Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 G Master review

At nearly twice the price of its 12-24mm f/4 stablemate, is the faster Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 G Master worth the money?

5 Star Rating
Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 G Master
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Following warm on the heels of Sony’s FE 12-24mm f/4 G zoom, which was launched three years ago, the new G Master edition delivers the same ultra-wide viewing angles but goes an f/stop wider in aperture. By necessity, the front optical elements are considerably larger but the lens is reasonably lightweight and easily manageable. It certainly goes large in terms of performance, with outstanding image quality and rapid autofocus, making it well worth the typically high asking price for a G Master lens.


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    Impressive image quality

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    Impeccable handling

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    Ultra-wide maximum viewing angle


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    As usual, the hood isn’t removable

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    Expensive to buy

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Until now, the FE 12-24mm f/4 G has been Sony’s most wide-angle zoom and, like the competing Sigma 12-14mm Art lens for DSLRs, it has a constant-aperture f/4 rating. Stepping up to premium G Master optics, the widest f/2.8 ‘trinity’ zoom was the FE 16-35mm f/2.8, which is another fine lens but relatively lacking in maximum viewing angle, at 107 degrees. The new Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 G Master boosts diagonal coverage back up to an incredible 122 degrees, which is wider than the human field of vision, while also retaining a fast and constant f/2.8 aperture. This combination makes it the world’s fastest lens in its class. 


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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