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Hands On With The New Sony 15mm f/1.4 G APS-C E-Mount Prime

With a f/1.4 maximum aperture and a lightweight form factor, the new Sony 15mm f/1.4 G is a very fast, sharp G-series prime lens for APS-C shooters. We connected with a select group of creatives who used the new lens ahead of its announcement and had the opportunity to put it through its paces. See the hands-on results below from Katrin Eismann, Jessica Hirsch, Bob Krist and Mahesh Thapa. For more information and to pre-order the new Sony 15mm f/1.4 G lens, click here.

We connected with a select group of creatives who got their hands on the new Sony 15mm f/1.4 – see what they’re saying about it.


Photo by Bob Krist. Sony Alpha 6600. Sony 15mm f/1.4 G. 1/30-sec., f/1.4, ISO 200

“These three lenses have breathed new life into the APS-C format. They are precisely what serious APS-C shooters have needed. And the usefulness of these lenses to video shooters with full frame cameras cannot be underestimated because the APS-C crop on full frame video looks so great. This will make the zoom, especially useful for outdoor work where you usually have plenty of light and don’t need the super low light capabilities of Sony full-frame.” – Bob Krist


Photo by Jessica Hirsch. Sony ZV-E10. Sony 15mm f/1.4 G. 1/400-sec., f/1.4, ISO 100

“I really loved the 15mm and its amazing bokeh when capturing shots at f/1.4. The sharpness and bokeh produced on this lens rivals any other lens I’ve EVER used before in any form factor. I can not wait to add this lens to my kit.” – Jessica Hirsch


Photo by Bob Krist. Sony Alpha 6600. Sony 15mm f/1.4 G. 1/400-sec., f/5.6, ISO 100

“For me, that range between 20-24mm (full frame) or 14-16mm APS-C is the perfect storytelling angle of view and this lens falls right in the middle of that sweet spot, with a blazing fast max aperture of f/1.4. With this lens, you don’t need to be afraid of the dark. It’s sharp wide open, and did I mention the weight? There is no real heft to it and it’s delightful to use. Ordinarily, when you think f/1.4, you think 'large, heavy chunk of glass around my neck,' but no more.” – Bob Krist


Photo by Katrin Eismann. Sony Alpha 6600. Sony 15mm f/1.4 G. 1/80-sec., f/4, ISO 100

“15mm is a very practical focal length – ideal for landscape and night photography. This is also a great lens for low light and creative use of a shallow depth of field. The 15mm lens is SHARP and ideal for details and textures. If crisp detail is what you need, this is a great lens for you. So sharp and fast – f/1.4 in a lens this light is a game-changer. I also loved the aperture ring, as it makes the lens feel solid and faster to use. The bokeh is delicious, and that paired with the sharpness is a great combination of details with softness.”  – Katrin Eismann

"The 15mm prime is sharp, fast and perfect for a wide angle view of the night sky for astrophotography.” – Mahesh Thapa

“I’m just in awe at how well these lenses performed. My expectations given that they were APS-C lenses (and not full frame) were somewhat tapered going into the shoots but the results far exceeded them.” – Jessica Hirsch


Photo by Mahesh Thapa. Sony Alpha 6600. Sony 15mm f/1.4 G. 1/2-sec., f/11, ISO 100

“I enjoyed shooting with the lens very much because of its fast aperture. It will definitely come in very handy as I’m sure I’ll be using it for astrophotography. I love how tack sharp it is from corner to corner.” – Mahesh Thapa

“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


Photo by Katrin Eismann. Sony Alpha 6600. Sony 15mm f/1.4 G. 1/80-sec., f/5.6, ISO 100

“All the lenses are super light, with outstanding edge to edge sharpness which makes them ideal for travel, walkabout, video, vlogging and drone work. The size, weight, performance, and sharpness of these lenses allow photographers and videographers to achieve professional results with a super lightweight kit.” – Katrin Eismann

“Their great optics, tough construction all say pro, but their size and lightweight says 'toys.' That’s a great combination in my opinion. In many lines of photography, NOT looking like a pro is a help (travel, photojournalism, documentary) and nothing calls more attention to yourself than huge heavy lenses. But when you can get these kinds of results from these tiny optics, it allows you to be much more discreet and less intimidating to your subjects. All three of these lenses will have a place in my kit, especially for video.” – Bob Krist

For more information and to pre-order the new Sony 15mm f/1.4 G lens, click here.


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