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 wide-angle zoom 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.
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.
If you’re in the market for a used copy, you can sometimes find them at KEH.
Accessories for the Sony FE 12-24mm F/4 G Lens
Filters. Because of the dramatically curved front element, the Sony FE 12-24mm ƒ/4 G lens doesn’t take regular screw-on filters on the front. Instead, it has a filter slot at the other (or rear) end. You can use filters like these. Alternatively, you can add a 150mm filter holder for plate filters on the front, like this one.
Lens Hood. The lens hood is part of the camera and can’t be removed. While it does help a little with lens flare, in practice, the effect of that is minimal with an ultra-wide-angle lens like this. Rather, its most important role is in adding some protection to the large glass dome that is the front element.
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