Sony 20mm F2.8 E-mount lens review by glass-hoper

reviewer#29660 date: Aug-17-2016
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 35mm 1.8 Alpha mount
Sigma 17-70mm 2.8-4.5 Alpha mount
Sigma 30mm 2.8 E mount
Sony 16-50mm 3.5-5.6 E mount
price paid:Kit Lens with Nex 6
positive:Small size
Sturdy build
Good quality Wide angle conversion lens available
negative:Slowish aperture
comment:Got this as part of a kit during the final sale days of Nex 6 (499 USD if I remember correctly).
The main claim to glory of this lens is the small size that makes the combo easy to carry around everywhere.
The focal length takes some time to get used to, many times it feels either to short or too long but it ends up being familiar after a while. Sharpness is better than a kit lens but somewhat less than other primes. The lens slowish apperture and focal length makes boketh a non starter most of the time. The colors are kind of cold and did not get a reliable way to fix this with incamera adjustments. Working in post improves but it's time consuming.
Mounting Sonys wide angle conversion lens makes is more versatile for a song. Image quality is still better than a zoom with the conversion lens.
Too bad there is no other convesion lens to make it a 30mm 2.8, this would have made for a nice small package covering most needs.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 6
  • sharpness: 4.17
  • color: 4.67
  • build: 4.83
  • distortion: 4.50
  • flare control: 4.50
  • overall: 4.53 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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