So you Astrophotography fans finally have a fast ultra wide angle lens option, but it’s over 2 grand! Yikes on the price for sure, but the GM badge does ensure top quality optics for your full frame coverage needs.
A quick side note for those Astro Photography fans: Be sure to check out the much more affordable Rokinon glass if you want a much cheaper fast optical option. I recommend looking at the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Lens, but you will need to manual focus of course, which is the norm for astro anyway… Then you have the Rokinon AF 14mm f/2.8 Lens which is more money, but offers AF… The you have the Rokinon 20mm f/1.8 Lens which is the fastest option available today that I am aware of.
So the Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G Lens is a killer ultra wide angle option in my opinion, and with the G Badge you can count on excellent optically quality, build quality, and performance. The price is pretty high at $1698 US, but you do get some awesome optics for the money, based on the sample photos and reviews I have seen so far.
There is no filter thread for attaching filters unfortunately, because the pedal hood is built in. This is fairly common with ultra wide angle lenses, but I can see a lot of people wondering about this feature in particular. You can certainly try and rig up some filters however, but they will need to be very large in order to cover the ultra wide angle view.
Sony has been filling in the gaps to there full frame e-mount lens line-up quite nicely over the past few years. What we are still waiting for is a fast 135mm lens and a few more fast primes I would say. More affordable glass would also be welcomed by the masses as well 😉
Be sure to check out and bookmark my Sony E-Mount lens Guide Page for all the available lenses, links to reviews, and best prices on the web! I am currently updating that page with a better layout and more refined design, so stay tuned for that in the upcoming days as well…
Thanks again for checking in everybody, and please have a wonderful day, Jay