After using the Sony 24mm f/1.4 G Master for some six months, Chad Wadsworth has put together his full review of the lens. He’s chased Texas BBQ, shot at music festivals and on the water along the Gulf Coast, as well as taking forays into stark desert landscapes, and now Wadsworth writes, "It’s hard to argue that the specs aren’t impressive but specs don’t make photographs. I’ve waited almost six months to collect my thoughts and images made with the 24mm GM and am comfortable reporting that the hype is real."
"The best lenses are the ones you keep on the camera, the ones you have faith in, the ones that excite, and perhaps the ones that open up a new way of seeing. The 24mm GM has become all those things to me."
It might be a bit of a surprise to find that 24mm would find favor with a photographer like Wadsworth who is well known for his work photographing people. Conventional wisdom says that 24mm usually isn’t the right choice in those situations, but as Wadsworth explains, the 24mm G Master is exceptional. “It’s a perfect focal length for architectural interiors or photographing groups of people in smaller spaces. The lens has virtually no distortion so subjects will look natural (no fisheye effect of wider lenses) and your horizontal and verticals will line up nicely.” And, “These days, I’m having a harder time seeing in the focal lengths I previously worked in, as 24mm has become a new favorite.”
In his review, Wadsworth also describes why using the lens on a camera like his α7R III gives it something of a dual personality. “[W]ith judicious use of crop mode, you are essentially blessed with two lenses for the price of one. On a high resolution camera like the α7R II or α7R III, switch to APS-C crop mode and the GM becomes one of the best 35mm lenses in the lineup, while still producing a printable 18mp images."
He sums up the review with some of the highest praise a photographer can bestow upon a piece of gear. "The best lenses are the ones you keep on the camera, the ones you have faith in, the ones that excite, and perhaps the ones that open up a new way of seeing. The 24mm GM has become all those things to me."
See the full review and a gallery of images that Wadsworth made with the 24mm f/1.4 G Master at chadwadsworth.com.