Sony has announced the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G – the widest full-frame prime lens in its line of E-mount optics, giving users a new wide-angle tool to shoot landscapes, starscapes, environmental portraits and video.
A compact and lightweight prime, the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G's fast f/1.8 aperture is capable of rendering beautiful bokeh and producing enviable background blur, while its G lens designation promises premium resolution.
The optical formula features 14 elements in 12 groups, comprising 2 advanced aspherical elements and 3 extra-low dispersion elements to control chromatic aberration and ensure pristine image quality from edge to edge – even when shooting wide open at f/1.8.
A weather sealed lens, the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G is resistant to dust and moisture. It also possesses a fluorine-coated front lens element designed to repel water and grime, making it perfectly suited for outdoor photography pursuits.
The lens features a multitude of controls, including a focus mode switch and customizable focus hold button, as well as an aperture ring that can be de-clicked at the flick of a switch. That makes it an ideal option for videographers and content creators, as do the dual extreme dynamic Linear Motors that provide precise, quick and quiet autofocus.
Measuring 73.5 x 84.7 mm, and weighing 373g, it should pair effectively with Sony's E-mount cameras as well as with gimbals and rigs for supremely balanced stabilization. For close-up work, the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G has a minimum focusing distance of 0.19m / 4.48 inches, with a maximum magnification of 0.2x.
The Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G is due for release in March, priced at £950 / $898 / AU$1,699.