Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM Review
OpticalLimits has completed its comprehensive review of the Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM lens.
At a glance the Sony FE 24mm F1.4 has the following features;
- Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
- Two XA Elements, Three ED Elements
- Nano AR and Fluorine Coatings
- Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave AF Motor
- AF/MF Switch; Internal Focus
- Focus Hold Button
- Physical Aperture Ring; De-Click Switch
- Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
- Rounded 11-Blade Diaphragm
They find the lens to be spectacular giving it 4/5 stars for optical quality, 5/5 stars for mechanical quality and price for performance 4.4/5 stars. They also give it their highly recommended rating as well.
The Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM is the best lens in its class - at the time of this review at least. The resolution characteristic is highly impressive. The image center is already tack-sharp at f/1.4. The outer image field isn't quite on this level - it never is - but improves rapidly when stopping down a little. The results are very sharp across the image field from f/2.8 onward. Lateral CAs are fairly low and image distortions are nothing to worry about. The RAW vignetting is somewhat higher than it should be but then image auto-correction handles this issue nicely. Wide- to ultra-wide lenses tend to produce a rough bokeh due to their complex optical designs. However, Sony managed to produce a very smooth bokeh - at least with respect to the important image background. Thumps up for that!
The sheer optical quality is already formidable but even more noteworthy is the fact that Sony managed to deliver all this in a comparatively small package. Especially Sigma improved their optical designs by lifting their constraints around the size/weight of their ART lenses. The Sony lens shows that this isn't really a necessity and we hope that the FE 24mm f/1.4 GM will not be the last in the line of compact, yet high performance lenses. Highly recommended!
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