Best 24mm Lens for Sony Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras

BY IDDO GENUTH tested five 24mm lenses for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras. They are Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM lens, Sigma 24mm F2 DG DN lens, VILTROX FE 24mm  F1.8 lens, Samyang FE 24mm F1.8 AF lens and Tamron 24mm F2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens

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Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM $1,398 Amazon/ B&H/ Adorama
Sigma 24mm F2 DG DN $639 Amazon/ B&H/ Adorama
VILTROX FE 24mm  F1.8 $429 Amazon/ B&H/ Adorama
Samyang FE 24mm F1.8 AF $448 Amazon/ B&H/ Adorama
Tamron 24mm F2.8 Di III OSD $199 Amazon/ B&H/ Adorama

Below is the final conclusion:

  • Sony FE 24mm F1.4 – The Sony 24mm f/1.4 GM is unsurprisingly the big winner of this roundup. It has outstanding optical performance, superb AF, great build quality, and nice features and it certainly deserves its G Master title.
    The only drawbacks of this lens aside from the high price are the breathing performance (currently corrected with the A7 IV), and mediocre close-up and macro capabilities (although the actual image quality close-up is very good).
  • Samyang AF 24mm F1.8 – The Samyang 24mm is a very attractive compact offering by the company. If you are willing to work from around f/2.8 or above you are getting a very sharp lens, with nice close-up performance, low vignette, and fairly controlled flare with practically no breathing.
    While the AF isn’t on the same level as the Sony it seemed to perform fairly well in our test and aside from the rather basic build quality, the only thing we didn’t like about this lens is the custom switch which can be really annoying sometimes.
  • Tamron 24mm F/2.8 – The Tamron 24mm f/2.8 is the least expensive of the lenses we tested. With that said the lens is quite sharp at f/2.8 and very sharp at f/4 in the center of the frame. Its biggest selling point is no debut its super close-up distance and 1:2 macro capabilities, but just remember that you will need to close down quite a bit (f/5.6 or higher) for sharp results close up. With such a low-priced lens it is no wonder that there are quite a few drawbacks to this lens. The flare, vignette, and breathing are not particularly good on the lens but most of all the AF seems not to be as good as that of the other lenses we tested being noisy and jittery. It would be really nice to see an updated version of this lens with better AF and improved optics but with the same macro capabilities, even at a higher price tag.
  • Sigma 24mm F2 – The Sigma i-series continue to impress us and the 24mm f/2 is no exception. The lens is very sharp even wide open and extremely sharp at f/2.8 across the frame with very good sharpness at f/2.8 close-up. Vignette, flare, and CA are all above average and the lens has fantastic build quality. Maybe more importantly it has super-fast focus – faster even than the Sony although the Sony has the edge in video in terms of smooth transitions. There are just a few drawbacks to this lens. We don’t really care for the fact that the focus is nonlinear which can irritate video shooters, the breathing on the lens is also quite significant and it would be nice to see better macro magnification, but other than that Sigma has another winner on its hands with this lens.
  • Viltrox AF 24mm F1.8 FE – This is the first FF lens from Viltrox that we are reviewing here and it is certainly nice to see more competition on the market. The lens AF actually surprised us being fairly fast and relatively accurate. Sharpness at the center is OK, especially from f/2.8 but you will need to go to f/5.6 for optimal sharpness across the frame. Breathing is also well controlled on this lens. This lens does have a few things that Viltrox will need to improve upon including vignette, flare, and close-up image quality (Viltrox seems not to prioritize macro magnification and close-up focus distance on any of its current lenses).

 

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Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM $1,398 Amazon/ B&H/ Adorama
Sigma 24mm F2 DG DN $639 Amazon/ B&H/ Adorama
VILTROX FE 24mm  F1.8 $429 Amazon/ B&H/ Adorama
Samyang FE 24mm F1.8 AF $448 Amazon/ B&H/ Adorama
Tamron 24mm F2.8 Di III OSD $199 Amazon/ B&H/ Adorama