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Back On Sale: Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G lens for only $798 ($100 off)

  
 
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Back On Sale: Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G lens for only $798 ($100 off)


Sony 20mm f/1.8 FE G lens officially announced!
It will be available in March 2020 for a suggested retail price of $899.99 USD

Update: The new Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 is on sale today for $798 ($100 off)

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Main Features:
  1. 14 elements, 12 groups
  2. Two advanced aspherical (AA) elements and three extra-low dispersion (ED) glass elements
  3. Minimum focus distance: 0.19 m (AF), 0.18 m (MF)
  4. Low sagittal flare (coma)
  5. Angle of View: 94 degrees
  6. Two extreme dynamic (XD) Linear Motors AF
  7. Dust and moisture resistant
  8. Fluorine front element coating
  9. Customizable focus-hold button
  10. Aperture ring with a click on/off switch
  11. 9-blade aperture mechanism
  12. 67mm filter thread
  13. Weight: 373g (13.2oz)
  14. Size: 73.5×84.7 mm (3 × 3 3/8 in.)
  15. Price: $900 US

Full specifications from Sony:
https://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/camera-lenses/sel20f18g/specifications


Press Release:

SAN DIEGO – February 25, 2020 – Adding to its extensive range of native mirrorless full-frame lenses, Sony Electronics today announced the launch of the new G Lens™ series FE 20mm F1.8 G (model name SEL20F18G), perfect for a variety of creative needs including portraits, astrophotography, landscape and street photography, as well as capturing impressive video. Ensuring exceptional G Lens resolution and bokeh, the FE 20mm F1.8 G is a compact, lightweight, ultra-wide prime lens – the widest full-frame prime lens in Sony’s E-mount lineup – giving users a new resource for stretching the boundaries of their artistic imaginations.

The impressive lens design features two advanced aspherical (AA) elements and three extra-low dispersion (ED) glass elements to suppress chromatic aberration and delivers high corner-to-corner image quality with minimal distortion, even at the maximum F1.8 aperture. It has excellent close-up performance, with a minimum focus distance of 7.5 inches (max. magnification: 0.2 times), and delivers beautifully de-focused backgrounds, or bokeh. For challenging subjects like night scenes or starry skies, the FE 20mm F1.8 G delivers crisp and clear images thanks to its advanced optical design that accurately reproduces point light sources with high contrast and minimum sagittal flare.

The compact design and versatility of the FE 20mm F1.8 G makes it the perfect all-inclusive lens for photographers and videographers. Weighing only 13.2 oz (373g), its small size and light weight make it truly mobile when used with compact E-mount bodies as part of a well-balanced system that is ideal for use on gimbals or accessory grips.

In addition, the use of two extreme dynamic (XD) Linear Motors delivers fast, precise and quiet autofocus for both stills and video shooting.

Designed to be dust and moisture resistant and having a fluorine front element coating, the FE 20mm F1.8 G is highly reliable and easy to operate. It also features a customizable focus-hold button and aperture ring with a click on/off switch and is compatible with a variety of 67mm filters for extra creative control.

"We’re driven by the needs of our customers and will continue developing the best tools to meet their creative ambitions," said Neal Manowitz, deputy president of Imaging Products and Solutions Americas, Sony Electronics.  "Our 56th E-mount lens, the new FE 20mm F1.8 G, is fast, lightweight and extremely versatile, giving creators yet another compelling tool to help realize their vision."

Pricing and Availability

The FE 20mm F1.8 G will be available in March 2020 for a suggested retail price of $899.99 USD and $1,199.99 CAD.


































Feb 25, 2020 at 10:31 AM
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Dpreview: Sony introduces FE 20mm F1.8 G – a compact high-performance ultra-wide lens that will cost $900
Dpreview: A near-perfect optic: Sony 20mm F1.8 G sample images and analysis

Here's an f/5 photo from dpreview's sample gallery that shows excellent full-field sharpnes, including the corners.
Dpreview: Sample Image



Feb 25, 2020 at 10:18 AM
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Looks good. I would have been interested about two weeks ago, but I picked up the Sigma 14-24/2.8, and it's exceptional to the corners too, so no need for me anymore. However, for Astro, if the coma is good, this will be awesome, and it's a great alternative to the Loxia as well, being quite light, very sharp and notably less expensive.


Feb 25, 2020 at 10:24 AM
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That isn't bad at all.


Feb 25, 2020 at 10:25 AM
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Made in Thailand. That should make it less expensive for the US buyers, unlike the FE 35/1.8.


Feb 25, 2020 at 10:36 AM
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I realize some will feel different, but for me it's too close to the 24 GM. I'd want a gap wider than that. If it was an 18 maybe, just don't think I have a current need.


Feb 25, 2020 at 10:46 AM
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I haven't seen any reviewer-sourced astro shots yet, perhaps they didn't have very long to create their sample galleries. However, Sony has some official samples and one is a night sky shot at 1.8. They don't have a full-resolution version of it (although they do for other shots), but going into the Page Source info you can at least find a medium-resolution version:







Coma looks to be well-controlled, at least at this output size. Would like to see more samples before deciding. However, their close and medium distance shots look incredible at full resolution:

Close-up

Medium distance



Feb 25, 2020 at 10:52 AM
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Clearly they are simply plugging a hole in their lineup that folks are choosing 3rd party lenses for, like the Voigtlander 21 and Loxia 21.

Like others, I would have preferred 18mm since this is so close to the 24gm and 24-70/105 zooms.

realVivek wrote:
Made in Thailand. That should make it less expensive for the US buyers, unlike the FE 35/1.8.


Did you miss the $900 MSRP?

Like I've told lots of folks on here, if you're in the US and you want the 35/1.8, buying from Henry's in Canada is your best bet, you'll save a chunk.

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Feb 25, 2020 at 10:54 AM
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RoamingScott wrote:
Clearly they are simply plugging a hole in their lineup that folks are choosing 3rd party lenses for, like the Voigtlander 21 and Loxia 21.

Like others, I would have preferred 18mm since this is so close to the 24gm and 24-70/105 zooms.


Maybe they're reserving the 18mm focal length for a GM lens.




Feb 25, 2020 at 10:56 AM
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Interested to see upcoming comparisons with the CV 21/1.4. The Sony is $200 cheaper, lighter, it seems interesting.


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It is a Sony G lens and not a Samyang. That is about the price they ask for, normally. You have green limbs, etc that will give much lower prices, depending on the availability .

RoamingScott wrote:
Did you miss the $900 MSRP?

Like I've told lots of folks on here, if you're in the US and you want the 35/1.8, buying from Henry's in Canada is your best bet, you'll save a chunk.





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Feb 25, 2020 at 11:02 AM
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The optical performance looks great from what I can see so far, but this price point is yet again too high. With the price closing in on 1k EUR I just don't see the attraction. I often consider adding a fast wide prime to my collection, but not like this.


Feb 25, 2020 at 11:04 AM
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zz wrote:
The optical performance looks great from what I can see so far, but this price point is yet again too high. With the price closing in on 1k EUR I just don't see the attraction. I often consider adding a fast wide prime to my collection, but not like this.


Cheaper and better than the competition. Can't really fault them tbh



Feb 25, 2020 at 11:07 AM
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Wish it was a 16, 17 or 18 mm.


Feb 25, 2020 at 11:09 AM
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Looks like a great lens. Waiting for reviews, but most likely will add to to my travel kit. Sample images look outstanding.


Feb 25, 2020 at 11:09 AM
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If the MF experience is good it will impact the Loxia for landscape work.


Feb 25, 2020 at 11:10 AM
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In the videos they compare against the 24GM. Sharpness is similar to the 24GM in the central region and a tiny bit behind in the corners (but we don't know about field curvature so far).

Just sold my Loxia today and will have to decide between Tamron 17-28, Sigma 14-24 (likely not, don't want a big filter system) or the 16-35GM. This lens looks nice, too.



Feb 25, 2020 at 11:11 AM
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Love my Nikon 20mm f/1.8G. This is an exceptional focal length and aperture for environmental portraits. It doesn't seem like it would be all that different than 24mm but it's a world of difference.


Feb 25, 2020 at 11:13 AM
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Maximum Magnification ratio (x) 0.20 (AF), 0.22 (MF)

Close focus yay!!!!



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