FE 24–105 mm F4 G OSS on an A6000?

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Scottst34 New Member • Posts: 2
FE 24–105 mm F4 G OSS on an A6000?

Does anyone have thoughts on pairing a FE 24–105 mm F4 G OSS - SEL24105G - with an A6000?

I am deciding between the FE 24-105 F4 G (Full-frame) and the Zeiss 16-70 (APS-C) for a good walk-around zoom lens. I realize the 24-105 is designed for a full-frame, but I have not read great reviews of the 18-105 APS-C. I assume it will still produce superior results on an A6000.

What would you all suggest?

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The Ryantist Senior Member • Posts: 1,152
Re: FE 24–105 mm F4 G OSS on an A6000?
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24 mm on APS-C is not wide enough for a lot of general use. All the lenses made for APS-C start at 16 or 18 mm for that reason.

The three lenses that are commonly pitted against each other are the 16-70, 18-135, and 18-105. They all have their pros and cons.

  • I had the 18-105 and it was slightly too big and heavy for me to want to use. I thought the IQ for portraits at the long end wasn't the best. And I disliked the power zoom. But I only shoot stills, no video. The 18-105 is first and foremost a lens designed for video.
  • I replaced it with the 18-135. It's not a constant f/4, but it's otherwise great. It's smaller, lighter, and the center is pretty sharp throughout the entire focal range. I think for a walkaround general use or travel lens, this is perfect for me. In low light, I use f/1.8 or faster primes, the f/4 zooms aren't fast enough for me anyway.
  • The 16-70 is smaller and lighter still, but it's expensive. I've never used it. Lot's of people "must have" 16 mm vs 18 mm at the wide end, but I've not found that to be true for me.

Those 3 have been debated to death on this forum if you search for it ^

Then there's the brand new 16-55/2.8. Better, faster, sharper, and a lot more expensive. Not many of us have used it yet.

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Choose a lens based on focal length first. Everything else - aperture, price, weight, size, build quality and IQ - is out the window if I don't have an appropriate field of view to frame my shot.

 The Ryantist's gear list:The Ryantist's gear list
Sony a6000 Sony a6300 Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm F1.8 ZA Sony E 10-18mm F4 OSS Sony E 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS +3 more
Martin_99 Contributing Member • Posts: 687
Re: FE 24–105 mm F4 G OSS on an A6000?
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Scottst34 wrote:

Does anyone have thoughts on pairing a FE 24–105 mm F4 G OSS - SEL24105G - with an A6000?

I am deciding between the FE 24-105 F4 G (Full-frame) and the Zeiss 16-70 (APS-C) for a good walk-around zoom lens. I realize the 24-105 is designed for a full-frame, but I have not read great reviews of the 18-105 APS-C. I assume it will still produce superior results on an A6000.

What would you all suggest?

not wide enough, too large and heavy for A6000

Take rather 18-135 (for photography) or 18-105 (video).

 Martin_99's gear list:Martin_99's gear list
Sony a6400 Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm F1.8 ZA Sony E 50mm F1.8 OSS Sony E 35mm F1.8 OSS Sony E 20mm F2.8 +1 more
José B
José B Forum Pro • Posts: 19,356
Re: FE 24–105 mm F4 G OSS on an A6000?
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Scottst34 wrote:

Does anyone have thoughts on pairing a FE 24–105 mm F4 G OSS - SEL24105G - with an A6000?

I am deciding between the FE 24-105 F4 G (Full-frame) and the Zeiss 16-70 (APS-C) for a good walk-around zoom lens. I realize the 24-105 is designed for a full-frame, but I have not read great reviews of the 18-105 APS-C. I assume it will still produce superior results on an A6000.

What would you all suggest?

I'll pick the Zeiss 16-70/4 OSS any day if you are shooting with a Sony APS-C camera. As a matter of fact I've used this combo (with the A6000) for a long time before upgrading to the A6500 last year. It's a workhorse lens for me. The only time I will pick the 24-105/4 is if you are planning to shoot with the A7xx or A7Rxx in the near future.

 José B's gear list:José B's gear list
Sony a6500 Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Carl Zeiss Touit 1.8/32 Carl Zeiss Touit 2.8/12 Sony FE 55mm F1.8 +13 more
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