The Sony a7r IV is going to be one powerful camera, and we’re sure many photographers will decide to splash the cash on the Full Frame Mirrorless beast once it hits stores later this year. If you’re a photographer who does a lot of studio shoots and wants to be able to get the best out of the 61-MP sensor, you’re going to need lenses that can resolve a ton of detail. In this roundup, we take a look at 10 Best Sony a7R IV lenses perfect for studio shoots.
All of the lenses we selected offer incredibly sharp optics, fast apertures, blazing fast autofocus performance, and they are all built solidly. The lenses will be well suited to studio shoots and will work on any Sony E Mount camera (not just the Sony a7r IV). So, if you want lenses that will help you produce gorgeous images during your studio shoots, you should consider the lenses we have listed below.
10 Best Lenses for Sony a7R IV in 2020
1. Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony E Mount Camera
- INCLUDES: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony E + AirBag Packable Bag and Camera Insert + SanDisk 64GB C10 Ultra UHS-I SDXC Memory Card + Altura Photo Mini Tripod with Pistol Grip + Altura Photo Rapid Fire Wrist Strap + Altura Photo Hard-Shell Case + Altura Photo Cleaning Kit + 3 Sizes MagicFiber Microfiber Lens Pouch
- HIGH PRECISION LENS: Pairing an immensely versatile focal length with a bright maximum aperture, this lens is a wide-angle prime characterized by its advanced optical design. The combination of one F Low Dispersion (FLD) element and four Special Low Dispersion (SLD) elements help to achieve a marked reduction in chromatic aberrations, while a pair of aspherical elements minimize a variety of additional distortions and aberrations.
- COMPATIBLE with all Sony Mirrorless Cameras (E mount), including a3000, a3500, a5000, a5100, a6000, a6100, a6300, a6400, a6500, a6600 APS-C Cameras, and a7, a7 II, a7 III, a7R, a7R II, a7R III, a7R IV, a7S, a7S II Full Frame Cameras.
- SIGMA accessories included: Sigma LCF-67 III 67mm Lens Cap + Rear Cap + Lens Hood + Lens Case
- SIGMA AUTHORIZED DEALER. Includes Sigma USA 4-Year Warranty.
- Very affordable
- Extremely sharp
- Stellar build quality
- May need some micro-adjustment out of the box
- No weather sealing
1. Rokinon IO50AF-E AF 50mm F1.4 Full Frame Auto Focus Lens
- Features Rokinon UMC anti-reflective coatings and three aspherical lens elements
- Constructed of 9 lens elements in 8 groups
- Minimum focusing distance of 1.47 ft; Filter size of 67mm
- Aperture range of F/1.4 - F/16 with 9 blade aperture. Maximum Diameter: 2.89 inches
- Includes lens caps, lens pouch instruction manual and warranty
- Contrasty images
- Sharp photos
- Beautiful bokeh
- Metal feeling build on the exterior
- Autofocus that works pretty darned well
- Autofocus isn’t as fast as Sony’s
- Really wish it had weather sealing, but the price point isn’t really for that
- Pretty big
1. Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Lens for Sony E Mount
1 used from $1,598.00
- VERSATILE FULL-FRAME LENS: The powerful lens for the mirrorless full-frame system of Sony fulfills the highest requirements. Despite its compact design, the image meets the expectations of professional photographers.
- EXCELLENT RESOLUTION AND HIGH CONTRAST: Richly saturated and vivid colours are a must in the creation of lasting impressions. However, stray light within an optical system leads to a lightening of the image that is particularly noticeable in the shadows. This reduces image contrast, with the result that exposures lack contrast and appear faded. To avoid this, ZEISS combines various specially developed technologies to reduce the undesirable effects of stray light.
- ROBUST AND WEATHERPROOF METAL CONSTRUCTION: Thanks to features that are designed to keep out dust and spray water, the lens is perfectly suited for critical outdoor conditions. It is also designed for many years of intensive use.
- INNOVATIVE OLED DISPLAY: For the first time, you can accurately read the focus distance and depth of field simply and intuitively on the OLED display on the lens. Especially in poor light conditions - excellent readability is always guaranteed.
- SMOOTH AND RELIABLE AUTOFOCUS: The design of the autofocus system requires an extremely accurate shifting of particular lens groups. The focusing system of ZEISS lenses is designed to ensure a robust and smooth-running autofocus mechanism with the best imaging performance.
- Great colors, though the 25mm f2 edges it out. At the same time, these colors are a bit muted–as is what Zeiss will do with portrait lenses so as not to create too many issues with post-production
- Compact size for a lens like this
- Weather resistance
- Extremely fast and accurate focusing
- Very sharp, though many of Sony’s native offerings are sharper
- Only f1.8
- Skin tones rendered very blue for us and generally need to be warmed up
- The top LCD display is pretty useless on a focal length like this
1. Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM Lens
13 used from $1,394.92
- E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
- Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16 , Filter Diameter (mm) - 67 mm
- One XA Element and Three ED Elements, Nano AR Coating
- Linear SSM Focus System.Weight:820 g.Dust and moisture resistant design.Angle of View (35 mm):29°
- Filter Diameter is 3.03 inches
- 11 Aperture blades are the most of any autofocus portrait lens made so far
- Big, but very balanced with the Sony a7
- Aperture control around the lens is nice
- Fast autofocus performance
- Nice color rendition for portraiture
- The best bokeh of any 85mm lens we’ve tested
- Weather sealing
- Wonderful for skin tones
1. Sony SEL90M28G FE 90mm f/2.8-22 Macro G OSS Standard-Prime Lens
7 used from $849.99
- A perfect match for α7 series, 35mm full-frame E-mount cameras, 90mm Macro with a bright F2.8 maximum aperture, Nano AR coating effectively suppress reflections, Dust and moisture resistant design
- Minimum Focus Distance : 0.92 ft (0.28 m), Maximum Magnification ratio : 1.0x, Focal Length : 90 mm. The angle of view is 27 degree (35 mm) and 17 degree (APS-C)
- Optical Steady Shot image stabilization for handheld shooting, Instant manual/auto focus selection via a sliding focus ring, Instant manual/auto focus selection via a sliding focus ring
- Corner to corner sharpness w/ Advanced Spherical elements, Super ED glass w/ multi‐coating reduces flare and ghosting, 9-blade circular aperture contributes to gorgeous bokeh
- Direct Drive SSM (DDSSM) for quiet, precise focusing; Weight: 602 g (21.3 oz)
- Great image quality in most situations
- Sharp performance, again in most situations
- Optical stabilization
- Fast-focusing performance
- Very silent stabilization
- Internal focusing design, and one that is pretty small for what it is. In fact, it’s about on par with a DSLR lens designed for the same purpose.
- Push/pull focusing ring
- At last, a focusing scale that actually works!
- The colors just aren’t there compared to many of Sony’s other lenses. Perhaps this was done specifically for portraits, but you’re mostly going to rely on the capabilities of the Sony sensors–which are very good
1. Sigma 135mm F1.8 Art DG HSM for Sony E
6 used from $1,148.32
- Full frame lens with APS-C compatibility
- Stunning compression effect for portrait photography
- Ideal use: studio photography, portrait photography and event photography
- Beautiful bokeh
- Fast autofocus
- Not as contrasty, so better for skin tones
- f1.8 aperture
- Weather sealing
- Not as heavy as the 85mm f1.4
- Not a darn thing
1. Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM Lens
2 used from $1,899.00
- FOCUS: Focal length: 135mm / Minimum focus distance of 27.5”
- APERTURE: Aperture range: f/1.8 to f/22 / 11 blade aperture design
- TYPE: 35 mm full frame format Sony E-mount lens
- ZOOM: 0.25x maximum magnification
- OPTICS: Nano Anti-Reflective Coating technology / 13 lens elements in 10 groups
- Excellent image quality
- Preferred focal length for portraiture
- Dust and moisture resistant
- Sturdy magnesium alloy construction
- Lighter than most 135mm lenses on the market
- Lacks stabilization
- Priced higher than Sigma’s 135mm f1.8 Art lens
1. Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 for Sony Mirrorless Full Frame E Mount
10 used from $759.00
- Superb optical performance, including both outstanding image quality and beautiful background Blur effects (bokeh), provided by fast f/2.8 aperture.
- Comfortably light weight (19.4 oz.) and compact (4.6 in). Maximum Magnification Ratio: 1:2.9 (Wide); 1:4 (Tele)
- Close-focusing; minimum object distance: 7.5 in at wide-angle setting and 15.3 in at the telephoto position.
- All-new “rxd” stepping motor AF unit is extremely quiet and therefore perfect for video capture.
- Moisture-resistant construction and fluorine coating for weather protection..Maximum Diameter:Φ73mm
- Weather sealing
- Sharp optics
- Fast-focusing in pretty much any situation
- Nice bokeh
- Small and lightweight
- Considerably under $1,000
- More than good enough for what most photographers will need to do: there is going to be much less measurbation in this review than normal.
- Some folks may gawk at the fact that it isn’t a Sony G Master lens and will fetishize the G Master series in the same way Canon shooters put L glass on a pedestal vs. many others
1. Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens 64 GB SD Card
- BUNDLE INCLUDES: Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens and 64GB 80MB/S C10 Flash Memory Card
- STANDARD ZOOM PERFORMANCE: No-compromise design and technology result in a constant f/2.8 zoom lens that can fully utilize the potential of current and future high-resolution camera bodies
- EXTRAORDINARY RESOLUTION AND BOKEH: An XA (extreme aspherical) lens element with superlative surface precision not only contributes to stunning corner-to-corner resolution and detail throughout the zoom range, but also plays a vital role in achieving smooth, soft bokeh that can be a powerful expressive tool in a wide range of photographic situations
- 9-BLADE APERTURE ENHANCES BOKEH BEAUTY: The remarkable beauty of this lens's bokeh is further enhanced by a 9-blade circular aperture design that contributes not only to smoothness, but to natural highlights as well
- SONY AUTHORIZED DEALER: Includes USA Manufacturer Guarantee
- Excellent image quality
- Well built
- Lots of versatility
- Sharp output
- Fast autofocusing abilities
- Fairly compact for what this lens is
- We’ve seen better bokeh, but this isn’t horrible.
- Tends to be heavy, though not as heavy as Nikon’s and above everyone else’s offerings
1. Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens
9 used from $1,999.99
- G Master design combines extraordinary sharpness and smooth bokeh, Constant F2.8 max aperture maintains exposure and depth of field.Weight 1480 g (without tripod mount)
- Class-leading min. focus distance of 37.8” / 0.25x max. mag, Dual floating focus system for high AF speed and precision, XA, ED/Super ED elements and Nano AR Coating for superb resolution
- Aspherical elements & 11-blade circular aperture for gorgeous bokeh, Min. focus breathing and par focal design ideal for video, Direct coupled mechanical focus system for precise manual focus
- Rigid construction with constant lens length during focusing and zooming, High performance Optical Steady Shot Image stabilization, Dust and moisture resistant for robust reliability
- Nano AR coating suppress reflections, flare and ghosting, XA (extreme aspherical) element with 0.01 micron surface precision
- Great image quality
- Nice bokeh
- Fairly compact for a 70-200mm f2.8 lens.
- Good build quality
- Can focus pretty fast with the latest cameras
- Pretty pricey