300F28G2 300mm f/2.8 G SSM II VX9202 66 Prime Yes Camera Lens? Yes $7500 2012-10-26 improved Minolta design

SAL-500F40G 500mm f/4 G SSM VX8943 64 Prime Yes Camera Lens? Yes $13000 2012-04 Sony design

SAL-500F80 Reflex 500mm f/8 VX8921 25721 Prime No No No No $700 2006-10 Minolta design

SAL-1118 DT 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 VX8912 41 Zoom Yes No No No $650 2006-08 Tamron/Konica Minolta design

SAL-1635Z Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM VX8904 54 Zoom Yes Camera (since 2013-02-05) Camera No $1900 2009-02 Sony / Carl Zeiss design

SAL-1650 DT 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM 63 Zoom Yes No Camera Yes $700 2011-10 Sony design

SAL-1680Z Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 ZA VX8906 46 Zoom Yes No Camera No $750 2007-04 Sony / Carl Zeiss design

SAL-16105 DT 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 VX8931 51 Zoom Yes No Camera No $500 Sony design

SAL-1855 DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM VX8935 55 Zoom Yes No Camera No $200 2009-03 Sony design, superseded by SAL-1855-2

SAL-1855-2 DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II 55 Zoom Yes No No $200 2013-03 Sony design

SAL-1870 DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 VX8909 40 Zoom Yes No No No $220 2006-07 Konica Minolta design

SAL-18135 DT 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM VX8948 65 Zoom Yes No Lens $500 2012-06 Sony design

SAL-18200 DT 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 VX8911 42 Zoom Yes No Camera No $500 2006-07 Tamron/Konica Minolta design

SAL-18250 DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 VX8930 50 Zoom Yes No Camera No $580 Tamron design

SAL-2470Z Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM VX8903 48 Zoom Yes Camera Camera No $1600 2008-02 Sony / Carl Zeiss design

SAL-24105 24-105mm f/3.5-4.5 VX8914 24 Zoom Yes No No No $470 2006-11 Minolta design

SAL-2875 28-75mm f/2.8 SAM VX8942 59 Zoom Yes Camera Camera No $800 2009-09 Tamron design

SAL-55200 DT 55-200mm f/4-5.6 VX8927 49 Zoom Yes No Camera No $180 Tamron design, superseded by SAL-55200-2

SAL-55200-2 DT 55-200mm f/4-5.6 SAM 56 Zoom Yes No Camera No 2009-03 Tamron/Sony design

SAL-55300 DT 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SAM 68 Zoom Yes No Lens No $300 2012-09

SAL-70200G 70-200mm f/2.8 G SSM VX8913 33 Zoom Yes Camera (since 2013-02-05) Camera No $2000 2006-08 Minolta design, superseded by SAL-70200G2

SAL-70200G2 70-200mm f/2.8 G SSM II 67 Zoom Yes Camera (since 2013-08-27) Lens? Yes $3000 2013-12 (2013-10) Minolta design, improved AF and coatings

SAL-70300G 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM VX8928 52 Zoom Yes Camera (since 2013-02-05) Camera No $800 2008-04 Sony design

SAL-70400G 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM VX8905 53 Zoom Yes Camera Camera No $1600 2009-02 Sony design, superseded by SAL-70400G2

SAL-70400G2 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM II 69 Zoom Yes Camera (since 2013-02-05) Lens? No $2200 2013-03 Sony design

SAL-75300 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VX8910 29 Zoom Yes No No No $230 2006-07 Minolta design

SAL-14TC 1.4× Tele converter VX8924 n/a Converter Yes No No $600 2006-09 Minolta design

SAL-20TC 2.0× Tele converter VX8925 n/a Converter Yes No No $650 2006-09 Minolta design
DT "Digital Technology", lenses for cameras with APS-C (or Super-35mm) size sensors, only. Cannot reasonably be used on 24x36mm full-frame cameras. Most of the Sony Full frame DSLR cameras have a mode that can use only the crop size of the sensor with a half of the MP when used DT lenses, but Sony don't guarantee the Auto Exposure performance (should be Manual with some adjustments).[1]
G "Gold" series, Sony's line-up of high-grade lenses.
SAM "Smooth Autofocus Motor", cheap in-lens motor offered on some entry level lenses since 2009. Supported by all cameras which also support SSM lenses. Can be used with manual focusing on cameras without SSM support (Minolta film bodies released before 2000).
SSM "SuperSonic Motor", silent in-lens ultrasonic motor used on some lenses. Can be used with manual focusing on cameras without SSM support (Minolta film bodies released before 2000).
ZA "Zeiss Alpha", lenses for Sony Alpha cameras. ZA lenses are designed and manufactured by Sony in Japan, once the designs get approval by Carl Zeiss AG to meet their quality standards.

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  1. ^ "What is the DT series of Sony lenses?". Retrieved November 26, 2013.