Sony 20mm F1.8 first experiences (compared to 16-35 GM)

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Re: Sony 20mm F1.8 first experiences (compared to 16-35 GM)

mick232 wrote:

arneh wrote:

Plenty of sharpness for both lenses wide open in the center. But contrast and colors are clearly superior on the 20mm

The difference (low contrast) is so striking that I find it hard to believe. I would not expect (and have never seen) such a bad performance even from a low-end lens, let alone the 16-35 GM.

I once owned a defective Sigma 70-210/2.8 which had some oily residue on an internal element, and the results were similar. Very low contrast in certain lighting conditions, normal contrast in others.

Are you sure your copy is ok? Lens hood attached?

I have tested two copies of the GM 16..35 vs my G 12..24 and in the overlapping zoom range up towards 20 mm focal length the G 12..24 is easily on par with the GM 16..35 at the same aperture and stopped down to f/7.1 it easily outperformed them.

I am surprised about the perceived quality of the GM 16..35 - for me the stopped down performance at the wide en counts - I can see the reason for the OP to favor the G 20 f/1.8 - especially due to that aperture ring on top - which is additionally to the wide open performance the icing on the cream.

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