The Sony FE 14mm f1.Eight G Grasp is an ultra-wide angle prime lens for the full-frame e-mount mirrorless system. Introduced in April 2021, and costing between 1600 and $1800, it’s not solely Sony’s widest prime lens for the system to this point, however one among solely two 14mm lenses in existence with a shiny f1.Eight aperture.
Sigma was really first to supply a 14mm f1.Eight lens an entire two years earlier than Sony, or anybody else for that matter. Their 14 1.Eight DG Artwork was a very distinctive lens, comfortably brighter than Canon and Nikon’s current 14 2.Eight primes, to not point out cheaper and using a significantly newer design in addition. However whereas the Sigma lens is on the market in an e-mount model, it’s an tailored DSLR design, whereas the brand new Sony is a local mirrorless lens, permitting it to be smaller and far lighter – in reality lower than half the load. Within the video under I’ll present you every little thing you might want to know together with full outcomes for pictures and films, however in the event you want a written model of the highlights, hold scrolling!
Above: The Sony FE 14mm f1.Eight GM is comfortably smaller and lighter than the Sigma, measuring 83x100mm and weighing simply 460g.
Above: As compared the EF model of Sigma’s 14 1.Eight is 12mm wider, 26mm longer and over double the load, whereas the e-mount model with the built-in adapter is even longer and heavier nonetheless. Sony’s personal 35 1.four GM is a tad smaller than the 14 1.Eight GM, however a bit heavier. The closest match in weight is the Sony 24 1.four GM, itself an unusually gentle lens for its degree of efficiency.
Above: The sunshine weight of the brand new Sony makes it a way more sensible possibility than the front-heavy Sigma for balancing on modest gimbals, to not point out drones or star trackers.
Above: When it comes to controls, the Sony 14 1.Eight has an aperture ring operating from f1.Eight to f16 with an A place for physique management. Like most up-to-date Sony lenses, the aperture ring will be de-clicked utilizing a swap on the barrel for easy and silent changes in video. In the meantime there’s a really easy guide focusing ring, motor-assisted as normal, however very simple to regulate particularly with peaking and magnified help; there’s additionally a customisable focus maintain button.
Above: Like most extremely extensive lenses, the 14 1.Eight employs a built-in petal lens hood with a chunky lens cap that slides on and stays in place utilizing friction.
Above: Like different lenses with a bulbous entrance ingredient and built-in hood, there’s no likelihood to immediately mount filters on the entrance, however you may match them to the rear of the lens and Sony provides a template so that you can lower out your personal. Like different G grasp lenses, the 14 1.Eight is mud and moisture resistant.
Above: Focusing is courtesy of two XD linear motors which permit the lens to refocus shortly, easily and quietly, excellent whether or not you’re capturing excessive motion or filming video. Like most Sony lenses, some focus respiration is definitely seen, albeit not the worst offender within the system. As you focus from infinity to the closest distance and again once more on the Alpha 1, the place respiration causes a magnification of the picture as you focus nearer.
Above: Okay, now it’s time for a distant panorama scene shot with the Alpha 1 angled in order that particulars run into the far corners.
Above: Taking a better look within the center unsurprisingly reveals high quality particulars proper out of the gate at f1.Eight with no actual sharpness profit to closing the aperture additional.
Above: Transfer out to the intense corners and also you’ll see the lens maintains a excessive diploma of element with solely minimal softening when the aperture is wide-open at f1.8. If you might want to shoot wide-open, you’d be fairly proud of the outcomes, however in the event you can shut the aperture somewhat, you’ll get pleasure from a lift in nook sharpness and distinction, with the lens wanting glorious by f4.
Above: Vivid aperture extensive lenses are a well-liked alternative of astro photographers, so I stayed up well past my bedtime to seize the horribly light-polluted skies close to to Brighton. This can be a 4 second publicity on the Alpha 1 at 3200 ISO with the lens wide-open at f1.Eight and I’ve adjusted the RAW file in an try to maximise the celebrities. Zooming into the center of the body exhibits there are certainly some stars on this sky they usually’re wanting good and sharp, whereas as I transfer into the far corners you’ll see the lens maintains their form as tiny dots, avoiding the aberrations of lesser lenses.
Above: Right here’s one other astro shot I took from the identical location and whereas I’d like to have captured the Milky Method underneath actually darkish skies, these photos do at the least affirm the lens’s potential to document well-behaved star photos throughout the body. I’ve little question the Sony 14 1.Eight will change into a traditional for astro-photographers and till rivals can produce something comparable for his or her native mounts, it’s a cause to decide on the e-mount system.
Above: That shiny f1.Eight focal ratio isn’t simply helpful for night time or low-light images both, because it’s doable to attain some blurring results within the background, particularly from the closest focusing distance of 25cm. You’re wanting on the 14 1.Eight centered as shut as doable to the decoration and dealing by means of its aperture vary from f1.Eight to f16 and on the wider-end there was even some bokeh blob motion.
Above: Let’s take a better have a look at the rendering of these blobs the place you’ll see they’re principally rounded even at f1.Eight and out in direction of the corners. On the excessive they tackle a barely squashed form, however it’s hardly the rugby or american soccer ball of longer shiny aperture lenses. In the meantime because the aperture is closed they keep a rounded form with minimal impression from the diaphragm system, and also you’ll additionally discover an absence of outlining and solely the slightest textures inside.
Above: The UK’s usually hazy skies conspired towards reaching the crisp solar stars of extra beneficial climates, however right here’s the lens none-the-less closed to its smallest aperture of f16. I sit up for attempting it in crisper skies or for metropolis night time images.
Above: Extremely extensive angles aren’t your best option for portraits except the topic is distant to keep away from distortion or intentionally shut for particular impact. Right here I’m means too near the lens for a flattering end result.
Above: However in the event you can stand taking a better look, you’ll see the lens is sharp on my eyes and renders a nice-looking background behind me at f1.8.
Above: It’s nonetheless a terrific focal size for the vloggers on the market who need to seize a really extensive subject of view to indicate their environment, and there’s additionally loads of latitude for cropping to offer extra digital stabilisation.
Above: Video is essential software for the 14 1.8, particularly now it may be balanced so simply on a gimbal, so I despatched Ben out on his skateboard to strive it out on the Alpha 1 along with his Zhiyun Crane V2. You’ll be able to see his compilation in my important evaluate video on the high of the web page.