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Check out the image quality of Sony’s new 20mm FE F/1.8G lens

The widest full-frame prime lens in Sony’s E-mount lineup looks to offer impressive quality and plenty of features…

Sony has pulled the covers off its latest lens, along with sharing a bunch of imagery that suggests this new optics offers some serious quality. The FE 20mm F1.8 G (or SEL20F18G to give the new lens its Sony model name) sits in the brand’s G-range of optics and boasts some impressive specifications.

Sample image by Albert Dros/Sony.

First up is the compact and lightweight design – the 20mm F1.8 G tips the scales at just 373g, making it suitable for those tight on space, such as travel and adventure photographers. The lightweight dimensions will also suit those creatives who want to pair the new lens and a Sony mirrorless camera with a gimbal.

The lightweight lens weighs just 373g.

The widest full-frame prime lens in Sony’s E-mount lineup, the FE 20mm F1.8 G is suitable for a range of photography; from landscapes and street photography, to wedding and architecture – all thanks to that versatile 20mm focal length, which switches up to 30mm when used with a crop sensor camera, such as the Sony a6600.

Sample image by Ilhan Eroglu/Sony.

Designed to be dust and moisture resistant, the FE 20mm F1.8 G uses two of Sony’s use of two extreme dynamic (XD) Linear Motors, meaning that the smooth and quiet autofocus makes the lens suitable for video shooting as well as stills.

Sample image by Ilhan Eroglu/Sony.
Sample image by Ole C Salmonsen/Sony.

Other features include a features a customisable focus-hold button and aperture ring with a click on/off switch, fluorine front element coating and a fast maximum aperture of f/1.8, which will not only allow photographers to capture impressive bokeh, but also help keep shutter speeds fast in low light conditions. Filters can be used with the lens, which features a 67mm thread.

Sample image by Terry Donnelly/Sony.

Available from March, the FE 20mm F1.8 G will carry a price tag of $899/£949 and you can watch an intro video from Sony below…