Sony 24mm f/1.8 ZA - is it the best "35mm" FOV for the E-mount still?

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Re: Sony 24mm f/1.8 ZA - is it the best "35mm" FOV for the E-mount still?

Becksvart wrote:

Euell wrote:

Becksvart wrote:

Euell wrote:

Pat Whittingham wrote:

Steve

You show the Sony FE24F1.4GM in your gear list ... is this just a wish list?

But I have the same thought and considering the APSC only 24mm f1.8Z for an A6600 on order.

I think Sony will expand the FE f1.8 series (just a guess) to include the 24mm focal length.

So I have bought the 16-55mm f2.8 and will wait to see what happens in the next year.

If the FF 24mm f1.8 does not come, I expect the 24mm f1.4 GM will come down a bit in price and be a better but more expensive option. In either case, I would prefer a FF 24mm to use on my A7RIII as well as the A6600.

However I often see the APSC 24mm at really attractive prices so I might still buy a used one.

I also recently bought a 35mm Sony Zeiss OVF (from the RX1/RX1R) to use with the A6600 along with the EVF for a beautifully clear optical finder to compose landscape shots. It works in concept on my A7RIII with FE35mm f1.8 but should be even better on the A6600 due to the EVF being on the left side.

The 24mm GM is a much better lens, but larger. The GM is decently sharp wide open. The 24z is overpriced for what you get and not great wide open, if that matters. If the 24z were priced considerably lower, it would be more attractive.

Well I haven't seen a review say the Zony 24 1,8 isn't great (in the center) at f/1,8. The Sony GM is rather larger, almost twice as heavy, doesn't focus as close, doesn't have as high magnification. Yes, new, the pricing seems a bit funky in the States (well relatively speaking, as they are pretty close to each other, in Sweden the GM is almost twice as expensive, and of course both are significantly less in the US)

Close focus is not really an issue IMO..

Yep, close focus in wides is a creative avenue some won't be without (me) while others mainly shoot landscapes and things further off (you). 16cm 0,25x is different from 26cm 0,17x. That said I have no experience with the GM or its close focus abilities.

Put in feet and inches, the F1.4 close focuses to .79 foot or 9.5 inches.  That's pretty close.  The F1.8 will get three inches closer.  I doubt that difference is significant for nearly all photographers and most common uses of a 24mm lens.  Given the differences in IQ, particularly wide open, the GM seems to me the better buy, in the U.S. anyway.  Whether the greater size and weight of the GM over the ZA prevail in purchase considerations, is for each to decide.  However, the GM balances quite well on A6xxx cameras.

When it came out, the 24mm F1.8  was probably the best then available lens for the A6xxx series, but time marches on and Sony is filling out its lens selections.  The 16-55 F2.8 is from all reports much better (and faster) than the previously available APSC zoom lenses for the A6xxx cameras, as its price would seem to indicate.  Likewise, the 24GM is a superior lens optically to the older 24mm F1.8, which, as you point out, may still be preferred by some for considerations of size and weight, although 3 inches closer focusing seems to me not a relevant consideration for most.  Faster and optically better corrected lenses are almost always larger than slower and less well corrected lenses.

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