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Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens

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Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
Presenting an ultra-wide field of view, the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G is a sleek and wide-eyed prime lens characterized by its portability, advanced optical design, and intuitive handling. It's an ideal companion for a range of subjects, from architecture and interiors to landscape to vlogging, and the sleek size makes it a go-to wide-angle option for everyday and travel shooting.
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Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Ultra-Wide Portable Prime
  • 3G Lens Series
  • 4Autofocus and Handling
  • 5Compact, Portable Design

Ultra-Wide Portable Prime

Presenting an ultra-wide field of view, the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G is a sleek and wide-eyed prime lens characterized by its portability, advanced optical design, and intuitive handling. It's an ideal companion for a range of subjects, from architecture and interiors to landscape to vlogging, and the sleek size makes it a go-to wide-angle option for everyday and travel shooting.

G Lens Series

  • Two AA (Advanced Aspherical) elements help to greatly reduce distortion and spherical aberrations in order to accurately render scenes with a high degree of sharpness.
  • Three extra-low dispersion elements reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations for improved clarity and color accuracy.
  • Nano AR Coating has been applied to minimize surface reflections, flare, and ghosting for increased contrast and color rendering in strong lighting conditions.
  • Bright f/1.8 maximum aperture suits working in difficult lighting conditions and helps to maintain a relatively compact form factor.
  • Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.

Autofocus and Handling

  • Dual XD Linear Motor system, along with an internal focusing design, provides quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance that suits both photo and video applications.
  • Linear Response manual focus control offers more natural handling and an AF/MF switch is located on the lens barrel for tactile control over this setting.
  • Customizable focus hold buttons are present on the lens barrel for intuitive tactile control and rapid access to select settings.
  • Physical aperture ring can be de-clicked for smooth, silent aperture switching to benefit video applications.
  • Despite being an ultra-wide prime, the sleek design still accepts front 67mm threaded filters for easier creative control.

Compact, Portable Design

  • Weighing just 12.3 oz, this sleek lens is an ideal choice for vlogging and walk-around shooting applications, and makes a great companion to APS-C-format cameras and working with gimbals or accessory grips.
  • Dust- and moisture-sealed design better permits working in inclement conditions and rubberized control rings benefit handling in colder temperatures.
  • Fluorine-coated front element resists dust, moisture, and fingerprints and is easy to clean.

Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Specs

Focal Length20mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View94°
Minimum Focus Distance7.09" / 18 cm
Maximum Magnification0.2x
Optical Design14 Elements in 12 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size67 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.89 x 3.33" / 73.5 x 84.7 mm
Weight13.16 oz / 373 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.48 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.6 x 4.7 x 4.6"

Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Reviews

An edit to a previous review

By Mary
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-21

Using this 20mm in so many different ways now and I am having a blast with it. Still want to take it out at night, but very happy!

Six stars lens

By Alejandro
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-24

This lens is in a league of its own. It has been reviewed extensively online so I won't say why I think so. All I can say is if you are after a wide angle prime this is where your search ends. There's some silly review here where someone compares this lens to a smartphone and gives it 4 stars. I won't comment further on that just say you can safely ignore that nonsense. I would give 6 stars if I could, it's really that exceptional.

Fast, high quality lens for my A7IV

By Jonathan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-08

I love this Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G lens! Been using it the past few weeks and it makes an admirable addition to my a7iv kit. The quality is solid center to edges at different apertures and the speed has been appreciated on a few of the darker, more cloudy days I've shot. Can't wait to use it for some astrophotography in the next few weeks!

Compact, good build, perfect optics

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-28

Gorgeous little gem of a lens, produces spectacularly sharp images. The comparisons to GM lenses are spot on

FE 20mm 1.8

By Mary
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-28

Lens has nice feel and focus is good. I read several reviews and most said almost no or little distortion. This is my first prime ultra wide so it may be the user, but there is distortion that I've noticed with straight edges and not always just at the frame edges. Other times it has been fine. I can't figure it out. I still have some more testing to see if I'm happy.

Very sharp

By Eli
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-27

The quality on this is very sharp edge to edge and the color output is so good

compact and sharp

By Anping
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-17

Excellent lens that are compact (so I can carry all the time) and sharp.

I adore this lens

By Philip
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-10

This lens is going to transform my photography. I've always been a fan of wide angle lenses. My default lens is a 28mm from Sony but I found it has terrible Chromatic Aberrations. I bought this lens because it has absolutely none. I love the angle of view but most importantly it focuses at a very close 7 cms. Which make is an ideal as I can get in really close to a small subject but still get the scene around it. I tried the 14mm and 24mm G-Master lenses in the store and both disappointed which made this one the obvious choice. Which is great because it's cheaper!

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