Anyone struggle with the RF 24-105 F4L IS vs. RF 24-70 F2.8L IS decision?

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Anyone struggle with the RF 24-105 F4L IS vs. RF 24-70 F2.8L IS decision?

I have never held a RF lens at this point. I just know that I was never impressed with the EF 24-105 F4L IS, which came as the kit lens for my 5DMkII. I sold it and much preferred the EF 24-70 F2.8L IS II for its indoor capabilities, DoF, and just more "pop" in general.

But what I read about the RF 24-105 F4L IS, I keep reading that it is a better lens and the "gulf" between it and the RF 24-70 F2.8L IS is not as wide. The former is better on the wallet, lighter, and offers more range but is just as sharp and "poppy" as the RF 24-70 F2.8L. Is this true? Does anyone own both who can provide input? Has anyone sold the RF 24-105 for the 24-70 or maybe kept the 24-105 after comparing? Why?

The 24-70 range was fine for most of what I needed. I had fun shooting 85mm lenses than 135, although the EF 135 F2L was simply brilliant. I had fun with the EFS 10-22 (on the EOS-20D) and later the EF 16-35 F2.8L II but ended up selling them both as I did not use them often enough to jusifty. I had a lot of fun with the 70-200 F2.8L II IS when I rented one but it's too heavy for me to want to haul all the time. I am not a bird photographer. I live in a city.  But having some reach would be fun I think, even for candid urban portraits.

I continue to weigh all sorts of options around the $6500 price point:

Option #1
R6 (kit)
RF 24-105 F4L IS
EF 100-400 F4.5-5.6L IS II (with adapter) ... heavy!
RF 85 F2 IS
$6700

Option #2
R6 (body)
RF 24-70 F2.8L IS
RF 70-200 F4L IS
$6400

Option #3
R6 (kit)
RF 24-105 F4L IS
RF 70-200 F4L IS
RF 85 F2 IS
$5800

Option #4
R6 (body)
RF 24-70 F2.8L IS
EF 70-300 F4-5.6 IS USM II (with adapter) ... stealth lens/not white
RF 85 F2 IS
$6100

Option #5
R5 (kit)
RF 24-105 F4L IS
RF 70-200 F4L IS
$6600

Option #6
R5 (body)
RF 24-70 F2.8L IS
EF 70-300 F4-5.6 USM II (with adapter)
$6850

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