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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 May 2019 at 11:53
Originally posted by jkp1 jkp1 wrote:

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

Centre sharpness: Writing/Barcode (from a self-stick car tyre label) on shed wall, 50 feet from house. Point lens out of dining room window.

Edge sharpness: ditto

CA & focal plane curvature: distant tree branches (preferably bare of leaves)

FP curvature and edge/corner sharpness close up: stone or brick wall (sorry!)

MFD performance: Dandelion head (actually quite a stiff test).

For all my lenses I do a better test that takes a bit more time, which is to point the camera at a building in town that has lots of yellow bricks and chrome bars, and take pics at every aperture form wide open to f11, at every FL if zoom.
All of these can be compared with different lenses.

Edited by Miranda F - 20 May 2019 at 11:56
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Post Options Post Options   Quote nandbytes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 May 2019 at 12:48
I am a semi-happy customer here. I don't like the vignetting wide open and even after applying correction in lightroom is not fully gone. Otherwise the lens is sharp and constrasty.

The review from lensretals is a good one to set expectations of this lens - https://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2018/02/mtf-tests-of-the-sony-fe-24-105mm-f4-oss/

It has been my most used lens recently on travels.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tricky01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 January 2020 at 19:00
Really interesting thread. My 24-105 arrived today and I have to say I am in OPs shoes too (hence coming on her to Dyxum to start a thread but seems I can just continue here ). My question is mainly to the OP and other Ďinitial doubtersí of the 24-105 size and weight. Did you guys come round to loving this lens?

I have really appreciated the reduction in size of lenses in my bag having moved to e-mount and Iím generally happy with my 24-70 f4. Itís mainly an emergency lens for when i need a zoom, with my primes being on my camera more of the time (35/85/135 1.8s).

At the price I picked it up for (£677 with 12 months guarantee), it feels bad to send back, but the extra size and weight is making me question whether I will use it. I know these are all things for me to decide and depends on my usage etc (as a side note, Iím partly worried that Iíll be lazy and use the primes less ), but good to know how and if people who were initially sceptical have come to love this lens.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote nandbytes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 January 2020 at 19:11
It's my most used lens. This lens covers my main primes i.e. 24GM and 85GM. I only use the primes in low light and when I need the shallow DoF. Otherwise I use this lens for anything and everything.

My colleague describes it accurately "it's not a crazy fun lens but it's one you take home to show your parents and marry"
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 January 2020 at 20:38
My experiences are somewhat similar: CZ 4/24-70 was earlier my primary everyday zoom and given the worn paint on the lens barrel you could see that I used it a lot. Occasionally I would test FE 4/24-105G at various events and thought it was quite nice, albeit perhaps little heavy. Fast forward to last March: a local camera store has -10% off from all used gear and they happen to have one pre-owned FE 4/24-105G available. As I occasianally seem to suffer from G.A.S., you can guess what happened next. Soon, the longer telephoto end seems to be much more significant feature than the weight and this becomes one of the most used E mount lenses I own. Anybody want to buy a CZ 4/24-70?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tricky01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 January 2020 at 00:42
Thanks anand and Heikki for your perspectives. Have not taken it out of the house yet but always seeing the benefits of the extra length when mixing about at home. It also fits in my small camera bag mounted which I wasnít sure it would so it is a keeper. Now to move on the 24-70...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Anita Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 January 2020 at 08:20
Despite a serious shoulder and wrist injury, I bought this lens last March, have been using the f/4 24-70 ZA as main lens.

I find the weight good to handle with my problems, in fact, the reach, the fact you can get so close to an object, the happy I get when I see the images AND the joy of not carrying another heavy 70-300/200 make this lens for me carry on with photography during travelling.

I went to Italy last Summer for a fortnite and this lens was all I had with me ... besides a Lensbaby for the fun shots.

I can get you a link to the Italy shots if anyone is interested ofcourse.
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