Sony 20mm F2.8 E-mount lens review by addy landzaat

reviewer#46986 date: Mar-9-2024
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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:Sigma 19/2.8
Ricoh GRIII 18.3/2.8
price paid:Don't remember
positive:Small pancake lens without real flaws.
negative:It is not as good as newer Sony E-mount lenses
comment:28mm (30mm, close enough) is my favourite focal length. This lens is not as good as the lens on my Ricoh GRIII, but it still is a good lens. It has almost no flaws, at the same time I feel an improved version could be stellar.
It it sharp enough, no annoying distortion, never had flare issues. Build is good with the early Sony E metal outside. Like I said, no real flaws.

All in all I like this lens. My A6400 with the 20/2.8 is a great street photography set that rivals my GRIII (the GRIII has a better lens, the A6400/20mm has better AF - the GRIII fits in my jeans pocket, the A6400/20mm has interchangeable lenses). Add the 50/1.8 OSS and the 11/1.8 for a wonderful travel prime set.

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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