Sony E 15mm F1.4 G review

Fast and wide, the Sony E 15mm F1.4 G is an agile, full-featured lens for APS-C format cameras

5 Star Rating
Sony E 15mm F1.4 G
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

This APS-C format lens for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras has an effective focal length of 22.5mm in full-frame terms. As such, it delivers a good compromise between popular 20mm and 24mm focal lengths, often favored by full-frame shooters. And it does so in fine style, with a sturdy yet compact and lightweight build, refined handling characteristics and superb all-round performance. The price might seem a bit on the high side but this Sony is worth every cent.


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    Superb image quality/performance

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    Great handling

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    Compact and lightweight


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    Heavy barrel distortion (uncorrected)

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    No aperture ring lock

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    Pretty pricey

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The Sony E 15mm F1.4 G offers a step up from the Sony E 11mm F1.8, with a longer focal length and consequently narrower viewing angle of 87 rather than 104 degrees. It also adds ‘G-series’ extras that include an aperture control ring, and boasts a faster f/1.4 aperture rating. It’s nevertheless remarkably compact and lightweight for an ultra-wide-angle prime, in keeping with the svelte design of Sony’s APS-C format mirrorless camera bodies.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.