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Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM 35mm Zoom
Product DescriptionEasy-to-use standard zoom lens covers a large zoom area and its Image Stabilizer Technology steadies camera shake up to three stops. Constructed with one Super-UD glass element and three aspherical lenses, this lens minimizes chromatic aberration and distortion for excellent picture quality, even at wide apertures. Canon's ring-type USM gives silent but quick AF, along with full-time manual focus. Dust- and moisture-resistant construction for a durable and sophisticated lens suitable for advanced amateur and professional photographers.
Submitted by Leo a Expert
Date Reviewed: July 11, 2013
Strengths: Very nice relative small and light walk around lens with perfect range on FF. If you chose one (zoom)lens to take along this is maybe the one. IS is nice.
Weaknesses: Nothing special, F4.0 but that why it is small and light. Construction failure, my copy creeps like mad. I put an elastic string around the zoomring, that helps. But a lock would have been nice.
I bought this zoom in 2005. I did not like the 24-70 F2.8 to walk around. To big.
The IS is incredible, IQ is oke and I love the range. That 35 mm extra at the end is very nice. I still think this is the most versatile zoom there is. Go on holiday, take this zoom and a EF 50mm F1.2L with you. That's all you need :)
Price Paid: $1100.00
Purchased At: Cornevaniperen
Type of photography: Other
Submitted by Jon Lloyd a Intermediate
Date Reviewed: March 25, 2013
Strengths: Well suited to a full frame sensor
Weaknesses: No real weakness in my view as it does what is is designed to do.
Vignetting is evident but easily corrected
I bought this lens with a 7D body... OK as a "kit lens" but I don't like that term as it cheapens what is in actual fact a solid pro quality lens. It performed well for me on the 7D for over 12 months in a variety of situations and has been a solid walk-around lens.
Then came along my 5D Mk III and it just works like a dream with the full-frame sensor. Maybe a tad more vignetting at the long end but nothing that can't be readily fixed is post.For the 7D - in order to go a little wider I bought a Tokina 11-16mm which is not good for the 5D 3 unless you are at 15-16mm so this sits nicely in its spot wide open at 24mm.
I have just taken to using this lens to shoot Mountain Biking and I am liking it. Results can be see here:
Note ...316 to 342 are with this lens.
Price Paid: $980.00
Purchased At: www.digitalrev.com
Type of photography: Sports
Submitted by Howard Wu a Expert
Date Reviewed: November 9, 2012
Focal length range
Weaknesses: Vignetting at 24mm
I've had 2 copies of this lens. The 24-105 is a fantastic range for general purpose photography, and I do not need large aperture often (although for some interior shots I wish it was f/2.8 but I guess you can't have everything), so this is a dream lens on paper.
Unfortunately, the two copies I have had (I still have my second copy) produce severe vignetting at 24mm. Worse, the vignetting seems to be asymmetrical (one corner is much darker than the other corners).
I don't mind the distortions as much as I do vignetting; to me severe vignetting is very distracting. You can sometimes fix it in Photoshop, but not always completely. In those cases I have to crop the image a bit, or zoom in a bit when I take the picture, which effectively reduces the lens to about 28mm-105mm which is a bummer.
The lens is often sold as a kit lens with the 5DII or 5DIII, and I've seen some "white box" ones sold for a lower price, and Canon sometimes have refurbished ones for even less ($700+), this makes it one of the cheaper L lenses out there so it is a good value.
Price Paid: $1000.00
Purchased At: Amazon (as a kit len
Similar Products Used: Canon EF 17-40 L USM, Canon 28-135 IS
Type of photography: Outdoor
Submitted by Dave Perkes a Professional
Date Reviewed: June 22, 2012
Strengths: Good build quality with constant aperture and some degree of weather sealing. Its a good general purpose lens with IS which makes it very useful for video.
Weaknesses: Wide angle distortion and vignetting at 24mm is disappointing.
Bokeh is rather harsh and edge sharpness even at F8 does not match that in the centre of the frame.
It was bought as a a kit with a 5D Mk2. Its a well built prosumer lens and should last for decades; but have not been too impressed overall with this the Image quality of this lens. Distortion at the wide end and excessive vignetting require post processing to remove. The bokeh is not that good; being harsh with back- lit highlights
IS works well and it is excellent for Video. Sharpness can be excellent at the long end with breathtaking clarity. However at 24mm sharpness falls off at the edges.
For stills it does the job; but as a critical user; I don't think it justifies the L series label.
Price Paid: $850.00
Purchased At: Siem Reap Thmei Siem
Similar Products Used: Sigma 17-70 DX for Nikon
Type of photography: Fine Art
Submitted by rechitansorin a Intermediate
Date Reviewed: January 6, 2011
Strengths: Excellent quality of the materials (although the inner lens support is made of plastic), tropicalisation (i had never had dust particles inside the lens), constant f 4 aperture but most of all, it s versatility.
Weaknesses: The optical performance is good but nothing to dream of. Especially towards the long focal length, where even stopping down, the contrast and contrast are weak for it s claims. The distortion is very strong at 24mm (straight lines in the upper or downer side of the photograph will show a disturbing curvature (can be corrected via appropiate softs).
A very good allround package.
Duration Product Used: 6-10 years
Price Paid: $800.00
Similar Products Used: Canon EF 28-105mm f 3,5-4,5
Canon EF 28-135mm f 3,5-5,6 IS
Canon EF 24-70mm f 2,8
Nikon AF- D 24-85mm f 2,8-4
Type of photography: Outdoor
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