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    Posted: 07 August 2018 at 09:42
Based on reviews, user feedback and general informations, i got the new 24-105 at the first time it was available to me.
I will not say i am fully happy with that lens. Build pretty good, but the weight is like a bus, so is the size of the lens. That i knew before i bought it, but anyhow a little "overwhelmed" for a lens for walkaround.

In this range i used to use the kit lens 28-75, so i definitely needed something for an upgrade.

But i can't find the sharpness like all the reviews and users speaks about.

Looking at the sample shots on this site:

Dyxum lens database

i would say i reach more or less the same level....nothing to brag about.

What puzzles me is fx. this review and samples where the sharpness is what i was supposed to experience.

Do any of you guys get the same results as the samples at that site ? Any comments ?
Unused stuff in stock: A700, 24-105, 28-135, Sony A100, beercan, 100-200, Sony 70-200f2.8 + teleconverter
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Muby Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 August 2018 at 10:24
I have upgraded from the kit lens to the 24-105 about a month ago and have the same feelings about the weight. As you, I was aware of that, but kind of hoped it would be something I can live with (it's not as heavy as the 70-200/4, but it's not as light as the kit lens).

Sharpness wise I find it to be significantly sharper than my copy of the kit lens (I no longer have it so cannot compare them side-by-side). What I also like is the bokeh at F4 and 105mm - the kit lens could not get me that. You can see some samples of the 24-105 and my copy of the kit lens on my Flickr page - https://www.flickr.com/photos/mihaisurdeanu/ (out of the last 24 photos, only the Moon eclipse shots are with another lens; the kit lens you can see on the 2nd page - the photos from Tenerife).
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Mine is incredibly sharp especially for being a zoom. Best zoom sharpness wise Iíve ever had easily besting the Minolta 80-200 f2.8 I had. If you donít feel yours is sharp I would recommend an exchange.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snegren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 August 2018 at 12:42
Originally posted by C_N_RED_AGAIN C_N_RED_AGAIN wrote:

Mine is incredibly sharp especially for being a zoom. Best zoom sharpness wise Iíve ever had easily besting the Minolta 80-200 f2.8 I had. If you donít feel yours is sharp I would recommend an exchange.

I second that, you may have a bad copy. I have no trouble with my copy, it is excellent and has exceeded my expectations in every aspect (and coming from Sony CZ 24-70 that means something). When you use a 42 MP sensor and know exactly how to sharpen and resize your images for web viewing you should be able to reach the same results as mr. Rockwell. If you load your images on your web hosting site full size and let the browser downsize them, they will not be as sharp as they could have been, even when the RAW file or the full size jpeg was.
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Is your lens part of this recall/repair program ?

See here
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No. I preordered it and got a batch from the first wave that had no issues. For some sample images look at some of my posts from the last few months including the July challenge. Basically everything I shoot is with this lens thatís how fantastic itís been.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote jkp1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 August 2018 at 14:54
Originally posted by michelb michelb wrote:

Is your lens part of this recall/repair program ?

See here


Mine is not. If I test It does not have that behaviour, and its outside the range of serial numbers.

I may have situations where the cam/lens combo confirms focus, but nothing is in focus, but its only very few instances, think I have seen the same with other lenses too.


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Unused stuff in stock: A700, 24-105, 28-135, Sony A100, beercan, 100-200, Sony 70-200f2.8 + teleconverter
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What is your most convenient, fast but secure way of testing and comparing lens sharpness ? Any good methods ?
Unused stuff in stock: A700, 24-105, 28-135, Sony A100, beercan, 100-200, Sony 70-200f2.8 + teleconverter
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jkp1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 August 2018 at 10:31
Originally posted by jkp1 jkp1 wrote:

What is your most convenient, fast but secure way of testing and comparing lens sharpness ? Any good methods ?



Anyone ?
Unused stuff in stock: A700, 24-105, 28-135, Sony A100, beercan, 100-200, Sony 70-200f2.8 + teleconverter
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Post Options Post Options   Quote stiuskr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 August 2018 at 12:01
Originally posted by jkp1 jkp1 wrote:

Originally posted by jkp1 jkp1 wrote:

What is your most convenient, fast but secure way of testing and comparing lens sharpness ? Any good methods ?



Anyone ?


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The first thing I do is to make sure itís centered. This test is quick easy and effective

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1534737/0?keyword=Lens,test#14396658
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I have had my 24-105/4 for quite a while and I love it despite its size and weight, very sharp except at 105 but easely fixed in PP:
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Mine arrived a couple of days ago, I doubt I will use it until next month when I go away as that was why I bought it, it is easily the biggest and heaviest lens I have ever owned. It is also my first ever AF zoom.
I am however going to enjoy just having one lens and never having to change lens whilst Im away
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I'm very satisfied with my copy. Very sharp wide open.
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