Earlier blog posts providing sample photos with various Sony lenses have proved popular, so here I continue with another great lens – the Sony 12-24mm F2.8 GM model. In an earlier blog post, I provided sample images from the superb Sony 14mm F1.8 GM lens, which has just won DPReview’s 2021 award for “best prime lens”. The Sony 12-24mm lens is heavier and larger but offers a smaller minimum focal length of 12mm.
To view sample images in full resolution, visit:
I will add more photos to this gallery over time.
For a comparison with the Sony 14mm F1.8 GM lens, visit:
To some, the Sony 12-24mm F2.8 GM lens may be seen to be a competitor to the Sony 14mm F1.8 GM lens, but I see it as complementary.
For some applications, being able to go the the widest focal length (12mm) can be really useful, and may make scenes look even more dramatic. Having the flexibility to choose any focal length between 12 to 24mm can also be very useful, and this lens is incredibly sharp at all focal lengths.
Years ago, I wasn’t keen on ultra-wide lenses as they seemed quite blurry and lacking in detail. You certainly cannot say this for the Sony 12-24mm F2.8 GM lens, particularly when paired with Sony’s A1 and A7R IV cameras. “It’s a lens for those who demand the best performance”, according to CameraLabs.
As good as the Sony 12-24mm F2.8 GM lens is, it is quite heavy at 847g. Often, when travelling, I will pick up the Sony 14mm F1.8 GM lens due to its smaller size and weight (460g) particularly if I am taking handheld photos in low light, such as church interiors. The maximum aperture of F1.8 can still be useful even if there’s not a huge difference from F2.8.
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