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Sony FE 20mm F1.8 G Full-Frame Lens (2020)

MSRP 1100 EURNeoscore 88%NEX score 81%

Product Overview

Sony FE 20mm F1.8G is an ultra wide-angle prime lens for Sony E-mount. It covers the full-frame image circle. Introduced by Sony in 2020, it has 14 elements in 12 groups.
For incremental weathers, Sony is kind enough to include weather sealing. On the lens barrel, one can find a physical aperture ring. Those who wish to focus manually can have the best of both worlds (with the usual caveats).
The bright maximum aperture for an ultra wide-angle lens is appreciated for night and astro photography. Even though the lens is not stabilized, at this focal range it does not usually matter. In fact, some may be able to get cleaner corners without image stabilization.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 88% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Weather-sealed
  • Declickable aperture ring
  • Very sharp corner to corner
  • Low distortion
Cons
  • Not the most solidly-built
  • f/1.8 limiting for night photography

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 81% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent sharpness
  • Excellent optical performance
  • Impressive sharpness at f/1.8
  • Bright f/1.8 aperture
  • Fast,silent and accurate AF Linear response in MF Very small and light
  • Compatible with all Sony E-mount cameras
Cons
  • No image stabilization
  • No weather sealing
  • No autofocus
  • No threaded front filters
  • No aperture ring
  • Small aperture blades
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Specifications

Construction

Colors
Black
Form Factor
Ultra Wide-Angle Prime Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Barrel
Physical aperture ring
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount
Motor
Linear Motor
Optical Formula | Elements
14 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
12 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
2 aspherical + 3 ED elements, Nano AR coating groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
67 mm / 2.64 in
Size | Diameter
74 mm / 2.91 in
Size | Length
85 mm / 3.35 in
Weight
373 g / 13.18 oz

Function

Angle Of View
94.5° Diagonal | 84.0° Horizontal | 61.9° Vertical
Aperture
f/1.8 ~ f/16
Autofocus
Yes
Focal Length
20 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
No
Weather Resistance
Yes

Performance

Max Magnification
0.22x
Min Focus Distance
190 mm / 7.48 in

Production

Accessory
Lens hood included
Debut
2020-02-25
Model Name
SEL20F18G

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

sonyalpha[1]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from sonyalpha have found the following***:
The Sony 20mm F1.8 G is a new masterpiece from Sony and could deserve the GM label. With the field of view larger than the 24mm you get a better framing for vloggers and Youtubers in selfie mode. This lens will be ideal for landscape, astrophotography, indoor / outdoor architecture, night scene and it is a must have if you like wide angle primes.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent sharpness wide open in the centre and up to F8
  • Fast,silent and accurate AF Linear response in MF Very small and light
  • Very good bokeh and smooth background blur Excellent contrast Low distorsion / Lightroom lens profile available Very Low CA ...
Cons
  • Sharpness corners is only “very good” wide open and become excellent as of F2.8 (suited for Astrophotography)
  • Vignetting is quite present

cameralabs[2]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
Focus accuracy and repeatability is critical to consistently produce sharp shots especially with large aperture lenses. The Sony FE 24mm f1.4 GM focuses in around 0.7 sec from infinity to 0.28m (1:10 magnification), which is pretty fast. If you use the aperture ring in de-clicked mode it works smoothly and without noise. Sony assures me that this floating construction does not incur a higher risk of damage from impact.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Wide field of view
  • Sharpness and repeatability
  • Compact design
Cons
  • No aperture ring
  • No weather sealing

digitaltrends[3]

Sentiment Score 83%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G is excellent for astrophotography, landscapes, and any other shot that needs a wide perspective. Sharpness was excellent at the center, even wide open, and really helped show what the 61-megapixel A7R IV can do. Vignetting is also a common problem with wide-angle lenses, particularly with such large apertures, but the Sony 20mm had only a very slight darkening in the corners.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Bright f/1.8 aperture
  • Excellent sharpness
  • High-end build
Cons
  • Barely noticeable barrel distortion

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score 84%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
At $900 it's not the least expensive lens around, but there are few caveats to consider. Focus is faster and quieter than the $350 Tamron 20mm f/2.8. At f/4 and beyond you don't need to fret about edge quality. The lens leverages some software corrections to control distortion and vignette.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent optical performance
  • Wide angle of view
  • Dust and splash protection
Cons
  • No autofocus
  • No image stabilization

techradar[5]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G is a lens that clearly fills a hole in the Sony FE lineup. It has broad appeal across a wide range of photographic genres, with the most impressive performance towards the first half of the aperture range. Focus is fast and quiet, while the manual focus is smooth and provides a comfortable amount of resistance that holds focus once found. It's small and lightweight, and most importantly it's very sharp, turning out to be desirable to many photographers.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Impressive sharpness at f/1.8
  • Autofocus is fast and quiet
Cons
  • Vignetting when shooting wide open

digitalpicture[6]

Sentiment Score 72%
Reviewers from digitalpicture have found the following***:
The Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 GM Lens is compatible with all Sony E-mount cameras. The 24mm lens has modestly less vignetting and shows fewer flare effects at narrow apertures. The Sony lens, especially assisted from being stopped down, turns in sharper results at f/2.8.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • F/2.8 maximum aperture
  • Low distortion
  • Compatible with all Sony E-mount cameras
  • 1-year limited warranty
Cons
  • Small aperture blades
  • No threaded front filters

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sony 20mm F1.8 G. [sonyalpha]. https://sonyalpha.blog/2020/05/03/sony-20mm-f1-8-g/. 2020-05-03. Retrieved 2021-06-06.
2. ^ Sony FE 20mm f1.8 G review. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/sony-fe-20mm-f1-8-g-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
3. ^ Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G lens review: A superb landscape lens. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/camera-lens-reviews/sony-fe-20mm-f18-review/. 2020-03-29. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Sony FE 20mm F1.8 G Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/sony-fe-20mm-f18-g. 2020-02-25. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/sony-fe-20mm-f18-g. 2020-02-25. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Sony FE 20mm F1.8 G Lens Review. [digitalpicture]. https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Sony-FE-20mm-f-1.8-G-Lens.aspx. Retrieved 2022-01-21.

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