Ever since I switched to the Sony A7 range of mirrorless cameras some four years ago, I have always wanted an ultra wide-angled lens. So when the FE 16-35 F4 Z was released, I immediately got hold of one. However this lens was not wide enough for some shooting situations that I encountered.
So when the FE 12-24G was announced, I was elated. This was the ideal lens to complete my "trinity" together with my FE 24-70GM and FE 70-200 G.
I put this lens through its paces and here are some of my initial impressions. The coverage of this lens is truly remarkable. It really needs getting used to and I had to fully depend on the viewfinder to compose. Previously, I had used my 16-35 for this extreme shot but was not able to fully cover the whole well in the foreground. With the 12-24 it was a breeze.
Next was the perspective shots and again the 12-24 was up to the task.
Even in extremely cramped situations, the 12-24 got me out of trouble.
For close-up shots, I found that setting the lens to 24mm and shooting at its minimum focusing distance of 0.92m produced smooth and pleasant bokehs!
Even in the most awkward of lighting conditions, the 12-24 was able to faithfully reproduce the colours in spectacular fashion. The sharpness of the lens was beyond my wildest dreams!
In extreme lighting conditions, there was little or no lens flare and chromatic aberration was not noticeable in all my night shots.
This is truly a remarkable lens, and one that I have fully fallen in love with. I will definitely take it along with me in all my field trips.