16-35mm f2.8 vs 12-24mm f4
On May 17th, Sony announced two new wide-angle lenses, the 16-35mm f2.8 and the ultra wide 12-24mm f4. The 16-35mm f2.8 completes the "holy trinity" joining the 24-70 f2.8 GM and the 70-200 f2.8 GM. A few of us Sony Alpha Collective members tried to decide which lens was better in regards to the look and feel, the overall size and also the image quality. We tested both of these lenses on the new Sony A9 and the Sony A7RII, so take a look and decide for yourself.
Look and Feel
The 16-35mm f2.8 looks similar to the 24-70mm f2.8 GM but smaller. Both lenses are extremely well made and feel good when you hold them. Both of the lenses have a focus hold button and two rings for focusing and zooming. The size is compact, light weight and very portable too carry. The 16-35mm however comes with a AF/MF switch.
Both are very sharp and have great reach. Theres a little bit more distortion on the 12-24mm f4 on the sides but very sharp at the center. Here are a few images from those lenses.
Both are get lenses without a doubt. The 16-35mm f2.8 GM $2,198 and the 12-24mm f4 is priced at $1,698. Both are very sharp, although I would give an edge to the 16-35mm. What are your thoughts on these lenses and which one will you be getting?