Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS

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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.



I've used my 24-105 at the Grand Canyon several times. Sedona as well. A recent hike to the headwaters of the Verde River. Monument Valley. And just walking around a local lake in Prescott, AZ. Heading out today with the 24-105 to hike among the boulders of the Granite Dells. I'll be taking the 24-105 on a camping trip in late August early September to Southern UT. But also will bring my 100-400 and a rented Sigma 14-24 or Sony 16-35.

As for my next lens? Most likely it will be a macro. I'm looking at the Sigma 105 f2.8 macro. But the 100-400 does a pretty good job on macro shots!

You can't do wrong with the 24-105. If you are concered about f4 vs f2.8 there is always the highly rated Sigma 24-70 f2.8.

The A7III is my main camera. It's done me well and it's on sale now for $1,698. Just bought another one because of an issue with my first A7III.

I too am waiting for the A7IV. But not holding my breath. The new A7III will be a backup camera if the A7IV is released.

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