Sony FE 12-24mm f4 G lens review

Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G lens reviews roundup: should you buy it?

Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G reviews roundup: is it worth the price?

Released in august 2017, the Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G is an ultrawide zoom lens for Sony’s full-frame mirrorless cameras.

It features the shortest focal lengths available in any full-frame E-mount lens and gives an insane field of view, which is an excellent choice for landscape and architecture photography. It’s also quite useful when you need to to make spaces look bigger, for interiors and real estate listings, for example.

Specs: 

  • Mount: Sony E-mount (Full frame)
  • Optical stabilization: Yes
  • Dust and weather resistant
  • Weight:  565 g (1.24 lb / 20 oz)
  • Min. aperture: f/4
  • Max. aperture: f/22
  • Minimum focus distance: 28cm
  • Filter size: No filter thread
Sony - FE 12-24mm F4 G Wide-angle Zoom Lens (SEL1224G)
  • G Lens design for corner-to-corner high resolution
  • Maximum magnification ratio (x) :0.14.Premium Optics; 4 aspherical, 1 Super ED, 3 ED glass elements
  • Constant F4 max aperture maintains exposure and Depth of field

What do the critics think of the Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G?

Overall, most reviews on the web say that the Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G is truly awesome: it’s compact, easy to handle and delivers unique images. The weight makes it a great travel camera and if you need such a wide view for landscape photography, reporting or architecture, you’ll be very, very pleased. The only real downside is that there’s no filter thread.

Most reviews recommend it.

Alternatives:

If you don’t need to go as wide as 12mm, the 16-35mm f/4 or 16-35mm f/2.8GM are more balanced options instead since they cover a more useful range and you can use a filter on them to protect the front lens, or if you need to add a UV filter.

Most reviews like…

  • Extremely wide field of view
  • Remarkably compact and lightweight for a 12-24mm full-frame lens
  • Excellent build quality (Dust and moisture resistant)
  • Excellent image quality (sharp at every setting)
  • Very good distortion management
  • Very fast and silent autofocus

Most reviews don’t like…

  • Doesn’t accept filters so you always have to be careful not to damage the front lens
  • Considerable vignetting at 12mm
  • No optical image stabilization
  • Suffers a bit from lens flare
  • f/2.8 aperture could be better for night and astro photography

For more infos about the positive and negatives sides of the Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G, check out the selection of reviews below:

Websites Reviews

  • Photographyblog.com★★★★½ Highly Recommended – (‘the Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G is an excellent lens that can deliver unique images‘)
  • Trustedreviews.com★★★★½ (‘If you’re a Sony full-frame mirrorless user and know you can make good use of its immense field of view, the Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G will do you proud.‘)
  • Pcmag.com –  4/5 – Excellent (‘The Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G captures images with an incredibly wide field of view, and is much smaller and lighter than lenses for full-frame SLR systems.’)
  • Thephoblographer.com4/5 (‘Those who will most benefit are those who shoot landscapes, parties, architecture, sports, and travel work.’)
  • Enthusiastphotoblog.com9/10 (‘This is a game changing lens. If you love ultrawide shooting and you’re not already shooting Sony, this is a lens that could make you consider switching systems.‘)

Amazon users reviews

Sony - FE 12-24mm F4 G Wide-angle Zoom Lens (SEL1224G)
  • G Lens design for corner-to-corner high resolution
  • Maximum magnification ratio (x) :0.14.Premium Optics; 4 aspherical, 1 Super ED, 3 ED glass elements
  • Constant F4 max aperture maintains exposure and Depth of field

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