At launch, if you wanted to get the best results from raw files shot using the Sony FE 24mm F2.8 G, you needed to process them using Sony’s free Imaging Edge Desktop software because that has the profile required to straighten out the barrel distortion. However, this information has now been rolled out to Adobe so the corrections can also be made using Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom.
Naturally, it’s not an issue for Jpegs as they are corrected in-camera and it’s only really a problem if you photograph a scene with lots of straight lines.
The in-camera vignetting corrections can be applied to both raw files and Jpegs if the option under ‘Lens Comp.’ is selected in the camera’s menu. Without the ‘Shading Comp.’ activated, there’s corner shading visible throughout the aperture setting range.
With the in-camera vignetting correction activated, there’s still some corner shading evident in images with a uniform tone shot at the wider apertures, but it’s not problematic. It’s negligible by f/5.6 and gone at f/8.
I used the Sony FE 24mm F2.8 G on the 61Mp A7R IV, and the level of sharpness at the centre of the images is very good. If you photograph something flat like a brick wall or a lens chart and scrutinise the results at 100% on a computer screen, you will see slight fall-off in sharpness towards the corners of the image, but it’s minimal and it’s not noticeable in real-world shooting situations or normal viewing sizes.
Further good news is that chromatic aberration and flare are both controlled well.
After shooting with the Nikon Z 24mm F/1.8 S, I missed the extra 1.3EV in the aperture and the additional blur it brings, but the Sony lens is considerably smaller and lighter. Also at f/2.8, you can get good separation from the background if you go close to your subject, it’s just not quite as blurred as at f/1.8.
That said, the out of focus areas captured via the Sony FE 24mm F2.8 G looks good and the highlights are round. I spotted a few examples of bokeh chromatic aberration, but they’re not obvious.
Mounted on the Sony A7R IV, the FE 24mm F2.8 G focuses very quickly and smoothly. It’s also silent – or at least I can’t hear it in action, which is great news for videographers. Focus breathing also kept under good control.