Sony FE 24mm f/2.8 G review

At last! The Sony FE 24mm f/2.8 G is a handy wide prime with compactness to match Sony’s full frame A7-series cameras

Sony FE 24mm F2.8 G
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Sony FE 24mm f/2.8 G is hard to fault as a design. It’s small and light, it has an aperture ring which can be de-clicked for video, its AF is fast, smooth and effectively silent, and it feels really well made. However, it has huge barrel distortion when uncorrected, and like many newer lenses it doesn’t just benefit from digital corrections, it relies on them as part of its design.


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    Very small and light

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    Smooth, silent AF

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    De-clickable aperture ring


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    Quite expensive for a 24mm f/2.8

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    Barrel distortion when uncorrected

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    Some edge softness

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The Sony FE 24mm f/2.8 G is like a breath of fresh air in the Sony lens range. It’s one of three new, physically almost identical, compact primes launched by Sony at the same time – the others are the FE 40mm f/2.5 G and FE 50mm f/2.5 G.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at