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Meet the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G – the widest full-frame E-mount prime lens

Meet the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G – the widest full-frame E-mount prime lens
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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.

Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G review

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.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James started working in the photographic industry in 2014 as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy – successor to David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus. In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus. An Olympus and Canon user, James was previously technique editor on PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine.