The new announced FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM lens (Amazon/B&H Photo Video/Adorama) and FE 12-24mm f/4 G lens (B&H Photo Video/Adorama/Amazon) are both Sony’s latest FE wide-angle zoom lenses announced several weeks ago. Both lenses haven’t shipped out yet, but you can take a look at hands on reviews with sample images by Alin Popescu. The price for FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM lens is $2,198.00 , will be shipping in August, 2017. The price for FE 12-24mm f/4 G lens is $1,698.00 , will be shipping in July, 2017.
From Alin Popescu:
FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Review:
The lens is straightforward to use, with excellent handling and smooth zoom and focus ring movement. They’ve said the drive by wire was improved and I must agree.
The lens is an amazing performer starting wide open. And very resistant to flare and resolves all scenes with minimum Chromatic Aberration.
FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Vs. Zeiss FE 16-35mm f/4 OSS:
As you can see, both lenses perform very similar, with both being affected excessively by diffraction at F22. I might say that the Vario Tessar is a tad sharper at corners compared to the G Master and also the image looks more contrasty on the F4 lens.
I like this lens very much but I’m still thinking if I’ll make the switch from the Vario-Tessar to this G Master, because of the two factors I’ve already mentioned: heavier and bigger in size plus the lack of OSS (optical stabilisation).
FE 12-24mm f/4 G Review:
Serious resistance to flare and minimum aberrations with superb contrast. I have found it even better compared to the G Master when it come to Chromatic Aberration handling.
Sharpness wise, this lens is a performer. It’s very sharp corner to corner, ignoring the normal distortions for a 12mm.