Sony have delivered something super exciting this year and it’s their first wide angle GMASTER prime lens, the Sony 24mm 1.4 GMASTER. We have high expectations going in to this review as the bar has been set high with the exceptional optical quality from the GMASTER series. Without further ado here is our review.
- Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
- Two XA Elements, Three ED Elements
- Nano AR and Fluorine Coatings
- Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave AF Motor
- Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
- Rounded 11-Blade Diaphragm
Design and Construction
The form factor of the Sony 24mm 1.4 GMASTER lens is one of it’s most attractive traits. It’s extremely short and quite lightweight which really suits the form factor of the Sony a7 bodies. The aperture and focus rings are well rubberised, and the manual focus ring has a decent resistance which is adequate for video. On the topic of video there is a declicker on the side of the lens, allowing you to de-click the aperture ring for smooth control over depth of field.
The Sony 24mm 1.4 GMASTER lens is a high performing lens. The direct drive AF motor is quiet, accurate and super swift. In addition the lens works well with Sonys electronic features such as EYE AF. In addition the coatings and construction really work well to combat surface reflections such as ghosting, flaring. Chromatic abberations are kept to a minimum and due to its wide nature, there is minimal barrel distortion too. Overall the optical and AF performance is top notch in the Sony 24mm 1.4 GMASTER.
The sample images shot below were shot with a Sony a7RIII and the Sony 24mm 1.4 GMASTER. Images are high in detail and are exceptionally sharp in the center. Corners are sharp too, however a bit of softness and vignetting occur when stopped down above F11.
The Sony 24mm 1.4 GMASTER is a brilliant prime lens and we recommend it to anyone looking for a fast wide angle lens, or a discreet lens thats fantastic for travel. It’s application for video is great too making it a versatile tool for any creative. The price point is just over $2000 which means that it won’t be for everyone, however for those looking for a high quality wide prime lens, this is the lens to get.
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