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Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G
Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM

Shootout @ 12mm vs Sony 12-24/4G: Big Tree at Alpine Creek Bend

Shot using Sony A7R IV Camera1 using lens Sample1 of the 12-24/2.8GM.

This shootout at 12mm compares the Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM against the Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G on a medium/far distance scene.

Includes images from f/2.8 through f/11 at up to full camera resolution, plus crops.

Zone of focus

The most difficult technical challenge in comparing lenses is matching the zone of focus (NOT just having them both sharp at some point). This is so hard to do that it’s just about impossible to get right in the field—even comparing the lens to itself. And it’s even harder with an f/4 lens, and then when field curvature and focus shift differ (always), then the choice of focus position has a huge influence on the results. Here, there is clearly differing field curvature and it’s just not possible to match the zone of focus over more than a small area.

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