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Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens Review - Verdict

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SONY FE 20mm F1 8G SEL20F18G (3)

Value For Money

The Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G lens is priced at £949 (inc VAT), which makes it one of the more expensive 20mm lenses available for Sony FE-mount. Looking at the alternatives, there is the compact Tamron 20mm f/2.8 (£389), the larger and heavier Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art (£650), and the Tokina Firin 20mm f/2 FE AF (£730), all offering auto-focus. If you don't need autofocus, then the Samyang 20mm f/1.8 MF (£350) is the most affordable option.

For more options have a look at the Top 39 Best Sony E / FE Mount Lenses, or have a look at the Top 43 Wide-angle Landscape Lenses.


Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Verdict

The Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G lens is a very well-made weather-sealed lens, that gives impressive levels of sharpness, and a rather good close focusing distance. The lens is also to be commended for its relatively compact size and weight, being a good combination for the Sony Alpha A7 series. The lens does have quite strong vignetting when shooting wide-open (depending on subject), however, this could be resolved by stopping down, or by correcting it in software. For videographers, the de-click switch will be of particular interest. That just leaves the price, at £949 it's more expensive than the competition. If you value impressive levels of sharpness, and want to stick to the Sony brand, then this lens could easily be seen as worth the money.

Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Pros

  • Impressive levels of sharpness
  • Weather sealed lens
  • De-click switch provided
  • Well-controlled chromatic aberrations
  • Good resistance to flare
  • Compact and relatively lightweight
  • Close-focusing

Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Cons

  • Vignetting can be seen depending on the subject
  • Price compared to the competition

Overall Verdict

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josa 8 25 Czech Republic
29 Jun 2020 3:02PM
No more sharpness charts???

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30 Jun 2020 10:30PM

Quote:No more sharpness charts???

No signatory either.

A poorly edited draft ("Highly Recommend").
1 Jul 2020 1:15PM
Typo corrected, thanks for pointing this out.

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