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Broke down and put in a pre-order for the 2.5/40. Later I'll know which lens has to go, my Sony FE 2.8/35, my Batis 2/40 or this Sony FE 2.5/40. For now I guess the 2.8/35 will be sold because its use case is very similar to that of the 2.5/40. I'll probably keep the Batis 2/40 because it looks like it's optically superior to the Sony 2.5/40 but is too large to my taste for street photography.
 

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It's probably too early for this but I'd like to see a comparison review between this new Sony 24mm f/2.8 and the cheaper Tamron and Samyang 24mm f/2.8's.
 

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It's probably too early for this but I'd like to see a comparison review between this new Sony 24mm f/2.8 and the cheaper Tamron and Samyang 24mm f/2.8's.
https://www.lenstip.com/603.1-Lens_review-Sony_FE_24_mm_f_2.8_G_review.html
https://www.lenstip.com/index.html?test=obiektywu&test_ob=539
https://www.lenstip.com/index.html?test=obiektywu&test_ob=586
https://www.lenstip.com/index.html?test=obiektywu&test_ob=485

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Sigma 24mm is optically corrected for distortion in comparison to Sony 24mm:
 
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If I was going for a relatively lightweight two prime-lens kit for a Sony camera that would be quite decent for my style of shooting and which would be fairly reasonable in price... The two lenses would be the Rokinon/Samyang 35mm f/1.8 AF and the Sony 85mm f/1.8... I cut my 35mm teeth on a Navy Issue Leica M-2 kit which had three lenses: 35mm, 50mm and 90mm. Most of the time, I carried the body and 35mm + 90mm lenses and was quite happy with that combination...
 

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Latest rumour says it will be a 1.8/14mm. The 2.5/40 would have been available around May 13 or so, let's hope it hasn't been shipped yet :).
It's pretty clear to me that Sony has awakened to realize a lot of its customers are buying lenses from companies like Samyang and others. So now they are attempting to fill those focal-length holes in its line up of prime lenses. Hopefully competition with Samyang will keep the prices down - maybe not to Samyang levels but the 24, 40 and 50mm could easily have cost $200 more without Samyangs at $399.
 

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Mmmm, that 24mm looks nicely made and can fill the 24mm hole for APS-C for a small compact f/2.8. IMHO, the Tamron 24mm is too large for what it is.
40mm too, being one of my favorite focal lengths. Had Samyang made their 45mm a 40mm, they would've gotten my cash immediately.
The aperture ring and buttons are a nice addition. But being a frugal shooter, I think they are a little costly given no OSS.
Wonder how the 40mm will compare to Sony's own 35mm f/1.8? IIRC, price is similar.
 

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Mmmm, that 24mm looks nicely made and can fill the 24mm hole for APS-C for a small compact f/2.8. IMHO, the Tamron 24mm is too large for what it is.
40mm too, being one of my favorite focal lengths. Had Samyang made their 45mm a 40mm, they would've gotten my cash immediately.
The aperture ring and buttons are a nice addition. But being a frugal shooter, I think they are a little costly given no OSS.
Wonder how the 40mm will compare to Sony's own 35mm f/1.8? IIRC, price is similar.
Agree, Tamron 24mm is too large, similar to Batis lenses that were rumored to be manufactured by Tamron also...

You can check lenstip reviews. 35mm 1.8 is one stop faster, but wider, so they seem similar, better coma with 40mm... 35mm GM is the creamy one:)
40mm 2.5
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ILCE-7RM3    FE 40mm F2.5 G    40mm    f/2.5    1/800s    ISO 100

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35mm GM
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ILCE-7RM2    FE 35mm F1.4 GM    35mm    f/1.4    1/2000s    ISO 100
 
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This morning I re-evaluated the raw files from dpreview made with the 2.5/40 and A7R4. It confirmed my very first impression that the corners look cooler than the center, so much so that I'll probably want to correct for it in many images. I tried to process the raws to my taste as if they were my own and I couldn't quite get to the point where I was satisfied. Also contrast and sharpness in the corners don't look ideal even at f/5.6. All in all, too many reservations and given that street photography isn't in the cards for the coming months, I don't think I'll really use the 2.5/40 in the near future.

Ergo, I cancelled my pre-order of the 2.5/40.
 

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