Guide to Ultra Wideangle lenses for the Sony A7 Series

We summarize our experience with all the native E-mount and a few (manual) legacy lenses in the 9-20mm bracket to give you a compact and independent resource for choosing the right super- to ultra-wide-angle lens for your Sony A7 cameras. In this summary we also included some adapted lenses we think are worth mentioning.

We also have a general guide to FE lenses, guide to 21-35mm lenses as well as a guide to 35mm lenses, 50mm lenses and portrait lenses.

We have no association with any lens manufacturer apart from occasionally loaning a lens for a review. Before any short introduction we tell you how long we have used a lens and if we have borrowed it from a manufacturer. But in most cases we have bought the lenses new from retail stores or on on the used market. 

If we have left any question unanswered please leave a comment and we will do our best to answer it.

Last update: December 2021

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Status: Sample loaned by the manufacturer reviewed by Bastian who replaced his Voigtlander 10mm 5.6 with this lens

  • super compact and the widest rectilinear lens available
  • contrast and resolution are surprisingly good from wide open
  • flare resistance slightly worse than the wide Voigtlander primes, very nice sunstars thanks to 5 straight aperture blades
  • complex distortion and high vignetting (profile for LR available)
  • Widest rectilinear lens available in a very compact package and with surprisingly good image quality

373g + adapter | $799 | full Review | aperture series | sample images

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laowa 9mm 5.6 ultra wide w-dreamer uwa hyper wide heliar 10mm distortion zero-d
Leica M10 | Laowa 9mm 5.6 | f/5.6

Status: Sample loaned by the manufacturer reviewed by Bastian

  • super compact (similar in size to Zeiss Loxia 21mm 2.8) and even slightly wider than the 10mm Voigtlander
  • contrast and resolution are never great, needs stopping down to f/8 to f/11 for okay corner sharpness
  • flare resistance worse than the wide Voigtlander primes, very nice sunstars thanks to 5 straight aperture blades
  • complex distortion and high vignetting, hard to correct because of missing electronic contacs
  • Widest rectilinear (zoom) lens available in a very compact package, but takes some work in post for good results

499g | $849 | full Review | aperture series | sample images

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laowa 10-18mm zoom c-dreamer 4.5-5.6 ultra wide 42mp a7 a7rII a7rIII review sharpness


Status: Sample loaned by the manufacturer reviewed by Bastian, who bought a new copy from retail aferwards. He sold that copy in anticipation of Laowa 10-18mm, that unfortunately fall behind expectations, so he bought a second used copy. Sold that second copy after release of the much better Laowa 9mm 5.6. Used by David for a while, then sold.

voigtlander_10mm_5.6

  • At f/5.6 most of the frame is pretty sharp, only the extreme corners are somewhat soft. Contrast is always high.
  • You have to use f/11 for best across frame sharpness, the corners never reach very good values.
  • Almost no distortion, quite good flare resistance, beautiful 10-stroke sunstars.
  • Small and lightweight.
  • Second widest rectilinear lens there is in a small package. Downsides are huge vignetting throughout the aperture range and maximum aperture of only f/5.6.

375g | $1300 | full Review | aperture series | sample images

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voigtlander hyper wide heliar 10mm 5.6 stuttgart sony e a7 distortion stuttgart mercedes benz museum


Status: Sample loaned by the manufacturer reviewed by Bastian

  • Overall optical performance is similar to the Voigtlander 12mm 5.6 at shared apertures and slightly better than Voigtlander 10mm 5.6
  • No electronic contacts, so no Exif data
  • Nice, well defined sunstars
  • Small and lightweight,
  • Features a standard 62mm filter thread but the non removable hood spoils the filter holder party
  • Interesting and cheaper alternative to the 10mm 5.6 and 12mm 5.6 Voigtlander lenses, but optically not as good as the 9mm 5.6

254g | $699 | full Review | aperture series | sample images

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laowa 11mm 4.5 zero-d distortion zero ultra wide w-dreamer uwa hyper wide heliar 10mm distortion zero-d
Sony A7III | Laowa 11mm 4.5 | f/8.0

Status: Prototype loaned by manufacturer reviewed by Bastian

Caution: what is written below might only be true for the prototype and I experienced bad corner performance with some adapters.

  • At f/2.8 center as well as midframe region is very sharp, corners suffer a bit from field curvature. Coma performance wide open not bad, a little worse than Samyang 14mm.
  • From f/8 onwards across frame sharpness was very good on the A7rII.
  • Almost no distortion, ok flare resistance, ok vignetting.
  • Average size and weight, decently priced.
  • An UWA lens almost without real flaws. Can be combined with the Magic Shift Converter to create a 17mm 4.0 Shift lens

640g + adapter | $949 | full Review | aperture series | sample images

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sony a7 a7rii a7rm2 laowa venus optics zero distortion wide angle 12mm 2.8 fast coma bokeh mercedes museum stuttgart


Status: not reviewed by anyone in the team but some reliable information is available

  • First reports attest it exceptional quality across the zoom range
  • Flare resistance seems to have been improved over the Sony FE 12-24mm 4.0 G
  • 12mm, a maximum aperture of f/2.8 and good coma correction makes it a great choice for astrophotography, too
  • It seems to be hard to find a flaw with this lens, except for its price and that it needs 150mm square filters

847g | $2998 cameralabs review 

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Status: not reviewed by anyone in the team but reliable information is available

  • Excellent sharpness in the center from wide open at any focal length.
  • Class leading across the frame sharpness by f/5.6. It is sharper than the Voigtlander primes and close to the Batis 18 and Loxia 21 in this regard.
  • Strong distortion at the wide end which is still significant at the longer end.
  • Vignetting at 12 mm is strong and doesn’t go away. At longer focal lengths vignetting is still significant.
  • Flare can be an issue in demanding scenarios, the only real weakness of this lens.
  • You can’t use normal filters with it.
  • Average size with good build quality.
  • An exceptional lens. This is one of the rare cases where a zoom outperforms many primes. If you can live with the lack of a filter thread and accept a little worse flare resistance then it is a very attractive lens.

565g | $1698 | MTF | photozone review | compared to other lenses

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Status: bought and sold by Jannik

  • At f/5.6 most of the frame is pretty sharp, only the extreme corners are never as sharp as the center. Contrast is always quite high.
  • You have to use f/8 for best sharpness across most of the frame, the extreme corners still gain a little contrast at f/11
  • Almost no distortion, quite good flare resistance, beautiful 10-stroke sunstars, heavy vignetting
  • Small and lightweight, decently priced.
  • No significant sample variation reported (In contrast to the 4.5/15)
  • Much better performance on Sony E-Mount cameras than the M-Mount version II
  • Not as fast as the 15mm, not as wide as the 10mm and maybe therefore it has already been discontinued

283g | $899 | review | aperture series | sample images

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Status: Bought by David, still in use.

  • Surprisingly compact considering its specifications
  • Great choice for landscape astrophotography, especially to take pictures of the northern lights
  • The lens does not feature a normal filter thread
  • Sample variation can be an issue with this lens, better buy from trusted sellers with return option and check if it is decentered within the return period

460g | $1598 | Review at Lenstip

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Status: Bought and sold by Bastian, replaced with Laowa 15mm 2.0, bought and sold by Jannik, David had a good copy which he sold when switching to Sony, and tried to get another one but gave up after three tries.

Jannik: Despite of it’s ridiculous distortion, this lens performs very good (especially for astrophotography) when you find a good copy. Something in this lens dissolves over time, therefore the performance has to be checked continously.

  • Already at f/2.8 the sharpness across frame near infinity can be very good but mind a little field curvature. The contrast improves when stopping down to f/4.0. Coma correction wide open is also very good which makes this a great lens for astrophotography.
  • Tremendous wavy distortion, I have yet to come across a profile which corrects this perfectly (PTLens won’t, all Lightroom profiles I tested – or created myself – won’t either). Huge vignetting wide open, rather bad flare resistance, 6 bladed aperture.
  • Ok size and weight, decently priced.
  • My biggest concern with this lens is the questionable build quality and the quality assurance problems. Out of 6 lenses I mounted on my camera 4 were badly decentered (of which 3 were new from different dealers). Focus scale is often totally misaligned. Front group is often a bit wobbly.
  • Good lens for landscape and especially astrophotography in case you find a good sample.

570g (E-mount version) | $300 | Review | sample images

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samyang 14mm 2.8 walimex rokinon falcon


Status: bought by Jannik, still in use

  • Already at f/2.8 the sharpness across frame is very good at all focal lengths
  • Very low coma at 14mm, still low coma at 24mm
  • High vignetting at 14mm and f/2.8 (~ 2.8 EV), still comparable to most of the competition
  • Very good flare resistance for an ultra wide angle zoom with bulbous front element
  • If the GM 12-24mm 2.8 is too expensive or you simply don’t need the 12mm angle of view this is a really great alternative and you won’t feel like giving anything up in terms of optical qualities

795g | $1399 | lenstip review

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Status: bought by Bastian to replace Samyang 14mm 2.8, sold because not fun to use on A7 cameras because of size and weight

  • Already at f/2.8 the sharpness across frame is very good at the wide end. At 24mm not nearly as good compared to 14mm, needs to be stopped down to f/8.0 for best performance here.
  • One of the best performing ultra wide angle lenses for astrophotography, low coma and very low vignetting in comparison to the competition (less than 2 EV at 14mm and 2.8).
  • Quite a bit wavy distortion you want to correct for architectural shots, mediocre to bad flare resistance (watch out for the sun outside the frame), 9 bladed aperture.
  • Very big and very heavy, decently priced on the used market.
  • Handling isn’t the greatest on the A7 cameras: you have to get an adapter to change the aperture and there is a slight slack in the focusing ring when changing the direction of rotation but size and weight are definetly the/my main concerns here.
  • Not recommended to Sony users anymore due to existence of aforementioned Sigma Art 14-24mm 2.8 DG DN lens

1000g + adapter | ~$1300 (used) | photozone.de reviewsample images

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nikon af-s 14-24mm 2.8g antelope canyon


Status: Sample loaned by the manufacturer reviewed by David

  • Very compact and reasonably priced ultra wide angle lens
  • Decent sharpness but some issues with flare resistance
  • High vignetting at all apertures
  • Nice, well defined sunstars
  • No electronic contacts, so no Exif data
  • Features a standard 52mm filter thread but the non removable hood spoils the filter holder party
  • We had some issues with sample variation, a good copy may perform better than the one we reviewed

228g | $549 | full Review

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Status: Sample loaned by the manufacturer reviewed by Bastian, who bought one for himself after that. Still often in use for astrophotography.

  • Already sharp across frame at f/2.0 without relevant field curvature.
  • From f/4 onwards really great across frame sharpness on the A7rII.
  • Almost no distortion, ok to good flare resistance, ok vignetting, great minimum focus distance. Coma performance not as good as Samyang 14mm 2.8 but a stop faster ans usable at f/2.0.
  • Rather small for what it is, the all metal construction adds some weight, decently priced.
  • Great allround UWA lens for astrophotography, architecture and dramatic close up shots.

520g | $849 | full Review | aperture series | sample images

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laowa 15mm 2.0 fe venus optics review coma astro astrophotography milkyway milky way
Sony A7s | Laowa 15mm 2.0 Zero-D | f/2.0

Status: sample loaned by manufacturer reviewed by Bastian.

  • Good across frame sharpness and contrast
  • No electronic contacts, so no Exif data
  • Good minimum focus distance of only 0.2 m
  • Nice, well defined sunstars
  • Slightly wavy distortion
  • Vignetting is comparably low at the maximum aperture but average stopped down
  • Well balanced ultra wide angle lens with a normal filter thread, compared so some competitors a bit heavy though

470g | $579 | full Review | aperture series | sample images

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nisi 15mm 4.0 asph uwa review sharpness coma vignetting 42mp 61mp sony a7riv a7r2 a7r3
Sony A7RII | NiSi 15mm 4.0 | f/5.6

Status: sample loaned by manufacturer reviewed by Bastian. Bought by Juriaan, still in use.

voigtlander 15mm 4.5

  • Already at f/4.5 the center as well as midframe region is looking very good. Corners are ok, coma correction is pretty decent.
  • You have to use f/11 for the corners to look best.
  • Almost no distortion, decent flare resistance, very nice 10-stroke sunstars, but very high vignetting even stopped down.
  • Very small and lightweight, decently priced.
  • In case f/4.5 is fast enough and you can get by with the high vignetting very nicely balanced lens for the A7 cameras.

298g | $800 | full Review | aperture series | sample images

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sony a7s milaneo voigtlander 15mm 4.5 e super wide heliar milaneo blue hour


Status: sample loaned by manufacturer reviewed by Bastian

  • surprisingly good corners, even shifted, but some midzone dip, best across frame performance between f/8.0 and f/11
  • very little distortion, okay flare resistance, very nice sunstars
  • 250g lighter than the Canon TS-E 17mm 4.0L and a bit smaller, but doesn’t tilt
  • Widest tilt/shift lens available and a great choice for architecture photography in tight places

595g (EF Version) | $1199 | full Review | aperture series 

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laowa 15mm 4. 5 shift tilt ts-e pc-e comparison review venus optics wide angle ultra wide angle sharpness uwa resolution contrast 42mp 61mp a7riv a7rii a7riii
Sony A7rII | Laowa 15mm 4.5 Shift | f/11 | shifted up

Status: Not reviewed by anyone in the team but reliable information is available.

  • Excellent sharpness in the center from wide open at any focal length.
  • Very good across the frame sharpness across most of the zoom range, slightly less so at 35 mm.
  • Pronounced distortion at the ends, average vignetting.
  • Flare is well controlled.
  • Weakly defined 22-pointed sunstars
  • It takes expensive 82 mm filters.
  • Above average size with very good build quality.
  • Pretty strong copy to copy variation at 35 mm.
  • An exceptional lens. It outperforms the already very good 4/16-35 while only weighting 165g more. The only downside is the very significant price tag.

680g | $2198 | MTF | TDP review | vs FE 4/16-35

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Status: Phillip reviewed a loaner from Sony and bought his own copy more than a year ago. He uses it regularly. Bought and sold by Jannik. Bought and sold by David after quite a lot of use.

Jannik: You can’t go wrong with this lens , especially at the wide end. Performs is best at 20mm, but is also very good at 16mm. Keep the field curvature in mind and focus carefully.

  • At f/4 the center is excellent across the zoom range, for best corners I would stop down at least to f/5.6, better f/8 where they are quite good.
  • Pronounced distortion at the ends, average vignetting and annoying ghosting for some scenes but fine most of the time.
  • This is neither a light nor a small lens but it isn’t huge either. Build quality is good.
  • A very versatile lens: It covers a very wide focal range with good optical quality and thanks to the stabilizer even on the A7 one can shoot before sunrise without a tripod. The price is significant but justified.

518g | $1348 | full review |  sample images

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Status: sample loaned by manufacturer reviewed by Bastian and Jannik

  • Very good image quality at 17mm slightly worse at 28mm (coma and sharpness)
  • Nice minimum focus distance, especially at the wide end
  • Flare is well controlled
  • High distortion and slight color cast in the corners at the wide end
  • Average vignetting, CA correction and bokeh
  • Takes standard 67 mm filters
  • Very compact for what it is, okay build quality
  • The lightest ultra wide angle zoom for Sony-E despite being an f/2.8 lens
  • A very good choice if you don’t mind the restricted zoom range and need an f/2.8 lens

420g | $899 | Review | Sample Images

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Status: used by Bastian in the past on Nikon DSLRs.

tokina 17mm rmc sl

  • At f/3.5 the center is quite good, midframe and corners are ok, also quite contrasty.
  • You need to stop down to f/11 to f/16 for ok to good corners
  • Wavy distortion (you can find a LR profile created by myself for correction here), as typical for Tokina disastrous flare resistance and 6-bladed aperture
  • Very small, lightweight and quite cheap.
  • This is one of the few legacy UWA that does not cost a fortune and at the same time doesn’t totally suck. Across frame sharpness stopped down is definitely usable and a standard 67mm filter thread is very nice to have on a lens this wide, but watch out for flares.
  • The lens is rather rare and comes in different mounts (Nikon-F, Canon FD, a few more), don’t fall for the newer AT-X AF version which is optically worse.
  • The Samyang 18mm 2.8 AF will be the better choice for most people on a budget these days

305g + adapter | ~$170 | sample image

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tokina 17mm sl rmc 3.5


Status: used by Jannik for a short time in the past

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  • At f/4 the center is quite good but…
  • … I’d recommend to stop down to f/11 for usable sharpness across the frame albeit it never gets tack sharp
  • Very low distortion (the biggest quality of this lens, especially in the film era), bad flare resistance and 6-bladed aperture
  • Medium size, not too heavy but a tad more expensive than the Tokina 3.5/17 due to the collector’s value
  • UWA lenses developed very fast during the last decades. The age of these 17mm legacy lenses shows clearly when they are compared to modern options. Nevertheless, they are pretty usable if you give the files some love in postprocessing (removal of CA’s and sharpening).
  • The Samyang 18mm 2.8 AF will be the better choice for most people on a budget these days

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Status: bought, reviwed and sold by Bastian. Used by David since sold.

  • center and midframe are always good, corners and especially shifted corners need f/8 to f/11
  • very little distortion, okay flare resistance, nice sunstars stopped down thanks to 8 aperture blades
  • Quite big but very lightweight and also very expensive
  • The Laowa 15mm 4.5 Shift is a slightly better performer – at least on Sony cameras – so if you don’t need Tilt also have a look at that one

830g + adapter | $1500 (used) | full Review | aperture series | sample images

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Status: sample loaned by manufacturer reviewed by Bastian. Owned and sold by David as it has been replaced by Sony FE 14mm 1.8 GM.

zeiss batis 18mm 2.8

  • At f/2.8 good to very good across frame performance even in the extreme corners. Coma correction pretty good as well (a tiny bit worse in comparison to the 21mm Loxia but visibly less vignetting).
  • f/4.0: corners are now very good too, so stopping down further will only increase depth of field.
  • Wavy distortion you want to correct for architecture shots, ok to good flare resistance, 9 rounded aperture blades.
  • Quite big but very lightweight and also very expensive.
  • High performance modern wideangle lens which is also very good for astrophotography but comes at a price.

330g | $1500 | full Review | aperture series | sample images

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carl zeiss batis 18mm 2.8 sony a7s astro astrophotography astroscape coma milkyway milky way star stars


Status: our review sample was severely decentered but reliable information is available

  • Good center performance, never great in the corners
  • Very high vignetting, even stopped down
  • Very compact and also lightweight
  • As always with Samyang lenses, make sure you did not get a decentered copy (like we did here) within the return period
  • Lightest and cheapest ultra wide AF prime, recommended to those that don’t need maximum image quality  

145g | $299 | opticallimits review 

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Status: bought by Bastian and used for some time on Nikon DSLRs until 20mm 1.8G hit the shelves.

  • Pretty good resolution already wide open, best at it’s short end.
  • Peak performance is around f/8.0 for all focal lenghts, vignetting is quite good from f/5.6 onwards (less than 1 EV).
  • Quite a bit non wavy barrel distortion at the wide end, much less barrel distortion at the 35mm end.
  • Very lightweight and therefore well balanced on A7 cameras.
  • Due to being an AF-S G lens the handling isn’t the greatest on the A7 cameras: you have to get an adapter to change the aperture and there is a slight slack in the focusing ring when changing the direction of rotation.
  • The main reason I included this lens here: the flare resistance at the wide end is just stellar. At 18mm it is almost impossible to catch flares or ghosts and it even takes 77mm screw-in or 100mm square filters and is also comparably cheap.
  • Don’t lay your hands on the older AF-D version, it is not even nearly as good!

385g | $650 | photozone.de review | lenstip.com review

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stuttgart weinberg rotenberg kapelle nikon af-s 18-35mm 3.5-4.5


Status: not reviewed by anyone in the team but some reliable information is available

  • Good from f/1.8, great across the whole frame stopped down to f/5.6
  • Good coma correction
  • Nice bokeh for a wide angle lens
  • Very good CA correction
  • Very compact and also lightweight
  • GM-like build (declickable aperture ring, focus hold button, AF/MF switch)
  • A great wide angle choice for a wide range of applications

373g | $898 | cameralabs review

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Status: bought (on release day 🙂 ) and reviewed by Bastian, ended up selling it to fund smaller Loxia 21mm 2.8 with even better sunstars.

As this lens incorporates a floating elements design the adapter can have a huge influence on the corner performance.

nikon 20mm 1.8g metabones

  • At f/1.8 the whole frame can be pretty sharp with the right adapter. A little coma in the corners. Bokeh isn’t too bad either. No visible field curvature. Pretty strong vignetting.
  • Peak performance is around f/4.0, vignetting is much less pronounced. You can stop down for more depth of field or nicer sunstars.
  • A little wavy distortion, quite good flare resistance, great minimum focus distance.
  • With adapter about the same length as Batis 18mm but a little thinner and a bit heavier.
  • Due to being an AF-S G lens the handling isn’t the greatest on the A7 cameras: you have to get an adapter to change the aperture and there is a slight slack in the focusing ring when changing the direction of rotation. If you can get by with this great value for the money.
  • Not recommended to Sony users anymore due to existence of aforementioned Sony 20mm 1.8 G lens

355g | $800 | full Review | aperture series | sample images

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Status: not reviewed by anyone in the team but reliable information is available

  • Decent sharpness at f/1.8, much better from f/2.8
  • High coma, so not a good choice for astrophotography at wider apertures
  • Nice bokeh for a wide angle lens
  • High vignetting, mediocre flare resistance
  • Too heavy and not so great optics, therefore hard to recommend

775g | $399 | lenstip Review

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Status: Bought and reviewed by Phillip but returned after 30 days.

  • Excellent center and good across the frame sharpness from f/2
  • Generally excellent sharpness stopped down but I noticed a midframe drop and some field curvature on my copy.
  • A moderate degree of mustache distortion.
  • 18-pointed sunstars with pretty average definition from f/11.
  • Below average flare resistance. For me this is the achilles heel of this lens.
  • Medium size and weight. Very good price/performance ratio.
  • A very sharp lens for a very attractive price. A great choice for astro but for landscape photography I found the weak flare resistance a serious issue and quality control seems to have some issues too.
  • There is now also an AF version of this lens available which is a little lighter but shares the same optics.

490g | $699 | full review | aperture series | sample images

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Status: not reviewed by anyone in the team but reliable information is available

  • Very good sharpness at infinity, but distortion is so high that correction will steal away some resolution in the corners
  • Very good flare resistance
  • Slow autofocus and bad manual focus implementation
  • Lightweight but not exactly small
  • Maximum magnification of 1:2, but at these distances only good image quality close to the center of the frame
  • A lens that can give good results but is not very pleasant to use, maybe consider having a closer look at the Tamron 2.8/17-28

221g | $299 | cameralabs review

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Status: Used a lot by Phillip then sold to fund the FE 4/16-35. Owned and sold by Jannik.

Jannik: A cheap and capable wide angle option. Contrast, flare resistance and wide open performance are not up to modern standards but at typical landscape settings, this lens delivers.
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  • At f/2.8 the center of the image is sharp but quite strong vignetting, busy bokeh, strong coma and soft corners limit the usefulness of this aperture.
  • From f/5.6 it is good across the frame, very good at f/8 and for the very good corner performance you should stop down to f/11
  • Some mustache distortion and average to bad flare resistance.
  • Medium size and weight. Good price/performance ratio.
  • All in all a capable landscape lens with some limitations for a decent price.
  • These days the aforementioned Tamron 20mm 2.8 will be a better choice for most

305g + adapter | $160 | full review | aperture series | sample images

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All of us have used many lenses and we all have bought and sold some of them for whatever reason. Nevertheless there are a few lenses that simply stick, so we decided to let each of us pick one of the aforementioned lenses and tell you why we like it and/or keep using it.

Bastian’s Choice: Laowa 9mm 5.6

laowa 9mm 5.6 ultra wide w-dreamer uwa hyper wide heliar 10mm distortion zero-d
Sony A7III | Laowa 9mm 5.6 | f/5.6

I have been using the Voigtlander 10mm 5.6 and reviewed the Laowa 10-18mm 4.5-5.6, but both lenses had one flaw too much and I wasn’t really happy with them.
Luckily the Laowa 9mm 5.6 now offers the combination of image quality and size that I was looking for.

Phillip’s Choice: Sony FE 4/16-35 ZA OSS

I always say that I am not much of a super-wideangle user and the only lens below 21mm I currently own is the FE 4/16-35 but when I have it attached to the camera it actually happens quite often that I end up using it at it’s wide end.

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Jannik’s Choice: Sigma Art 14-24mm 2.8 DG DN

The Sigma 2.8/14-24 replaced my former favorite, the Sony FE 1.4/24 GM. The Sigma was on par with the Sony at shared apertures and pulled even off a bit in the extreme corners stopped down. My main subject also changed from portrait photography to nature photography again so that I decided to go for the flexibility instead of the speed.  I didn’t own a UWA lens for a long time because I simply didn’t like the most of the available options and the options that I liked were too expensive. The Sigma filled a gap for me with its fair pricing, very good image quality and versatility. It’s much smaller than its DSLR counterparts and I almost always have it in my backpack. Keep in mind its field curvature to squeeze the most out of it.

David’s Choice: Sony FE 14mm 1.8 GM

David replaced his Batis 18mm 2.8 with the Sony FE 14mm 1.8 GM. Because this 14mm lens is so good he doesn’t mind cropping a bit so could sell his Batis 18mm 2.8.

Juriaan’s Choice: Voigtlander 15mm 4.5 SWH E

For its compact size my favorite is the Voigtlander 15mm 4.5 SWH E. It still finds it’s way into my bag regularly, and during long hikes in the mountains it often is the only lens I carry.
The Voigtlander is sharp enough and with great sunstars and therefore I like it for city scapes and architecture as well.

Sony a7S | Voigtländer 4.5/15 | f/11

Yes, we didn’t include a bunch of interesting lenses. There are a few reasons for that:

  1. We have reviewed many lenses but there are far more lenses we haven’t reviewed yet and we prefer to know what we are talking about. So with time the list will grow, but have some patience with us 🙂
  2. We did not want to mix up rectilinear and fisheye lenses (we might do another article covering only fisheye lenses).

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Thanks! Jannik, Bastian, David, Juriaan and Phillip

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The team, that are four gearheads: Bastian, Jannik and Phillip from Germany as well as David from Australia. All like to use manual lenses and have a passion for the outdoors. None the less they are specialized in different areas so they can provide you with a wider perspective.

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