2018-04-17

Wildlife Photography - the Best Sony Cameras and Lenses

We caught up with Mark from Sony at our Wildlife Day 2018 event to see what was on offer for all the wildlife photographers out there. View the video below to get an overview of which kit to choose for the best wildlife photography, as well as options for the beginner out there.






Choose your sensor type - full frame or APS-C?


As Mark touches on in the video, choosing the right sensor type offers a unique dilemma to wildlife photographers, with benefits, drawbacks, and financial considerations applying to each option.

While an APS-C will not offer the same image quality as full frame, the multiplication factor on your lens’ focal length can be advantageous – a 70-200mm lens suddenly becomes 105-300mm. As well as getting more bang for your buck with your lens in terms of range, you effectively have smaller and more portable lenses – a great advantage when adventuring out in nature.

But before deciding on APS-C system, consider that full frame generally offers better image quality than its equivalent APS-C sensor, and will therefore enable better scope to crop your image – effectively allowing you to ‘zoom in’ closer to your subject while editing your picture. You’ll also find a full frame sensor is likely to perform better at a higher ISO – so if you shoot in low-light keep this in mind.

A Northern Hawk Owl shot with the Sony a7 MK III with 100-400mm f/4 (at ISO 2000)
A Northern Hawk Owl shot with the Sony a7 MK III with 100-400mm f/4 (at ISO 2000) 


The best Sony cameras and lenses for wildlife photography

This list is by no means extensive, but highlights some of the items recommended by Mark in the video above. You can delve into the camera specifications in more detail by clicking 'Find out more' on each of the items below.

Sony Alpha a7R III Mirrorless Digital camera 


  • High resolution (42.4MP)
  • Face detection and auto-lock focusing systems
  • Portable with improved battery life (up to 650 shots)

Sony E-mount FE 70-200 f/4 Lens


  • G Master lens – renown optics that offer optimum sharpness with incredible bokeh – perfect for wildlife photos

Sony 100- 400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens 

  • Great all round focal range for wildlife photography


Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 lens 


  • Perfect for macro photography with an 11-bladed aperture ring
  • G Master quality offering exceptional bokeh

Find out more

We realise it's not always just about the fancy camera equipment (honest!) - we've compiled a blog on 11 essential accessories for wildlife photography - you may be surprised by what you find in there!