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Why Is Sony’s New Wide-Angle Lens so Expensive and Is It Worth the Money?

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Sony’s new ultra-wide angle zoom lens, the FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM, is available for pr-order right now for $2,998. Why does it cost so much and can you justify spending that amount of money when other options are available?

Ultra-wide angle zoom lens with fast apertures don’t tend to come cheap, and Sony’s latest G Master lens is no exception. This short video from Ted Forbes explains why this high-end, professional lens costs so much money and discusses why you might want to consider buying it over its two closest alternatives.

Forbes doesn’t go into too much detail, but the 2mm offered by the 12-24mm f/2.8 over the 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art lens from Sigma are a sizable difference, especially if you shoot real estate and simply don’t have the option of taking a few steps back. 14-24mm will save you more than 50% when it comes to the price, however; the Sigma costs a mere $1,399.

If you’re looking to save even more money while still getting a huge amount of width, you might want to consider a prime — something like the Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8. You can check out a review here.

Will you be preordering Sony’s new lens? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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