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Sony E 20mm f/2.8 NEX Pancake Lens Hands-On

We go hands-on with the brand new Sony E 20mm f/2.8 NEX Lens - the smallest pancake lens available for the NEX system.

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Sony Nex 20mm F28 E Mount Lens (2)

We go hands on with the new Sony E 20mm f/2.8 NEX Pancake Lens just announced. The smallest pancake lens available for the Sony NEX system, designed with optical quality in mind, is just 20mm thick from the back to front.

Sony Nex 20mm F28 E Mount Lens (4)

The addition of this lens, and the new Sony E 18-200mm Power Zoom lens, extends the Sony NEX range to 13 models in total.

Sony Nex E Mount Lens Range January 2013
Sony NEX E Mount Lens Range January 2013. Dummy models, from rear, left: 18-200mm LE, 18-200mm PZ, 18-200mm, 55-210mm, 10-18mm, 18-55mm Standard zoom, 50mm f/1.8, 24mm Zeiss, 30mm f/3.5 Macro, 35mm f/1.8, Wide/Fisheye adapters, 16mm f/2.8 pancake, 16-50mm Silver PZ, 16-50mm Black PZ.

The price of the new 20mm f/2.8 lens is expected to be around £300, with availability from March. We plan to review the new lens when available. Additional hands-on photos of the lens can be viewed below, simply click the thumbnail to view larger versions.

Sony E 20mm F2.8 Pancake Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Sony E 20mm F2.8 Pancake Specifications

Lens Mounts
  • Sony E Mount
Focal Length20mm
Angle of View70
Max Aperturef/2.8
Min Aperturef/16
Filter Size49mm
35mm equivalent30mm
Internal focusingYes
Maximum magnificationNo Data
Min Focus20cm
Box Contents
Box ContentsLens hood, lens cap, lens rear cap.

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josa 8 25 Czech Republic
24 Jan 2013 7:17PM
Sony's line up is one reason why some people(including me) will never buy Sony. Why 20mm? Why not 24mm? Not everyone can afford Zeiss glass....Sad

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hannu108 8 1 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2013 9:31PM
Very right. 24mm lens would needed.

Hopefully Sigma will take seriously pancake format and comes out with one that has the optical quality or their 30mm f/2.8 lens.
25 Jan 2013 4:52AM
16mm x 1.5 crop = 24mm Sony already has

24mm x 1.5 crop = 36mm Sony already has

what else you need?
hannu108 8 1 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 6:46AM

Quote:24mm x 1.5 crop = 36mm Sony already has

what else you need?

It is a Sony-Zeiss with a price tag of $1100. It is also huge compared to any pancake lens:
Diameter x Length: 2-3/8" x 2-1/2" (63 x 65.5mm). Not pocketable to me! Compare it to the new 20mm pancake that measures 2-3/8" x 0.8" (63mm x 20.4mm).

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