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Sony officially released its first f/2.8 constant aperture ultra-wide-angle zoom lens FE12-24mmF2.8GM at this year’s PI exhibition. This is for Sony users. , When shooting scenery, starry sky, architecture, sports and other themes, there is a new choice, and it also makes up for the regret that the FE12-24mmF4G aperture is not big enough. Today I got your FE12-24mmF2. .8GM, let’s take a look at the overall performance of this lens. Is it worth your price of 21,999 yuan?
First of all, let’s briefly talk about a parameter configuration of this lens. Sony SEL1224GM has four high-speed and high-thrust XD linear motors, internal focusing design and a constant 0.28-meter minimum focusing distance. The optical structure It uses 17 elements in 14 groups, including 3 XA super aspherical lenses, 1 aspherical lens, 2 SuperED ultra-low dispersion lenses and 3 ED low-dispersion lenses.
One of these three XA super aspheric mirrors is Sony’s history The largest XA lens ever produced, with 3 aspheric lenses, can control astigmatism, coma aberration and distortion to the greatest extent. At the same time, 2 SuperED ultra-low dispersion lenses and 3 ED lenses also perform in the control of chromatic aberration. excellent. Thanks to the combination of these special lenses and f/2.8 aperture, this lens can achieve a very soft out-of-focus blur effect. Sony SEL1224GM also uses 9 circular aperture blades and the second generation nano AR crystal coating + front group fluorine coating coating.
First of all, let’s talk about the design of this lens, maybe I am used to the size of the Sony G-Master lens. When I first saw and picked up the Sony SEL1224GM, I felt a little unbelievable, because this G-Master lens is indeed too small and too light. The cognition of G master lens.
Sony SEL1224GM adopts the consistent design style of Sony G lens. Pure black is still used as the main color, and the focus ring and zoom ring are treated with black skin, which not only has a good feel, but also has a very good anti-slip performance.
The design style of Sony SEL1224GM and previous G master lenses, maintain A high degree of consistency. The model logo of “FE2.8/12-24GM” is embossed and polished, and the orange “G” logo that marks the identity of the G master is also very eye-catching on the side of the lens.
Because it uses oversized XA lenses, this is a A light bulb lens means that your dream of using a circular filter and a CPL filter in the front lens group is broken, and the difficulty and cost of using a square filter are also linearly increased.
But it’s okay, Sony SEL1224GM provides an insert type at the end of the lens ND filter slot, so it will be more convenient to buy filters or cut filters by yourself. But when it comes to this, let me say one more thing, you must protect the front lens group. Although there is a hood, the front lens group is accidentally damaged. The maintenance cost is very high.
After the appearance, the first thing I want to talk to you is The viewing angle, I believe that most people start from 16mm wide angle, and some people start from 14mm, and those who start from 12mm can’t say no, but it’s significantly less than 16mm. Don’t underestimate these 2mm or 4mm. Change, just such a little difference in focal length can bring you a more exaggerated perspective relationship and integrate more scenes for you. In order to let everyone better understand, here I took 2mm as a unit and took some shots. photo.
You can actually feel the perspective relationship and the changes in perspective, If you really want to shoot something out of the ordinary, then believe me, choose the 12mm super wide starting!
I will talk to you about the focus speed again. Sony SEL1224GM used it Four high-speed and high-thrust XD linear motors, each focus group has two XD linear motors, which can quickly move the focus lens group to achieve fast and quiet autofocus capability. This fast focus response capability can be applied to Most of the shooting scenes, except of course the low-contrast scenes, people who have used mirrorless will naturally know what I am talking about.
For a lens that can shoot stars, coma The control is extremely important. Through actual shooting, the maximum aperture of Sony SEL1224GM is only f/2.8 after all. Compared with f/1.4 lenses, the control is not as complicated as that of that horse. 3 XA lenses and 3 aspheric lenses The combination of, makes this lens can reproduce the point light source very well when shooting. The biggest advantage of this is that when shooting the starry sky, it can reproduce the magnificent star sea, instead of the phenomenon of “hairy” in the point light source.
Because this lens has 9 circular aperture blades, coupled with the f/2.8 large aperture blessing, it can create a soft out-of-focus performance, while focusing External performance is one of the selling points of G master lens. In the actual test above, the out-of-focus object is about four meters away from me. It can be seen that the out-of-focus performance is very comfortable when the aperture is fully opened. As for the starburst, 9 aperture blades can perfectly present 18 starbursts. Coupled with this lens, it has excellent control of ghost and flare, so even backlit shooting can show very good photos.
For an ultra-wide-angle lens, the vignetting angle is the same as coma It seems so eye-catching. For Sony SEL1224GM, if you turn off the camera’s internal shadow compensation, it is still more obvious when the aperture is fully opened. If you turn on the camera’s internal shadow compensation, the vignetting phenomenon will be much better, and the shrinking aperture will darken The corner will be eliminated. As for whether the vignetting is good or not, my opinion is that the benevolent sees the benevolent and the wise sees the wisdom. Some people like to be annoying. Overall, if the Sony SEL1224GM performs well with the in-camera compensation enabled.
In terms of dispersion and distortion, Sony SEL1224GM has equivalent dispersion control Yes, whether it is turned on and internal compensation or turned off, the dispersion performance is minimal; in terms of distortion control, I think the overall performance of this lens is also OK. Sony positioned it as a G master lens this time, and it seems that there is really no Work less.
Because Sony SEL1224GM achieves a constant f/2.8 over the entire zoom range aperture. Therefore, the shutter speed and ISO sensitivity can remain unchanged when shooting video for zooming operations. Shooting videos at a full-frame f/2.8 constant aperture and 12mm viewing angle allows users to shoot more creative works. When paired with an APS-C format camera or shooting with a Super35 angle of view, its wide-angle end is equivalent to 18mm, which is also a focal length often used in video creation. I think this is particularly important for video users.
Finally, I will talk to you about the picture quality, because it is a G master lens, the picture quality is naturally not to be chosen, just like other G master lenses , Everything is top-notch, and this is also the best lens that Sony users can almost buy; thanks to the use of multiple special lenses, this lens performs well in the above comprehensive tests. In the real shot, the picture The sharpness, contrast, and detail expression of both the center and the edges are commendable, and with the support of the 12mm ultra-wide angle, we will look at the samples directly.
Focal length: 12mm Aperture: f/16.0 ISO sensitivity: 125 Exposure time: 1/200s Exposure compensation: -0.3EV White balance: Auto
Focal length: 12mm Aperture: f/16.0 ISO sensitivity: 125 Exposure time: 1/125s Exposure compensation: -0.3EV White balance : Automatic
focal length : 12mm Aperture: f/4.0 ISO sensitivity: 125 Exposure time: 1/200s Exposure compensation: -0.3EV White balance: Auto
Focal length: 12mm Aperture: f/22.0 ISO sensitivity: 125 Exposure time: 1/100s Exposure compensation: -0.3EV White balance: automatic
Focal length: 12mm Aperture: f/2.8 ISO sensitivity: 50 Exposure time: 1/320s Exposure compensation: -0.3EV White balance: Auto
Focal length: 12mm Aperture: f/11.0 ISO sensitivity: 50 Exposure time: 1/1s Exposure compensation: -0.3EV White balance: Auto
Focal length: 12mm Aperture: f/8.0 ISO sensitivity: 100 Exposure time: 1/ 50s Exposure compensation: 0.3EV White balance: Auto
focal length: 12mm aperture: f/2.8 ISO sensitivity: 320 exposure time: 1/25s exposure compensation: 0.3EV white balance: auto
Focal length: 12mm Aperture: f/11.0 ISO sensitivity: 400 Exposure time: 1/ 6s Exposure compensation: 0EV White balance: Auto
focal length: 12mm aperture: f/2.8 ISO sensitivity: 400 exposure time: 1/50s exposure compensation: 0EV white balance: automatic
Focal length: 24mm aperture: f/2.8 ISO sensitivity: 320 exposure time: 1/30s exposure Compensation: 0EV White balance: Auto
focal length: 12mm aperture: f/10.0 ISO sensitivity: 320 exposure time: 4/5s exposure compensation: 0EV white balance: Automatic
Focal length: 12mm Aperture: f/10.0 ISO sensitivity: 320 Exposure time: 10/25s Exposure compensation: 0EV White balance: Auto
Focal length: 14mm Aperture: f/2.8 ISO sensitivity: 400 Exposure time: 1/4s Exposure compensation: 0EV White balance: Auto
To sum up, my first impression of Sony SEL1224GM is that it is small and portable. A constant f/2.8 aperture ultra-wide can be so small, I can’t believe what Sony’s designers have experienced; the second is the visual shock brought by the 12mm ultra-wide angle. If you have not used a 12mm ultra-wide angle before. Wide-angle, then this lens will definitely bring you an extraordinary visual impact; the third is the comprehensive quality of this lens, such as picture sharpness, dispersion, vignetting, and coma performance worthy of the price of 21999 yuan.
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