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Shootout @ 16mm: Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 GM vs 12-24mm f/4 G: Bristlecone Pines Amid White Mountain Strata

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This work completed at 11,300' in my Mercedes Sprinter photography adventure van.

Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 GM

This 2-way comparison pits the Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 GM against the Sony 12-24mm f/4 G using a subject with a lot of near-far depth to ferret out behavioral differences such as field curvature or focus shift.

Shootout @ 16mm: Sony 16-35/2.8 GM vs Sony 12-24/4 G: Bristlecone Pines Amid White Mountain Strata

Includes images up to full resolution from f/2.8 through f/11.

The about $1698 Sony 12-24mm f/4G is a nicely versatile lens covering the ultrawide range.

The about $2198 Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 GM is significantly heavier and a bit larger. With quite a lot of overlap (16 to 24mm), one has to be clear on the desired range used most often—the 12-24mm pairs nicely with the Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 GM, without overlap. On the other hand, what if one wants f/2.8 for the 16-24mm range? It does get hard to focus at dusk with an f/4 lens.

f8 @ 1/800 sec, ISO 100; 2017-08-07 11:00:28
Sony A7R II + Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM @ 16mm

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