The Sony 12-24mm f/4 G is an ultra-wide angle zoom lens designed for E-Mount, fullframe mirrorless cameras. It is the widest zoom lens available for Sony E-Mount.
Ultra Wide-Angle Lens for Sony E-Mount
If you need an ultra-wide angle for your Sony, this is the only choice right now. That being said its a very capable lens. Its well designed and extremely sharp. The downside is there is a lot of perspective distortion at wider angles and there is no filter threading.
I borrowed this lens at Sony Kando in Monterey. I think what it does, it does extremely well. I’d use this on interiors and tight spaces easily – you can manipulate some of the distortion problems in post. However for people it gets a little strange on the wide end. By about 18mm it starts to clean-up and be usable without the overly distorted look.
What about vlogging?
I’m often asked about how well this lens works in a vlogging application where you’re shooting video up close. The Sony FE 12-24 f/4 is lightweight and extremely wide.
For situations where you or your subject has to be close to the camera, there is a lot of perspective distortion. I think a much better choice would be the Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 or the Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2. Both of those lenses have excellent autofocus and way less distortion.
Overall impressions of the Sony FE 12-24 f/4 G
The upside to this lens – its what you would expect from a G series lens. The color rendition is wonderful and it is extremely sharp. That being said there is no filter threading and there is a considerable amount of perspective distortion from 12mm to about 16mm. If you need a lens that wide, this is your best choice.
I just feel like the Zeiss Batis lenses I mentioned are a notch better. If you need a zoom, the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM is your best option.
• 12-24mm E-Mount Lens for Full Frame Sony
• 17 Elements in 13 Groups
• 4 Aspherical Elements
• 3 ED Elements
• 1 Super ED Element
• Nano AR Coating
• 11.02″ / 28 cm Minimum Focusing Distance
• f/4 to f/22 Aperture Range
• Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave Autofocus Motor
• Focus Hold Button
• AF/MF Switch
• Dust and Moisture Resistant
• Seven Blade Circular Diaphragm