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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


Let me start this thread with some comparisons between the new Sony 12-24/4 ultra wide and some of my personal lenses. There are: CV 12/5.6 III, FE 16-35/4 ZA, and Loxia 21/2.8. Feel free to post your own comparisons on this thread!

These side-by-side comparisons were taken at infinity distance and they are the best of 4 for each lens. (Manual focused at 12.5x magnification). Since I know these lenses well, I am able to focused them precisely taken in consideration field curvature. The 12-24/4 appears to be flat-field starting and the low field curvature is pretty much masked by f/5.6.
Aside from sharpening (same for all lenses), the RAW files were processed in Lightroom with default settings.

*I added +35 manual vignetting correction all CV 12 files, otherwise the extreme corners would be very dark. There were no corrections done for any other lens.

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First comparison:

Sony 12-24/4G vs CV 12/5.6 III E-mount.










Center at f/5.6. The 12-24/4 is noticeably better












Mid-field at f/5.6. The 12-24/4 is much better












Extreme edges at f/5.6. The 12-24/4 is much better




Jul 07, 2017 at 01:02 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


Same comparison as above but this time at f/8 for both lenses





Center at f/8 (They are more even at this aperture)







Mid-field at f/8 (The 12-24/4 still much better. Not much improvement for the CV 12)







Extreme edge at f/8 (The 12-24/4 is noticeably better. However, the CV 12 improves towards the corners at f/8.




Jul 07, 2017 at 01:06 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


Just using my iPad here but it is NOT looking that good for my CV 12mm...

Edited the crucial typo from using my iPad...

Edited on Jul 07, 2017 at 06:30 AM · View previous versions



Jul 07, 2017 at 01:08 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


My quick double take.

Center frame winner is too close to call. The extreme corners winner is the 12-24. The mid frame 12-24 wipes the floor with the CV.

Edited on Jul 07, 2017 at 01:23 AM · View previous versions



Jul 07, 2017 at 01:20 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


My impression when checking these files is that the 12-24/4 is better everywhere but especially at mid-zone where the CV 12/5.6 III does not improve much when stopping down from f/5.6 to f/8. To me, the 12-24/4 @12mm is the clear winner in regards to resolution and contrast.

Next, I will compare the 12-24/4 G vs 16-35/4 ZA @16mm...



Jul 07, 2017 at 01:23 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


Justin Stone wrote:
My quick double take.

Center frame winner is too close to call. The extreme corners winner is the 12-24. The mid frame 12-24 wipes the floor with the CV.


The CV 12 has much higher vignetting making the corners darker. On top of that, the 12-24/4 has higher contrast towards the corners as well which gives the impression of more clarity.

For the CV 12/5.6 crops, I added +35 manual vignetting correction otherwise the extreme crops would be even darker. No vignetting correction was done to the 12-24/4 crop.



Jul 07, 2017 at 01:24 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


Fred, you would say this is a very good copy of the 12 CV no?


Jul 07, 2017 at 01:25 AM
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Justin Stone wrote:
Fred, you would say this is a very good copy of the 12 CV no?


Yes, I went through three copies of the 12/5.6 III to get those corners. This is as good as it gets and perfectly centered. (Same for my other lenses)



Jul 07, 2017 at 01:28 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


Thanks Fred.


Jul 07, 2017 at 01:33 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


How does the FE 12-24mm f/4 G compares to the FE 16-35/4 ZA at 16mm? Will will see next...







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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


the CV vignetting is it's biggest flaw IMO, the mid field and extreme show this, the hills and homes are so much darker.


Jul 07, 2017 at 01:40 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


Here are the crops starting at f/5.6 (sweet spot for both lenses)





Center at f/5.6







Mid-frame at f/5.6







Extreme edges at f/5.6




Jul 07, 2017 at 01:46 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


Very similar performance except towards the edges where the 12-24/4 is noticeably better with higher resolution and less astigmatism. I will post f/8 next although these lenses don't improve much from f/5.6 @16mm.


Jul 07, 2017 at 01:48 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


FE 12-24mm f/4 G vs FE 16-35/4 ZA at 16mm (F/8)

















Jul 07, 2017 at 01:53 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


I would say f/8 is very similar to f/5.6. The 16-35/4 does not improve much and lose a bit of center bite.
To my eyes, the 12-24/4 G is the winner at 16mm with noticeable better corners. (they perform similarly at center and mid-field) but the FE 16-35/4 did extremely well.



Jul 07, 2017 at 01:55 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


It's time for Loxia 21 vs 12-24 @21mm vs 16-35 @21mm.

Starting at f/5.6.



Jul 07, 2017 at 01:56 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


Wow


Jul 07, 2017 at 01:57 AM
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Wow


Jul 07, 2017 at 01:57 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


Just wow


Jul 07, 2017 at 02:00 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


Oh my....this is very surprising...12-24/4 vs Loxia 21...

The Loxia 21 is my best native lens. Sharp from center to corners with mild field curvature. The thing about the Loxia is that at infinity you have to compromise center or corners as you can't have both at their higher levels even at f/5.6.

The 12-24/4 by comparison is very flat field with incredible resolution. Here are the crops...



Jul 07, 2017 at 02:01 AM
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