If you are heading out on a great Aussie adventure, then you’ll need to read our guide to the best Sony GM lenses. We know how you feel! It feels like we have waited long enough to hit the great open road in our glorious country. If you’ve decided that it’s time for an Australian Road Trip, then you need quality Sony glass. You already have an amazing Sony Full-Frame for APSC mirrorless camera ready to go. But you realise that you could do with a couple of suitable lenses fit for an Aussie adventure on the road.
Sony full-frame shooters travelling with the a7R IV, a7S III or a9 II deserve the unmatched quality in Sony GM lenses. Sony GM lenses are the best of the best and deliver outstanding build quality, focusing performance, lens assemblies and of course, phenomenal image quality. We’ve assembled the cream of the crop with a collection of full-frame Sony GM lenses, G series lenses and even a few APS-C options. So start the car, throw in your swag and strap yourself in for the best sony GM lenses for your Australian road trip.
Sony GM Lenses – The Heroes Of The Open Road
Sony GM lenses represent the very best and latest of Sony’s fantastic lens engineering. As a result, each GM lenses delivers exceptional performance and image quality. What’s more, they bring out the best in your Sony Alpha full-frame mirrorless camera. Here’s our top choices for your Australian Road Trip.
Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM Lens
One of the best things about touring Australia is the endless wide-open vistas and landscape. The best way to capture those is with the Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM. The dust and moisture resistant construction make it ideal no matter what the conditions. What’s more, this fast and wide prime makes a perfect landscape option thanks to its f/1.4 to f/16 aperture range for all lighting conditions. Plus, its max f/1.4 aperture delivers an exceptional depth of field and subject separation.
Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM Lens Specifications
- Full-Frame Sony E-mount
- f/1.4 to f/16 Aperture
- 13 Elements in 10 Groups
- 0.24m Minimum Focus Distance
- Φ75.4 x 92.4mm Dimensions
- 445g Weight
- 11 Rounded Aperture Blades
- 67mm Filter Size
Sony is renowned for its industry-leading autofocus performance in both its mirrorless cameras and GM lenses. The Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM delivers fast and accurate focus performance thanks to the Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave AF Motor. Plus, the lens body features a handy Focus Hold button to lock in your focus while composing your landscape shot. Don’t forget to check out our full review of the lens here.
It assures optimal image quality, thanks to the 13 lens elements in 10 groups, including two XA and three ED elements. Furthermore, to manage flare, ghosting and reflections, the front element of the Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM features a Nano AR and Fluorine Coatings. Finally, the rounded 11-bladed aperture construction assures creamy bokeh.
Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Lens
If you love a Sony GM wide-angle lens but want greater flexibility, then the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Lens is your best bet. The hugely popular zoom is ideal for a range of photography and video applications. Its dust and moisture resistant body makes it a great companion while exploring tropical rainforests in the far north. The constant f/2.8 aperture delivers edge to edge image sharpness throughout the focal range.
Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Lens Specifications
- Full-Frame Sony E-mount
- f/2.8 to f/22 Aperture
- 16 Elements in 13 Groups
- 0.28m Minimum Focus Distance
- Φ88.5 x 121.6mm Dimensions
- 680g Weight
- 11 Rounded Aperture Blades
- 82mm Filter Size
The Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Lens wouldn’t be a GM lens without super-fast autofocus. Fortunately, it delivers industry-leading autofocus performance via the Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave AF Motor. When paired with any Sony Alpha mirrorless body, you can enjoy dynamic focusing and tracking modes.
To guarantee exceptional image quality across the focus range, the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Lens configuration consists of 16 elements in 13 groups with two extra-low dispersion elements, three aspherical and two XA elements. As if that is not enough, the front element features a Nano AR and fluorine coating for maximum clarity and reduction in flare and ghosting. In addition, the round 11-bladed aperture delivers stunning background blur to your images.
Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens
If you prefer to travel the country with a minimal and lightweight kit, you need a reliable and convenient GM lens. The Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens is the perfect choice for travellers wanting a single lens to cover all bases. The GM lens features a 24-70mm focal range, meaning you have wides for cityscapes and zoom for getting closer to the action. What’s more, the constant f/2.8 aperture delivers excellent low-light performance and subject separation.
Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens Specifications
- Full-Frame Sony E-mount
- f/2.8 to f/22 Aperture
- 18 Elements in 13 Groups
- 0.38m Minimum Focus Distance
- Φ87.6 x 136mm Dimensions
- 886g Weight
- 9 Rounded Aperture Blades
- 82mm Filter Size
The highly versatile Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens delivers outstanding image quality through reliable Sony GM performance. The same Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave AF Motor as the other GM lens options in our guide drives autofocus performance. In addition, the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens is dust and moisture resistant and features a zoom lock switch and a focus hold button. What’s more, the zoom function is smooth and responsive to shooting on the fly.
The Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens achieves optimal image clarity through the zoom range thanks to two aspherical, one XA, one ED and one super ED elements within the group. It’s a stunning lens worthy of any travel kit.
Capture the Action From The Passenger Seat
Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens
To broaden your opportunities with a GM lens, pack the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens and the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens. The 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens is an exceptional piece of kit thanks to its robust build and constant f/2.8 aperture through the zoom range. The fast aperture and Linear SSM Focus System will guarantee responsive focusing even in low light conditions. 70-200mm is an ideal zoom range for those wanting to capture scenery, travel portraits and a fair share of wildlife photography.
Thanks to the Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization, the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens pairs seamlessly with your Sony Alpha mirrorless body for ultimate stability. Internally, the lens grouping features one XA, two aspherical, four ED and two Super ED elements. Plus, the front element features Nano AR and Fluorine coatings for optimal clarity even in bright conditions.
Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS Lens
If you hope to spot and capture some of Australia’s most unique bird and wildlife, you’ll need a telephoto lens. However, when you need the reach of a super-telephoto to photograph far off fauna, it’s hard to go past the Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS Lens. This full-frame lens will get you up close and personal while ensuring stunning image sharpness. With a total aperture range of f/5.6 to f/36, you have complete control in all conditions.
The dust and moisture resistant Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS Lens feature a rounded 11-blade diaphragm that delivers suburb subject separation and background blur. Shoot in handheld mode or connect it to a monopod or tripod with the removable, rotating tripod collar. Even at 600mm, Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization assures image sharpness.
Travel Light With Sony Compact Primes
Sony FE 24mm f/2.8 G Lens
If you love shooting with fast primes but want to pack an ultra-compact and lightweight kit, we have what you need. The Sony FE 24mm f/2.8 G Lens and Sony FE 50mm f/2.5 G Lens are brand new additions to the full-frame Sony E-mount lens lineup. Both are dust and moisture resistant and include a focus hold button, AF/MF switch and a physical aperture ring with de-click for videography.
Sony FE 50mm f/2.5 G Lens
The Sony FE 24mm f/2.8 G Lens features a fast maximum aperture with a rounded 7-blade diaphragm for gorgeous background effects. Like the Sony FE 50mm f/2.5 G Lens, it houses dual XD Linear AF motors and a lens grouping features XA and ED elements. Both lenses also feature Sony’s Nano AR II and fluorine coatings to manage ghosting and flare.
The equally compact and reliable Sony FE 50mm f/2.5 G Lens has an even faster f/2.5 maximum aperture making it ideal for travel portraits and closer detail shots. Moreover, the lens works like a dream for those that love to capture local flora too. While not Sony GM glass, this pair carries the same Sony pedigree for exceptional optical performance.
Be Brave And Travel With A Single Sony Lens
Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens
If you feel like being brave and undertaking your great Australian road trip with a single lens, the Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens is a must! While it’s not a Sony GM lens, it’s a budget-friendly alternative that promises outstanding performance and exceptional image quality. The 24-105mm zoom range is versatile for all photography scenarios while on the road. And with a constant f/4 aperture and sharpness through the range, you are assured memorable photos.
The full-frame Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens is dust and moisture resistant, with the front element featuring Nano AR and fluorine coatings. The Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave AF Motor and external focus hold button assures fast and accurate focus. So regardless of shooting seascapes on the coast or portraits at a water-fall, the Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens will exceed your expectations.
The Best Sony APS-C Travel Lenses
For those of you that love to travel with a compact and portable Sony a7C, or Sony a6400, we’ve got the best lenses for your Australian road trip too. And the best thing about the Sony E-mount system is that many of the fantastic GM lenses love working with APS-C Sony bodies.
Sony E 70-350mm f/4.5-6.3 G OSS Lens
The Sony E 70-350mm f/4.5-6.3 G OSS Lens is an APS-C E-mount lens with a 105-525mm full-frame equivalent focal range. That’s some decent reach for those who love photographing wildlife, birdlife or human life from afar. Yet, it delivers exceptional reach, a fast aperture and superb image sharpness in a compact and lightweight form. What’s more, it is feature-packed with Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation, focus hold button and exceptional performance in the field.
Sony G 18-105mm f/4 E-Mount Lens
If you don’t need as much range but still desire optimal image quality from a zoom, the Sony G 18-105mm f/4 E-Mount Lens is your best bet. At a full-frame equivalent of 27-157.5mm and a maximum aperture of f/4, you have everything you need in a single lens. From landscapes to surfers, you’ll capture stunningly sharp photos of your travels. Plus, for ultimate convenience, the Sony G 18-105mm f/4 E-Mount Lens features a power zoom function and optical image stabilisation operated from a switch located on the lens barrel.
Sony 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
Are you looking for a compact, versatile and affordable travel zoom lens for your Sony APS-C camera? Then look no further than the powerful tiny Sony 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens. The 326g, almost-pocketable zoom lens delivers a full-frame equivalent of 27-202.5mm and a fast maximum aperture of f/3.5 to 5.6. Despite its tiny size, it delivers giant performance and image quality thanks to the Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization, linear AF motor and 7-bladed circular diaphragm.
When it comes to planning the gear to pack on your next great Australian road trip, Sony has spoiled you for choice. With a comprehensive range of high-performance GM lenses, along with class-apart full-frame and APS-C lenses to choose from, you’ll capture every single memory along the way. At Georges Cameras, we love to hear of our customers’ adventures exploring all that Australia offers. That’s why we stock the complete range of Sony full-frame and APS-C cameras along with every gorgeous piece of GM lens glass. So do yourself a favour and head in-store or online at Georges Cameras to grab essential travel gear before you hit the road.