Our First Look at 3 New Compact Sony E Mount Lenses: 11mm f/1.8, 15mm f/1.4 G and 10-20mm f/4 G PZ

Sony has just announced three new compact wide-angle lenses for APS-C cameras after a long time. Let’s take a look at what’s new in these lenses and if they’re worth checking out.

For the past couple of years, Sony’s main focus has been on full-frame cameras and lenses. A few weeks ago, the brand refreshed the beloved 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master with a newer version. For a while now we haven’t really seen any new APS-C gear other than the Sony ZV-E10 which surprised in 2021. That’s why now might be a great time to see these three new lenses wide angle for photographers and filmmakers who use the compact size of the crop sensor.

Sony E 11mm f/1.8

This new ultra wide-angle prime comes in a very compact form but offers a lot of potential. This 16.5mm full-frame equivalent lens offers an ultra-wide-angle perspective with a large maximum aperture of f/1.8, which should translate to better low-light capabilities for photography and filmmaking.

The Sony E 11mm f/1.8 weighs just 193.2 grams thanks to its mostly plastic construction. It is only 2.42 inches long with a diameter of 2.53 inches and a filter thread size of 55mm. This lightweight lens also includes a standard petal lens hood, autofocus switch and programmable focus hold button on one side. Unlike the other two lenses in this batch version, this lens does not have its own manual aperture ring.

This 11mm ultra-wide-angle lens is the equivalent of a 16.5mm full-frame lens but offers a maximum aperture of f/1.8. This makes it valuable in a variety of applications ranging from wide shots in landscape photography, night sky photography, wide environmental portraits, interiors and video. For a very compact ultra wide angle lens, it has very minimal distortion as well as good quality optics and responsive focusing.

Sony E 15mm f/1.4G

With a full-frame equivalent of 22.5mm, the Sony E 15mm f/1.4G is roughly the APS-C counterpart to the 24mm f/1.4. This first super wide-angle weighs just 236.6 grams with a size of 2.98 x 2.65 inches with a similar 55mm filter thread. It has a prominent zoom ring on the distal end of the lens, which is followed by a thinner manual aperture ring. This is paired with a click switch for aperture settings that allows videographers to smoothly move apertures while recording. Alongside these are a standard autofocus switch as well as a programmable focus hold button.

A 15mm f/1.4 lens on APS-C cameras is a great option for a versatile lens. It can be a good option for photographers and videographers shooting in low light situations such as events, weddings or concerts. Landscape photographers can also benefit from the wide aperture for nightscapes with the night sky and wide-angle astrophotography.

Fast and responsive focus, especially when paired with eye tracking autofocus, can be an easy-to-use companion for video creators and vloggers.

Sony E 10-20mm f/4G PZ

This is undoubtedly the APS-C version of the recently announced Sony 16-35mm f/4 G PZ, and it makes sense to have a crop sensor equivalent for such a valuable lens option. . The new Sony E PZ 10-20mm f/4G is a viable ultra-wide angle lens option for APS-C cameras with updated features and optics. It measures just 2.36 x 2.72 inches and weighs 192.1 grams. It comes with a distal electronic zoom ring followed by a finer manual focus ring. In the middle of the barrel is an autofocus switch, a programmable focus hold button, and the motorized zoom control slider that allows smooth zooming in and out when using the lens to the video.

For photo shooting, the lens performs quite well in terms of sharpness and delivers fairly consistent image quality from center to all corners. At the widest aperture of f/4 there is no visible vignette, which is remarkable considering the size of the lens. It also has very minimal and negligible distortion.

This lens is a great general option for photographers and videographers shooting with APS-C cameras. Along with the essential qualities like sharpness and focus, it has features that make shooting more convenient for all genres. Considering the lightweight and compact form factor, landscape photographers who like to keep their gear minimal and portable can definitely benefit from the existence of this lens. Event photographers and videographers can also use it for wide-angle shots and group shots; however, performance may be limited in low light compared to the main wide-angle options. The fact that this lens has minimal and easily correctable distortion means it can also be an option for architectural, interior and real estate photos and videos. All in all, it’s a compelling option for many genres, especially those done outdoors and in plenty of ambient light.

These three new wide-angle prime lenses for Sony APS-C cameras definitely diversify the lens options for crop sensor shooters. Although they share many common characteristics and attributes, these lenses do not entirely constitute a whole and have many overlapping indications for use. All three lenses come in very practical forms and barely add bulk to a photographer or videographer’s existing kit, but can add a lot to their creative process. All three lenses perform quite well optically, delivering good sharpness and reliable responsive focusing. Since these lenses are advertised together and were probably designed in the same time frame, it would have been great to give them similar sized filter threads considering that their barrel diameters are very close to each other . This convenience, especially if applied to most, if not all, future versions of compact lenses, would be useful for photographers and videographers who use filters and other screw-on accessories.

What I liked

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Good additions to focal length options
  • Good optical and AF performance in general

What can be improved

  • Standardized filter thread size for similar size or compact lenses

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