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p.2 #1 · p.2 #1 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


Here are the crops at f/5.6





center f/5.6







mid-zone f/5.6







extreme corners f/5.6




Jul 07, 2017 at 02:09 AM
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p.2 #2 · p.2 #2 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


This is great performance at 21mm. It's pretty much neck-to-neck to the Loxia 21, except for the very corners. Incredible feat Sony.

The Loxia 21 is still better towards the edge, has slightly higher contrast and nicer colors but hey, I would not hesitate to use the zoom for my landscapes based solely on resolution.



Jul 07, 2017 at 02:11 AM
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p.2 #3 · p.2 #3 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


Fred Miranda wrote:
This is great performance at 21mm. It's pretty much neck-to-neck to the Loxia 21, expect the very corners! Incredible feat Sony.


If the 12-24 is this good, it makes you wonder how the 16-35 GM will perform.



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


kdrk888 wrote:
If the 12-24 is this good, it makes you wonder how the 16-35 GM will perform.


I honestly don't think it can be much better than this.




Jul 07, 2017 at 02:15 AM
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p.2 #5 · p.2 #5 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


At 21mm, flare performance is great. Here is a comparison to the Loxia 21.





Sun right above the frame. Notice color rendering differs from these two lenses




Jul 07, 2017 at 02:18 AM
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p.2 #6 · p.2 #6 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


The corners seem to be maybe even a hair better than the Loxia?? How can this be?


Jul 07, 2017 at 02:19 AM
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p.2 #7 · p.2 #7 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


Fred Miranda wrote:
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)


As crazy as this might sound after seeing all of your comparisons Fred including the Loxia I'm actually impressed with the 16-35 f4 . I was afraid the 12-24 was going to beat it worse than it did and then I'd have to order one immediately... now, maybe I can hold off for at least a couple of months . But whether I get the 12-24 or not it's really starting to look like Sony knocked this one out of the park!



Jul 07, 2017 at 02:19 AM
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p.2 #8 · p.2 #8 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


Sunstar rendering at f/16 compared to the FE 16-35/4 ZA.





I see a hint more flare on the 12-24 crop (grass area) but no loss of contrast.




Jul 07, 2017 at 02:20 AM
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p.2 #9 · p.2 #9 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


Could you run 24mm vs the GM 24-70?


Jul 07, 2017 at 02:22 AM
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p.2 #10 · p.2 #10 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


The FE 16-35/4 has better flare performance but contrast remains similar (16-35 has slightly better contrast when sun is on the frame). See green blob on the 12-24/4 crop.







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p.2 #11 · p.2 #11 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


I am extremely disappointed in this lens...

As now I feel like I have to buy it :/



Jul 07, 2017 at 02:25 AM
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p.2 #12 · p.2 #12 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


Loxia 21 at f/11 and 12-24 at f/16. Sunstar rendering and contrast comparison.







Jul 07, 2017 at 02:28 AM
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p.2 #13 · p.2 #13 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


Jacknut16 wrote:
Could you run 24mm vs the GM 24-70?


Don't have this lens. If someone has it, this is the thread to post it.
Same for Batis 18mm.

I will test the 15/4.5III to the ultra wide zoom though.



Jul 07, 2017 at 02:29 AM
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p.2 #14 · p.2 #14 · 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.


You nailed it.



Jul 07, 2017 at 02:30 AM
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p.2 #15 · p.2 #15 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


I had the 12-24 in my cart earlier today. I decided to wait for some more testing and hoped that I'd see tests to convince me to buy a few Voigtlander ultra wides . . . instead, I think I need to buy this 12-24 (okay, *need* is overdoing it, but I want it badly). I sure wish B&H accepted LiteCoins to save me a few steps.


Jul 07, 2017 at 02:32 AM
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p.2 #16 · p.2 #16 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


Fred Miranda wrote:
Don't have this lens. If someone has it, this is the thread to post it.
Same for Batis 18mm.


I have both the Batis and the 18mm and the 24-70GM, but I have to sell the Batis to fund the 12-24mm



Jul 07, 2017 at 02:35 AM
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p.2 #17 · p.2 #17 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


I just ordered it (your link of course).

I have a 16-35 GM on order but this is too good to miss out on for the rest of the summer.

Fred Miranda wrote:
You nailed it.




Jul 07, 2017 at 02:37 AM
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p.2 #18 · p.2 #18 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


This is promising. I kinda hate the astigmatism on the 16-35, I'll have to rent this and compare, maybe also rent a CV 15. Keep up the tests!


Jul 07, 2017 at 03:20 AM
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p.2 #19 · p.2 #19 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


Many thanks for all the work posting these. They are super helpful tests. I'll be eagerly looking for the 16-35 comparison before finally reaching for the credit card.


Jul 07, 2017 at 03:26 AM
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p.2 #20 · p.2 #20 · Sony 12-24mm f/4 G versus other lenses thread


Thanks for the samples Fred! Looks to be a killer lens. I will need to buy both...


Jul 07, 2017 at 03:32 AM
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