Sony Widens G Master Lineup with 14mm f/1.8 GM Lens04/20/2021
Sony has just announced the fourteenth lens to join its coveted G Master lineup: the ultra-compact, ultra-fast, and ultra-wide 14mm f/1.8 GM Lens. Ideal for capturing landscape, architecture, and astronomical subjects, as well as creative portraits and close-ups, this low-distortion prime delivers the optical quality that has come to characterize Sony’s top tier of lenses while remaining impressively compact and lightweight.
The new lens is Sony’s widest G Master prime to date. Combine its expansive reach with a fast f/1.8 aperture and you have a lens that is perfect for low-light capture—and especially well-suited for wide-field astrophotography. In total, it consists of 14 elements in 11 groups, with special design consideration paid to combatting the types of distortion that can plague ultra-wide-angle lenses. First, there are two XA (extreme aspherical) elements and one aspherical element to minimize aberration and sagittal coma flare, ensuring accurate image capture. Super ED and ED glass are used to suppress chromatic aberration, and Nano AR Coating II takes care of ghosting and flare. Resulting images exhibit very little distortion and maintain corner-to-corner sharpness, reducing time spent in post. Although most will choose this lens for capturing distant subjects, it can focus as close as 9.8" for creative close-up applications. Two XD linear motors ensure quick and quiet focusing for stills and video.
G Master veterans will be surprised by how small and light this lens is. Its design becomes even more impressive when compared to Sigma’s 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens, which weighs a whopping 2.6 lb, more than double that of Sony’s lens, which comes in at just a hair over 1 lb. Similarly, its 3.3 x 3.9" dimensions make this a lens that is equally easy to carry on-camera or in a bag. Such a compact and lightweight design makes this lens easily adaptable for gimbal or tripod usage for achieving steady footage. Many of the tactile controls of past G Master lenses are also incorporated into this one, including a customizable focus hold button, a de-click switch for the aperture, and a manual/autofocus switch.
A built-in lens hood serves the dual purpose of blocking flare and protecting the bulbous front of the lens from accidental damage. A protective lens cap that goes over the hood is included for when the lens is not in use. Since the shape of the lens is not suited to front filters, a rear filter holder is included and a template provided for cutting custom filters. Like previous G Master lenses, the 14mm f/1.8 is dust and moisture resistant, which makes sense because this is a lens that begs to be taken outdoors. Although you cannot rely on a front filter for protection, a fluorine coating has been applied to repel dust, dirt, and liquids from its surface.
Are you excited about Sony’s latest G Master lens? Share your thoughts in the Comments section, below!
Just like the 12-24 GM, another stellar lens that is almost useless for landscape photography because of its inability to accept standard filters.
Watch the video, it has a rear filter mount...
If they start putting that same rear mount on all their new lenses that's an advantage IMHO as one filter mount regardless of front thread diameter (and filter size saving in bag).. Though obviously grad ND won't work well but in the FF digital age that is one type of filter I stopped using..
So you don't see an issue with removing the lens in the field to swap custom-cut ND filters as the light dictates? And btw, I don't use grads either but as a seascape photographer, I need to control the light to maintain my preferred shutter speed and aperture.
Useless since requires cutting plastic filters of inferior optical quality among other issues. Very disappointed with the 12-24 mm f 2.8 for same reason. Why can't sony design these lenses with a rear slot filter holder as for the 400 and 600 MM lenses? I am sure they could figure out and optical formula to achieve it. And third party front filter kits very cumbersome to use.
Steve, sounds like you should stick to 16mm on the wide end then.
Personally I don't find 'bulbous' (wider than 16mm) lenses anywhere close to "useless" for landscape photography. But I also don't mind using the freakishly large and expensive 150mm filter adapters.
The EXIF data displayed with the images indicate a focal length of 18mm. Any idea why?
The video has been updated and the issue has been resolved. Once in a while, a typographical error may slip past our video team. Thank you for watching and writing in, Garland C.!
Thanks for a great tour of the new lens. Why did the captions on the photos in the video show a focal length of 18mm?
We're glad you enjoyed a positive experience of our review, Dave F. The video has been updated and the issue has been resolved. Every so often, a typographical error may slip past our video team. Thanks for your comments.