Sony FE 12-24mm F/4 G Ultra-Wide-Angle Zoom Lens Sample Images

Sony's FE 12-24mm F/4 G lens is an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens designed for their full-frame cameras. For an unusually wide lens, it's remarkably true and sharp and doesn't suffer from the usual optical flaws you'd expect.

The Sony FE 12-24mm ƒ/4 G lens is an unusually wide lens. Its widest focal lengths are down into the territory usually reserved for fisheye lenses, but in this case, you get the wide view but without that distinctive fisheye look. That’s thanks to the four aspherical elements that work to keep lines straight and minimize distortion. On most super-wide-angle lenses, you can expect some pretty dramatic softening at the corners, but while you get definite stretching with this lens, it remains remarkably sharp corner to corner.

This lens is in Sony’s FE range and is designed for full-frame cameras like the Sony a7R IV that I’ve been using it on, but you can also use it with an APS-C crop camera. In that case, you’ll multiply the practical focal length by 1.5x, making it effectively an 18-36mm zoom lens.

I’ve posted a detailed hands-on review of the Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 lens separately, but here I’m focusing on some sample images to give some practical examples from real-world shooting.

In shooting and selecting the images here, I’ve put the emphasis on ones that play to the lens’s dramatic wide-angle perspective and also ones that are likely to illustrate any optical flaws, such as distortion, soft edges, and chromatic aberration. All of these were originally shot in RAW. They’ve been processed in Lightroom, but I haven’t applied any of Lightroom’s lens correction tools to these shots.

You can click on each image to open a full-size version if you’d like a closer look.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 12mm and with an aperture of ƒ/5.6. Despite the dramatic angles created by the ultra-wide-angle perspective, the lines of the columns are still very straight.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 12mm and with an aperture of ƒ/4.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 12mm and with an aperture of ƒ/7.1.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 12mm and with an aperture of ƒ/4. Testing out lines, sharpness at the corners, and chromatic aberration. Overall, it comes through with flying colors.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 15mm and with an aperture of ƒ/11. The lens is coated with Sony Nano AR Coating, but it’s still possible to provoke some pretty dramatic lens flare when you try to. You can see the rings at the right of this shot with the lens pointed almost directly head-on to the sun.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 12mm and with an aperture of ƒ/5.6. The drama of the wide-angle doesn’t suit everything. In this case, for example, you can can see the people appear stretched out at left.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 12mm and with an aperture of ƒ/4.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 15mm and with an aperture of ƒ/7.1.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 17mm and with an aperture of ƒ/4. With a maximum aperture of ƒ/4, it’s not really an ideal lens for low-light shots, but on a camera like the Sony a7R IV, which is incredibly forgiving even at a high ISOs, you can get away with a lot more than you might otherwise.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 18mm and with an aperture of ƒ/5.6.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 16mm and with an aperture of ƒ/7.1.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 12mm and with an aperture of ƒ/4.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 24mm and with an aperture of ƒ/14. Some pretty significant lens flare again, but it is pointed directly at the sun, after all and is the worst possible angle if trying to prevent lens flare.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 12mm and with an aperture of ƒ/4.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 12mm and with an aperture of ƒ/4. You can again see the stretching of perspective at the corners, which is especially noticeable with subjects like people.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 24mm and with an aperture of ƒ/7.1.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 12mm and with an aperture of ƒ/4.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 12mm and with an aperture of ƒ/4. Lots of detailed in this shot, including at the corners, making it a good test of sharpness throughout the frame.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 24mm and with an aperture of ƒ/4.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 15mm and with an aperture of ƒ/11.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 12mm and with an aperture of ƒ/8.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 16mm and with an aperture of ƒ/4. It’s not a tilt-shift lens, as would be a traditional choice in architectural interiors, but you can still get nice straight verticals (I haven’t corrected for tilt in post—this is as-shot).

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 12mm and with an aperture of ƒ/4. Another shot that is pretty much guaranteed to show up any issues with chromatic aberration. But there’s remarkably little (I haven’t corrected for it in post).

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 12mm and with an aperture of ƒ/4. This is a scene I often test cameras and lenses with. It’s a good test of multiple things: sharpness, low-light performance, distortion, and chromatic aberration.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 12mm and with an aperture of ƒ/4.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 23mm and with an aperture of ƒ/4.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 12mm and with an aperture of ƒ/16. The flag poles from each corner are at dramatic angles, but they’re still straight lines.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 12mm and with an aperture of ƒ/4.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 24mm and with an aperture of ƒ/5.6. Some smaller light sources directly at the lens, but no issues in this case with lens flare.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 24mm and with an aperture of ƒ/4.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 18mm and with an aperture of ƒ/5.6.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 12mm and with an aperture of ƒ/4. You can get some dramatic perspectives, but the lines remain remarkable straight.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 13mm and with an aperture of ƒ/11.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 12mm and with an aperture of ƒ/4. I shot this primarily to try to provoke some chromatic aberration in the skylight at the top, but there’s really not much to complain about here.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 12mm and with an aperture of ƒ/8.

Photo taken with a Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G wide-angle zoom Lens on a Sony a7R IV zoomed to 16mm and with an aperture of ƒ/4.

Where to Buy the Sony FE 12-24mm F/4 G Lens

Sony has set the MSRP at $1775.

You can find the Sony FE 12-24mm G lens at B&H Photo and Amazon.

B&H also has a version that includes an accessory kit that makes for good value—you can find it here.

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  • Hey! Love what you do here.

    A few quick things: I am a noob shooter. I have a sony a6300 and I am a realtor in NYC.

    I wanted to ask if you would recommend this lens over the Sony 10-18mm for real estate photography.

    Thanks in advance!

    • While I haven't used the 10-18mm personally, it's a more natural choice for the a6300. And even though 2mm doesn't sound like much, at those kinds of extreme wide-angle focal lengths it can make quite a difference.

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