Sony FE 40mm f/2.5 G review

Is the Sony FE 40mm f/2.5 G the perfect walkaround lens for your full frame mirrorless Sony? We like it a lot

5 Star Rating
Sony FE 40mm F2.8 G
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Sony FE 40mm f/2.5G is the middle lens in Sony’s new series of compact full frame mirrorless lenses. For anyone fed up of the front-heavy feel of Sony’s big, heavy zooms, its perfect, completely changing the balance and feel of the camera. Like the other two primes in this new series, it’s small and light, and has an aperture ring which can be de-clicked for video. These three lenses are even the same size and weight (near enough), and share the same 49mm filter thread.


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    Excellent image quality

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    Size and weight

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    Smooth, silent AF

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    De-clickable aperture ring


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    In-between focal length

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    No focus distance scale

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The Sony FE 40mm f/2.5 G has a slightly odd focal length that’s a little longer than the classic 35mm ‘street’ lens and shorter than a 50mm ‘standard’ lens. In practice, you quickly adapt to the focal length and it’s a pretty good blend of the qualities of both.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at