G Master lenses are at the pinnacle of Sony’s mirrorless lens catalogue. They are designed and built to meet the rigorous requirements of professionals both in the field and in the studio. They are heavily weather sealed for use outdoors, they have the best available lens coatings to minimize flare and maximize contrast, and they are build using the latest materials to minimize weight despite the often complex optical formulae.

Sony 12-24mm f/2.8 GM weather sealing

The data table on this page contains the specifications for all Sony G Master lenses, allowing you to compare the available options for building a Sony kit around the very best lenses they offer. If you are unfamiliar with the nomenclature that Sony uses to describe their lenses, I recommend you read our previous post entitled Sony Lens Terminology and Abbreviations.

Table Notes

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Lens NameRelease Date (MDY)Focal lengthAperture RangeAngle of View (h)LengthDiameterWeightMFDMMOptical DesignFilterAperture BladesOSSCheck Price
FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM - Scroll to details07/07/2012-24mm2.8-22122° to 84°5.39" / 137 mm3.84" / 97.6mm1.86 lb / 847 g11.02" / 28 cm0.14x17 Elements in 14 GroupsRear9NoAmazon / B&H
FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM5/17/1716-35mm2.8-22107° to 63°4.79" / 121.6mm3.48" / 88.5mm1.5lb / 680g11.02" / 28cm0.19x16 Elements in 13 Groups82mm11NoAmazon / B&H
FE 24mm f/1.4 GM9/20/1824mm1.4-1684°3.64" / 92.4mm2.97" / 75.4mm15.7oz / 445g9.45" / 24cm0.17x13 Elements in 10 Groups67mm11NoAmazon / B&H
FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM2/3/1624-70mm2.8-2284° to 34°5.35" / 136 mm3.45" / 87.6mm1.95lb / 886g1.25' / 38cm0.24x18 Elements in 13 Groups82mm9NoAmazon / B&H
FE 85mm f/1.4 GM2/3/1685mm1.4-1629°4.23" / 107.5mm3.52" / 89.5mm1.8lb / 820g2.62' / 80cm0.12x11 Elements in 8 Groups77mm11NoAmazon / B&H
FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS2/3/1670-200mm2.8-2234° to 12° 30'7.87" / 200mm3.46" / 88mm3.3lb / 1480g3.15' / 96 cm0.25x23 Elements in 18 Groups77mm11YesAmazon / B&H
FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS2/7/17100mm2.8-2024°4.65" / 118.1mm3.35" / 118.1mm1.5lb / 700g1.87' / 57 cm0.25x14 Elements in 10 Groups72mm11YesAmazon / B&H
FE 135mm f/1.8 GM4/10/19135mm1.8-2218°5" / 127mm3.52" / 89.5mm33.5oz / 950g2.3' / 70 cm0.25x13 Elements in 10 Groups82mm11NoAmazon / B&H
FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS4/19/17100-400mm(4.5-5.6)-(32-40)24° to 6° 10'8.07" / 205mm3.7" / 93.9mm49.2oz / 1395g3.22' / 0.98m0.12 to 0.35x22 Elements in 16 Groups77mm9YesAmazon / B&H
FE 400mm f/4 GM OSS6/27/18400mm2.8-226° 10'14.13" / 359mm6.22" / 158.1mm6.4lb / 2895g8.86' / 2.7m0.52x23 Elements in 17 GroupsN/A11YesAmazon / B&H
FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS6/11/19600mm4-224° 10'17.68" / 449mm6.44" / 163.6mm6.7lb / 3.04kg14.8' / 4.51m0.14x24 Elements in 18 GroupsN/A11YesAmazon / B&H
SEL14TC - 1.4x Teleconverter2/3/16N/AN/AN/A1.3" / 33.6mm2.5" / 63.5mm5.9oz / 167gN/AN/A6 Elements in 5 GroupsN/AN/AN/AAmazon / B&H
SEL20TC - 2.0x Teleconverter2/3/16N/AN/AN/A1.68" / 42.7mm2.50" / 63.5mm7.3oz / 207gN/AN/A8 Elements in 5 GroupsN/AN/AN/AAmazon / B&H

Sony 12-24mm f/2.8 GM

The 12-24mm f/2.8 GM is Sony’s widest rectilinear G Master lens, tied for a wide field of view with the cheaper 12-24mm f/4 G lens. At the time of its launch in 2020, this lens was the widest f/2.8 zoom lens on the market from any manufacturer.

Of particular note: Despite the wide aperture and extremely wide focal length, the lens itself is only very slightly longer than the 24-70mm f/2.8 GM, and several hundred grams lighter than some other extreme wide-angle lenses such as the Canon 11-24mm f/4 L. A remarkable achievement from the Sony lens designers.

The lens features a total of 4 XD Linear Focus Motors for incredibly fast focus performance and one of Sony’s most complex lens designs to date. 17 elements in 14 groups, comprised of a series of XA, aspherical, Super ED, and ED elements. The front element of the lens is coated in a brand new coating called Nano AR Coating II. This newly created coating was necessary for this lens to deliver improved resistance to flare and ghosting while maintaining a front lens element with such extreme curvature.

The wide field of view makes this lens a dream for architectural and travel photographers, as well as a popular option for landscape photographers who do not require the use of screw-on filters. The wide aperture also makes it an excellent option for astrophotography.


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