Sony FE 24/1.4 announced

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The test pictures from this photographer is amazing. The site has a lot of pictures and it does take a long while to load the page. But I promise you that it is worth visiting

https://www.albertdros.com/single-post/2018/09/20/Sony-24mm-f14-GM-First-Impressions

And the author's quick summary

  • Excellent sharpness on all apertures even wide open at f/1.4

  • Very lightweight with only 445 grams

  • Aperture ring on the lens and a switch to make it stepless.

  • 67mm filter thread

  • Great sunstar

  • Great potential for astrophotography. Sony says it performs very well and focused on this very topic. I didn’t test it myself so can’t show examples. yet.

  • Overall a great allrounder prime. to carry around everywhere

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Loxia 21 | GM 24 |Batis 25 | Sigma 24 Art

Saw this from one of the dpreview thread.
 

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Wow. If I didn't have the Batis already I suspect I'd go for the 24/1.4 instead.
 

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I'm interested to see the inevitable comparisons to the Loxia 21. If astro is a consideration, I'm guessing the 24GM will be the clear winner. But the Loxia's wider view, size/weight, and manual focus are probably more interesting to the dedicated landscape shooter. The 24GM looks like it has very nice sunstars, but the Loxia's are preferable, personally.
 

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It is always a good excuse to have my comfort food when working out the new arrival of my Tamron zoom. Wish to have more shooting experiences to share



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Not exactly sure but I do see onion rings in the bokeh rings but this may be due to the type of lighting and reflections as I don't see it in prior pictures. At any rate, it is not too distracting on this one but I do take notice of it.

The zoom can take reasonable close up on food and product shots.



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And AF in the dark goes like native lens and it is not scientific but I don't notice any slowness in night shooting wide open



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The lens barrel sleeve attracts dust and look like an old lens after 1 week of storage in my camera bag. To be fair, my bag is likely on dirty side with liens and dust in traveling.

Overall, I find it pleasing to use. Weight is actually a bit heavier than I expected. Maybe my wrong expectation from comparison with the kit lens. My main gripe stays on the absence of 24mm and the lens barrel sleeve. The last may not be a valid complaint as many of my other zoom lens has similar issues. I need to get into habit in cleaning lens between usage. Is there a best practice in cleaning the outer sleeve of a lens.

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Hin
 

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Sorry, I lack sleep and place arrival of Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 E-mount zoom on this thread. I leave it here for some unintended excitement that I get ahead of myself getting 24mm fast prime.

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Hin
 
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Another comparison, Batis 25mm vs 24mm 1.4 vs 28mm 2 vs Loxia 25mm:)

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I really dislike it when they use lenses with hood and without to make the point of HOW MUCH BIGGER one lens is compared to the other. The 28mm F2 is a really nice lens. I don't know why some people knock it. It's light, it's small, and it's fast. Not to mention a fraction of the price. Also, if you want a wider lens you can get 2 adapters for it.
 
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Sorry, I lack sleep and place arrival of Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 E-mount zoom on this thread. I leave it here for some unintended excitement that I get ahead of myself getting 24mm fast prime.

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Hin
I got the Tamron 2 weeks ago. It's really nice and sharp lens. I was actually surprised by how fast the focus is and the macro like qualities it has. I made a post on this site with some photos.
 

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The 28mm F2 is a really nice lens. I don't know why some people knock it. It's light, it small, and it's fast. Not to mention that a fraction of the price.
Yeah, I eye it regularly. It's very nearly as sharp as the Batis 25, but without the size. If it wasn't for the fact that I don't really care for 28mm's AoV, I'd own it.

In terms of the opinions of the greater masses, though, I think the main complaint though is the distortion the lens has before in-camera correction.
 

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Yeah, I eye it regularly. It's very nearly as sharp as the Batis 25, but without the size. If it wasn't for the fact that I don't really care for 28mm's AoV, I'd own it. ...the main complaint though is the distortion the lens has before in-camera correction.
The distortion is something that easily gets fixed. Most people edit their photos in an editor. If they don't they can shoot RAW+JPG and it's fixed in JPG.
 

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What just occurred to me is that this is essentially a 42MP 24/1.4 and a 18MP 36/2.0 (DoF equivalent) in a relatively compact package. I'm really a '35mm guy' and my CV Nokton 1.2 spends a lot of time on my A7rIII, but I really do miss AF for faster people shooting now that I've experienced what it can do. I'll probably eventually get the 35/1.4 (weight is about the same as the 351.2 with adapter), but this could be an even more versatile walk around and travel lens: good for general and street shooting (in APS-C crop if need be) and a good Astro option to boot (stitching a couple of frames for a wider perspective.
 

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While I was at my local camera store, their Sony rep just happened to be there, and he had a 24/1.4 lens with him. That thing is nice. And much smaller than I expected for a 1.4 lens. He said they have probably over 1000 back-orders for that lens right now.
 

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While I was at my local camera store, their Sony rep just happened to be there, and he had a 24/1.4 lens with him. That thing is nice. And much smaller than I expected for a 1.4 lens. He said they have probably over 1000 back-orders for that lens right now.
Mine is one of those :) Hopefully I get it in less than 8 weeks (current Amazon estimate)
 

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