Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS E-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 6   
reviewer#44076 date: Jun-3-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 2.8/24-70 SSM ZA it replaces
price paid:RRP The Netherlands
positive:24-105 range suits me well, f4 compactness, sharpness, well built (effective lens hood).
negative:Electronic focussing, no mechanical focus scale. Very difficult to set up for night shots, it becomes a guessing game.
comment:Bought it as the main lens of a hiking kit, to replace the bulky 24-70 ZA (that had to be used with A->E converter). It is not f2.8 but that doesn't matter to me. Took it to the USA for a 5 week vacation and put it through desert dust, mountain pass snow and frost, Pacific coast rain and salt and it never protested.

Stopped down sharpness is very good across the frame, use it at f/8 always and it delivers reliably. Corners at 24 mm wide open not stellar but useable. The 105 mm side is, like with most zooms, not the strongest side but way better than the 70 mm side of my 24-70 ZA. But at MFD (which is extremely short) wide open resolution is more than adequate and bokeh is smooth.

Vignetting wide open and distortion at the wide side are considerable but this is typical for modern zooms and is adequately corrected by profile in post, but you will loose a couple of mm at the wide side.

Lens produces high contrast and well saturated images with realistic colors.

AF works very well on the A7Rii, fast and reliable, but can hunt a bit at wide angles depending on settings. OSS works very well.
reviewer#44073 date: Jun-2-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:GM 16-35 f2.8. Zeiss 55mm f1.8. 50mm FE macro f2.8. FE 85mm. Zeiss 35mm f2.8. voigtlander 15mm f4.5. GM 70-200 f2.8. My extensive collection of "A mount" glass.
price paid:£1168.00
positive:Amazingly consistent throughout the entire zoom range.
Amazingly consistent across the photographic frame.
Great colours. Really silent focusing. Form factor.
as Sharp as many primes including "G glass" & Zeiss even at f4
negative:Remembering what this lens is and what it is intended to do I cannot find a fault. Even the lens hood is good.
comment:This lens can be left on f4 at all focal lengths. It's sharp everywhere, it's colourful, it's silent and it's really fast to focus.
Yes I know it isn't an f2.8 lens.... But I really don't care.
I have the Gm 16-35 f2.8 at the wide end and the GM 70-200 f2.8 at the moderate-tele end. If I need fast glass in between I throw on the Zeiss 55mm f1.8.
I bought this lens as a walk around gunning lens and to use when travelling along with the 15mm Voigtlander for the really wide shots. A two lens travel system, happy days.
This is the best all rounder lens that I have ever owned on any camera system.

reviewer#44053 date: May-2-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SEL2470GM, SEL24240, SEL2870
price paid:1330 euro new
positive:Good performance, very versatile
Sharp from f.4
OSS works great
Small and light vs 2470GM, SEL24240
negative:f.4 and price
Some distortions and CA at the long end
comment:Fast, superb colors and contrast, optical stabilization works impeccably.
Although it is only f4 has a decent bokeh (portraits between 70-90 mm are superb).
Compared to SEL2870 or SEL24240 is much better all around.
Compared to the 2470GM is a hard choice, I'm clearly giving up to GM during the day, its heavier, smaller zoom , at night the f2.8 is better but the lack of OSS makes me miss some shots at speeds lower then 1/50, wit 24105G I made clear pictures at speeds of 1/20-1/15.
In conclusion, if you buy your first lens and dont want to spend a lot of money this is the choice, also if you travel light this lens can be all you need.
reviewer#43025 date: Mar-3-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Other Sony, Sony CZ lenses around the same focal length.
price paid:SEK 13490 ($1636)
positive:Great performance.
Sharp all over, esp. below 105mm.
OSS + IBIS really works on this lens.
Relativt small and light.
negative:Not 100% skarp at 105mm at f4
Little distortion at 24mm, but easy fixed in PP.
Dark corners at 24mm, has to be cropped away, but not by much.
Very little CA, but it's there.
comment:Perfect lens to bring along for almost everything.
Pairs perfectly together with the Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G.
Need to test with extension tubes but I believe it will work nice with them.
Did a quickest with 26mm (10+16mm) extension tubes and it works from 35-105mm though below 50mm it gets very close to the front element.
reviewer#43008 date: Feb-8-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Lots of different Sony, Sony Zeiss and Canon L lenses. I never specifically covered this focal length before with a zoom.
price paid:MRP in Thailand
positive:Incredibly versatile
Good throughout the range
Exceptional quality for such a lens
Sharp and contrasty
Performance wide open
negative:A little weaker at the long end
Distortion at wide end (but really it is very good)
comment:Initial distortion and vignetting at 24mm cleats up beautifully in Lightroom or similar but it might leave you with 25-26mm or something. Nevertheless it is a very nice landscape lens in a pinch. Likewise it's not exciting as a portrait lens at 105 (but nice enough around 70) but will do a good job when you need it. For everything else it really is great and 28-70mm or so I would only take primes on a trip for speed, weight or the challenge.
Not super light but light enough and balances nicely on A7R3. Fine for a long day out.
reviewer#42980 date: Jan-12-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24-105 D lens : f3.5 - f4.5
price paid:£1200
positive:Build quality
Focal length / constant F4
Contrast
38cm minimum focus distance
Sharpness
Weight
Custom function for lens button
negative:Better balance with battery grip accessory.
Pricey
comment:Bought this lens immediately upon release because of the perfect focal length for travel.I have tested the lens for portrait, landscape and close ups. All these situations reveal that this is a highly versatile lens. It’s a solid feeling lens and whilst pretty well balanced on the A7II Body, it does benefit from using in conjunction with a battery grip, especially if using on day trips for prolonged shooting. What is a surprise is the minimal focus distance of 38cm which means great close ups that are super sharp. The contrast on this lens is at least as good as my two Zeiss Batis prime lenses (and they are great lenses too). At the time of writing this review this lens is considered the best around for this focal length.All I can do is confirm the pleasure of owning one irrespective of the high price tag of being an early adopter.
reviews found: 6   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 6
  • sharpness: 4.83
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 4.17
  • flare control: 4.50
  • overall: 4.70

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