Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 iii vs Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 vs Sony G Master 16-35mm f/2.8 vs Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC vs Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8. Five lenses square off in a battle never seen before. Can the Sony G-Master mirrorless lens beat these adapted DSLR lenses in a rigorous competition??
Lens Introduction – 0:59
Lens Mounting – 5:14
Focus Ring – 6:03
Zoom Ring – 11:23
Image Quality – Introduction 14:38
Image Quality 16mm – 15:26
Image Quality 24mm – 19:33
Image Quality Conclusion – 22:45
Stabilization – 26:46
Distortion – 29:00
Vignette intro and 16mm – 33:02
Vignette 24mm – 37:18
Vignette Conclusion – 41:20
Light Transmission – 41:54
Bokeh intro then test #1 – 43:15
Bokeh test #2 – 45:16
Bokeh test #3 – 46:48
Bokeh test #4 – 47:40
Close Focus Distance – 48:43
Focus Breathing – 49:33
Weight – 50:51
Sun Flare intro then test #1 – 53:38
Sun Flare test 2 – 55:13
Chromatic Aberration intro then test #1 – 57:04
Chromatic Aberration test #2 – 58:47
Autofocus (N/A) – 59:39
Conclusion – Primary Shootout Conclusion (the base method) – 1:00:21
Conclusion – Alternative Comparison #1 (optical stabilization)- 1:02:38
Conclusion – Alternative Comparison #2 (autofocus) – 1:03:15
Conclusion – Alternative Comparison #3 (zoom range) – 1:04:12
My Pick (the lense i would buy) – 1:05:10
Note that, the primary criteria for the lenses in this video are four things:
1. The lenses must have a maximum aperture of f/2.8.
2. They must all be in the ultra wide angle zoom catagory.
3. They must all be current on the market as of the date of this this video.
4. And they will all be tested on Sony E-mount cameras (a7rii and a7s) exclusively (but there will actually be one exception).
Non criteria for this video consists of price, matching maximum focal ranges, native mount vs adapters, types of adapters, and mirrorless lenses vs DSLR lenses.
This presentation comes from the vantage point of videography, and has the benefit of the Sony E mount camera system in mind. While DSLR lenses were not designed for the mirrorless camera, and certainly could be tested on their respective Canon and Nikon bodies, this video is not a multi systems (camera) based approach to appraise the competence of these lenses, rather it is a singular one in order to exhibit the results obtained from the Sony E mount system only.
Chapter selections are available in the video description below, so you could just skip ahead to whatever test you want.
All corrective tools in post, such as custom lens profiles, Literoom, or anything like that, are excluded from consideration because they are distinct from the lenses themselves. We are just looking at the out of the box, mechanical performance of these lenses only, with no outside help.
I do not ever attempt the so-called test category of build quality as many others do, because i believe that the truth of a lens’ build quality and workmanship are contained primarily on the inside of the lens, not on the outside. To see it, this requires the skill of a technician to dismantle the lens, a skill that i don’t have and therefore would never attempt it. Neither could this ever be performed on a rental lens anyways.
I do not talk about certain lens specifications, such as number of elements and groups, number of iris blades, type of coating on the lens, ect. These kinds of details are not empirically derived from real world testing, they are just general and simple facts that are always listed on the manufacturers
Nobody reviewed this video prior to publishing, nor do i make money off this video (quite the opposite, i spent a lot) as of the date of publishing. I am merely an independent enthusiast, so negative criticism is rarely taken seriously, especially when they are rude or ignorant of what they are talking about. Otherwise i am happy to embrace positive criticism that is respectful and intelligent, and i have been doing so.