Is the Sony 16-35 GM really so bad?

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Sanjeev Das Senior Member • Posts: 1,356
Is the Sony 16-35 GM really so bad?

Recently I rented the Sony 16-35 GM. I have other GMs and love their optics, feel and handling and wanted to see if the 16-35 could be a worthy purchase. Compared to my $1400 Sigma 14-24 f/2.8 DG DN, the $2000 Sony GM seems to be worse in every way (the Sigma is really like a bag of primes).

Some impromptu shots with the two lenses.

Sigma 14-24 @ f/5.6 DG DN

Sony 16-35 GM @ f/5.6

Sigma lower right 1:1 crop

Sigma lower left 1:1 crop

Sony lower right 1:1 crop

Sony lower left 1:1 crop

Is the Sony GM really so bad or did I get a bad copy?

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