While details still remain a little cloudy, we can be fairly certain that Sony has a few announcements coming up in the next couple of weeks, and we can now be pretty sure that one of them is a brand new 12-24mm f/2.8 GM for full-frame mirrorless cameras.
While Sony's 12-24mm f/4 has been around for a good few years, an f/2.8 version has always been something of a hole in Sony’s lens lineup. The other alternative would have been the 14-24mm f/2.8 Art from Sigma, though this loses a significant 2mm at the wider end.
A date isn’t certain and the price is subject to speculation, but you can be fairly sure that this will not be a cheap lens. The f/4 version is just shy of $1,800, and as a GM lens that’s even faster, my guess is that this will be priced in excess of $3,000, especially when you consider that the Canon 11-24mm f/4 currently sells for $2,699. The combination of zoom, width, and speed means that this a complicated lens to construct, making it expensive.
Sony fans might be wondering if the Japanese giant has plans to overhaul its holy trinity. With Tamron and Sigma producing excellent quality glass at very attractive prices, Sony might be wise to bump up the quality of its current offering to keep its customers happy.
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