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Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens for Canon EOS SLR Cameras
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- 24-105mm standard zoom lens with f/4 maximum aperture for Canon EOS SLR cameras, Macro Focus Range : 0.45 m
- 1 Super UD glass element and 3 aspherical lenses minimize chromatic aberration and distortion
- Ring-type USM system delivers silent but quick autofocus (AF); full-time manual focus
- Image Stabilizer technology steadies camera shake at up to 3 stops; weighs 23.6 ounces
- Dust- and moisture-resistant; measures 3.3 inches in diameter and 4.2 inches long; 1-year warranty
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|Item Dimensions||8.4 x 10.7 x 8.4 cm||5.08 x 15.24 x 5.08 cm||8.34 x 9.3 x 8.34 cm||8.3 x 8.3 x 11.8 cm||8.34 x 10.4 x 10.4 cm||7.4 x 5.1 x 7.4 cm|
|Item Weight||0.67 kg||0.67 kg||0.6 kg||0.8 kg||0.53 kg||290 grams|
|Max Focal Length||105 mm||105 mm||70 mm||105||105 mm||50 mm|
|Min Focal Length||24 mm||24 mm||24 mm||24||24 mm||50 mm|
|Mounting Type||Canonbayonet||Canonbayonet||Canon EF / EF-S||Canon||Canon EF / EF-S||Canonbayonet|
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L9) Canon 24-105Mm F/4 L Is Usm Lens. The L-Series Is Canon'S Flagship Professional Lens Range, Representing The Best In Precision-Designed Ef Optics. L-Series Lenses Combine Superior Performance With Superlative Handling, And Are Resistant To Dust And Moisture. The Ef 24-105Mm F/4L Is Usm Features Canon'S Three-Stop Image Stabilizer (Is), Making It Ideal For Handheld Work. Is Permits The Use Of Shutter Speeds Up To Three Stops Slower Than Normal, With No Perceptible Increase In Image Blur From Camera Shake. E7Magnification - Extension Tube EF25 II - ¹ Only compatible at tele.
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The attractive focal range covers a nice 24mm wide angle to a respectable 105mm at the top end. As your standard zoom this is an excellent choice to make and as you would expect from a Canon L lens, it's got good optics and superb build quality. But it's not quite a 5 star lens for a few reasons.
I'll list my pro's and cons points next with a summary afterwards
+ Very useful focal range combined with an above average speed of f4. f4 isn't fast (a fast zoom is really f2.8) but across this range it's a sensible choice for Canon to make.
+ Good optical performance, it's not perfect either but in the centre very sharp across the focal range. At the wide end as you expect for a full frame lens best to stop it down to around f8, but it's not that bad either wide open borders. At the 70mm length corner sharpness drops off a bit, and at 105mm it really needs stopping down on a full frame body to get improved edge performance.
+ Tank-like build quality. You expect good things from an L lens, this delivers. Fairly hefty weight wise (if you are used to using budget lenses before!), won't list this as a con due to the zoom range, L build and f4 speed you rightly don't expect a light lens! Just bear in mind if you put this on a 5dMkII/III with a grip and flash you're certainly going to notice it.
+ Is sealed against dust and moisture exactly as you expect for an L class lens
+ AF is quiet thanks to the USM AF motor, it is fast and I found accuracy on a variety of bodies (full frame and crop) to be very good.
+ Smooth background rendering, thanks to the 8 blade circular aperture quite nice in this respect.
+ IS works great easily 3 stops if not a bit more (will vary on user)
+ Mag ratio of 1:4 not bad at all for a lens of this type for closer up shots
- Lens creep! If there is a lens that needs a lens lock it's this lens and it's very surprising that it doesn't have one. After a few months use I noticed this being more of an issue, I would suggest investing in a lens band or something simlar. This is a heavy enough lens with lots of glass so I would consider this one of the niggles to mark it down on.
- It's pricey..but I feel the build quality makes you feel that you are getting decent value for your outlay. Price has fallen a bit lately too.
- Hefty distortion at the 24mm end, bigger than you expect but can be corrected in software after 35mm moving to pincushion and at the 105mm end it's again notable.
- Vignetting is very strong at 24mm and whist it improves at f5.6 it's still fairly notable, f8 better again but doesn't entirely resolve this. At the longer focal lengths nowhere near as heavy, but still a bit not entirely unexpected from a full frame lens. Mostly an issue at the wide end.
- CA like most lenses can be an issue, and can vary between copies too. I don't find it that bad myself not really out of line with rivals or most lenses in this class.
Overall acceptable compromises for this lens and it delivers strong optical performance with superb build quality. The biggest niggle I have is probably the vignetting which is a bit heavy at the wide end, and the distortion could be a little less dramatic at the 24mm focal length. Neither is a serious problem considering the range covered here. I do wish that Canon had a lens lock, walking around the lens will slowly extend itself due to the weight of the elements, a lens band will solve this, but I'd expect it as standard on a lens of this type.
This is your "go to" general use lens for any full frame user, very handy focal range to have in one lens. You can look at alternatives such as the 24-70mm f2.8 which is also a great lens, but much more costly. I would stick with this for your normal zoom, and add a few faster primes in your kit to cover lower light situations. Well worth considering for any full frame user and even some APS-C users might like to try it too.
Update Sept 2013:
The lens I've been using has now developed a problem with the Error one issue, the aperture blades don't close properly most times (tested on multiple bodies film and digital), or the blades stay stuck. The lens has only been very lightly used, and is in pristine condition and treated with great care. This problem seems to be more common than a few odd lenses here and there (evidently the likely cause is a ribbon cable in the lens breaking), so I'm downgrading the review score to 3 star. It's a decent lens, but I have serious doubts about the L class quality, this shouldn't happen after only a couple of years and points to a likely manufacture issue with Canon. £200 repair bill to get this fixed.
I think it's about time OEM makers followed Tamron offering a longer warranty period of 5 years.
The focal range is super it can take a tight close shot but extend out to pull something at a modest distance in, although the main benefit is framing and composition. If you have a full frame Canon and the budget then there is no excuse for not having this lens.
OK, there may be better glass about, but not at this price! I defy anyone to persuade me to spend more than twice as much and prove that I would perceive better results.
Get one - you'll congratulate yourself for ever more!
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