Combo choice 16-35mm f4+A7III or 16-35 Gmaster with A7R2

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Combo choice 16-35mm f4+A7III or 16-35 Gmaster with A7R2
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Alright, been searching and thinking on this for a while and still couldn't come to a conclusion. Needs some advice here:

Shoot primarily for travel/landscape, shooting skill is very beginner ( smartphone shooter), but need top notch quality image (purpose is to save as precious travel memories). shooting will be outdoors, hiking trails, lakes, outdoor city scapes. not gonna shoot everyday life with a camera( having a good phone for that). Night shooting is not a priority now, although in the future may consider astrophotography on camping trips

Choice 1: 16-35mm f4 ($1248) + A7III ($1998)

Choice 2: 16-35mm Gmaster ($2198) + A7R2 ($1598)

budget is not a huge concern, however, concern is:

for choice 1: how much loss of IQ for f4 compared to f2.8, and can A7III make up for the one stop loss of f stop?

for choice 2: OK with Gmaster price, and A7R2 is cheap right now (also higher R may help with landscapes). How often does Sony upgrade their lens though? For example, is Sony gonna release some thing like 16-35mm f1.8 in the future, or release a newer version for the 16-35mm f2.8? You know, just like how camera body upgrade every other year.

Just read some article that money should be spent on good lens instead of body. Don't know how often lens upgrade.

Please advise, thanks

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