Mark Goldstein of Photography Blog has posted his review of the Sony 14mm f/1.8 G Master lens. After testing the ultra-wide-angle prime Goldstein rated its design, features, ease of use, image quality and value, giving it an overall 5/5 stars and ‘essential’ rating. "The Sony FE 14mm F1.8 GM is an outstanding ultra-wide-angle prime lens with a fast maximum aperture that's fully worthy of the premium G-Master branding."
“Overall, the Sony FE 14mm F1.8 GM is a fantastic ultra-wide-angle prime lens that is another great addition to the ever expanding Sony Alpha lens range.” – Mark Goldstein, Photography Blog
To test the sharpness of the lens, he paired it with the Sony Alpha 7R IV, a combination that he says complements each other well. "Centre sharpness is outstanding even when shooting wide-open at f/1.8, through to f/11, with f/16 being adversely affected by diffraction. The edge performance is almost as good as the centre, with f/2.8-f/11 producing the sharpest results."
Goldstein was surprised that such a wide angle lens could produce incredibly appealing bokeh. “The near-circular 9-blade aperture in conjunction with the 25cm minimum focusing distance makes it easily possible to create some appealing bokeh effects, despite the ultra-wide-angle nature of the lens - how many 14mm lenses can you say that about?”
The quick and quiet auto-focusing helps Goldstein conclude that it’s an essential choice for the hybrid shooter, giving it his 5/5 star rating. “The Sony FE 14mm F1.8 GM delivered fast, near-silent and reliable auto-focusing when used with the A7R IV camera, with the Click switch for the aperture ring making it equally well-suited to both stills and movies.”
“Overall, the Sony FE 14mm F1.8 GM is a fantastic ultra-wide-angle prime lens that is another great addition to the ever expanding Sony Alpha lens range.”
See the full review and sample photos from Mark Goldstein on PhotographyBlog.com.