Sony E 11mm f/1.8 - Review Test report
Lens Reviews - Sony Alpha/NEX (APS-C)

Review by Klaus Schroiff, published August 2022


At the time Sony announced their set (11mm f/1.8, 15mm f/1.4G, 10-20mm f/4G) of new ultrawide APS-C lenses back in June (2022), it caused quite a stir in the Sony community. Given the fact that all the rage was about full-format gear in recent years, such a visible commitment to the format was certainly a relief. In this review, we'll have a look at the lens that is probably the most interesting of the bunch - the Sony E 11mm f/1.8. Unlike its two cousins, it is both wide AND fast, and, surprisingly, it is also the most affordable at "just" $550 USD (600EUR) - that's quite a bargain for such a lens ... assuming that it can deliver.

The first thing that you notice when picking up the lens is its almost feather-like weight of just 181g. While it is no pancake lens, it is also tiny despite the high speed. However, this doesn't compromise the build quality. The lens body is made of good quality plastics based on a metal mount, and it is sealed against dust and moisture. The physical length remains constant throughout the focus range thanks to an inner focusing system The focus ring operates smoothly. Sony even implemented a focus-hold button alongside the usual AF-MF switch. A petal-shaped hood is part of the package.

The lens uses two linear motors for auto-focusing. It's both fast and silent. Manual focusing works, of course, by wire, but it's still very precise. Focus breathing has also been reduced to a minimum.

Equivalent focal length (full-format)"17mm"
Equivalent aperture (depth-of-field, full-format)"f/2.8"
Optical construction12 elements in 11 groups inc. 3x ED, 3x Aspherical elements
Number of aperture blades7
min. focus distance0.12m (max. magnification 1:5)
Filter size55mm
Hoodpetal-shaped (bayonet mount, supplied)
Other features-