I want to write a proper review for the Sony 20mm f/2.8 pancake lens. Until then, I thought I’d write a short article stating the obvious: it’s great for street photography. Up until getting this small lens, I frequently switched between the 16mm f/2.8, the 30mm f/1.4 Sigma and the 18-105 f/4. Although the 16mm’s size was great, the image quality was not. The others had a different problem
Although the Sigma has the best image quality out of the three, its field of view is limiting sometimes. The 18-105mm is definitely the most versatile and it lets me get closer without bothering people. However it’s too big and heavy.
This is where the 20mm f/2.8 comes in. It’s not too wide, nor is it tight. It’s ridiculously light and compact and the focusing ring is very smooth. But most important: image quality is good enough for me. There are better lenses out there, but none of them is as compact as Sony’s black pancake. Here are some photos I took yesterday, all of them at f/8: