Sony’s newest full-frame E-mount lens is the 20mm F1.8 G, a fast wide-angle (verging on ultra-wide) prime that weighs just 373 g (13.2oz) and measures slightly smaller than the FE 24mm F1.4 GM.
Sony claims that two ‘advanced aspheric’ and three extra-low dispersion elements provide exceptional corner-to-corner sharpness. Nine aperture blades provide circular out-of-focus highlights and smooth bokeh, even as you stop the lens down. An ‘XD’ linear focus motor offers silent and swift autofocus operation, and a minimum focus distance of 19cm (7.5″) allows for 0.22x reproduction.
The FE 20mm F1.8 offers a linear response manual focus ring, something videographers are sure to appreciate. An aperture control ring that can be ‘de-clicked’ for video purposes is also included, as well as a AF/MF switch and a user-assignable focus hold button – all features that will benefit users looking for precise, direct control over lens functions.
Overall construction includes dust and moisture-resistance, and the lens accepts 67mm filters. It’s scheduled to go on sale in March for $900. View our sample gallery and read our initial in-depth impressions by following the link below.