Sony FE 40mm F2.5 G E-mount lens review by Dune

reviewer#45826 date: Jan-26-2022
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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:n/a
price paid:£430
positive:Very light, super sharp, great flare control and no distortion, fast AF, aperture ring.
negative:Price. Pity it's not F2 (but then it wouldn't be so small)
comment:I was fortunate to get this lens at a £200 discount from Sony by buying it with the camera (A7 IV) which makes the price fine. Full price in the UK of £630 may be a bit steep. The build quality is top notch and I have no idea why a previous review questions the build quality. It's all metal and weather sealed. It feels like a premium lens with it's metal construction and most on line reviews concur. It's very sharp and I can't get it to flare. No CA either. I really like the 40mm focal length. It matches what I see as I walk around. When buying the A7 IV I decided to forgo a standard range zoom and try primes for a lightweight kit and so far I am not missing the zoom.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 5
  • sharpness: 4.80
  • color: 4.80
  • build: 4.60
  • distortion: 4.80
  • flare control: 4.80
  • overall: 4.76 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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