The best 24/1.4 you can buy from any system
November 15, 2018
It's not an exaggeration to say that Sony just made the best 24/1.4 out there. The most important points are that it's lighter than all modern 24/1.4 (including the Leica 24/1.4) and smaller than most (bigger than the Leica). Here is my own list of pros, so-so, and cons
+ Lightest and smallest for its class so more enjoyable to use, more suitable for small Sony mirrorless bodies
+ Sharp corner-to-corner from WO, great stop down as well
+ Lowest sagittal coma in it class, great for wide-field astrophotgraphy.
+ Mild pincushion distortion (unusual for a wide) that is good for portrait
+ Very minimal focus breathing, not just great for video but also for focus stacking
+ True to the GM design philosophy: prioritize sharpness and bokeh with highest Sony construction quality (aperture ring, customizable on body button, de-click)
+ Great manual focus feel, quite comparable with the best manual focus lenses
+ Cheaper than Canikon and Leica 24/1.4
+ Above average flare resistance and when it happens, flare and ghost can be ugly
+ Above average chromatic aberration suppression: they're there, but not to the point of uncorrectable in post-process.
+ Fast focus speed: faster than the GM 85 and FE 50/1.4 but slower than say FE 55/1.8. I expected blazing fast like the FE 55/1.8 due to the new 3x torque AF motor.
+ Baked in vignetting and lateral CA correction: I prefer to fix these my own, especially vignetting.
I have been saving up to own a set of Leica Luxes for small size/weight, but this really quenched that need. Looking forward for more GM like this one.... Read More