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Sony 20 f/1.8 G Lens SEL20F18G Review Rundown

Sony ElectronicsPublished on 20 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Sony FE 20mm F1.8 G Lens (SEL20F18G)
Neoscore* 81%
  • Superb autofocus
  • Superb edge performance
  • F1.8 aperture
  • Dust and water resistant
  • Good build quality
  • Poor contrast ratio

Summary

The Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G is an excellent choice for photographers who want a prime that's decidedly wide angle. The lens is excellent for astrophotography, landscapes, and any other shot that needs a wide perspective. It's part of Sony's G series, a step below its highest-end G Master lenses.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

sonyalpha[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from sonyalpha have found the following[***]:
Sharpness is excellent in the centre at F1.8 and very good in the corners and closed down to F4 it is superb to excellent everywhere. There is a Lightroom Lens profile to correct automatically the vignetting and the minor distorsion. Background blur is quite smooth, certainly one of the best blur performance I have seen on a 20mm. The build quality is excellent as good as a GM lens. AF is very fast quiet and efficient, (XD linear motor) tracking is working very well on the Sony A7RIV.
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Pros[**]
  • Superb autofocus
  • Superb edge performance
  • F1.8 aperture
  • Dust and water resistant
  • Good build quality
Cons[**]
  • Very short focus time
  • Poor contrast ratio

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G is the widest full-frame E-mount prime lens yet. It is designed to capture more of the scene, offering a 94-degree angle of view. Sharpness was excellent at the center, even wide open, and helped show what the A7R IV can do.
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Pros[**]
  • Large f/1.8 aperture
  • Excellent low-light performance
  • Wide angle of view
  • Dual XD Linear autofocus motors
Cons[**]
  • Omits barrel distortion

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Sony FE 20mm F1.8 G adds a bright, wide-angle prime lens to the E-mount full-frame mirrorless system. It's a well-made lens that focuses quickly and silently. The Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 delivers sharp images for $349.
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Pros[**]
  • Bright, wide-angle f/1.8 aperture
  • Dust, splash, and fluorine coating
  • Optical stabilization
  • Dust and splash protection
Cons[**]
  • Relatively slow to focus

techradar[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G is the latest addition to the company's FE line of lenses. The lens is designed with portability in mind, with diminutive proportions of 84.7 x 73.5mm and a weight of just 373g. It's incredibly compact, and balances perfectly with Sony A7- and A9-series cameras, as well as A6000-series APS-C bodies. The manual aperture ring has three settings to suit all photographers and videographers.
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Pros[**]
  • Impressive sharpness at f/1.8
  • Fast autofocus
  • Relatively compact
Cons[**]
  • Pricey for a prime lens

references

1. ^ Sony 20mm F1.8 G. sonyalpha. 2020-05-03 Retrieved 2021-06-06.
2. ^ Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G lens review: A superb landscape lens. digitaltrends. 2020-03-29 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Sony FE 20mm F1.8 G Review. pcmag. 2020-02-25 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G review. techradar. 2020-02-25 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.

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