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Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS Review

Sony FE 24-105mm f4 G OSS

Introduced alongside the Sony Alpha A7RIII mirrorless digital camera physique final yr, the Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS is a big addition to Sony’s normal zoom lens lineup for his or her FE mount. Earlier than its launch, Sony customers had a little bit of a difficult selection when it got here to choosing a normal zoom lens for his or her package. On the prime of the lineup was and stays the incredible Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.eight GM lens. It’s an impressive performer however an costly one at $2,198, and it’s not precisely a light-weight lens at 886 grams. The older Zeiss branded FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA lens launched alongside the unique A7 collection is an alternative choice, however its efficiency leaves rather a lot to be desired. The third choice is the Sony FE 28-70mm f/three.5-5.6 OSS package zoom whose efficiency simply doesn’t reduce it on right now’s megapixel dense full body sensors.

With the introduction of the FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS, Sony has lastly launched a lens that may fill the hole within the mid-range of the lineup. The 24-105mm focal vary is right for quite a lot of photographic disciplines together with panorama, photojournalism, portraiture, style, documentary, architectural and journey images.

As a part of the Sony G lens lineup (Professional grade however under their prime tier G-Grasp lineup), the FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS is constructed to knowledgeable normal and includes a weather-sealed development. The optical design incorporates 17 parts in 14 teams, with Four of those parts being aspherical and three being ED glass parts. This, together with Sony’s selection to limit the utmost focal size to 105mm vs. 120mm (just like the Nikon 24-120mm) hints at Sony’s purpose for a excessive picture high quality efficiency.

The lens depends on Sony’s sonic-type (Direct Drive SSM) motor for quick and silent autofocus and has a minimal focus distance of simply zero.38m. It additionally options optical picture stabilization which compliments Sony’s IBIS (In-Physique Picture Stabilization) to successfully give 5-axis picture stabilization. The FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS’s specs certainly promise to make it a professional-grade various to the corporate’s earlier choices and it comes with an identical price ticket of $1,298.

Sony FE 24-105mm f4 G OSS 2. Boat into the Isles2. Boat into the IslesILCE-7M3 + Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS (SEL24105G) @ 29mm, ISO 400, 1/100, f/eight.zero

1) Lens Specs

Fundamental Options

  • Versatile 24-105mm focal size vary with f/4 most aperture is right for landscapes, journey, portraits, and photojournalism
  • Sony’s OSS Picture Stabilization works alongside their mirrorless cameras our bodies IBIS to 5-axis picture stabilization.
  • Sony’s quick Direct Drive SSM Focusing motor ensures quick and correct focusing efficiency when paired with the A7III and Sony A9

3. Man With Stick3. Man With StickILCE-7M3 + Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS (SEL24105G) @ 65mm, ISO 640, 1/125, f/7.1

Technical Specs

  1. Mount Sort: Sony FE
  2. Focal Size Vary: 24-105mm
  3. Most Aperture: f/4
  4. Minimal Aperture: f/22
  5. Lens (Parts): 17
  6. Lens (Teams): 14
  7. Suitable Format(s): Full Body, APS-C
  8. VR (Vibration Discount) Picture Stabilization: Sure
  9. Diaphragm Blades: 9
  10. ED Glass Parts: three
  11. Autofocus: Sure
  12. Direct Drive SSM motor: Sure
  13. Inner Focusing: Sure
  14. Minimal Focus Distance: 14.96 inches (zero.38 m)
  15. Focus Mode: Guide, Guide / Auto
  16. Filter Measurement: 77 mm entrance filter
  17. Dimensions: three.28 in. (83.4mm) x Four.46 in. (113.three mm) (Diameter x Size)
  18. Weight (Approx.): 23.Four oz (663g)

2) Construct High quality

The Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS is a part of Sony’s “G” collection lineup, so it’s no shock that the lens is constructed to knowledgeable normal. Whereas the standard of the construct shouldn’t be fairly up there with the G-Grasp collection of lenses, the absolutely engineered plastic outer barrel and metallic mount really feel decidedly reassuring in use. The FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS additionally options climate sealing, and a fast look behind the lens exhibits a rubber gasket across the bayonet mount. I wasn’t capable of check the lens beneath extreme climate circumstances, however I can say that I didn’t expertise any issues once I used it throughout a light-weight rain bathe.

Sony 24-105mm f4 OSS Lens Construction

Sony 24-105mm f4 OSS Lens Construction

Measuring 83.4mm in diameter and 113.3mm in size on the 24mm setting makes the FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS comparatively compact for a full body zoom lens, and it balances very properly when used on Sony’s newest mirrorless digital camera our bodies. The lens extends fairly a bit when it’s zoomed out to the 105mm setting the place it’s 163mm in size. At 663 grams in weight, the EF 24-105mm f/4 G OSS isn’t precisely light-weight, however it doesn’t weigh you down throughout prolonged shootings periods.

The rotating zoom and focus rings really feel very clean whereas providing the correct quantity of resistance in order that nothing feels unfastened. In contrast to the Sony FE 24-70 f/2.eight GM, there isn’t any zoom lock change, however I didn’t discover a want for one within the area as there was no undesirable gravity-induced extension whereas utilizing the lens. A clockwise zoom ring rotation selects the focal size. These acquainted with Canon lenses might require some psychological retraining because the zoom ring rotates within the reverse course whereas Nikon and Sony customers must be snug with this design. The zoom ring is well situated in the direction of the rear of the lens, behind the main target ring, which is right because it’s situated precisely the place the left-hand balances the lens.

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The entrance component encompasses a fluorine coating to assist forestall filth and fingerprints from sticking together with making it simpler to wipe off dust and fingerprints from the entrance factor. These coatings work very nicely in use and make the lens cleansing course of a easy one. On the entrance of the lens is a non-rotating 77mm filter thread, surrounded by a bayonet mount for the Sony ALC-SH152 lens hood provided with the lens. The hood is made from plastic and stays compact when reversed for storage.

The FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS has two switches which adorn the aspect of the lens barrel. The primary change is an easy AF/MF change whereas the second is an On/Off change of the Optical Regular Shot system. There’s additionally one AF-stop button located additional up and lens barrel between the zoom and focus rings the place your left thumb would naturally be. This may be set by the consumer to function an array of various features by way of the digital camera menu.

6. Window Through Gate6. Window Through GateILCE-7M3 + Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS (SEL24105G) @ 37mm, ISO 500, 1/400, f/11.zero

three) Focus Efficiency and Accuracy

Having quick and correct autofocus is a vital function of a regular zoom lens. Today even probably the most primary lenses supply a strong focusing efficiency, however the place the highest of the road lenses come into their very own (together with the higher digital camera our bodies) is in with the ability to focus precisely underneath difficult circumstances. Circumstances resembling low mild, fast-moving topics, and sophisticated backgrounds require lenses that take advantage of the cameras monitoring capabilities, and fortunately the Sony EF 24-105mm f/4 G OSS does a superb job on this regard.

The focusing system depends on Sony’s Direct Drive SSM which is each quick and silent. I did discover some searching with the lens in low mild conditions (round ISO 12,800), however in such situations the restrictions of an f/4 max aperture develop into obvious. An necessary facet to recollect when judging a lens focusing capability is that the digital camera physique performs an integral position within the high quality of the autofocus and due to this, it’s important to match your lenses with high-quality our bodies that may ship a superb focusing efficiency. I used to be capable of check the FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS alongside the excellent Sony Alpha A7III physique whose focusing capabilities take advantage of the lens. The mixture focuses precisely with very excessive consistency, whereas additionally remaining very quiet.

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When capturing in AF-S single shot mode, the digital camera must de-focus the lens earlier than specializing in the topic which results in noticeably slower efficiency than utilizing Steady Autofocus. Nonetheless, general focus velocity is sweet sufficient for many makes use of, and the accuracy could be very excessive even in comparatively low mild.

Some customers of this lens have skilled problems with focus shift as you cease down when utilizing it in AF-S mode. In AF-S mode, Sony cameras focus with the aperture extensive open (to allow extra mild to succeed in the sensor), and a few samples of the lens confirmed a big focus shift because of this. I couldn’t replicate this outcome with my copy of the lens, and the issue appears to be serial quantity dependent.

Switching to AF-C steady focus mode considerably hastens focus acquisition however at the price of a decrease consistency in accuracy because the digital camera now makes use of the capturing aperture (This enables the digital camera to immediately reply for those who press the shutter launch, with no delay ready for the aperture to cease down). Whereas general accuracy is definitely decreased whereas utilizing AF-C in comparison with AF-S, I discovered the general efficiency to be on a excessive degree.

Sony’s distinctive inclusion of an AF-hold button in a lens of this sort, which may be pressed to lock focus on the present focus distance, lets you use the main target and recompose method whereas the digital camera is in AF-C steady focus. That is extremely useful if the cameras focus protection doesn’t prolong out to the corners of the body to cowl your topic (a rarity with the newest Sony mirrorless digital camera our bodies). The button additionally acts as a customized button (C5) and may be programmed to do various totally different features utilizing the digital camera’s menu.

The guide focus ring is situated ahead of the zoom ring which is my most popular place. The ring is properly dampened and gives a 193° rotation quantity which permits for exact guide focusing. Guide focus works by focus-by-wire which is carried out fairly properly on this lens, however it may be an acquired style for somebody used to mechanical guide focus implementations.

Four) Picture High quality

The flexibility of the 24-105mm focal size makes it extremely fashionable with a variety of photographers however designing a lens with such a large focal vary that gives stellar picture high quality is a real problem. Naturally, I used to be eager to seek out out if the brand new Sony 24-105mm f/4 lens would meet my excessive expectations and the excellent news is that it’s splendidly sharp.

The FE Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G is impressively sharp all through everything of its focal vary. At 24mm at f/4, the sharpness traits are nothing in need of excellent and are solely let down by the acute quantity of vignetting at this setting. The middle of the body is tack sharp, and the standard within the periphery can also be excellent. You achieve slightly additional sharpness within the middle of the body when stopping down, however the already good corners noticeably enhance from f/4 to f/5.6 and once more right down to f/eight. The truth is that at 24mm and f/5.6, the sharpness of this lens is genuinely optimum and inconceivable to fault for the standard zoom lens of this sort.

Zooming to 35mm does influence the efficiency a bit. At f/4, the lens isn’t fairly nearly as good as earlier than within the middle of the body, however general sharpness continues to be very excessive. The periphery of the body takes an enormous step again at this setting, however only one cease down at f/5.6 the corners are once more on an excellent degree.

An identical efficiency is discovered on the 70mm setting. At f/4, the middle of the body stays at a really excessive degree with the corners of the body catching up by f/5.6. Regularly, 24-105mm lens designs falter on the 105mm setting, however the Sony FE 24-105mm doesn’t.

At 105mm and f/4, the middle of the body continues to be on a excessive degree if a tad weaker than in any respect the opposite focal lengths with good to excellent ranges of sharpness. The periphery of the body is sort of weak at this setting however stopping right down to f/5.6 once more alleviates this drawback, and right here the corners are excellent certainly.

General, the sharpness of the FE Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G is superb within the middle of the body in any respect focal lengths, with the 105mm setting lagging behind a bit. Sharpness within the periphery of the body can also be excellent in any respect focal lengths only one cease down. Sharpness clever, the Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G is the perfect 24-105mm full-frame lens I’ve examined, and the surprisingly constant efficiency in any respect focal lengths really stands out.

At 24mm:

8. Car In Alleyway8. Car In AlleywayILCE-7M3 + Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS (SEL24105G) @ 24mm, ISO 250, 1/100, f/9.zero9. Center Crop9. Center CropMiddle crop, 24mm, f/9.zero10. Midframe Crop10. Midframe CropMidframe crop, 24mm, f/9.zero11. Corner Crop11. Corner CropNook crop, 24mm, f/9.zero12. Center Crop at 24mm f412. Center Crop at 24mm f4Middle crop, 24mm, f/413. Corner crop at 24mm f413. Corner crop at 24mm f4Nook crop, 24mm, f/4

At 45mm:

14. Center crop at 45mm14. Center crop at 45mmMiddle crop, 45mm, f/eight15. Corner crop at 45mm15. Corner crop at 45mmNook crop, 45mm, f/eight

At 70mm:

16. Center Crop at 70mm16. Center Crop at 70mmMiddle crop, 70mm, f/eight17. Corner Crop at 70mm17. Corner Crop at 70mmNook crop, 70mm, f/eight

At 105mm:

18. Green Lake18. Green LakeILCE-7M3 + Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS (SEL24105G) @ 105mm, ISO 200, 1/125, f/4.zero19. Center crop19. Center cropMiddle crop, 105mm, f/420. Corner Crop20. Corner CropNook crop, 105mm, f/4

5) Vibration Discount

A singular factor of Sony’s Mirrorless methods is that although the cameras have IBIS (In-Physique Picture Stabilization), lots of their lenses additionally function OSS (Optical SteadyShot). These two stabilization techniques are complementary to at least one one other and each work to provide you 5-axis stabilization. Digital camera producers often present the variety of stops of help, however Sony doesn’t specify one. Capturing handheld on the Sony A7III I managed to get fairly sharp photographs on the 24mm setting right down to 1/eight of a second. Utilizing an extended focal size magnifies movement and the keeper fee drops on the 105mm setting. Nonetheless, I managed to get persistently sharp photographs at 1/20 of a second at this focal size. The under shot at 41mm and 1/10th of a second exhibits how one can obtain very sharp handheld photographs at very low shutter speeds.

22. Gates of Zadar22. Gates of ZadarILCE-7M3 + Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS (SEL24105G) @ 41mm, ISO 100, 1/10, f/13.zero

6) Bokeh

Lenses of this sort usually are not often recognized for the standard of their bokeh however the Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS is sort of strong on this regard. Out-of-focus highlights are rendered round in form, however the discs are comparatively busy with a fairly noticeable “onion ring” impact. This isn’t a portrait lens and the utmost aperture of f/4 could be very limiting on the subject of topic isolation, however general, the smoothness of the bokeh is sort of respectable.

23. Street Cat23. Street CatILCE-7M3 + Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS (SEL24105G) @ 105mm, ISO 1250, 1/200, f/4.zero

7) Vignetting

Probably the most noticeable optical flaw of the Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS is in its dealing with of vignetting on the 24mm focal size setting the place it’s exorbitantly excessive. At this focal size and a wide-open aperture, the quantity of far-corner darkening exceeds 5-stops. That is fairly extraordinary and virtually looks like an oversight on Sony’s half and a real design flaw. Stopping right down to F/5.6 improves issues however the darkening continues to be at round Four-stops of sunshine. Sony bakes their auto-correction settings into their RAW information and when Sony’s profile is utilized to the RAW file the quantity of darkening on the 24mm setting lowers to a way more manageable one and a half stops of sunshine. Fortunately, the extreme quantity of vignetting displayed on the 24mm setting is nearly passed by 35mm when there’s simply over one cease of nook darkening. At 70mm and f/4, there’s about 2 stops of darkening which lowers to lower than one cease by f/5.6. An identical efficiency is seen on the 105mm setting.

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eight) Flaring

With so many glass parts (17 in 14 teams) it isn’t shocking that the FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS exhibits fairly noticeable flaring with a brilliant mild supply within the body. Sony’s Nano AR Coating does assist issues considerably, however the flaring impact is critical. This efficiency is sort of typical for a lens of this sort and the impact is sort of easy and predictable which makes it simpler to seek out methods to work round it. This lens has 9 aperture blades, and thus, distant mild sources captured with a slender aperture present an 18-point star-like impact.

9) Chromatic Aberration

Trendy lenses have turn out to be more and more good at mitigating chromatic aberration and the Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS exhibits little or no lateral chromatic aberration. Longitudinal chromatic aberration or bokeh fringing can also be comparatively properly managed. That is particularly noticeable on the large finish of the focal vary the place bokeh fringing is sort of low. Issues grow to be extra noticeable at 50mm and extra so at 105mm however general the FE 25-105mm f/4 G OSS does a stunning job of dealing with chromatic aberrations.

27. Example of Chromatic Abberation27. Example of Chromatic AbberationILCE-7M3 + Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS (SEL24105G) @ 24mm, ISO 1000, 1/100, f/7.1

10) Comparisons

Given the recognition of this focal vary, it’s a bit shocking that till lately there have been solely three lens choices on this vary out there for the FE mount.

Launched alongside the unique Sony A7 fashions, is the Sony FE 28-70mm F/three.5-5.6 OSS lens served because the kit-lens for the FE mount for a few years. At solely $499, the FE 28-70mm F/three.5-5.6 OSS is a comparatively cheap choice that gives strong sharpness within the middle of the body, weak nook efficiency alongside acceptable dealing with of vignetting and chromatic aberration in a small and light-weight plastic physique. In comparison with the FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS, the Sony FE 28-70mm F/three.5-5.6 OSS is noticeably inferior in virtually each division apart from having considerably much less vignetting on the vast finish of its focal vary. For those who can’t afford the FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS, the brand new Tamron FE 28-75mm f/2.eight Di III RXD is a a lot better choice in comparison with the Sony FE 28-70mm f/three.5-5.6 OSS.

28. Plitvice Lakes28. Plitvice LakesILCE-7M3 + Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS (SEL24105G) @ 72mm, ISO 320, 10 seconds, f/10.zero

A extra smart competitor to the FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS is the Zeiss branded FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA lens. The FE 24-70mm f/4 OSS ZA lens was the primary skilled grade normal zoom lens obtainable for Sony’s mirrorless cameras and stays a strong if a flawed choice. It’s inexpensive, lighter in weight and many sharp within the middle of the body however isn’t almost as sharp within the corners at wider angles in comparison with the Sony 24-105mm lens. It’s additionally not excellent on the 70mm setting when used extensive open and has a comparatively busy bokeh even by zoom lens requirements. I might cross on the Zeiss branded providing because the Sony 24-105mm f/4 G OSS is a a lot better lens.

29. Red29. RedILCE-7M3 + Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS (SEL24105G) @ 26mm, ISO 1250, 1/100, f/6.three

The Sony 24-70mm F/2.eight GM lens can also be worthy of consideration although its price ticket just isn’t in the identical league because the Sony 24-105mm f/4 G lens. The FE 24-70mm F/2.eight GM is far greater, almost twice as heavy, lacks picture stabilization and advantages from a one-stop aperture benefit. Optically, the 2 lenses are surprisingly comparable with the G-Grasp lens providing higher sharpness within the middle of the body. Should you want the additional cease of sunshine and don’t thoughts lugging it round your neck all day, the FE 24-70mm f/2.eight GM lens is a wonderful choice. Nonetheless, I discover the FE 24-105mm f/4 G lens to be the higher purchase given how properly it competes with the costlier GM lens in virtually each side whereas providing a extra helpful zoom vary and lighter weight.

30. Street Paint30. Street PaintILCE-7M3 + Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS (SEL24105G) @ 90mm, ISO 1600, 1/640, f/9.zero

The just lately launched Tamron FE 28-75mm f/2.eight Di III RXD seems to be an thrilling various to the Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS. The brand new Tamron lens’s focal vary is certainly extra restricted, nevertheless it does have a one-stop aperture benefit and a weather-sealed physique at 2/three of the worth. We now have but to check the brand new Tamron lens however based mostly on specs alone; it guarantees to be a real various to the Sony choices.

31. Door and Window31. Door and WindowILCE-7M3 + Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS (SEL24105G) @ 75mm, ISO 1000, 1/80, f/11.zero

11) Abstract

The discharge of the FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS provides customers of Sony’s full-frame mirrorless digital camera our bodies a superb, sub $2,000 midrange full-frame zoom lens able to absolutely exploiting megapixel wealthy digital camera our bodies just like the A7RIII. At $1299, the Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS isn’t cheap, and it presently ranks because the priciest lens overlaying the 24-105mm focal size vary at f/4 available on the market. Nonetheless, it’s a pro-level lens that gives an impressive optical efficiency that’s constant all through the whole thing of its focal vary and only a few 24-105mm f/4 lenses can really declare this. Except for the tough nook vignetting on the 24mm setting, noticeable distortion and weak spot towards shiny mild, the lens delivers spectacular picture high quality that’s solely rivaled by the a lot heavier and costlier Sony 24-70mm f/2.eight GM lens. The FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS is quite a bit simpler to hold round all day in comparison with its f/2.eight brethren whereas additionally providing a extra prolonged focal vary and picture stabilization. From a usefulness perspective, the focal vary of the Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS is tough to beat and when mixed with its excessive picture high quality, quick and correct focusing alongside a reassuringly constructed weather-sealed physique you’ve your self a lens that would have simply been a part of Sony’s G-Grasp lens lineup. When you haven’t guessed already, the Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS receives our highest suggestion.

32. Plitvice Lakes32. Plitvice LakesILCE-7M3 + Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS (SEL24105G) @ 41mm, ISO 320, 15 seconds, f/14.zero

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