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Summary

Highly Recommended awardThe Sony FE 24-105mm f4G OSS is a general-purpose lightweight zoom for Sony's full-frame mirrorless cameras upon which it'll take you from wide-angle to short telephoto. The lens sports a constant f4 focal ratio and can deliver reasonably blurred backgrounds and attractive rendering when shot wide-open at 105mm, especially at portrait distances or approaching the minimum focusing of 38cm. There's optical stabilisation to iron-out wobbles on older bodies, or further enhance those with sensor-shift, while weather-sealing keeps it protected against the elements. I shot with it on a full-frame Alpha A7r Mark III and found the combination flexible but surprisingly light while still delivering good quality. As such it's an ideal general-purpose zoom for those who can't stretch to a G-Master or who need a longer range than a 24-70mm in a compact and light form. Recommended.

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Sony FE 24-105mm f4G OSS review so far

The Sony FE 24-105mm f4G OSS, or SEL24105G, is a general-purpose zoom for its e-mount mirrorless cameras and corrected for use on full-frame bodies. Mounted on a full-frame body it delivers the classic wide to short telephoto range, making it an ideal walk-around lens; mount it on a cropped-frame body and the field is reduced to 36-158mm, making it an ideal partner to an ultra-wide zoom like the E 10-18mm.

The lens features a constant f4 focal ratio throughout the range and a nine-blade circular aperture system. The optical design consists of 17 elements in 14 groups with a minimum focusing distance of 38cm. It also features optical image stabilisation for bodies which don’t shift their own sensor to counteract wobbles, although will also work alongside those with stabilisation built-in, further enhancing their performance.

Physically the lens is fairly compact measuring 83mm in diameter and 113mm in length with a 77mm filter thread. In terms of weight it’s lighter than most rivals at 663g and when mounted on a full-frame A7 body it makes for a surprisingly portable combination that’s comfortably lighter than an equivalent DSLR and lens pairing. While it may not be a member of the prestigious G-Master series, I was impressed by the quality of the FE 24-105mm f4G OSS and reckon it’ll be a popular choice for owners of full-frame Sony mirrorless bodies looking for a light but decent general-purpose zoom. My sample images are below.

 

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Above: Model:ILCE-7RM3, Model:ILCE-7RM3, Shutter speed:1/125, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:1250, Focal length:105.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM3, Model:ILCE-7RM3, Shutter speed:1/250, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:1250, Focal length:47.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM3, Model:ILCE-7RM3, Shutter speed:1/100, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:1250, Focal length:105.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM3, Model:ILCE-7RM3, Shutter speed:1/320, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:12800, Focal length:105.0 mm

 

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Above: Model:ILCE-7RM3, Model:ILCE-7RM3, Shutter speed:1/6, Aperture:11.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:24.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM3, Model:ILCE-7RM3, Shutter speed:1/13, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:105.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM3, Model:ILCE-7RM3, Shutter speed:1/200, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:1250, Focal length:24.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM3, Model:ILCE-7RM3, Shutter speed:1/100, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:800, Focal length:24.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM3, Model:ILCE-7RM3, Shutter speed:1/125, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:1600, Focal length:104.0 mm

 

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