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Sony - 20mm f/2.8 E-Mount Wide-Angle Lens - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 42 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Underrated little lens

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    Marco
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    I've been a hobbyist photographer for 20+ years & after lugging my big (but great) Nikon D800 overseas last summer, I decided that I wanted to travel light for my next trip & picked up a Sony mirrorless NEX camera. That camera came with the collapsible 16-50 zoom lens that (in my opinion) is a decent lens but I feel like it's designed for video (which it's great for). The second Sony lens I bought was the great 35mm f/1.8 OSS, but I wanted something wider. I couldn't justify paying $1k for the Sony CZ 24/1.8 so I went with the Sony 20mm f/2.8 instead. I completely expected to be let down by mediocre performance, but you know what? I was blown away by this tiny lens. It's waaay underrated & I couldn't be happier. I even like it better than the 16-50. The lens is incredibly small, has snappy focus, sharp, contrasty, punchy colors. And if you turn off the in-camera anti-vignette setting, the jpeg output almost reminds me of shooting with an old 35mm film Olympus XA. I took it (along with the 35/1.8) to the rainy Northwest of the US & performed like a little champ. It's not rainproof but I had no problems after getting caught in the rain with it (as long as I used common sense). Also, it pairs great with the Sony 35/1.8. They both take the same filter thread & both can use the 35's lens hood(!). The focal lengths work well together for a 'walking around kit' too. You have the 20mm for the wider angle stuff, & the 35 for picking out the detail stuff. *My only issue I had (at first) was what I thought was a little high price, but if you look at the only other APS-C mirrorless 'pancake' lens, the Fuji XF 27/2.8, you'll see that the Sony 20/2.8 is actually a bargain.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sharp, compact pancake lens at reasonable price

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    monkeyking
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    This is a very good pancake lens for Sony and should have been released originally instead of the 16mm. This is much sharper than the 16mm. Originally due to cost, you are usually better off going with the Sigma 30mm. However, now that this lens is being marked down for clearance, its value is second to none. Once the lens hood is removed, the lens become super portable and make the overall camera (5R for me) almost pocketable. There's not much to complain about the image quality on this camera as the pictures taken came out very sharp. The main complain was always the original price, but now that's a mood point considering the price cut from Sony and BB in general. Overall a definite must buy, especially if you want a sharp, reasonable fast pancake lens and cannot stand the 16mm.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for travel

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    poptart911
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    This lens is quite a bit faster than the 18-55mm kit lens that comes with the lower-end Sony mirrorless cameras. At an affordable price, this wide-angle lens makes a very sharp image and is much better suited for landscapes and low-light scenes than the kit lens. I was also surprised at how well it performs for close-ups and portraits, although this is decidedly not a macro lens. The small and light package is arguably the best reason to buy this lens as most any other lens will take up much more space and weigh a lot more. There is some distortion, but it is very subtle. At f2.8, you can easily take indoor pictures without a flash.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good lens overall

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    kbb123
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    Though neither the sharpest nor most contrasty lens that I've encountered, the SEL20F28 is more than adequate considering its size. Images captured with this lens show a significant improvement over Sony's other pancake lens, the SEL16F28. Corners are no longer blurry, and the SEL20F28 is actually usable below f/4. It's great for turning the NEX into a more pocket-friendly camera. Lens correction support (in-camera with most E-mount cameras for JPEGs or in RAW editors) is a must. Sony's UWA adapter seems to work well with my copy of the 20mm, which turns it into a 15mm.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Pancake!

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    AndyPeter
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    I have a Sony a7III camera and while I knew that this was a APC lens, I wanted to get something that would make my setup more travel friendly. We were leaving our camera at home lately due to the size and bulk of the 24-70 G-Master lens and camera combination. This fixes the portability concern and we now can travel and photograph with ease!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Okay lens a bit soft

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    techlover1005
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    Bought this lens for a NEX 6. I shot equivalent photos with it and the kit lens. About as soft at the same focal length as the kit lens. The only benefit is a bit smaller than the power zoom but then you lose the zoom capability and the f stop is only a 2.8 versus 3.5. So a bit faster and better low light performance. Not worth the price. Get a 50mm f1.8 and that is tack sharp.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Came Broken

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    zyrotin
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    After ordering this online it came to me with the focus completely non-functional. It would not focus manually, or with autofocus. I'd hoped I could exchange it, but was told they didn't have anymore.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great lens

    Posted
    Abster
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    This lens is really nice for taking pictures inside or outdoors. It lets in more light and the quality is so clear. I love it! I really enjoy using this lens for any setting.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great compact walk-around lens

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    TexasNEXShooter
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    If you're looking to travel light (one lens), want a bit of speed ƒ2.8 (although ƒ2.0 or faster is preferred), this is a great lens! However if you're on a budget, the new Sigma 19mm ƒ2.8 at $199 USD is hard to ignore.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Lense for Baby Pics

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    MohanG
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    I purchased this lense to take my Little-Angels lovely pics and picture quality was great and loved it. I can capture excellent pics of my little ones. I strongly recommand this lense for anyone who wants to take standstill pics like babies, flowers, Close-ups etc

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not a bad pancake lens

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    Chris1234567
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    I used this lens all over Iceland and Portugal. Took good images. Definitely better lenses out there. Just bought sigma 16mm 1.4 and now probably wont use the 20mm

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Lens!

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    Fotoraider
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    Easy to use and lightweight to carry on my A6000. Sharp and wide enough for street use and produces nice contrast and color. It's a very nice performer especially for the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for that single up close shot

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    Nupe25
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    I was taking close ups on my family members with the stock lens and noticed it wasn't as clear as I would like. This lens has help me take those close ups with better resolution.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect and necessary addition to lens collection

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    Gladysandthepics
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    For the price and the fact it connects to an adapter to make it into a 16mm at a reasonable price is one of the reasons I purchased this workhorse.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good, can be better

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    Mals
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    Lens offers a great wide view. Takes good pictures in low light and close up. However, pictures are not always crisp. But for the price point, this is a good lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Tiny little lens with Great IQ

    Posted
    MisterJimmy
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    Amazing little lens. Perfect with my A6000 camera. AF is snappy, so hunting even in dim light. I recommend anyone who wants small and lightweight wide angle lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Lens for Travel

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    Kirk
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    Perfect Lens when you are traveling. I used it with the wide angle converter and I got some great shots while traveling to Las Vegas and California.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for general photography

    Posted
    Photofan
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    Great wide angle lens that gives good photo quality even wide open at f2.8. Compact and partners great with my a6000. Highly recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent lens

    Posted
    Dragon011
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    Good value for your money. Decent quality 30mm equivalent lens for everyday use. Nice colors and acceptable sharpness.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Same thickness dimension with the 16-50mm zoom

    Posted
    Smart1buyer
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    I don't get it, what's the point of buying this lens if it's not more compact than the 16-50 mm zoom lens. I am guessing it was created before the 16-50mm zoom lens.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend