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Sony 24-105mm f/4

Fe G OSS Total-Frame E-Mount (2017-)

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Third St at 19th, San Francisco

Tertiary Street at 19th, San Francisco, 8:03 P.G., sixteen September 2018.
Sony A7R Iii with Sony 24-105mm f/iv M at 105mm at f/4 at 1/10 hand-held at ISO 3,200, Perfectly Articulate. bigger, full-resolution or camera-original © JPG.

2250 Third St, San Francisco

Blue, Green and Red, 3rd Street, San Francisco, viii:02 P.Grand., xvi September 2018.
Sony A7R Iii with Sony 24-105mm f/4 Yard at 24mm at f/4 at i/5 hand-held at ISO 1,600, Perfectly Clear. bigger, full-resolution or camera-original © JPG.

20th street between MN and TN, SFO

20th Street, Dogpatch, San Francisco, 6:06 P.M., 16 September 2018.
Sony A7R III with Sony 24-105mm f/4 G at 49mm at f/7.one at i/160 at Auto ISO 100, Perfectly Clear. bigger, full-resolution or camera-original © JPG.

Chinese place in SFO

Chinese Restaurant San Francisco, 12:25 P.Thousand., sixteen September 2018.
Sony A7R 3 with Sony 24-105mm f/iv G at 86mm at f/six.three at i/250 at Motorcar ISO 100, Perfectly Articulate. bigger or full-resolution.

Chinese place in SFO

Three Brick Windows, San Francisco, v:54 P.Grand., xvi September 2018.
Sony A7R III with Sony 24-105mm f/4 G at 93mm at f/7.1 at 1/320 at Car ISO 100, Perfectly Clear. bigger or full-resolution.

Marilyn Monroe on the telephone in color

Marilyn Monroe on the Phone — in color, 7:00 P.M., 26 February 2018.
Sony A7 III with Sony 24-105mm f/4 One thousand at 105mm at f/4 hand-held at one/125 at Automobile ISO 800, Perfectly Clear. bigger, total-resolution or camera-original © JPG.

Girl Stopped on Motorcycle in the Desert

Girl Stopped on Motorcycle in the Desert, 6:36 P.M., 26 February 2018.
Sony A7 Iii with Sony 24-105mm f/4 M at 40mm at f/8 hand-held on the basis at i/xx at ISO 1,000, Perfectly Articulate. bigger, full-resolution or photographic camera-original © JPG.

Girl dancing naked in the rain

Daughter Dancing in the Rain, 3:18 P.Thou., 27 February 2018.
Sony A7 III with Sony 24-105mm f/4 G at 67mm at f/4 at ane/500 at ISO v,000, Perfectly Articulate. bigger or full-resolution or camera-original © JPG.

Islands Burgers ENC

Islands, 12:53 P.M., xix Dec 2017.
Sony A7R Three with Sony 24-105mm f/4 G at 105mm at f/five.6 at 1/250 at Automobile ISO 100, as shot. bigger or photographic camera-original © JPG.

Dune Buggys, Nellis Dunes Nevada

Dune Buggies, Nellis Dunes, Nevada, ix:58 A.Thousand., 28 February 2018.
Sony A7 III with Sony 24-105mm f/four Thousand at 24mm at f/11 at 1/200 at Automobile ISO 100, Perfectly Clear. bigger, total-resolution or camera-original © JPG.

High Resolution Aerial View of Mandalay Bay Roof, Nevada

Aerial View of Mandalay Bay Roof, Las Vegas, Nevada, iii:18 P.Thousand., 28 February 2018.
Sony A7 III with Sony 24-105mm f/4 G at 105mm at f/four at 1/one,000 at Auto ISO 100, Perfectly Clear. bigger, full-resolution or camera-original © JPG.

Dune Buggy Flying over Dunes, Nellis Dunes Nevada

Dune Buggy Flight over Dune, Nellis Dunes, Nevada, 10:36 A.M., 28 February 2018.
Sony A7 III with Sony 24-105mm f/iv G at 24mm at f/6.3 at 1/500 at Auto ISO 125, equally shot. bigger or camera-original © JPG.

Aerial view of creosote bushes on Nevada desert floor

Aerial Creosote Bush Inventory, Nevada Desert, 4:42 P.M., 28 February 2018.
Sony A7 III with Sony 24-105mm f/4 G at 48mm at f/iv at 1/ane,000 at Auto ISO 400, Perfectly Clear. bigger, full-resolution or camera-original © JPG. This is one of many images used by a joint attempt between the BLM, Google and the Sierra Gild to inventory each and every creosote bush in the Nevada Desert by mid-2019.

Aerial view towards Red Rock from the Las Vegas Strip at sunset

Aerial view towards Scarlet Rock from the Las Vegas Strip at dusk, 5:14 P.M., 28 February 2018.
Sony A7 3 with Sony 24-105mm f/4 G at 34mm at f/four at one/1,000 at Car ISO 500, Perfectly Clear. bigger, full-resolution or camera-original © JPG.

Aerial view of Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam, Nevada Desert, 4:57 P.M., 28 February 2018.
Sony A7 Three with Sony 24-105mm f/4 One thousand at 24mm at f/4 at 1/1,000 at Motorcar ISO 800, Perfectly Clear. bigger, total-resolution or camera-original © JPG.

Aerial view of Frank Gehry Lou Ruvo Brain Health Center, Las Vegas

Aerial view of Frank Gehry’s Lou Ruvo Brain Health Center, Las Vegas, 5:12 P.M., 28 February 2018.
Sony A7 III with Sony 24-105mm f/4 Thousand at 105mm at f/4 at 1/1,000 at Auto ISO 1,250, Perfectly Clear. bigger, total-resolution or photographic camera-original © JPG.

Bellagio Las Vegas turns Chinese

Bellagio Hotel Turns Chinese, 8:06 P.Thou., 28 February 2018.
Sony A7 Three with Sony 24-105mm f/4 K at 30mm at f/four hand-held at i/30 at Auto ISO two,000, Perfectly Clear. bigger, full-resolution or camera-original © JPG.

Paris by Moonlight in the Rain

Paris by Moonlight in the Rain, eight:13 P.M., 28 Feb 2018.
Sony A7 III with Sony 24-105mm f/4 G at 30mm at f/iv hand-held at 1/thirty at Auto ISO 2,500, Perfectly Clear. bigger, total-resolution or camera-original © JPG.

Chevron

Chevron by Mimi’s, 9 P.Chiliad., 15 December 2017.
Sony A7R Three with Sony 24-105mm f/4 G at 24mm at f/four at 1/15 hand-held at Auto ISO 400, Perfectly Clear. bigger, full-resolution file or photographic camera-original © JPG.

Ryan and his snowman

Ryan and the snowman he fabricated at his school Christmas political party, 12:13 P.Yard., 21 December 2017.
Sony A7R 3 with Sony 24-105mm f/4 G at 65mm at f/4 at one/125 at Machine ISO 800, Perfectly Clear. bigger or full-resolution file.

Super-precipitous and great bokeh under whatever conditions!

Check in at orthodontist

Ryan and his MacBook Air, ane:35 P.G., 17 Dec 2017.
Sony A7R III with Sony 24-105mm f/4 G at 78mm at f/iv at 1/125 at Motorcar ISO 3,200, Perfectly Clear. bigger or full-resolution © file.

Check in at orthodontist

Ingather from above.
bigger or full-resolution © file.

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This Sony Iron 24-105mm f/iv G OSS is the earth’s best midrange zoom. It offers spectacular optical functioning too as first-rate mechanical construction at one-half the price of similar lenses, and it’s smaller, lighter and has better ergonomics than the more expensive lenses. Information technology is a superb lens at a reasonable price, a weather-resistant baby version of the huge 24-70mm f/two.8 GM.

This is a professional lens at a consumer price!

In fact, it’due south a better lens than the older and similar-looking 24-70mm f/2.8 GM considering this lens is simply as tough and weather-resistant, adds 50% more zoom range and optical stabilization, and does information technology in a smaller, lighter package with less flare and tighter macro focusing for half the price. Bravo!

While f/two.8 was helpful when shooting film back in the 1980s, digital has such great high-ISO functioning that f/4 is more than fast enough for hand-belongings in whatsoever lite, and bokeh is very similar between f/4 and f/2.8 — while the size, weight, zoom range, stabilization and price difference is huge.

The Sony Fe 24-105mm f/four G OSS is ultra sharp, much sharper than the dinky ZEISS Iron 24-70mm f/4 OSS at 24mm in the corners and sharper than the ZEISS 16-35mm from 24~35mm. We may safely forget those sometime Zeiss lenses from before this decade.

This Sony is also smaller, lighter and easier to use than the Canon 24-105/4 L II, and once-cracking Nikon doesn’t even make a 24-105mm lens.

Bravissimo, Sony!

Practiced


Ultrasharp at every setting, especially broad-open at f/four.


Splendid bokeh.


Constant f/4 at all focal lengths.


Very fast and silent autofocus.


Focus lock button.


Metal filter thread.


Unusually solid and precise construction.


Bargain cost for this level of optical and mechanical functioning.

Bad


Nix.

Missing


No focus or depth-of-field scales.

Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS

Sony FE 24-105mm f/four G.
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This is a full-frame lens and I’m reviewing it as such.

It works nifty on APS-C cameras and you may brand the usual inferences for them. I never suggest using full frame normal zooms on APS-C; you pay a huge premium in size and money for a full frame lens, and most of its prototype is simply wasted with the cropped sensors of APS-C cameras. For APS-C cameras, use an APS-C lens like the ZEISS 16-70/iv which offers a more appropriate zoom range in a smaller parcel for less money. Heck, for APS-C consider the 16-50mm PZ for the small size and weight for which you went mirrorless in the first place.

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This works on all Sony East-mount cameras, full-frame and APS-C crop-sensor. This includes all the variations of NEX, A9-, A7-, A6xxx and A5xxx serial cameras.

It will not work on any Sony A-mountain DSLR or any Minolta MAXXUM 35mm SLR of any kind. Those use the old A mount which was actually the Minolta MAXXUM mount from 1987.

Specifications

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Proper name

Sony calls this the FE 24-105mm f/four G OSS:

    Fe:
Full-frame coverage, E-mount.

    G:
ways Sony’s nearly best, only not quite as physically tough as the GM “G Master” lenses — but this lens seems identical mechanically to the 24-70/2.eight GM.

    OSS:
“Optical Steady Shot” Image Stabilization.

Optics

Sony 24-105mm f/4 Lens Construction

Sony 24-105/4 structure.


ED
,

Advanced Aspherical

and

Aspherical

elements. bigger.

17 elements in 14 groups.

4 aspherical elements, two of which Sony calls “Advanced Aspherical.”

3 extra low dispersion elements.

Schmutz-resistant fluorine coated front element.

Diaphragm

Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS

Sony 24-105mm f/4.
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9 rounded blades.

Stops down to f/22.


Focal Length

24-105mm.

When used on APS-C, it sees the aforementioned angle of view as a 35-150mm lens sees when used on a total-frame camera.

See also Crop Factor.



Angle of View

84º ~ 23º diagonal on full-frame.

61° ~ 15° diagonal on APS-C.

Autofocus

Internal focus.

No external movement equally focussed, then no air or dust is sucked in.

Sony claims a Directly Drive Super Sonic Motor (DDSSM) arrangement.

Shut Focus

1.25 feet (0.38 meters).

Maximum Reproduction Ratio

ane:three.2 (0.31 ×).

Stabilizer

Yes.

Filters

Metal 77mm filter thread.

Hood

Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS

Sony ALC-SH152 hood for 24-105mm f/4.
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ALC-SH152 hood included.

Case

Instance included.

Size

3.28″ maximum diameter × 4.46″ extension from flange.

83.4mm maximum diameter × 113.3mm extension from flange.


Weight

23.350 oz. (662.0 g) actual measured weight.

Rated 23.4 oz. (663 g).

Included

Lens (SEL24105G).

ALC-F77S front and ALC-R1EM rear cap.

ALC-SH152 hood.

Case & strap.

Announced

Wednesday, 25 October 2017.

Shipping since

Mid-Dec 2017.

Sony Model Number

SEL24105G.

Price, USA

$i,298, Oct 2017 ~ April 2018.

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Overall   Autofocus   Breathing   Bokeh   Distortion

Ergonomics   Falloff   Filters   Flare & Ghosts

Lateral Color Fringes   Macro   Mechanics

Sharpness   Spherochromatism

Stabilization   Sunstars

Overall

Performance          acme

This Sony 24-105 4 is the near applied high-quality zoom you can get for your Sony. Everything works great and all my pictures are super-precipitous and well exposed.

Autofocus

Performance          meridian

Autofocus is fast and completely silent.

There is a single focus lock button that’s a Godsend; hold it to lock focus.

The diaphragm operation is as well completely silent.

Manual Focus

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Manual focus is electronic; the focus ring is only connected to the camera’s computers.

Slide the switch to MF and y’all’re in Manual Focus.

On most Sony cameras, set “DMF” as the focus mode (commonly via your Fn push button) and you’ll have instant transmission override only by turning the band in what otherwise works like the AFS mode.

Focus Animate

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Focus breathing is the image changing size equally focused in and out. It’due south important to cinematographers because it looks funny if the prototype changes size as focus gets pulled dorsum and forth between actors. If the lens does this, the paradigm “breathes” by growing and contracting slightly every bit the dialog goes back and forth.

I don’t meet whatsoever breathing, making this ideal for movies — if yous tin get around the odd electronic focus ring. I uncertainty yous’ll get good results with a pro follow-focus rig since the ring isn’t really connected to the focus mechanism and therefore won’t reproduce the same focus as yous render the band to the same spot.

Bokeh

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Bokeh, the feel or quality of out-of-focus areas as opposed to how far out of focus they are, is excellent. Backgrounds only melt abroad.

Hither are samples at headshot altitude:

Sony 24-105 2.8 Bokeh

Davis 6250 atmospheric condition station and bee, 8:50AM, 19 December 2017.
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Sony 24-105 2.8 Bokeh

Davis 6250 atmospheric condition station, viii:50AM, nineteen December 2017.
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Distortion

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The Sony 24-105/4 Grand has no visible distortion as shot on Sony cameras which correct information technology past default. My A7R Three won’t let me turn off the baloney correction.

For ultra-critical uses you can correct the tiny amount of residual distortion with these values in Photoshop’s lens baloney filter.

These aren’t facts or specifications, they are the results of my research that requires hours of photography and calculations on the resulting data.

On Total-Frame

Correction factor as shot on A7R Iii with its Correction ON

24mm

+0.50

35mm

-0.80

50mm

-0.80

70mm

-0.50

105mm

-0.50

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Ergonomics

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This is an easy lens to hold and shoot.

Zooming is perfect. It tin can be zoomed with a strong finger, and information technology’s easy with two fingers. Information technology’s shine and well damped.

In that location’s no creep, and it’s almost as easy to zoom when pointed direct upwards or down.

Zooming is well spaced; it’southward easy to set precise framing anyplace in the range.

Focus is an electronic encoder ring. It turns freely, and what it does depends on how you lot accept your camera set.

The switches autumn correct under my thumb.

Bravo!

Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS

Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS

Sony 24-105mm f/iv at 24mm.
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Sony 24-105mm f/iv at 105mm.
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Falloff

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Falloff is invisible with the camera’s default “Shading Correction” ON.

Filters, use with

operation          height

In that location’s no need for thin filters.

Get ahead and use your standard rotating polarizer and grad filters.

I can utilise fat 77mm filter and get no vignetting at 24mm on full-frame, and I tin can stack filters at longer settings on full frame.

Avoid polarizers at the 24mm setting with any lens; the heaven’southward natural polarization may appear equally a night band across the sky.

Flare & Ghosts

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In that location is no flare or ghosting to speak of; information technology’south much less than the 24-70mm f/2.8 GM

Lateral Color Fringes

Functioning          top

There are no color fringes every bit shot on Sony cameras, most of which by default correct for any that may be there.

Macro

Performance          top

Information technology gets fifty-fifty tighter than the 24-70/ii.8 GM!

Macro performance is very skillful; it gets very close and is very abrupt:

Sony 24-105mm f/4 Sample Image

Kienzle Flieger Automat 800/2843, 21 Dec 2017.
Sony A7II, Sony 24-105mm f/iv Thousand at 105mm at f/viii at i/320 at Auto ISO 100. bigger or camera-original © file.

Hither’s a crop:

Sony 24-105mm f/4 Sample Image

one,200 x 900 pixel crop from above.
bigger or camera-original © file.

If this is about 6″ (15cm) wide on your screen, the consummate epitome would print at 26 × xl” (67 × 100 cm) at this same high magnification. If this is about 12″ (30cm) broad on your screen, the consummate image would print at 53 × lxxx” (4.5 × 6 feet or ane.3 × 2 meters) at this same high magnification.

Wide-open at f/iv

Spherochromatism appears wide-open:

Sony 24-105mm f/4 Sample Image

Kienzle Flieger Automat 800/2843, 21 Dec 2017.
Sony A7II, Sony 24-105mm f/4 G at 105mm at f/four at 1/ane,250 at Auto ISO 100. bigger or photographic camera-original © file.

And a crop:

Sony 24-105mm f/4 Sample Image

1,200 x 900 pixel crop from above.
bigger or camera-original © file.

If this is about 6″ (15cm) wide on your screen, the complete epitome would print at 26 × 40″ (67 × 100 cm) at this same high magnification. If this is well-nigh 12″ (30cm) wide on your screen, the complete image would print at 53 × 80″ (4.v × 6 feet or ane.3 × 2 meters) at this same loftier magnification.

Mechanical Quality

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Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS

Sony 24-105mm f/4.
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This Sony 24-105 is made very well, much ameliorate than other lenses for the same toll. Information technology’s made as well as the $ii,200 24-70/2.8 GM, with lots of metal all over.

Front end Bumper

None.

Filter Threads

Metal.

Hood Bayonet Mount

Metal.

Front Barrel

Metal.

Focus Ring

Safe-covered solid metal.

Mid Barrel

Section with focus lock buttons: plastic.

Zoom Ring

Condom-covered metal.

Rear Butt

Plastic.

Identity

Little raised silver-lettered plate glued to elevation of barrel.

Dark grey paint on bottom rear of butt.

Internals

Seems like mostly metal, with metal cams.

Moisture Seal at Mount

Aye.

Mountain

Dull chromed metallic.

Markings

Focal-length settings are engraved into the metal and filled with paint on the zoom band, while other markings are painted.

Serial Number

A sticker glued to the lesser of the barrel – non an acceptable fashion to serialize any production that sells for more $10, but the $2,200 24-lxx/2.8 GM does information technology the aforementioned way.

Date Code

None plant.

Noises When Shaken

Very balmy clunking.

Made in

China.

Sharpness

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This 24-105 is ultra precipitous at every setting everywhere in the image. Yes, it’s better than the ZEISS lenses.

Here’due south an paradigm shot wide-open at 105mm, and it’s ultra-sharp corner to corner. You tin can’t enquire any more of a lens than this:

High Resolution Aerial View of Mandalay Bay Roof, Nevada

Aerial View of Mandalay Bay Roof, Las Vegas, Nevada, three:18 P.M., 28 February 2018.
Sony A7 Iii with Sony 24-105mm f/4 G at 105mm at f/4 at ane/1,000 at Machine ISO 100, Perfectly Clear. bigger, total-resolution or camera-original © JPG.

Here are Sony’s MTF charts at

f/4




and

f/8

at ten cyc/mm (heavy) and 30 cyc/mm (sparse), radial (solid) and tangential (dotted):

Sony 24-105/2.8 MTF

Sony 24-105/2.8 MTF

MTF at 24mm.

MTF at 105mm

Spherochromatism

Operation          top

Spherochromatism, besides chosen “color bokeh” by laymen, can cause colored fringes on out-of-focus highlights, usually seen as green fringes on backgrounds and magenta fringes on foregrounds with fast, long lenses shot broad open.

Information technology is an advanced form of chromatic abnormality in a different dimension than lateral colour. Spherochromatism is nigh usually seen in fast lenses of moderate focal length when shooting contrasty items at total aperture. It goes away as stopped down.

Sony 24-105mm f/4 Spherochromatism

Sony 24-105mm f/4 Spherochromatism.
The picket is tilted so the right side is farther away than the left. Sony A7II, Sony 24-105mm f/four K at 70mm at f/4 at 1/250 at Auto ISO 100. bigger or camera-original © file.

Sony 24-105mm f/4 Spherochromatism

1,200 10 900 pixel ingather from above.
Run across how the white hands (closer) have reddish fringes and other markings (further away) take blueish fringes? bigger or camera-original © file.

This Sony has a relatively minor dose of cyan/carmine-orangish spherochromatism. This is great for portraits since it helps smooth blue and green backgrounds of sky and foliage, but bad for cinematography since it can lead to weird green fringes on out-of-focus bright areas and points of light.

Image Stabilization

Performance          top

Image stabilization works great. I can mitt hold it under any conditions I need:

Sony A7 III High ISO Sample Image File

Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, 8:21 P.Thou., 28 February 2018.
Sony A7 III with Sony 24-105mm f/four Thou at 46mm wide-open at f/four mitt-held at 1/8 at Car ISO 1,600, exactly as shot. bigger or camera-original © JPG.

Third St at 19th, San Francisco

Third Street at 19th, San Francisco, eight:03 P.Thou., 16 September 2018.
Sony A7R 3 with Sony 24-105mm f/4 Yard at 105mm at f/4 at 1/ten hand-held at ISO iii,200, Perfectly Articulate. bigger, full-resolution or camera-original © JPG.

2250 Third St, San Francisco

Blue, Green and Blood-red, Third Street, San Francisco, eight:02 P.M., xvi September 2018.
Sony A7R 3 with Sony 24-105mm f/four 1000 at 24mm at f/4 at one/5 hand-held at ISO 1,600, Perfectly Clear. bigger, full-resolution or camera-original © JPG.

Sunstars

Performance          top

Due to its rounded diaphragm blades, this 24-105 makes softer sunstars on brilliant points of light, and just at the smaller apertures.

It does make some decent sunstars, simply only under ideal conditions.

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Best 24-105mm Lenses Compared

Versus the 24-70mm f/2.eight GM

The 24-70mm f/2.eight GM is an older lens that’s twice as expensive, weighs 50% more than, can’t zoom as far and lacks stabilization. Both of these lenses are made simply besides and are as sharp as each other.

The f/2.8 lens is a stop faster, but I don’t find that important with digital cameras and the insane ISOs at which they nonetheless brand peachy pictures.

This 24-105mm lens is much easier to carry all twenty-four hours and zooms much more easily, makes tighter macro shots, has less flare, adds optical stabilization and zooms 50% longer — and costs half as much.

I have no idea why some people go excited most lenses that only become to 70mm; 105mm is far more useful.

I’d forget about the f/2.8, unless yous are the sort of guy who likes to flaunt his fancy lenses more than he likes to show off great photos. The 2.8 might be a pilus sharper in the corners at ii.8 in the lab, but the real-earth photos of the 24-105 are at least as good when you add stabilization and the meliorate zoom range.

The 2.eight is more for sports and action pros who need 2.8 for fast shutter speeds even in the dark, and may appreciate its possibly fifty-fifty faster focussing. For solar day to solar day shooting, I adopt this 24-105.

Versus the 24-240mm OSS

The 24-240mm OSS is a less expensive, lighter-duty lens that weighs a lilliputian more than, and has over double the zoom range.

These are different lenses; get the 24-240 if y’all don’t want to carry a separate tele, and get this 24-105mm if you want a college-quality lens to cover only to 105mm.

Versus the ZEISS Iron 24-70/four

The ZEISS FE 24-70/4 is a smaller, older, lighter weight and lighter duty lens. It doesn’t zoom as far, macro isn’t every bit close and it isn’t as sharp at wide angles.

The ZEISS is a more often than not plastic lens inside a thin metallic vanity shell; this Sony is a much tougher lens.

This Sony is significantly sharper in the corners wide-open at 24mm than the ZEISS.

This Sony has a focus lock button, the f/4 ZEISS does not.

Once more, I accept no thought why some people go excited about lenses that only go to 70mm; 105mm is far more useful.

I’d pass on the Zeiss unless y’all’re willing to forgo a lot of zoom range and performance to save viii.4 oz. (237g) around your cervix.

Versus Canon

This is a dumb comparison, since the best lens to employ is the i that fits your camera. Don’t waste fourth dimension with adapters since all they exercise is mess things up. For Sony, use this Sony lens.

The Canon 24-105/4 L II is a marvelous professional

L

lens, but it’southward also much heavier (4.6 oz./133g) than the Sony 24-105.

They perform likewise optically; each is superb.

On a Sony photographic camera, the Canon 24-105 will misconstrue much more than since the camera can’t compensate for information technology, and but the Sony lens’ optical stabilizer volition work.

The Sony’s ergonomics are much meliorate; it’s piece of cake to zoom while the Catechism has a very stiff zoom ring which is a pain to move afterward a twenty-four hours of shooting.

This Sony merely has electronic transmission focus-by-wire, while the Canon has a real directly-connected transmission focus ring with instant manual override — no menus or digital foolishness needed as with this Sony.

This Sony has 1 focus lock button, absent-minded on the Catechism.

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Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS

Sony 24-105mm f/4.
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AF/MF

Leave the slide switch at AF (autofocus). Use MF, Transmission Focus, only if you want to disable autofocus.

On most Sony cameras, set “DMF” as the focus mode (usually via your Fn push) and you’ll have instant manual override simply by turning the ring in what otherwise works like the AFS manner.

OPTICAL STEADY SHOT

Leave this ON.

I’d but turn it off if I was on a
very
sturdy tripod, and and so only if I was making long exposures. Otherwise the stabilizer often tin can help reduce vibration from the tripod.

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Overall

I love this lens. information technology’s the best midrange zoom available for total-frame Sony cameras if y’all live in the real world where you have to carry your own gear all day. This 24-105mm is a pro-level lens at a consumer price! Someone at Sony is starting to take the photography market seriously, bravo!

The 24-70/2.8 GM is more of a showboat lens for people who don’t actually apply it (or who shoot pro sports and action all day and night), and the 24-240mm is a lighter-duty lens with longer range but less optical operation and durability.

Protective Filter

I use a clear (UV) protective filter instead of a cap. I simply employ a cap sometimes when I throw this in my pocketbook, otherwise I exit a clear filter on my lens at all times and that’s it.

The best protective filter is the 77mm Hoya multicoated HD3 UV which uses hardened glass and repels dirt and fingerprints.

For less money, the B+Due west 77mm 010 is an splendid filter, as is the multicoated version and the basic multicoated Hoya filters or the 77mm Nikon Articulate (NC – UV), simply the Hoya HD3 is the toughest and the best.

Filters last a lifetime, then you may as well get the best since the Hoya HD3 stays cleaner than the others and will outlast this lens — and maybe y’all!

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I’d get my Sony 24-105 at Adorama, at Amazon, at B&H or at Crutchfield.

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