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Sony 14mm f/1.8 G Master Hands-On Review Roundup

The new Sony 14mm f/1.8 G Master offers extraordinary resolution, all in a compact and lightweight package. First impressions of the new lens are rolling out online and reviewers are talking about its corner-to-corner sharpness, advanced autofocus and impressive design. See more of their thoughts in our review roundup below. 

Reviews for the new Sony 14mm f/1.8 G Master are rolling out across the web. See what they’re saying in our review roundup.

ZY Productions

“The first time I was handed the 14mm lens I had to do a double-take because I couldn’t believe it was a possible size for a 14mm f/1.8. But lo and behold, those guys did it. Everything we knew true about ultrawide lenses – being a challenge to design, being big and heavy, being optically compromised at larger apertures. This lens just took all those expectations and bolted down the opposite way.” – ZY Productions

“And it’s not just about form factor. I mentioned how the Sigma 14mm sets a pretty high bar for image quality, and the G Master does indeed top that. A lens like this should be an instant favorite for astrophotography so coma is going to be a particular area of interest. And the G Master formidably exhibits no coma wide open at f/1.8. Comparing the G Master against the Sigma, coma is very noticeable on the latter.” – ZY Productions

Albert Dros

“Sony did it again. They completed their wide angle prime road map (for now?) with this beautiful light weight 14mm f/1.8 prime lens. Honestly, I can’t really think of any other lens I would want for landscape photography right now. With native lenses like the 12-24 GM, 16-35GM, 14GM 1.8, 20G 1.8, 24GM 1.4 and the 35GM there is really nothing missing in my opinion. I have been an ambassador for Sony since the original Sony A7 and I have been nagging them ever since for lenses like this. And now they’re all here. I think the engineers can finally go on their holiday.”

Read the full review here.

B&H Photo Video

“With today’s ever-expanding technological advances, it’s increasingly more difficult to find features that genuinely exceed expectations. But the 14mm f/1.8 G Master’s edge-to-edge handling of distortion is cause for celebration. 14mm. Straight lines. Edge-to-edge. I don’t know how they did it either, but you can kiss the perspective tool goodbye.” – Derek Fahsbender 

“The Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 G Master is a lens that truly opens the door to doing more with an ultra-wide lens. Of course, I flexed the proverbial muscle of this lens in the areas which it was made to shine – and it did. But it's how brightly it shone when pushed in other directions that makes the all-around performance of this lens so remarkable. In fact, I had fun trying to find new, creative ways to take photos this wide. And the fact that this lens is so compact only enhanced the fun." – Derek Fahsbender 

Peta Pixel

"Should you buy it? Yes. Not only is the Sony 14mm f/1.8 GM an optically wonderful lens with excellent sharpness throughout the image and controlled distortion, but it’s also all housed in a package that beats the pants off of its current main competitor in Sigma. The f/1.8 aperture with a wide field of view has obvious benefits to nighttime shooters, but the possibility of a shallower depth of field at an ultra-wide focal length can create compelling photos anytime."

Read the full review here.


“You can see how close I was to my subject, and yet how not distorted the image was. If you look into the lines of the architecture with Joel in the middle, I didn't crop any of those images and you're able to see exactly how straight those lines are. To me, that was astounding. I screamed like a little kid." – Erick Hercules

"This lens goes beyond just architectural photography or even landscape photography. I see this working very well for videographers, dance photographers, and just creative photographers in general – including editorial photographers who don't shoot that wide often. But with this one I think you'll have a lot of fun really exploring the depth of wide angle lens photography without any distortion." – Erick Hercules

DPReview TV

“Looking at the files side-by-side, the Sony is a better astrophotography lens. So if you’re kind of getting into that game and you’re looking at both of these lenses (the Sony 14mm f/1.8 GM & Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art), considering the compactness, the fact that they’re basically the same price and the results here – I think the Sony G Master would be the way to go.” – Chris Niccolls

“I mean we’ve got a G Master lens here which isn’t ridiculously expensive, which seems to be very sharp, very good wide open, has nice bokeh and actually has reduced coma for astrophotography situations. But most importantly, in a very lightweight and compact design. For me, I think that’s the big takeaway.” – Chris Niccolls

Manny Ortiz

“With the Sony you do get very fast and super quiet autofocusing in photo and video. You get all the features and buttons that you would expect out of a G Master, along with the build quality and the weather sealing. So you’ve got it all.” – Manny Ortiz

“There is no doubt in my mind that this lens was made for astro, landscape, cityscape, streetscape, indoor/outdoor architecture – this lens was made for you. Ironically, I want it for video, mainly to do my POV-style educational portrait videos. But let’s look at this – this is a Sony flex...this lens is the same price as the Sigma lens, that one’s way outdated for this system, it’s faster, quiet autofocus, amazing image quality, low distortion. It’s kind of a no-brainer here. Who else is offering a lens on the market like this?” – Manny Ortiz

Matt 'WhoisMatt' Johnson

“If you’re wanting to shoot timelapses or astrophotography, I think this Sony 14mm is the best  ultra wide angle  lens that you can buy today. I have not used its direct competitor, the Sigma 14mm, but if we’re going just on specs alone, especially considering that I’ve been told that the price for the Sony 14mm should be pretty competitive to Sigma’s, I would personally go with the Sony. You’re getting a much smaller build, it’s much more lightweight, and the autofocus performance is stellar. So it’s a pretty easy choice in my book. With that said, if you want a lens with more versatility, I would still go with Sony’s 24mm GM. But if you want to bask in ultra wide low light performance in a very compact and lightweight package this Sony 14mm GM is a great choice.” – Matt Johnson

Gordon Laing

“Ultimately the Sony 14mm f/1.8 GM will greatly appeal to anyone who desires high-quality, ultra-wide coverage from a lens that’s smaller and faster than a typical zoom. And in Sony’s own catalogue, one that’s cheaper too. As such it will greatly appeal for traditional landscape, architecture and astro, as well as low light and video work. I’ve long campaigned for a high-end, bright, ultra-wide prime from Sony and my wishes have finally come true. Not only does the 14mm f/1.8 GM deliver the goods across the board, it’s considerably more portable than it’s only rival, and roughly the same price too. Easy to highly recommend.” – Gordon Laing

The Art Of Photography

“For many photographers or filmmakers who need an ultra wide angle lens, this is going to be an awesome choice.” – Ted Forbes

“...my biggest gripe with this lens is that it’s just so damn good.” – Ted Forbes

Gerald Undone

“When it comes to the primes, there’s really nothing to say. The Sony is smaller, better, faster and the same price.” – Gerald Undone


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