Sony FE 14mm F1.8 GM Review

June 24, 2021 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star


The Sony FE 14mm F1.8 GM is an outstanding ultra-wide-angle prime lens with a fast maximum aperture that's fully worthy of the premium G-Master branding.

This very compact, very lightweight optic delivers excellent sharpness in the centre of the frame throughout its aperture range, even performing well wide-open at f/1.8, with performance at the edges not too far behind.

The near-circular 9-blade aperture in conjunction with the 25cm minimum focusing distance makes it easily possible to create some appealing bokeh effects, despite the ultra-wide-angle nature of the lens - how many 14mm lenses can you say that about?

Coupled with a high-resolution camera like the Alpha A7R IV that we tested it with, it's capable of producing incredibly detailed, very sharp images when stopped down.

The Sony FE 14mm F1.8 GM delivered fast, near-silent and reliable auto-focusing when used with the A7R IV camera, with the Click switch for the aperture ring making it equally well-suited to both stills and movies.

It offers an excellent level of build quality in line with other G-Master lenses that we've reviewed, plus it's usefully weather-tight too.

Perhaps the only real "issue" for this lens is the use of a rear filter holder due to the bulbous front lens element and built-in lens hood, which may put off some photographers. At least Sony have supplied a template in the box for you to cut out your own rear filters.

The other thing to consider is versatility - being a fixed 14mm prime lens, it's obviously not as versatile as a wide-angle zoom like the Sony FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM, but then that lens isn't as fast in terms of its maximum aperture as the 14mm F1.8, and it's much bigger and heavier too.

Overall, the Sony FE 14mm F1.8 GM is a fantastic ultra-wide-angle prime lens that is another great addition to the ever expanding Sony Alpha lens range.

5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 5
Features 5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 5
Value for money 4.5