The 24-85 is older than the 24-105 and, with second hand lenses, you never know how much they were abused... Both 24-85 ad 24-105 are soft at the long end, wide open. IMHO the 24-85 is better at the short end than the 24-105: less distortion but more vignetting...bfitzgerald wrote:I found the 24-105mm to perform better than my copy of the 24-85mm but the first 24-105mm I used ages ago was not as good, maybe I got lucky with the boxed new 24-105mm this one is sharp across the range esp the tele end, at 85mm the 24-85mm was not usable not really at F4.5 (haze) it picked up significantly at F5.6 but I was not unhappy with the lens for the meagre outlay. You don't have to stop the 24-105mm down at all tele end (it's not a great idea to shoot F3.5 24mm on full frame so I would close it down there)
Let me tell you that the Sony FE 24-70 f4 worth every penny you paid for it. The Tamron/KM/Sony 28-75 is a great lens also.bfitzgerald wrote:Sony could have done a 24-70mm F4 making it much more affordable than the F2.8 I think such a lens would have been a good move, but then looking at the daft price of the E mount 24-70mm F4 maybe not. The only non silly priced normal zoom they have is a re-badged Tamron 28-75mm F2.8, hence people run to s/h Minolta lenses
David Kilpatrick wrote:Jacobs had a new, boxed 'old stock' off the shelf complete 24-85mm for £139.99 inc VAT and shipping on eBay, so after much thought, I went for it. I remember my main issue with the 24-85mm was a poor close-up range compared to the 28-105mm, or the later 24-105mm which I welcomed mainly for superior close-up ability.
But I've been missing the 24mm equivalent (or lens) with my two alternative lenses being the 28-75mm f/2.8 (exceptional for close-ups) and the 28-105mm, on the A900. The 17-35mm is OK at 24mm but can not really be kept on the camera as a walkaround lens. The Sigma 12-24mm is wonderful at 12mm to 16mm, but deteriorates so much that by 24mm it's almost useless (they have always had this problem).
I'll be checking this lens carefully against the 28-105mm, which I know is substantially better than the later 24-105mm.
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