Now we all know photography can be an expensive hobby. And if you’re on a really tight budget, it can be difficult to get new lenses for your camera.
This is one of the reasons I bought the Sony A6000 when I was a broke college student. It’s a great camera with some budget friendly options for lenses.
But what if you’re on a really really tight budget? Like under $100. Today I will show you four different lenses you can buy for less than $100.
These are the cheapest (in terms of price) A6000 lenses on the market.
All of these mount directly on the A6000 so no need for an adapter. So without further ado, let’s jump into the list.
The first lens is the Neewer 50mm f/2. You can get this lens for a little over $70 and have a starter portrait lens for your A6000.
This lens has all metal construction with a manual focus and aperture ring. There is no autofocus with this lens or any of the lenses on this list.
Cuz you gotta spend more than a hundo to get autofocus baby.
The aperture ring moves without clicks (all Neewer budget lenses are built like this btw), which probably means it was designed with video in mine. So you’ll definitely want to keep an eye on the aperture ring when you make an adjustment.
Now it’s not the sharpest lens, particularly around the edges. This is a common problem for inexpensive lenses. But hey it’s only $75 and you get a fairly decent value for that cost.
Now this is a pancake lens so it’s very compact, which makes it ideal for travel. Now, like the 50mm lens, it is an all-metal construction so it is about 40 grams heavier than similar Sony lenses like the 16mm f/2.8.
Now again don’t expect this to be the sharpest lens. There is some barrel distortion, as well as softness and vignetting around the edges of the frame. But the lens performs fairly well in sharpness at the center of the lens.
But for $65 you get a decent walkaround lens that you can travel with... If you have the money to travel, that is.
Now this lens is very sharp in the center, even when shot at f/1.8. But there is a lot of shading and distortion on the edges of the lens that affect the overall picture quality.
Again, people! These are cheap lenses! It takes good money to build quality optics!
But for only $70, you’re getting a lens that performs pretty well overall. Nice job, 7artisans.
Finally, we come to the fastest lens on this list - the Neewer 35mm f/1.7.
The features and build quality on this lens are similar to the 28mm and 50mm:
All metal construction
Clickless aperture ring
Now again - not the sharpest lens. But you get some decent image quality AND you can get that famous swirly bokeh (which is look popularized by vintage lenses like the Helios 44-2).
Conclusion and Alternatives?
Would I purchase one of these lenses? If I had to choose one, I would go with the 35mm f/1.7 from Neewer. It’s the best value for the money and that swirly bokeh can lead to some creative photos.
But honestly, I think you can get more bang for your buck with vintage lenses. If you’re going to be using manual focus anyway and can get an adapter for like $20, then why not look into some of the great film lenses produced throughout the twentieth century?
If you need some budget-friendly options for vintage lenses, I recommend checking out my video on M42 film lenses.
But if you don’t want to fuss with adapters than the lenses in this video could be right for you.
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