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Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS Hands-on Review

Versatile standard zoom lens delivers excellent image quality

by Jeremy Gray | Posted 08/24/2022

Better late than never, right? Every so often, an important lens like the Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS standard zoom slips through the cracks and evades a review. However, the lens, released in October 2017, is as relevant today as it was when it launched. It remains the go-to standard zoom lens for full-frame Sony shooters and remains one of Sony's best-selling lenses. At the time of writing, it's the #3 Sony zoom lens on B&H's best-sellers list. Age hasn't slowed the lens down.

A couple of times this year, I've had the chance to use the Sony 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens on two Sony cameras, the A7 IV and A7R IV. It's an especially fitting pairing for the Sony A7 IV. It's one of Sony's most affordable full-frame cameras combined with Sony's versatile F4 standard zoom lens. Concerning the high-resolution Sony A7R IV, the target audience for that more expensive camera may gravitate toward the Sony 24-70mm F2.8 GM II lens, but there is an awful lot to be said for the extra reach afforded by the 24-105mm F4 lens. An extra 35mm may not seem like a lot, but in practical use, it can be significant.

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Sony A7 IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 44mm, F11, 1/60s, ISO 100.
This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

It may already be obvious, but in case it's not, I really like the Sony 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens. I'm generally a huge proponent of zoom lenses. I spend a lot of time doing landscape photography, often in areas where I don't always have the option to "zoom with my feet," so being able to zoom with a lens is critically important. Prime lenses are excellent for many reasons, including fast apertures, lightweight designs, and excellent image quality. However, for me and my workflow, the versatility of a zoom lens takes precedence. And if you value versatility as I do, then there are very few better options than the Sony 24-105mm F4 G OSS.

That's enough praise-singing for an intro. Let's dive into the review and discuss the venerable Sony 24-105mm F4 G OSS in greater detail. Importantly, we'll also see if the lens, which is somewhat long in the tooth, delivers lackluster performance on Sony's latest mirrorless cameras.

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Sony A7R IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 39mm, F14, 1/50s, ISO 100.
This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS key features and specifications

  • Full-frame standard zoom lens for Sony E-mount cameras
  • Constant F4 aperture
  • 17 elements in 14 groups
  • Includes 4 aspherical and 3 ED elements
  • Features Nano AR and fluorine coatings
  • Rounded 9-bladed aperture diaphragm
  • Internal focus design
  • Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave AF Motor
  • Minimum focus distance is 38cm (1.25 ft.)
  • Max magnification is 0.31x
  • Dust and moisture-resistant construction
  • D x L: 83.4 x 113.3mm (3.28 x 4.46 in.)
  • Weighs 663g (1.46 lb)
  • 77mm filter thread
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • $1,400 MSRP
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Sony A7 IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 64mm, F8, 1/400s, ISO 100.
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Lens design and handling: Robust and reliable

Despite spending a lot of time with the Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens, I somehow forgot to capture real-world product shots, so you'll have to bear with me and these standard product photos. The Sony 24-105mm F4 G OSS employs a typical design for Sony's G series lenses. This means it utilizes a mostly flat, black textured material for the primary barrel and uses Sony's typical ridged rubberized grips for the zoom and focus rings. The only flashy aspect of the lens is its silver "G" badge. Other than that, it's a rather plain lens.

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Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS. Product images courtesy of B&H.

Don't mistake "plain" for bad, though, because the lens feels great. It doesn't show fingerprints, it's easy to hold, and the rings feel good in use. The zoom ring includes markings at 24, 35, 50, 70 and 105mm, and it requires less than 90 degrees of rotation to go from 24mm to 105mm. There's not much resistance with the zoom ring, but it's enough that there's no zoom creep.

Speaking of zooming, the lens is 113.3mm (4.46 in.) at its minimum length. As you zoom, the lens increases in length to 157.5m (6.2 in.). It's a somewhat sizable increase, but it doesn't noticeably affect the overall balance of the lens. With the included lens hood, the lens is even longer, of course. Compared to the Canon RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens, the Sony 24-105mm F4 G OSS is about 6mm longer at its minimum and maximum lengths, but the Sony lens is nearly 40g lighter.

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Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS. Product image courtesy of B&H.

The Sony 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens has two switches on the barrel, one to switch between autofocus and manual focus, and another to enable or disable Optical Steady Shot image stabilization. Concerning manual focus, the focus ring feels pretty loose. Overall, I didn't find the manual focusing experience especially good, but it's also far from bad. I mostly focus manually for night sky photography, and the F4 zoom lens isn't well-suited to this task, so I rarely used MF anyway. The lens also includes a customizable function button between the two rings. By default, it's a focus hold button, which is useful.

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Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS' optical design. Image courtesy of Sony.

With dust- and moisture resistance, the lens is well-suited to outdoor photography applications, even in inclement weather. While I didn't test the lens against a downpour, I've used it in the rain, and it performed fine, as expected. The front element has a fluorine coating, which helps protect it and makes it easier to clean.

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Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS. Product image courtesy of B&H.

Overall, the Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens has good usability and a nice design. It doesn't tread any new ground with its styling, but it doesn't need to. It looks good and works very well.

Image quality: Impressive sharpness and good control over aberrations

The Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens includes 17 elements organized across 14 groups. Among these elements, there are four aspherical and three ED elements. Sony's "G" series lenses include impressive optical technology, but lack the XA elements Sony includes in its highest-end G Master lenses. However, despite the lack of Sony's absolute best glass, the Sony 24-105mm F4 G OSS doesn't want for sharpness or overall image quality.

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Sony A7 IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 44mm, F8, 1/125s, ISO 125.
This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

All the crops seen below are 100 percent crops from raw image files converted in Adobe Camera Raw using default settings and built-in lens correction profiles enabled. I have selected specific images to show, but you can download the full-size raw files for each test scene and aperture in the Gallery.

24mm

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Sony A7R IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 24mm, F4, 1/1600s, ISO 100.
Sharpness test - 24mm - F4. This image has been converted and processed in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

At its widest focal length, the Sony 24-105mm F4 G delivers excellent overall performance. At F4, its fastest aperture, center sharpness is superb. The lens exhibits excellent resolution, good control over aberrations, and impressive contrast.

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Sony A7R IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 24mm, F4, 1/1600s, ISO 100.
Sharpness test - 24mm - F4 - 100% center crop. This image has been converted and processed in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
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Sony A7R IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 24mm, F4, 1/1600s, ISO 100.
Sharpness test - 24mm - F4 - 100% bottom right corner crop. This image has been converted and processed in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

The extreme corners, while noticeably softer than the central region of the frame, are still quite good. There's minor purple fringing, but it's negligible at worst. By stopping down to just F5.6, corner performance is notably better. Further, at F8, the corner performance is better still.

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Sony A7R IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 24mm, F5.6, 1/800s, ISO 100.
Sharpness test - 24mm - F5.6 - 100% center crop. This image has been converted and processed in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
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Sony A7R IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 24mm, F5.6, 1/800s, ISO 100.
Sharpness test - 24mm - F5.6 - 100% bottom right corner crop. This image has been converted and processed in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

There's some diffraction visible at F11, although it's not bad. At F16, the entire image is soft, even without pixel peeping. For the optimal performance edge-to-edge at 24mm, F8 is a great choice. If you require a faster aperture, shooting at F4 and F5.6 are both excellent options, given that the lens performs extremely well wide open. If you require more depth of field than F8 offers and focus stacking isn't an option, then F11 is fine. Try to avoid F16 and slower, if possible.

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Sony A7R IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 24mm, F8, 1/400s, ISO 100.
Sharpness test - 24mm - F8 - 100% center crop. This image has been converted and processed in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
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Sony A7R IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 24mm, F8, 1/400s, ISO 100.
Sharpness test - 24mm - F8 - 100% bottom right corner crop. This image has been converted and processed in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

35mm

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Sony A7R IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 35mm, F4, 1/1600s, ISO 100.
Sharpness test - 35mm - F4. This image has been converted and processed in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

Given that the Sony 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens is so impressive at 24mm, I expected excellence at 35mm. Zoom lenses often perform best in between the two extreme focal lengths, and the Sony 24-105mm F4 is no exception. Granted, given how high the bar was set at 24mm, there's not much room for improvement.

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Sony A7R IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 35mm, F4, 1/1600s, ISO 100.
Sharpness test - 35mm - F4 - 100% center crop. This image has been converted and processed in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
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Sony A7R IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 35mm, F4, 1/1600s, ISO 100.
Sharpness test - 35mm - F4 - 100% bottom right corner crop. This image has been converted and processed in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

At 35mm and F4, performance remains excellent in the center of the frame, while corner performance is slightly better than at 24mm. By stopping down to F5.6, center performance is slightly better, but it's already so good at F4 that there's not much to tell the two apertures apart. Like at 24mm, corner performance improves as you stop the lens down.

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Sony A7R IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 35mm, F5.6, 1/800s, ISO 100.
Sharpness test - 35mm - F5.6 - 100% center crop. This image has been converted and processed in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
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Sony A7R IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 35mm, F5.6, 1/800s, ISO 100.
Sharpness test - 35mm - F5.6 - 100% bottom right corner crop. This image has been converted and processed in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

At F8, sharpness remains excellent across the image area. At F11, some diffraction starts to appear, although you must pixel-peep to see it. At F16, the softness is more noticeable, although, to my eyes, it's maybe a bit less noticeable than it was at 24mm and F16. In any event, the lens delivers outstanding performance at F4-F8 and is completely usable at F11 and slightly beyond.

50mm

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Sony A7R IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 50mm, F4, 1/1600s, ISO 100.
Sharpness test - 50mm - F4. This image has been converted and processed in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

I still have two more focal lengths to discuss after this one, but I already feel like a broken record. At 50mm, performance is very good when shooting wide open. Corner performance is slightly better at 50mm than at 24mm and 35mm.

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Sony A7R IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 50mm, F4, 1/1600s, ISO 100.
Sharpness test - 50mm - F4 - 100% center crop. This image has been converted and processed in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
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Sony A7R IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 50mm, F4, 1/1600s, ISO 100.
Sharpness test - 50mm - F4 - 100% bottom right corner crop. This image has been converted and processed in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

By stopping down to F5.6, sharpness across the board is a little better, but the standard is already so high. The story with diffraction is the same at 50mm as the two wider focal lengths I tested.

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Sony A7R IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 50mm, F5.6, 1/800s, ISO 100.
Sharpness test - 50mm - F5.6 - 100% center crop. This image has been converted and processed in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS Review -- Gallery Image
Sony A7R IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 50mm, F5.6, 1/800s, ISO 100.
Sharpness test - 50mm - F5.6 - 100% bottom right corner crop. This image has been converted and processed in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

70mm

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Sony A7R IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 70mm, F4, 1/1600s, ISO 100.
Sharpness test - 70mm - F4. This image has been converted and processed in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

At 70mm, the lens continues to perform well. At F4, center sharpness is good. Extreme corner sharpness is only okay. I think the corner performance is worse at 70mm than at 50mm, at least at F4.

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Sony A7R IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 70mm, F4, 1/1600s, ISO 100.
Sharpness test - 70mm - F4 - 100% center crop. This image has been converted and processed in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
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Sony A7R IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 70mm, F4, 1/1600s, ISO 100.
Sharpness test - 70mm - F4 - 100% bottom right corner crop. This image has been converted and processed in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

After stopping down to F5.6, corner performance improves. Center performance is a bit better, too, although the difference is less noticeable than the improvement in the corners.

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Sony A7R IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 70mm, F5.6, 1/800s, ISO 100.
Sharpness test - 70mm - F5.6 - 100% center crop. This image has been converted and processed in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
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Sony A7R IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 70mm, F5.6, 1/800s, ISO 100.
Sharpness test - 70mm - F5.6 - 100% bottom right corner crop. This image has been converted and processed in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

105mm

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Sony A7R IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 105mm, F4, 1/1000s, ISO 100.
Sharpness test - 105mm - F4. This image has been converted and processed in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

At 105mm, the lens' longest focal length, performance continues to impress. If you don't require an F2.8 max aperture, the greater zooming capabilities of the FE 24-105mm F4 are a big reason why a photographer may opt for it over Sony's fantastic 24-70mm F2.8 GM and GM II pro zooms. Of course, price is also a factor, but I think the extra 35mm at the long end is very nice.

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Sony A7R IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 105mm, F4, 1/1000s, ISO 100.
Sharpness test - 105mm - F4 - 100% center crop. This image has been converted and processed in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
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Sony A7R IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 105mm, F4, 1/1000s, ISO 100.
Sharpness test - 105mm - F4 - 100% bottom right corner crop. This image has been converted and processed in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

As for image quality at 105mm, it's great. Center sharpness at F4 is very good. Corner performance is impressive, albeit a bit less impressive than the corner performance at 35mm and 50mm, but pretty similar to the corner performance at 70mm. If you want slightly better corner performance, you should stop down to F5.6, F8, or maybe F11, although F11 has some diffraction.

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Sony A7R IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 105mm, F5.6, 1/500s, ISO 100.
Sharpness test - 105mm - F5.6 - 100% center crop. This image has been converted and processed in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
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Sony A7R IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 105mm, F5.6, 1/500s, ISO 100.
Sharpness test - 105mm - F5.6 - 100% bottom right corner crop. This image has been converted and processed in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
 

Bokeh

If you're interested in amazing bokeh, then an F4 standard zoom lens like the Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS probably shouldn't be your first choice. However, if you're able to get close to your subject, shoot at a long focal length, and use an F4 aperture, you can get decent bokeh. It won't be as nice as the Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II, but it's not bad.

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Sony A7 IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 94mm, F4, 1/250s, ISO 500.
This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

Aberrations, distortion and vignette

Some mild longitudinal chromatic aberrations are apparent in limited situations. This shows up mostly with a bit of purple fringing around high-contrast fine details. It's an easy correction, and the overall performance is relatively good here.

There's some barrel distortion, especially at 24mm, but it's not significant and is easy to correct. In many cases, it's unlikely to be especially noticeable. If it is, lens correction profiles are effective.

Vignette is well-controlled by the Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens. Even when shooting wide open, there's no big issue throughout the entire zoom range. What minor vignette is present is gone by stopping down to F5.6.

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Sony A7 IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 105mm, F11, 1/10s, ISO 100.
This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
 
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Sony A7 IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 35mm, F4, 1/250s, ISO 640.
This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

I want to point out that if you go out of your way to disable lens correction profiles, the distortion and vignette will be noticeably worse. However, that's not how the lens is designed to be used. The lens is designed in conjunction with software-based corrections, so it's only fair to evaluate it as such. If you're curious, you can download the .arw files in the Gallery and see how the images look with profile corrections disabled. At 24mm, you'll find significant vignette and distortion. There's distortion throughout the focal length range, although it's most obvious at 24mm. There's also some noticeable vignette at 105mm. Anyways, I digress.

Image quality summary

The Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS delivers excellent sharpness throughout its entire focal length range, even when shooting wide open at F4. Corner performance is good throughout, although it is noticeably better away from the extreme ends of the focal length range and improves as you stop down to F5.6 and F8. Throughout the range, diffraction is slightly visible at F11 and quite noticeable at F16 and beyond.

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Sony A7 IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 43mm, F13, 1/30s, ISO 100.
This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

The lens exhibits good control over aberrations and has no major distortion issues. As for bokeh, it's a bit outside the lens' wheelhouse. However, that said, when you can get out-of-focus areas, they're well rendered.

Overall, there's very little negative to say about the FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens' image quality. It's a very sharp lens with minimal aberrations. You can't ask for more than that from a standard zoom lens.

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Sony A7 IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 39mm, F14, 1/6s, ISO 100.
This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

In the field with the Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G lens

While the image quality in a semi-controlled environment is impressive, where the lens shines is in real-world usage. Among the lens's greatest strengths is its versatility. Wide-angle landscapes? Check. Do you want to zoom in and get a more compressed perspective? Easy enough.

Autofocus

Versatility requires competent autofocus performance. The 24-105mm F4 G OSS uses Sony's Direct Super Sonic Wave AF Motor to good effect. Autofocus is swift, mostly silent, and generally accurate. The lens occasionally hunts in low light, but these situations were few and far between.

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Sony A7 IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 24mm, F8, 2s, ISO 100.
This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

The lens isn't a macro lens but can focus reasonably closely. You can focus as close as 38cm (1.25 ft.), resulting in a max magnification of 0.31x.

Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS Hands-on Review Summary

Among Sony's most practical, useful and versatile lenses for full-frame mirrorless cameras

What I like most:

  • The lens feels good and includes weather resistance
  • Good sharpness and overall image quality
  • Good control over aberrations
  • Reliable optical image stabilization
  • Relatively swift autofocus
  • Versatile focal length range
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Sony A7 IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 24mm, F9, 1/100s, ISO 100.
This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

What I dislike:

  • Not especially compact
  • I wish it were slightly less expensive
  • Some distortion, especially at the wide end

While not a G Master lens, I don't think Sony's 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens is far from that designation regarding overall performance. Yes, the 2017 lens lacks Sony's most sophisticated technology, like Linear XD motors for autofocus and XA glass, but make no mistake, the 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens delivers good image quality, and its design holds up against professional standards.

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Sony A7 IV with Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens at 105mm, F11, 1/20s, ISO 100.
This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw using default lens corrections. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

There are many good reasons to opt for more expensive 24-70mm F2.8 zoom lenses, but for those who don't require an F2.8 aperture or the absolute pinnacle in performance, the 24-105mm F4 G OSS delivers all-around excellence and versatility at a more palatable price. I know this review has been a long time coming, but the Sony 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens is as good now as it was when it was released more than four years ago. If you're new to Sony mirrorless cameras or just looking for an upgrade over a kit lens, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better all-around option under $1,500 than the Sony 24-105mm F4 G OSS.

 

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(From Sony lens literature) Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world's largest image sensor manufacturer, has introduced the latest addition to their expanding full-frame E-mount lens lineup, the FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS Standard Zoom (model SEL24105G).

The new full-frame lens covers the commonly used 24 to 105mm focal length range, delivering outstanding G Lens™ imaging performance with the most lightweight design in its class1, maximizing its versatility and usability. Therefore, the FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS can be used for versatile shooting such as landscape, portrait, wedding and so on. This lens also features fast, precise and quiet autofocus capabilities in both still and video shooting, making it an ideal complement for Sony's extensive lineup of E-mount cameras.

High Optical Performance and Outstanding Resolution

Sony's new FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens delivers excellent corner-to-corner sharpness throughout the entirety of its zoom range, while also producing beautifully rendered 'bokeh' or background defocus at all focal lengths.

This high image quality is made possible thanks to its advanced optical design featuring four aspherical lens elements, two of which are high precision AA (advanced aspherical) lenses. There are also three strategically located ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements that work in combination with the aforementioned aspherical lens elements to minimize chromatic aberration and ensure the ultimate resolution is captured.

The lens also has Sony's original Nano AR coating to minimize flare and ghosting, and utilizes a circular aperture to ensure it delivers high quality bokeh that is consistent for all Sony's G series.

Compact, Lightweight Design and Shooting Flexibility

The new FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens weighs in at approximately 663 grams (23.4 oz), making it the lightest lens in its class1. When combined with one of Sony's compact E-mount bodies, it gives photographers and videographers a far more mobile, manageable camera system that greatly increases their shooting flexibility.

In addition to the compact design and versatile 24-105mm focal length, the new lens has a minimum focus distance of 1.25ft, allowing for impressive close up detail. It also includes built-in optical image stabilization to make it easier to produce sharp, blur-free images when shooting handheld.

Highly Advanced and Accurate AutoFocus

In order to keep up with fast-moving subjects, the new standard zoom lens features a DDSSM (Direct Drive SSM) system that is capable of rapid positioning of the lens' focus groups with high accuracy and very minimal noise. This advanced system combined with a constant F4 aperture at all focal lengths makes the SEL24105G an excellent choice for both still and video shooting.

Further adding to its versatility, the new standard zoom lens also features a customizable focus hold button, a dust and moisture resistant design2 and a fluorine coating on the front element to help minimize dust, water, oil and other contaminants.

Pricing and Availability

The new FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS Standard Zoom Lens will ship this November for about $1,300 US and $1,700 CA.

1. Compared to currently available full-frame 24-105mm F4 standard zoom lenses (October 25th, 2017, Sony research)
2. Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof

Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS SEL24105G

Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS SEL24105G User Reviews

10.0/10 average of 1 review(s) Build Quality 9.0/10 Image Quality 10.0/10
  • 10 out of 10 points and recommended by LarsPlusX (2 reviews)
    Optical Image Stabilization, Good Zoom Range, Minimal Distortion, Excellent Resolution, Constant Aperture, Weather Sealing, Auto/Manual Focus Switch, Stabilization Switch, Programmable Control Button
    Large Overall Size, Large Filter

    I ran some rough tests on the Sony FE 24-105 f/4 G at 24mm, 50mm and 105mm using a basic lens chart with an A7RII shooting RAW. Wow, what a lens! It out-performs pretty much every 35mm film zoom I've ever owned, and many of the primes, especially wide angles.

    This lens does exhibit some light and resolution falloff in the corners wide open, but was cleared up by f/5.6-f/8. Except strangely at 24mm, light falloff diminished at f/5.6, returned in the far corners at f/8, then disappeared again at f/11. Through the range of focal-lengths, I found the sweet spot to be f/5.6 to f/11. At f/16, diffraction is held back amazingly well, and though f/22 shows some diffraction degradation on the chart images, in real world shots it can be tolerable due to the outstanding sharpness and contrast characteristics of this lens.

    I don't know how much correction was done in the camera, but CA is nil. And I didn't see any noticeable barrel or pincushion distortion.

    Reviews I'd read suggested the lens was good, so once I got it, it was immediately pressed into service shooting products before I'd tested it. And I was astounded. Images held together as I progressively stopped down to catch details through depth-of-field. Shooting at around 75mm, working as high as f/18, even into f/20, real-world details were captured without apparent diffraction and post-production sharpening wasn't necessary. And the lens focuses very close, making a lens change unnecessary for smaller items.

    Though I'm mostly a tripod guy, it performed very well while playing around with it hand-held. It didn't have a problem focusing in home-level lighting. The stabilization worked well, though I'll admit I have the ISO turned way up when snap-shooting. But I do like its switches for stabilization and focus so I don't have to hunt around or remember where I programmed which control, when I put it back on the tripod.

    Can't really say anything bad about this lens. I'm used to manual focus lenses, or little micro four-thirds cameras, so it seems big to me, but this lens is full-format, and with all those gears and motors inside for stability and focusing, that's understandable. And it takes a large, telephoto-sized filter, but 77mm is not crazy-big and at least the lens doesn't require some oddball internal filter. So even those factors are okay.

    All in all, I'm extremely happy with the Sony FE 24-105 F/4 and from what I've experienced with it so far, it could just be one of those lenses that becomes legendary.

    reviewed January 5th, 2020 (purchased for $1,198)