What ultra-wide angle prime lens entices you the most? Here are the eight Best Ultra-Wide Angle Prime Lenses for Sony a7C to consider.
Landscape photographers do not necessarily favor prime lenses. This is primarily due to the adaptability that zoom lenses provide, particularly in shooting situations where moving closer isn’t a possibility. There are, however, prime lenses that make the cut as alternatives to zoom lenses or as supplementary options for when their particular characteristics come in useful for the shooting environment. The following are eight important prime lens options to consider based on what they individually provide and how they meet your preferences.
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Best Ultra-Wide Angle Prime Lenses for Sony a7C in 2022
Sony FE 14mm F1.8 GM
Full-Frame Large-Aperture Wide Angle Prime G Master Lens
Sony E-mount FE 24mm F1.4 GM
Full Frame Wide-angle Prime Lens (SEL24F14GM), Black
Sony FE 20mm F1.8 G
Full-Frame Large-Aperture Ultra-Wide Angle G Lens, Model: SEL20F18G
20mm F1.4 Art DG HSM for Sony E
Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2
Lens for Sony Full Frame/APS-C E-Mount
Venus Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D
Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras
Sony - FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM
Wide-Angle Zoom Lens (SEL1635GM), Black
Sony FE 12-24mm F2.8 G Master
Full-Frame Constant-Aperture Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens (SEL1224GM)
1. Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 G Master
Even just the name of Sony’s recently introduced ultra-wide angle lens is intriguing. With its 14mm wide angle of view, a 14mm wide lens provides a very unique perspective, but distortion is well controlled. Given the angle of view of this lens, an aperture of f/1.8 provides plenty of space for shooting the night sky for night-time landscapes, star trails, or even time-lapse. The Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM has excellent optical quality and excellent sharpness. The sole disadvantage is the lack of a filter thread for standard-sized circular or square filters, although it does allow for the use of rear-mount gel filters instead.
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- The FE 14mm F1.8 GM delivers incredible G Master quality and performance with a new perspective from an ultra- wide-angle field of view and bright F1.8 aperture -- all in a compact and lightweight design. Ideal for astrophotography, architecture, landscape, and even portraits and movie shooting, it delivers extraordinary resolution and gorgeous bokeh with precision focus performance. Two XA (extreme aspherical) elements, one aspherical, two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass and one Super ED element coupled with Nano AR coating II all contribute to high-contrast, high-resolution results with corner-to-corner sharpness and dramatically reduce chromatic aberration, flare and ghosting.
- F1.8 max 9-blade circular aperture maximizes the beauty of this large-aperture prime-lens, contributing to impressive images in which the subject stands out against a smoothly defocused foreground and background, as well as perfectly round points of defocused light. One Super ED (Extra-low Dispersion) and two ED glass elements significantly reduce flare and ghosting by taking axial chromatic aberration and chromatic aberration (due to differences in magnification) out of the picture. Resolution and bokeh is maximized while leaving precisely rendered edges with no fringing or unnatural coloration right out to the image edges.
- Clear advantages for moviemaking for all types of content creators with the ultra-wide 14mm angle of view, two XD (Extreme Dynamic) Linear Motors for fast, precise autofocus and tracking, a bright F1.8 maximum aperture for beautifully defocused background bokeh, excellent close-up performance and a class leading compact and lightweight design. In addition to the small size and light weight, its internal focus design makes it convenient for use on compact gimbals or grips for vlogging and other applications.
2. Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 G Master
The next widest lens in the GM lineup is unquestionably a challenger to the 14mm f/1.8 G Master. While it isn’t as broad as the first, its f/1.4 aperture allows for better low-light performance. If you’re not looking for excessively wide focal lengths, 24mm is a good option. Simultaneously, an aperture of f/1.4 can provide cleaner night sky shots as well as substantially better background blur while shooting intimate and particularly shallow depth of focus landscapes. This lens, like the 14mm, has a very practical size and negligible weight. This one, on the other hand, allows you to mount typical circular filters or standard-sized square filter holders via the 67mm front filter thread. The Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 G Master is a top choice as an alternative to heavier ultra-wide angle zoom lenses or as a supplementary option in the field.
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- Compact Master wide prime Lens w/stunning wide-open resolution
- F1.4 max aperture provides extraordinary exposure and Depth of field
- G Master design combines extraordinary sharpness and smooth bokeh
- Two XA elements for natural, lifelike high resolution results
- In the box: Hood (ALC-SH154), Lens front cap (ALC-F67S), Lens rear cap (ALC-R1EM), Case
3. Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G
This lens is essentially a compromise between the 14mm and 24mm G Master choices. This super-wide angle lens, which was debuted in 2020, is a popular wide-angle prime alternative not only for landscape photographers but also for filmmakers. With the advent of the small Sony a7C, many filmmakers, vloggers, and even travel photographers paired it with the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G because of its convenient size, and manual aperture ring. Among other advantages for landscape photographers, this one, like the 24mm f/1.4 GM, has a 67mm filter thread diameter for use with conventional filters.
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- Compact ultra-wide prime G lens w/ stunning wide-open resolution
- F1.8 max aperture provides extraordinary exposure and depth of field
- Compact, lightweight design, ideal for both full-frame and APS-C2 cameras
- Advanced Aspheric elements for natural, lifelike high resolution
- Two XD Extreme Dynamic Linear motors for fast, precise autofocus
4. Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
This other 20mm option is an intriguing alternative to the previously mentioned 20mm f/1.8 G. The $1 price difference is so insignificant that someone looking for a 20mm wouldn’t even consider it a determining factor. With an aperture of f/1.4 as opposed to f/1.8, this lens provides a bit more low-light performance and may be useful for photographing at night. The Sigma alternative, on the other hand, comes with a number of trade-offs. The Sigma 20mm f/1.4 is substantially heavier, weighing 950 grams vs the Sony 20mm’s ultra-light 373 grams. The Sigma 20mm is also around two inches longer, which may be important if bag space is restricted. When photographing landscapes, one notable distinction is that the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art has a built-in non-removable lens hood and, as a result, no front filter thread.
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- The world's first f/1.4 20mm lens for full frame DSLRs
- Part of SIGMA's ART range of lenses
- Features FLD, SLD and Aspherical glass elements
- Hypersonic AF for high speed a silent autofocus
5. Tamron SP 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD
This Tamron 20mm f/2.8 lens may be one of the less popular selections. With a starting price of $299, this tiny and lightweight super-wide angle lens is an appealing option for a first-time photographer on a budget. This lens weighs only 221 grams and measures 2.87 x 2.50 inches. This 20mm lens doesn’t have as large an aperture as the Sony and Sigma equivalents, but the f/2.8 aperture isn’t awful either. It also has a 67mm filter thread diameter in front and a handy 1:2 magnification with a minimum focusing distance of 10.92 cm.
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- Incredibly compact and light weight
- Superb Image Quality High MTF performance
- Close focus with 1:2 Macro
- Moisture_Resistant Construction
6. Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D
If you enjoy manual lenses or don’t mind the lack of auto-focus, this lens is well-known for a few useful qualities. This Laowa 15mm f/2 lens, like the other ultra-wide angle alternatives available from this Hong Kong-based manufacturer, is well-known for its remarkable optical performance. Add to it the fact that it is guaranteed to be distortion-free, and it is a popular lens for architecture and real estate photographers, alongside the brand’s other 15mm lens option, the Laowa FF 15mm f/4.5 Shift lens. This all-metal and glass lens weighs 500 grams and measures 2.6 inches broad by 3.23 inches long. By removing the reversible all-metal lens hood, a 72mm front filter thread is also visible.
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- Venus 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D Lens - Front and Rear Lens Caps - Lens Hood - Venus 3 Year Limited Warranty
- Lens Series: N/A
- Color: Black
- Lens Type: Ultra wide angle
- Lens Mount: Sony E
7. Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Lens
The Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Lens is the perfect ultra-wide-angle zoom lens. It is an excellent choice for a wide range of applications. It produces excellent image quality. The lens is well-made and has weather sealing. If you plan on photographing weddings or other interior events, this lens should be in your arsenal. The f/2.8 aperture is very useful for photographing the night sky. The most significant disadvantage of this lens is its exorbitant price.
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- Designed to achieve 50 Line pairs/mm resolving power
- Two XA (extreme aspherical) elements w/ high surface precision. Minimum focus distance - 0.28 m (0.92 ft). Maximum Magnification ratio (x)- 0.19
- Constant F2.8 max aperture maintains exposure and Depth of field. Hood Type : Petal shape, bayonet type; APERTURE BLADES: 11
- Uncompromising G Master design for smooth bokeh and high resolution. Angle of View (35 mm): 107°–63°
- In-the-box: hood, lens front cap, lens rear cap, case, Mount: Sony E-mount
8. Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM Lens
Despite the fact that it is not cheap, this lens produces amazing image quality despite the extraordinarily wide angles of view it provides. With an aperture of f/2.8, this Sony lens is ideal for photographing the night sky as well as low-light activities. Take this lens to the most gorgeous locales and you will undoubtedly achieve excellent results. It should be noted that this does not accept front filters.
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- World’s widest full-frame constant F2.8 at 12-24mm
- F2.8 max aperture provides extraordinary exposure and depth of field
- Spectacular resolution: 3x Extreme Aspheric elements, 1x Aspheric
- 3x ED (Extra-low dispersion) elements suppress chromatic aberrations
- 4x Extreme Dynamic - XD Linear motors for fast, precise autofocus