Recommended Sony Alpha wide-angle lenses for landscape and architectural photography

 
Wide-angle lenses capture bigger views than normal, allowing you to squeeze very large subjects into the frame. They can prove invaluable whether you’re trying to photograph a large building, cramped interior, sweeping landscape view, or even just a big group shot.

 
 
They’re also ideal when you literally can’t step back any further, and are the standard kit of estate agents and realtors who want to make a room look bigger than it really is.

Most kit lenses include basic wide-angle coverage equivalent to a focal length of 27mm, but this is just a starting point in the world of wide-angle photography. Ultra-wide lenses allow you to squeeze even more into the frame and can deliver spectacular results.

So if you’re into landscape or architecture photography or regularly find yourself having to step-back to squeeze-in the desired shot, then get yourself an ultra-wide lens. The models below are all ideal.

Note when we mention full-frame (FF) bodies we’re referring to models like the Alpha A850 and A900. When we mention cropped-frame (APS-C) bodies, we’re referring to every other model in the Alpha range, including the A230, A330, A380, A450, A500, A550 and A700. If you’d like to learn more about lens specifications, from focal lengths to f-numbers, please see our lens guide. If you find the information here useful, please support us by shopping at the stores below and if you have any questions about lenses, feel free to ask in the forum!



 
SAL1118 DT 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 - full review

Specifications

Focal length:
11-18mm
Aperture: f3.5-5.6
Lens mount: A-mount
APS-C Equiv: 17-27mm
FF compatible: No
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: requires AF motor in DSLR
Closest focus: 25cm
Filter thread: 77mm
Hood: ALC-SH0009
Optics: 15 el. / 12 groups
Diaphragm blades: 7
Weight: 360g
Size: 83x81mm

     
Sony's DT 11-18mm is an ultra-wide angle lens designed for cropped-frame bodies; as a DT lens, it's incompatible with full-frame models. Mounted on a cropped-body, it delivers an equivalent range of 17-27mm, taking you from wide to ultra-wide coverage, making it ideal for capturing expansive landscapes, cramped interiors, large buildings or big group shots. A great choice for owners of cropped-frame bodies who can't step back any further.


 
SAL1635Z 16-35mm f/2.8 SSM

Specifications

Focal length:
16-35mm
Aperture: f2.8
Lens mount: A-mount
APS-C Equiv: 24-53mm
FF compatible: Yes
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: SSM
Closest focus: 28cm
Filter thread: 77mm
Hood: ALC-SH106
Optics: 17 el. / 13 groups
Diaphragm blades: 9
Weight: 900g
Size: 83x114mm

     
Sony's 16-35mm f2.8 is a high quality ultra-wide zoom which works on both cropped and full-frame bodies. It delivers huge views on a full-frame body and is sufficiently wide to be usable as a standard zoom on a cropped body. It’s not cheap, but features a constant and bright f2.8 aperture, quick and quiet SSM focusing, and superb build and optical quality thanks to its Carl Zeiss design. A desirable ultra-wide zoom for full-frame owners or those looking to upgrade in the future.



 
SAL16F28 16mm f/2.8

Specifications

Focal length:
16mm
Aperture: f2.8
Lens mount: A-mount
APS-C Equiv: 24mm
FF compatible:
Yes
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: requires AF motor in DSLR
Closest focus: 20cm
Filter thread: N/A
Hood: N/A
Optics: 11 el. / 8 groups (inc Filter)
Diaphragm blades: 7
Weight: 400g
Size: 75x67mm

     
Sony offers a number of wide-angle prime lenses with fixed focal lengths including 20, 28 and 35mm models which work on both cropped and full-frame bodies, but one of the more interesting options is the 16mm fisheye. Fisheye lenses capture a massive view with deliberate distortion for a special effect. Mounted on a full-frame body, the 16mm will capture a 180 degree angle of view for spectacular results. It's less impressive on a cropped body, but still an interesting option.



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