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)

arneh wrote:

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?

Read my later posts in the thread.

TLDR; No way near as big difference in other tests. First test was very unfortunate. A clear filter I used on the 16-35 may have played a part.

Exactly.  I am sure Sony 20/1.8 G is sharper @f2.8 especially at edges.  But after stopping down a bit, the difference is not that much.  The same as I see with Voigtlander FE 21/1.4 Nokton that is also a very sharp lens.  Sharpness is not the key factor but characters (especially sunstar and micro-contrast in some degree) where I will use the prime.  But the 16-35 GM versatility cannot be denied in many occasions.

I have so many photos from 16-35 GM in my albums that shows it's very good in sharpness and contrast.

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