Sony FE 24mm F2.8 G E-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#45778 date: Oct-21-2021
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Rokinon 16 F2
Sony E 16 F2.8
Sigma 20 F1.8 EX DG
Tamron 20 F2.8 OSD M1:2
Sony E 20 F2.8
Minolta AF 20 F2.8 & RS
Sigma 24 F1.8 EX DG HSM
Sony 24 F2 SSM Distagon
Samyang AF 24 F2.8
Tamron 24 F2.8 OSD M1:2
Minolta AF 24 F2.8
Sigma AF 24 F2.8 II
Discover/Neewer 25 F1.8
Canon EF 28 F1.8 USM
Sigma 28 F1.8 HS & EX DG
Minolta MD & AF 28 F2
Sony FE 28 F2
Canon EF 28 F2.8 IS USM
Minolta/Sony AF 28 F2.8
Neewer 28 F2.8
price paid:450 USD (new)
positive:Well-aligned optics
Focusing
"Dust and moisture resistant"
negative:Price
High barrel distortion
Breathing
Lateral CA
Dark corners
Distortion compensation forced
comment:This may have been a temporary pricing mistake by a couple of large retailers. Sony is currently offering a $50 sale on this lens, not $150 off. This is the same price I paid for the 40 G a few months ago. The older competing Tamron and Samyang primes are both available new for under $200. "Made in China"

Sony's main achievement in lenses recently is optical quality control especially compared to their older, more expensive lenses.

This lens has higher contrast wide-open than the smaller Samyang--very similar to the Tamron, but it has even more barrel distortion than the Tamron and darker corners than either the Tamron or Samyang. The Distortion Compensation is forced enabled, so the optical barrel distortion cannot be previewed in live-view. It has higher lateral CA than the Tamron or Samyang which along with the higher distortion and more corner shading makes it a worse choice for landscapes. The lateral CA is not quite as bad as the old A-mount F2.8 primes, but it is close.

I kinda wish this used a similar ugly hood as the 40 and 50 mm primes, since that design makes the focus control much easier to use. This little circular hood is reversible however.

Sony autofocus does work best with their own lenses. If focusing is less of a priority and you find a well-aligned copy the third-party options are better deals.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 3
  • sharpness: 3.50
  • color: 4.33
  • build: 4.00
  • distortion: 3.33
  • flare control: 4.00
  • overall: 3.83
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