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Sony Zeiss FE 16-35mm F/4 and Sony FE 24-70mm F/2.8 GM comparisons

Here are some comparison crops for you to check out, this time it's between the Sony 24-70mm F/2.8 GM, and the Sony Zeiss 16-35mm F/4.  This is the final comparison that I have for the Sony FE 24-70mm F/2.8 GM lens. I've compared this lens with four others over the last month; two primes, the Sony Zeiss FE 55/1.8, and Sony Zeiss FE 35/2.8, plus two zooms, the Sony Zeiss 24-70mm F/4 OSS, and finally, the one in this post.

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Sony 24-70mm GM, Zeiss lens comparsions

I've finally completed the comparison page for the Sony 24-70mm F/2.8 GM, and Sony Zeiss 24-70mm F/4 lenses.

I'm surprised at the results at 24mm, and 70mm, the Zeiss is not really that much different at wide apertures.  The GM lens really shines in the centers at all apertures and focal lengths, and it's very noticeable in these crops.

The Sony 24-70mm F/2.8 GM (B&H Photo) would be great for someone (with deep pockets) that likes to shoot street scenes and landscapes, and wants near prime lens performance, but is not bothered by a large and heavy lens.

The Sony Zeiss 24-70mm F/4 (B&H Photo,) is about half the price (and heft), of the GM, but is totally adequate for day to day shooting if you don't plan on printing tack sharp 24x36" posters.  I never print that big, and find the Zeiss will continue to meets my needs in the future, so I'm not going to add the GM lens to my stable at this time.  Both lenses offer a lot of performance for the money, you just have to figure out how you're going to use the lens, and what features and qualities are important to you...

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Sony 24-70mm F/2.8 GM full review

Howdy folks, the first real post of of 2018 is ready, and I hope you'll enjoy it, even if you can't afford it.  I'm working on the comparison between this lens and the smaller 24-70mm F/4 version; that should be ready in a few days.

The Sony FE 24-70mm F/2.8 GM is a superb lens, the best zoom lens Sony has ever put out, and I've reviewed almost all Sony lenses going back to the Konica Minolta days before Sony bought them.  Impressive qualities include low light fall-off at all focal lengths, flare and ghosting are minimal, especially at wide apertures, color fringing is well controlled overall; build quality is excellent, although it is a large and heavy lens, but that's typical of other manufacturers similar lenses.  If you are looking for a smaller lens with the same focal range, check out the...

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Zeiss 35/2.8 and Sony 24-70/2.8 GM comparisons.

Here are more comparison crops for you to check out, this time it's between the Sony 24-70mm F/2.8 GM, and the Sony Zeiss 35mm F/2.8; which is a good little lens (reviewed here), but is it as sharp as a zoom lens?  If you aren't interested in reading the whole post, I'll save you some time; the zoom is sharper for the most part all the way around!  Read more...

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Sony FE 24-70/2.8 GM full size test images

Here are some test image sets from the Sony FE 24-70mm F/2.8 GM.  There are five full size images at each marked focal length; 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 70mm; from F/2.8 to F/11.  The test scene is similar to what you see in the image above, at each focal length.  Sony A7R used for review.

I'll make some crops from the centers, mid-sections, and corners and put them side by side as I've done in the past, but that will be included in the review.

So far, sharpness and contrast seem first rate, but there's more to a good lens than resolution, so we'll check the other features and qualities in the full review.

For right now, click the F/number links below for the full size image, and see what you think.  All sets were taken using the same shutter speed for each aperture setting and each focal length.  Images are Jpegs with no adjustments made, in-camera or otherwise...

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Next lens up for review, Sony FE 24-70/2.8 GM with comparisons.

Our next review lens is the Sony FE 'G' Master 24-70mm F/2.8.  I'll be doing a 'running' review; which means I'll post sections of the review as I get them done, instead of waiting to finish the entire review before posting it.  First up will be full size sample test images, and then comparisons with other lenses that I have, including the Sony FE Zeiss 24-70/4, Sony FE Zeiss 35/2.8, Sony FE Zeiss 16-35/4 and maybe the Sony Zeiss 55/1.8.

The 24-70mm F/2.8 'G' Master lens is supposed to be the sharpest mid-zoom yet from Sony, so It should be interesting to see how it performs against other lenses at the same focal lengths.

I should be able to get out some test samples within a couple of days, so check back often.

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