Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS

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travelinbri_74 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,407
Re: Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS

kml426 wrote:

Hi, Everyone,

I'm amazed at the knowledge and talent of everyone here. I also appreciate you sharing them.

I'm ready to move from APS-C world to FF. I currently have a Pentax K3 and various lenses. I've decided to move to Sony A7, though I'm not sure which body, yet. I'm anxiously waiting for the announcement of the A7IV before deciding. In the meantime, I just purchased the Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS, and am seriously considering the lens discussed here, the Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS.

I'm an amateur photographer and mostly like to take outdoor photos - landscape, scenery, wildlife, BIF as the opportunity arises, and lots of water-related photos. Of course, there are the smattering of indoor photos, too. After almost two years of having trips canceled due to COVID, we're starting to travel again. We have an Alaska cruise in August, we're taking a 16-day road trip in Utah and Arizona, visiting many of the national and state parks there, including Zion, Bryce, Canyonlands, Arches, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, etc. In January, we have an expedition cruise to Antarctica, followed by Australia and New Zealand in February. That's why I'm looking to upgrade before these trips.

A few questions, please:

1. Some of you use the 24-105 as your everyday lens. Do you feel F4 is fast enough for everyday use?

2. If I go with the 24-105 and have the 100-400, what other lens would you recommend?

3. Though I'm not made of money, I can afford to buy the A7RIV, but I don't like wasting money. 61MP is a lot, and I don't make huge prints, so it's overkill in most situations. Of course, since I do like wildlife photos, it does give me the option to crop and still have detail. I'm hoping the A7IV will be in the 30MP range, giving at least a 20% increase from the A7III. I could get the A7RIII and 42MP would be great, but I'm adverse to buying things that are older vintage. Am I wrong? What suggestions do you have?

4. If I wait for the A7IV, I know it won't be out in time for Alaska next month or the National Parks in September. Since I'll have at least two FE lenses by then, I could rent a body. Or do you think it makes more sense to buy a used A7III or A7RIII and sell it if the A7IV is a good upgrade. I realize I'll take a loss, especially after the A7IV release, but the loss may be less than the rental charge on a body for these two trips.

I hope I'm not asking too much. Any feedback is much appreciated.



Questions 1 & 2: The Sony 24-105 is an excellent lens - and certainly sharp enough for your needs. I don't see it as a portrait lens, but if you are not shooting portraits it will do everything and - provided you get a good copy - do everything well. You could also consider the 17-28 which is a reasonably priced and high quality wide angle to add to your kit (and/or the 28-200 + 17-28; if you like going long, the 28-200 is equally sharp to the 24-105 but with a longer range on the one end). You cannot go wrong either way, I have both. So yes, F4 is sharp enough for everyday use.

Questions 3 & 4: his is a difficult question. The A7RIV just today went on sale for 500 off, which brings it closer to the likely price of a new - not yet existing - A7IV. I think if you want the better autofocus and features and do not mind the wait, get the A7IV (although that could be until 2022, we just have no idea); and that being said, I am still shooting with an A7R3 and it is more than good enough, I have no doubt the A7RIV will wow you.

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