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Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM Lens

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Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM Lens
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • Two XA Elements, One Super ED Element
  • Nano AR II and Fluorine Coatings
Pairing an ultra wide-angle focal length with an especially bright design, the FE 14mm f/1.8 GM from Sony is a fast and dynamic lens well-suited to landscape, nature, architectural, and astrophotography applications. Its extremely wide perspective is complemented by an f/1.8 maximum aperture for excellent performance in low-light conditions and its impressively compact form factor makes it a portable and versatile option for everything from casual walkaround shooting to staged architectural shoots.
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Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2
  • 3Fast Design and Refined Optics
  • 4Fast and Precise Focusing
  • 5Reliable Construction

Broader Perspectives

Pairing an ultra wide-angle focal length with an especially bright design, the FE 14mm f/1.8 GM from Sony is a fast and dynamic lens well-suited to landscape, nature, architectural, and astrophotography applications. Its extremely wide perspective is complemented by an f/1.8 maximum aperture for excellent performance in low-light conditions and its impressively compact form factor makes it a portable and versatile option for everything from casual walkaround shooting to staged architectural shoots.

Fast Design and Refined Optics

As a G Master lens, optical performance is prioritized and the 14mm f/1.8 emphasizes both sharpness and bokeh quality for versatility regardless of subject distance or aperture setting.
  • Two XA (extreme aspherical) elements, along with one standard aspherical element, promote high sharpness throughout the aperture range, even when working at the bright f/1.8 position.
  • Aspherical elements feature superior surface precision for effective control over astigmatism, field curvature, coma, distortion and other spherical aberrations for highly accurate rendering and low distortion.
  • The combination of several aspherical elements, along with sophisticated focusing motors, promotes a truly compact and lightweight design, especially for such an ultra-wide focal length.
  • One Super ED element and two extra-low dispersion elements are featured in the lens design and help to reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity and color neutrality.
  • Nano AR Coating II has been applied to reduce surface reflections, flare, and ghosting for increased contrast and color rendering in strong lighting conditions. This updated coating is better suited for larger, curved elements and is especially adept at minimizing internal reflections.

Excels in Low-Light Conditions

  • Rare for an ultra-wide, the f/1.8 maximum aperture is a useful asset for working in low-light conditions, such as for astrophotography applications and when making timelapses where shorter shutter speeds are required.
  • The optical design has been optimized for shooting wide open; the integrated high-curvature XA elements minimize sagittal flare for cleaner, more accurate nighttime sky and point light source rendering.

Fast and Precise Focusing

An XD Linear Motor system uses two separate motors to provide quick, quiet, and precise autofocus and tracking performance. This design also contributes to more natural, intuitive Linear Response manual focus control and an AF/MF switch is located on the lens barrel for quick focus mode switching.
  • Internal focusing design offers more responsive focusing performance and maintains a consistent overall lens length during operation.
  • Minimum focusing distance of 9.8" suits making dynamic close-up images.
  • Despite its ultra-wide field of view, the close minimum focusing distance and bright maximum aperture enable creating shallow depth of field imagery characterized by a strong close-up subject and a soft background.

Reliable Construction

Beyond outstanding optics, G Master lenses are also known for durable and reliable physical constructions, including extensive weather sealing and intuitive designs for easy operability. Also, specific to this 14mm f/1.8, it features a uniquely compact and lightweight design, measuring 3.3 x 3.9" and weighing just one pound.
  • Physical aperture ring can be de-clicked for smooth, silent aperture switching to benefit video applications. The ring also incorporates a locking "A" position for use in automated exposure modes.
  • A focus hold button is present on the lens barrel for intuitive tactile control and rapid access to select programmable settings.
  • Integrated petal-shaped lens hood helps to block stray light from causing lens flare and also affords some physical protection to the front element.
  • Filter holder is incorporated at the rear of the lens, within the lens mount, and accepts cut gel filters and a filter cutting template is included.
  • Dust- and moisture-sealed design better permits working in inclement conditions and rubberized control rings benefit handling in colder temperatures.
  • Fluorine-coated front and rear elements resist dust, moisture, and fingerprints and are easy to clean.

Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM Specs

Focal Length14mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.8
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View114°
Minimum Focus Distance9.8" / 25 cm
Maximum Magnification0.1x
Optical Design14 Elements in 11 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter SizeGel Filter (Rear)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.3 x 3.9" / 83 x 99.8 mm
Weight1 lb / 460 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.975 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.2 x 6 x 5.9"

Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM Reviews

I have been waiting for this lens

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-13

I already have the Sony 24mm and 20 mm f1.8 lenses and have used them to good effect for astrophotography. I really wanted native Sony 14mm glass to go with my Sony A7rIV so I could do longer exposures without star trailing. I have not yet been somewhere dark enough to shoot the Milky Way (plus it is winter and the galactic center isn't visible) but I have tested it in the daytime and I think it will work well. I am not seeing any diffraction, chromatic abberation or coma, even at f1.8. The night sky will be the real test however. At f16, focusing on an object about a foot away, the background is acceptably sharp with no fringing. I like the feel of it and I especially like the manual focusing ring, which is very precise. I recommend it.

Deserving of the G Master designation

By Aaron
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-02

Great super wide. Corrects well and has exceptional auto-focusing and the contrast you expect from Sony GM lenses.

Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM Lens

By Ivey
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-27

Absolutely love this prime lens. Switched from a Sigma 14-24 Art to the Sony. Smaller, sharper and better balanced on my Sony A7RIV. Installed the Haida filter kit on the rear which was easy to do. Very happy with this purchase.

sharp as nails

By Nick
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-21

Wow, what a lens. Little or no barrel distortion and sharp as nails.

Fantastic Lens

By keywestbill
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-07

I do mostly landscape Phtography and switched to the 14mm GM for the advertised features. Light weight, fast aperture, and sharp photos. I switched from the Sigma 14-24 and very happy I did.

Worth The Price

By Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-05

I was very hesitant about this lens, I usually buy G lenses as they are good values, but the performance of this lens seems to justify the high price tag and I will look into buying more GM lenses in the future. The middle of the images have distortion but it is minor, and the edges are acceptably sharp for this wide a lens while only having to stop down to F2. Will have to report back when I get to take out for some night photography. Can't wait.

Amazing lens

By Akhil
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-03

I am a cinematographer and have used it for over 2 months now. It gives such a unique perspective! Super high quality. Just love it!

Absolutely the best ultra wide angle

By Debapriyo
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-03

Great picture quality. Nice, compact and light weight, so easy to bring along. A super lens for architecture

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