Sony 12-24 f/4 G lens hands on review on Lago Maggiore

This article is a continuation of the Sony 16-35 f/2.8 G Master and Sony 12-24 f/4 G lens review. Here is part 1.

As I was telling you in the first part we had our hands on these two lenses on a press trip on Lago Maggiore, Italy. We had plenty of Sony A9’s, A7R II‘s and both these lenses on our disposal.

I’ve focused a little more on the Sony 16-35 f/2.8 G Master than needed so I took less time to check this “little bijoux”! Well, not that little, but compared to the 2.8 it’s smaller and lighter, at 565 grams, being close to my Vario-Tessar 16-35.

Compared to the Sony 16-35 f/2.8 G Master, the new 12-24 F4 G lens looks small

The downside of 12-24 zooms is the included petal shaped hood, fixed on the lens itself and the impossibility of adding filters (at least not threaded ones).

I almost forgot what 12mm looked like on a full-frame camera, it’s been long since I sold my 12-24 Nikon lens due to not using it and needing more the versatility of the 16-35, also F4 on the Nikon systems. So I had a wow moment when I’ve first mounted it on the A7R II


If you keep the lens parallel to the ground the verticals in the final image won’t be tilted nor distorted due to very good elements used on this lens.

12-24 F4 G Sony

  • [1] Aspherical
  • [2] Super ED glass
  • [3] ED glass

So there is some serious glass recipe cooked inside.

This means serious resistance to flare and minimum aberrations with superb contrast. This is the maximum flare I could get out of it

I have found it even better compared to the G Master when it come to Chromatic Aberration handling. If it goes better than that 🙂

Sony 12-24 chromatic aberrations

400% crop from top-left of previous image. Sony 12-24 F4 G show very little chromatic aberrations, close to none

In case you were wondering how wide is 12mm compared to 24mm, here is a sample of both ends of this lens

Sharpness wise, this lens is a performer. It’s very sharp corner to corner, ignoring the normal distortions for a 12mm.

The minuses I see for this lens is again the lack of OSS and the fact that you can’t add threaded filters. I can’t talk about the price yet since its status is “preorder” at the time of this review. Check prices and availability here.

It is very difficult to frame a beautiful composition this wide at 12mm, but there are some cases you might need it, especially in confined spaces, but then again, you need to be careful with the verticals. I will end this hands-on experience story with a small gallery of images taken with the Sony 12-24 f/4 G lens.

Author: Alin Popescu

Inginer ca formare, grafician ca meserie, fotograf ca mod de viata, Alin este pasionat de tot ce inseamna tehnologie si scrie articole detaliate pe intelesul tuturor.

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