Smallest Lenses on the Sony a7

The Sony a7 series cameras are so wonderfully small; it would be nice to pair them with a small lens. But what’s out there?

In a quest to answer that question, I did a lot of research. Here are the smallest lenses that don’t crop or heavily vignette.

Smallest Lenses

Lengths shown include adapters.

Lens FL
(mm)
Ap
(max)
Cost
(~$)
Mass
(g)
Filter
(mm)
Length
(mm)
Review
Body Cap Pinhole NA 320 12 25 NA 5  
Voigtlander Heliar 40 2.8 350 132 37 31.2 1 2 3
Minolta M-Rokkor (CL/CLE) 40 2 450 125 40.5 32.3 12345
Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35 2.5 400 134 39 32.8 1 2
Leica Summicron 40 2 600 126 39 33.3 1 2 3 4
Leica Summicron-ASPH 35 2 3000 254 39 34.4 1 2 3
Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21 4 350 132 38 35.2 1
Leica Summicron 35 2 2200 156 39 36.2 1
Sony Zeiss Sonnar 35 2.8 600 120 49 36.5 1 2 3
Konica UC 35 2 2000 132 43 37.1 1
Leica Summilux 35 1.4 4500 184 41 37.9 1
Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35 1.4 629 198 43 38.3 1 2
Zeiss Biogon 35 2.8 820 178 43 39.6 1 2
Leica Elmarit 28 2.8 2000 173 39 39.8 1 2
Voigtlander Nokton Classic 40 1.4 529 197 43 40 1 2 3
Voigtlander Heliar ASPH I 15 4.5 480 155 52 41.5 1 2 3
Canon FL P 38 2.8 800 210 48 45 1
Zeiss Tessar 45 2.8 200 90 49 45.3 1
SMC Pentax M 40mm 2.8 40 2.8 120 111 49 45.5 1
Nikon P 45 2.8 350 120 52 45.5 1 2
Voigtlander Heliar ASPH II 15 4.5 600 155 52 48.4 1 2 3
Canon EF 40 2.8 200 124 52 48.8 1 2
Konica Hexanon AR 40 1.8 60 140 55 49.5 1 2
Voigtlander Ultron 40 2 410 180 52 50.5 1 2
Minolta Rokkor-X 45 2 30 125 49 50.8 1
Nikon W-Nikkor C 35 2.5 350 111 43 52.0 1
Voigtlander Heliar ASPH 12 5.6 750 173 77 52.3 1 2
Olympus Zuiko 40 2 500 140 49 53 1
Zeiss Biogon 35 2 1005 224 43 53.2 1 2
Minolta M-Rokkor (CLE) 28 2.8 500 240 49 53.3 1 2
Voigtlander Color-Skopar 20 3.5 350 200 52 54.6 1
Leica Elmarit 24 2.8 4000 290 55 55.8 1 2 3
Leica Summilux II 35 1.4 5000 307 46 56 1 2 3

Notes

Length

  • The lengths shown include the adapter, if any.

Weight

  • The weights shown do not include the adapter, if any.

Cost

  • The costs shown are in approximate US Dollars.
  • The costs shown are based on E-Bay and Amazon searches done in early 2016.
  • The costs shown do NOT include the cost of a mount adapter for non-native lenses.

Comments?

  • Did I miss out on a great lens?
  • Do you have a review link for one of these lenses?
  • Not sure about manual focus lenses on your Sony a7? Read this wonderful blog post over at PhillipReeve.net.

Published: April 15 2016