Why Choose a Sony Wide-Angle Prime Lens

  By Evelyn Drake

 

What’s the next lens for your Sony Alpha mirrorless camera? A wide-angle prime lens is incredibly versatile, and might just become a new favourite. Sony has two excellent options to choose from that complement their entire line-up of mirrorless cameras. The Sony FE 20mm f1.8 G and Sony FE 24mm f1.4 GM make excellent companions to Sony Alpha cameras to capture sweeping landscapes, night sky photography, tight interiors, vlogging, environmental portraiture, and more. 

The Sony FE 20mm f1.8 G lens is sharp with a smoking-fast focusing motor and is nearly perfect optically. Its maximum f1.8 aperture welcomes enough light for astrophotography and is generously wide. This also creates background separation with natural-looking bokeh leaving the subject exceptionally sharp for environmental portraits. The close minimum focusing distance makes it a good option for vlog-style content creators as well. Its compact design matches well with a Sony E-mount body and creates a versatile system with outstanding AF performance, control, and reliability. Watch our full hands-on review on YouTube. 

  • F1.8 aperture: a bright lens with generous background separation  
  • Fast Focusing – keeps up with Sony’s latest autofocus tech 
  • Closest minimum focusing distance: 19cm
  • Common Filter Size: 67mm
  • Compact size and weight: 373g


The slightly tighter and brighter Sony FE 24mm f1.4 GM is the premium option of the pair. It earns Sony’s G-Master badge with enhanced weather protection, a programmable focus-hold button, and a refined lens design. It’s built with professional-level performance and is well corrected for Sony’s full-frame cameras. The background separation is even more dreamy and smooth. It is still compact but feels a bit more substantial in the hand, weighing 445g vs. 373g. This is a professional class option with premium coatings to prevent flare and is well corrected for full-frame sensors.

  • F1.4 aperture: even brighter
  • Smoother bokeh with 11 aperture blades vs. 9 on the 20mm 
  • Fast-focusing – keeps up with Sony’s latest autofocus tech 
  • Minimum focusing distance 24cm
  • Common Filter Size: 67mm
  • Compact size and weight: 445g 


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Watch our Hands-on Review on the Sony FE 20mm f1.8 G lens 

Evelyn Drake

Evelyn Drake

Evelyn Drake has been in the camera business since 2004. She has been involved in every aspect of The Camera Store's operations with a focus on marketing and event-based initiatives. She also hosts our YouTube channel The Camera Store TV.