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Review Roundup: Sony’s 3 New APS-C Wide-Angle Lenses

Sony recently announced three new lenses to the APS-C E-mount lineup – the Sony 10-20mm f/4 G PZSony 15mm f/1.4 G and Sony 11mm f/1.8 – providing even more options for still, video and hybrid creatives. First impressions of the new ultra-wide lenses are rolling out across the web. See what others are saying in our review roundup below. 

First impressions of the Sony 10-20mm f/4 G PZ, Sony 15mm f/1.4 G & Sony 11mm f/1.8 are rolling out – see what others are saying about the new wide-angle options.

Gordon Laing

“Sony’s not only transformed the experience of motorized zooms on this and the recent full frame 16-35mm PZ, but made them impressively small and light too.”

“The 10-20mm gives you the joint widest coverage in the system to date in a flexible and surprisingly compact package that literally punches above its weight. It’s a lens that I can highly recommend.” – Gordon Laing on the Sony 10-20mm f/4 G PZ

“The Sony E 11mm f/18 is an exciting new addition to the company’s lineup of APS-C lenses. Delivering ultra-wide coverage, with a bright aperture in a compact and light barrel at a reasonably affordable price.”

“Ultimately I love the drama of the 11mm f/1.8 for still and video. And I can highly recommend it for the size, the money and the performance.” – Gordon Laing on the Sony 11mm f/1.8

Imaging Resource

“All three of the new Sony APS-C lenses serve a unique purpose in Sony's expanded lens lineup. The Sony 11mm F1.8 lens is impressively small and lightweight. It's also Sony's widest APS-C prime lens. Its image quality is quite nice, too, despite the lens not having "G" series designation."

"The other prime lens, the 15mm F1.4 G, is a lovely wide-angle prime lens. It offers a similar field of view as a 24mm F1.4 lens, although it's slightly wider than that. Thanks to its field of view, fast aperture, and impressive image quality, it's well-suited to a range of applications. While all three new lenses are surprisingly compact, the 15mm F1.4 G is perhaps the most surprisingly compact and lightweight of them all."

"Rounding out the lineup is the new zoom, the E 10-20mm F4 PZ G lens. It's the slowest lens, but since it's a zoom lens, it's also the most versatile of the new lenses, at least when not shooting in low light. It fills a similar role as Sony's existing 10-18mm F4 OSS lens, but the new zoom is smaller, lighter and better optically. Plus, it includes Linear AF Motors – like the other two new lenses – and is a Power Zoom lens.” – Jeremy Gray

Read the full review here.

Arthur R.

“If you want a lens that’s just easy, no-nonsense, sharp, excellent auto-focus, reliable, compact, small, extremely usable and full-featured – yes, this is the ultra-wide angle for you.” – Arthur R. on the Sony 10-20mm f/4 G PZ

“You throw it on a camera – you can vlog with it, you can do low light work with it…and it just simply performs.” – Arthur R. on the Sony 11mm f/1.8

Moment

“For me, I was always looking for that balance of gear that allowed me to document what I was doing that wasn’t too big or clunky, but also I wanted the highest quality and the best form-factor possibility. So it was kind of a balance between these two things. And well…I think Sony’s actually finally done it.” – Mike Dewey

TheCameraStoreTV

A crop-sensor camera can produce some fantastic image quality, and certainly give you a great experience especially when it comes to content creation and vlogging. Now with these three lenses, they really open up a lot of perspective and a lot of different options for you. If you need a power zoom lens it’s going to be great for that kind of content creation and vlogging where you can remotely move it. Or if you want that brighter aperture of the 11mm or spend a little bit more and get the 15mm lens that’s going to get an even faster aperture and an aperture ring. I’m quite pleased with what I’m seeing out of these lenses.” – Dave Paul

ZY Cheng

“Its internal zoom plus the fact that it’s so short physically means there’s barely any shift in weight distribution as you zoom it in and out. So you can throw this on a gimbal and not worry about any balancing issues if you were to say change focal lengths while this setup is being flown. The electronically driven zoom also means you can operate the zoom remotely without having to touch the setup which itself is a huge convenience in certain use cases.” – ZY Cheng on the Sony 10-20mm f/4 G PZ

“There is also a certain expectation of optical excellence that comes with that G badge. This lens quite expectedly lives up to those expectations. From the center of the frame all the way to the corners, it renders details perfectly sharp even wide open at f/1.4.” 

“For the video shooters though, here’s something you’re going to really appreciate. This lens has practically no focus breathing. You can do a massive focus rack from close focus all the way to the far background and the edges of your frame just stay where they are. Even stopping it all the way down to f/16, you can see, or rather not see, just how little this frame shifts.” – ZY Cheng on the Sony 15mm f/1.4 G

“It has got spectacular image quality and it’s incredibly compact and lightweight. If you own an E-mount APS-C body, it is really difficult to say no to this.” – ZY Cheng on the Sony 11mm f/1.8

B&H Photo Video

“Sony has released three new fantastic wide options for APS-C cameras that are built specifically with hybrid shooting in mind, as they are optimized for vlogging and photo. The compact nature makes them easy to travel with while the G lens emphasizes their optical quality.” – Jake Estes

PhotoRec TV

“Sony has announced three new lenses for APS-C cameras – YES! I’m very impressed with the 11mm, very impressed with the 15mm, I think the 10-20mm will be excellent and I’m looking forward to reviews of that and getting my hands on it at some point.” – Toby Gelston

Dustin Abbott

“I think that this is going to be a very attractive lens for a lot of people. And the fact that Sony has thought about things when it comes to video – from the de-clicking to controlling focus breathing – various things like that means that you’re going to have a lens that is designed maybe for the kind of photography/videography that really defines a lot of modern photographies. So at the end of the day I think this is a lens that is going to be met with a warm welcome from the APS-C community.” – Dustin Abbott on the Sony 15mm f/1.4 G

Park Cameras

“This pairs really well with the ZV-E10 in particular, but as well as the Alpha 6600. It just feels so good on the front of those cameras in terms of weight and size, and it really feels like a perfect companion to the ZV-E10. It’s certain to be a great vlogging lens at 10mm but it’s so versatile with that focal range out to the full frame equivalent to around 30mm.” – Park Cameras on the Sony 10-20mm f/4 G PZ

London Camera Exchange

“I think all Sony crop-sensor users will be pleased to see a fresh lineup of lenses being released. Whether you’re an online content creator, capturing different subjects from your day-to-day travels or vlogging, to a street or landscape style of photography – Sony has appeared to have catered to all levels. With a sharp but standard 11mm prime, the higher quality 15mm G and the 10-20mm power zoom.” – Pete, London Camera Exchange

Three Blind Men And An Elephant Productions

“...but what if you want to go shallower, smaller, sharper? These are all scenarios where this APS-C trio of lenses come into play. Put simply, based on my experience with the 15mm f/1.4, the briefing we received from Sony and follow-up materials, all three of these new Sony lenses should be at or near the top of your shortlist.” – Hugh Brownstone

Magic Wedding Photographer

“Among all of these three lenses, I have to say the 11mm f/1.8 is the one I would go for for vlogging. So the ZV-E10 plus that 11mm f/1.8 – it was a great combo. I really enjoyed shooting it. I actually enjoyed shooting all three but 11mm was my favorite.” – Maciej Suwalowski

Get more details and order the Sony 10-20mm f/4 G PZ HERE.

Get more details and order the Sony 15mm f/1.4 G HERE.

Get more details and order the Sony 11mm f/1.8 HERE.

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