Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Review

March 2, 2020 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star


The Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G is an outstanding ultra-wide-angle prime lens with a fast maximum aperture at a more attractive price-point than the comparable FE 24mm F1.4 GM lens.

This very compact, 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 18cm minimum focusing distance makes it possible to create some appealing bokeh effects, despite the ultra-wide-angle nature of the lens.

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

The Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G delivered fast, near-silent and reliable auto-focusing on the A7R III camera, with the Click switch for the aperture ring making it well-suited to both stills and movies.

It offers an acceptable level of build quality, plus it's usefully weather-tight too.

In summary, the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G is a fantastic ultra-wide-angle prime lens that is another great addition to the Sony Alpha range.

4.5 stars

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