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Hands On With The New Sony 10-20mm f/4 G PZ Power Zoom For APS-C Cameras

The new Sony 10-20mm f/4 G PZ is small in size yet big in versatility. The lightweight power zoom offers edge-to-edge corner sharpness and is an exciting new addition to the growing E-mount lineup for APS-C shooters. We connected with a select group of creatives who have been using the lens prior to its unveiling to get an inside look at its capabilities and performance. Katrin Eismann, Jessica Hirsch, Bob Krist and Mahesh Thapa each put the lens to the test – see their hands-on results below and read their thoughts on using the new lens for their work. For more information and to pre-order the new Sony 10-20mm f/4 G PZ lens, click here.

We connected with a select group of creatives who got their hands on the new Sony 10-20mm f/4 G PZ – see what they’re saying about it.


Photo by Bob Krist. Sony Alpha 6600. Sony 10-20mm f/4 G PZ. 1/30-sec., f/8, ISO 200

“This is a wonderful, go-to focal range for a wide-angle lens…It covers just about every focal length you’d ever need. I was stunned by the small size and lightweight, and the edge to edge sharpness and contrast of this lens. Oh, and the weight…it’s a feather and it’s glorious to walk around all day with this lens.” – Bob Krist


Photo by Katrin Eismann. Sony Alpha 6600. Sony 10-20mm f/4 G PZ. 1/100-sec., f/16, ISO 200

“The 10-20mm lens is a creativity booster. It encourages you to try out a new point of view and for example emphasize the foreground element and/or include a dramatic sky. It’s the perfect carry about lens – wide enough to photograph interiors with just enough zoom to compose group shots without distortion.” – Katrin Eismann


Photo by Jessica Hirsch. Sony ZV-E10. Sony 10-20mm f/4 G PZ. 1/100-sec., f/4, ISO 320

“I like the 10-20mm range for its versatility and needing to capture things like ice cream (melting) or a hot dish that needs to be shot fast and helpful to not have to switch lenses on and off. I was blown away at how compact and light this lens was as it’s unprecedented for zoom lenses. It was super sharp and the zoom was very smooth and usable with minimal post-production editing in the sample videos I took.” – Jessica Hirsch


Photo by Mahesh Thapa. Sony Alpha 6600. Sony 10-20mm f/4 G PZ. 2/5-sec., f/11, ISO 100

"This new 10-20mm f/4 G PZ will take the place of the 10-18mm that I’ve had in my bag for a long time. I really appreciate that the new ultra wide zoom is weather sealed, as I frequently shoot in inclement weather. The sharpness at the corners have also improved. It’s also very lightweight and makes a great hiking companion." – Mahesh Thapa

“My favorite thing about this lens is definitely the versatility packed inside such a compact lightweight design. Being able to zoom in and out in a blink without having to miss a moment in my video production is going to be key for me moving forward. This is amazing as a starter lens because you get so much versatility and high quality for a very reasonable price.” – Jessica Hirsch


Photo by Bob Krist. Sony Alpha 6600. Sony 10-20mm f/4 G PZ. 1/800-sec., f/6.3, ISO 800

“This lens is great – wonderful range, sharp, tiny…I love it. I’m actually thinking of utilizing it as my wide on my full frame cameras when I shoot video outdoors. In good light, the super 35/APS-C video looks great and you cannot beat the size, weight or power zoom of this little guy.” – Bob Krist

“The zoom on this lens is exceptionally smooth and silent with a very practical range. It's a great lens to capture a sense of space. Being able to use the zoom to refine image composition was fabulous.” – Katrin Eismann


Photo by Jessica Hirsch. Sony ZV-E10. Sony 10-20mm f/4 G PZ. 1/125-sec., f/4, ISO 400

“All three of these new APS-C lenses from Sony are stellar!  -- I’m actually having a tough time trying to decide which one or two to permanently add to my kit because they are all outstanding and have so much to offer. I can safely say you will not be disappointed in the quality of your shots with any of these three lenses and it really comes down to your personal aspirations, style, and what you already have in your kit that would be my deciding factors in determining which lenses to buy (first).” – Jessica Hirsch

“I love how the ultra wide angle zoom lens allowed me to compose an image precisely because of the versatile focal length range. Its improved sharpness, weather sealing and low weight were standout aspects of the lens for me." Mahesh Thapa

“Shooting video with these lenses on a full frame camera gives you that Super35 perspective, which is still a large enough sensor for most work and they redefine working small and light. For a travel photographer or documentarian or any one person band content creator, these lenses present serious opportunities.” – Bob Krist

For more information and to pre-order the new Sony 10-20mm f/4 G PZ lens, click here.


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