A few days ago Sony announced the 20mm f/1.8 for full frame E-mount and I must admit, my ears pricked up.
I haven’t got a wide prime in my camera bag at the moment. I’ve nearly bought one so many times but I don’t need one. That said, it’s right up on my “to buy” list. Earlier this week, Ryan Mense covered the announcement and did an excellent hands-on which you can see here. Now, Pierre T. Lambert has taken it out for some street photography and to give his honest views on it.
Lambert is a great street photographer and a channel I happily subscribe to. He makes a lot of good points about this lens here. For me the focal length is in somewhat of a no man’s land between the loved 35mm and typical ultra wide-angle lenses, though it is technically an ultra wide itself. That is not a bad thing, however. 24mm is already a popular focal length and the 20mm f/2.8 by Sony was well received. The allure of this new f/1.8 version is twofold for me: Firstly, as Lambert shows, it’s exceptionally sharp — love that. Secondly, the f/1.8 widest aperture means it is a superb tool for astrophotography.
What are your thoughts on this new Sony prime?
Video of Sony 20mm f/1.8 WORTH IT? My Honest Ultra Wide Review