Winner: Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM
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Winner: Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM

We've seen a lot of small, OK lenses this year, and a lot of very large, very good lenses, but it's really nice when we see a manufacturer make a small excellent lens. The Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM is exactly that.

This medium-wide prime lens for Sony's a7-series and a9 mirrorless cameras (it's also a useful 36mm F2.1 equivalent on APS-C) is a great example of the lens-maker's art. Superbly suited to landscape and astrophotography, the 24mm F1.4 is equally useful for low-light candid photography and portraiture. It's uncannily sharp edge-to-edge wide open with little to no coma, bokeh is smooth, and longitudinal chromatic aberration - that purple and green fringing we loathe on many fast wide primes - is well controlled. Our decision this year was unanimous - the Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM takes the well-deserved top spot in our award for best prime lens of 2018.

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