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24-70 f/4

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I am switching to Sony from Olympus and considering the a7RII with the 16-35 f/4 and 24-70 f/4 zooms.

Most people here seem to be happy with the 16-35, but the 24-70 f/4 gets very varied reviews on the net.

Anyone have experience of this lens?

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There is plenty material on these lenses, such as tests, reviews, image samples and performance videos.

 

My take would be to not go into Sony A7-series expecting to use the early f4 zooms only. They have some serious compromises in terms of image quality. They're not really cheap for what you get, either.

 

My guess is that you'll want to replace them sooner or later. Then you only have the large, expensive G Masters or the adapted Canikon route to choose between.

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I wish that there was some substantive way for me to decide.  Due to some retirement income, I have a piggy bank that can be smashed to allow me to go BIG and do the 2470GM.  But I could also use that extra grand in a lot of different ways.

 

Or do I hold off until this Spring when i will restart more photo shooting.  Might be more options then.

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I wish that there was some substantive way for me to decide.  Due to some retirement income, I have a piggy bank that can be smashed to allow me to go BIG and do the 2470GM.  But I could also use that extra grand in a lot of different ways.

 

Or do I hold off until this Spring when i will restart more photo shooting.  Might be more options then.

I will tell you, from my experience, the 24-70 2.8 is an absolutely exceptional lens.  It is the lens I use about 95% of my routine shooting.  If I were you I would consider purchasing on the used market and use it for several months.  I think you will find it is amazing, but if not resell it which should probably only cost you a loss of about $150- 200 much less than renting it for half a year.

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I am selling my 24-70f4 and getting the new 24-105. I had no real issues with the 24-70, but I will appreciate the extra reach of the 24-105 and it is smaller, lighter and cheaper than the 24-70GM. The f4 is nice and light, however.

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I am selling my 24-70f4 and getting the new 24-105. I had no real issues with the 24-70, but I will appreciate the extra reach of the 24-105 and it is smaller, lighter and cheaper than the 24-70GM. The f4 is nice and light, however.

There always trade offs and the best lens will be the result of personal need, shooting style, and budget.  For me the compelling factor for the 24-70GM was the outstanding image quality and the constant 2.8 aperture which trumped size and weight.  I very promptly got rid of the F4.0 within a couple of days with the 2.8 version.

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As someone whose 28-70/2.8 mostly sits idle, 

I was more than happy switching to a 24-70/   

4.0. Which is to say that if anyone gets enuf

replies to any dilemma, the decision winds up 

back to them, usually with equally compelling 

advice pushing them both ways, unless they  

just buy both :-)   

   

   

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Between October and March is usually a good time to buy. There will be some promotions on new gear and people will sell off their used gear. Come April, more people will be buying so prices aren't as good.

 

One good way to decide on lenses could be to look through your image catalogue and see what focal lengths you prefer using. Most people have their shooting habits. I seem to have a strong preference for 35mm and 180mm for instance. So that's where I put some extra money. 

 

A 24-70 is a useful zoom range for many people. But if you find that you often shoot at 50mm, for instance, you may be better of with a prime.

 

I wish that there was some substantive way for me to decide.  Due to some retirement income, I have a piggy bank that can be smashed to allow me to go BIG and do the 2470GM.  But I could also use that extra grand in a lot of different ways.

 

Or do I hold off until this Spring when i will restart more photo shooting.  Might be more options then.

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I shoot with the 4/24-70 a fair amount. IQ wise, it's not very much different to the kit 28-70mm. I still have my Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II that I use occasionally with an adapter, though my shooting style these days tends to lean towards my primes.

 

I'm not impressed by Sony's focus by wire systems on most of their AF lenses, and that's a real downer for me.

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I don't know if you already decided what to do, but I must say the 24-70f4 gets a too bad rap in my opinion. Maybe mine is just an excellent copy but I am quite happy with the results (certainly for a walk around zoom lens). I do however complement it with several fixed focal length lenses from the Zeiss Batis line. I would never go for an expensive zoom like the Sony 24-70, that kind ofmoney I reserve for fixed focal length lenses.

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I've been using the 24-70mm f4 since it first came out, quite useful as there wasn't much alternative back then; but if you can, you should get the G 24-105mm f4 instead, great lens with great optics and didn't cost too much more. I tested it over the weekend, definitely much better IQ than the 24-70, it comes close to the GM 16-35mm f2.8 at extreme wide, and beats the 16-35 at extreme zoom. Try it out against the 24-70mm F4, you will not regret it.

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