The Sony FE 24mm f1.4 G Master is a wide-angle prime lens designed for its Alpha series of full-frame mirrorless cameras. Announced in September 2018, it’s the 30th full-frame mirrorless lens for Sony’s Alpha system, and the eighth to join its premium G Master series, not to mention being the fourth G Master prime lens after the FE 85mm f1.4, FE 100mm f2.8 STF and FE 400mm f2.8.
The FE 24mm f1.4 delivers a popular field-of-view that’s wider than 28mm without the distortion related to wider options; indeed it’s one of my own favourite focal lengths. The FE 24mm f1.4 combines this coverage with a bright f1.4 focal ratio that’s ideal for low-light use and can also deliver shallow depth-of-field effects, especially when the subject is positioned close to the minimum focusing distance of 24cm.
The optical construction consists of 13 elements in 10 groups, including two extreme aspherical (XA) lens elements to reduce sagittal flare or coma (to maintain the shape of point sources like stars), and three ED elements to reduce chromatic aberrations. Like all G Master lenses, the FE 24mm f1.4 aims to deliver both high resolution across the frame as well as attractive rendering of blurred areas. The 11-blade aperture system maintains a round shape, while a new high-power DDSM linear motor delivers fast and quiet autofocusing. Meanwhile the lens itself comes in narrower and lighter than rival options with a dust and moisture-resistant barrel measuring 75mm in diameter, 92mm in length and weighing 445g. The barrel also features a smooth manual focusing ring, an aperture ring that can be set to clickable or smooth operation, and a customisable focus hold button.
I had a chance to shoot with a final production sample of the lens on an Alpha A7r III body and was impressed by its compact size, light weight, fast focusing and excellent optical performance. Ahead of my full review, here are a selection of sample images I took with the combination. Meanwhile the lens itself should be available in October 2018 at a price of $1399 USD / 1450 GBP, under-cutting Canon and Nikon’s versions, and while Sigma’s ART version is cheaper, the new Sony is lighter and should out-perform it.
Sony FE 24mm f1.4 G Master sample images