Sony 20mm F1.8 first experiences (compared to 16-35 GM)

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N4865G Contributing Member • Posts: 694
Re: Sony 20mm F1.8 first experiences (compared to 16-35 GM)

Thank you very much for your comments.

My initial evaluation leading me to buying the 16-35GM zoom in the first place was the spectrum of scenarios when I would not be able to zoom with my feet, say standing on a cliff or something similar.

As it turned out I do not do much of this kind of landscape photography at all, the wide angle shots I do most of the time can easily be catered for with the fixed length of 20mm.

To cut the long story short again, it is not so much about the absolute sharpness, as it is about the weight, volume taken in my bag and the cost of owning this lens.

Happy to see, that there is a native Sony option now with phenomenal performance and the size/weight which is very small.

Happy New Year!


joger wrote:

N4865G wrote:

...Please do not take this post as provocative. I merely want to share my experience and decision making process in order to optimise my lens portfolio.

I think I will be selling my GM zoom and keeping the prime. Versatility of the zoom turned out not to be an advantage with my shooting style, but the weight and space savings (never mind the cost) are significant.



Hi Dom,

excellent quick comparison and I fully understand your sentiment about size and weight - this is why I chose some primes over the comparable slow f/2.8 GM zooms as well. Zooming by feet or virtually is a viable option and most primes outpace the zooms by a hefty bit.

As alway individual mileage varies and needs may vary too.

It is good that you point out what counts most for your need not implying others will have the exact same needs - that said we seem to agree on the very same priorities

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