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This easy-to-use standard zoom lens can cover a large zoom area ranging from 24mm wide-angle to 105mm portrait-length telephoto, 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. The result is excellent picture quality, even at wide apertures. Canon's ring-type USM gives silent but quick AF, along with full-time manual focus. Moreover, with dust- and moisture-resistant construction, this is a durable yet sophisticated lens that meets the demands of advanced amateur photographers and professional photographers alike.

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Lens System
TypeHigh Quality, Image Stabilization, Standard, Wide Angle
Focus TypeAuto & Manual
Focal LengthZoom
Focal Length (mm)24-105 mm
Min Aperture22

Compatible BrandCanon
Camera TechnologyDigital

Diameter3.3 inch
Weight23.63 oz

eBay Product ID: EPID99698101

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Created: 10/31/09

Canon EF 24 105 F4L IS USM Lens

Starting off, the quality of the lens is what I expected, especially for a wide zoom lens. It is sturdy, the focus and zoom rings are firm but smooth, and the zoom does not creep. I use a 5D Mark II and the lens focuses fast and accurately, even in low light with dark subjects. It barely hunts even with dark subjects in low light settings of F4 @ ISO2500 @ 1/30 of a second. Autofocus results may vary as Canon cameras are known for random focusing issues, however I have a properly calibrated camera. Focusing can hunt if you aren't diligent about where to select the AF point since there is so much to focus on at wide angles. The IQ (Image quality) is very sharp, with some minor edge falloff @ 24mm-30mm. At 70mm the edges soften quite a bit at F4 but the resolution of the edges recovers more as you zoom in to 105MM. Stopping down to F5.6 or 8.0 greatly increases the consistency of resolution and is a good solution for the edge blur.

Like most lenses, this lens isn't perfect but I'd give it an 8.5 out of 10, especially for such a broad focal range. Along with the 24-70MM F2.8L, this is the best wide to standard zoom lens available for Canon cameras. I debated over buying the 24-70 F2.8 for months and I must say I am glad I did not buy it because the extra focal length and image stabilization in the 24-105 F4 give me much more benefit than the extra stop of light would have given me. If you have the same hard decision to make, I can simplify it for you. If you have a camera with poor noise quality at high ISO, or take a lot of pictures with movement, for events such as indoor weddings, buy the F2.8 lens. Anything else, buy the F4 lens, it is much more versatile and weighs a pound less.

If you want a technical lab test full of valuable information on this lens and some other popular lenses, photozone.de has done their homework!

This is the lens to own if you could only choose one lens, and I am not alone in this opinion!

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Created: 05/08/08

Canon L-series glass always impresses

I currently own a Canon 5D and a 40D, and sold off a 20D that served me well. The 5D has a full 35mm frame sensor, while the 40D (and the 20D previous to it) use a smaller "APS-C" size sensor.

The Canon 24-105mm lens goes from 24 to 105 on the 5D body, and when it is mounted on the 40D body, it gives an equivalent focal length of 38 to 168 (multiply the real focal length by 1.6 to find out the equivalent focal length on a APS-C size sensor).

This EF 24-105mm IS L-series of the Canon lens has excellent image quality. It is capable of beautiful color, contrast and focus particularly when set to about f/8. The IS designation means the lens has image stabilization built into the lens, using optics to provide up to 3 f-stops of shake protection.

Ordinarily the rule of thumb regarding shutter speed; to get a decent shot-don't shoot at a speed lower than smallest focal length. For example, with a 50mm prime lens, don't shoot slower than 1/50 of a second. In low light and non-action sports situations, the image stabilization makes a huge difference.

Canon's L-series glass is awesome. Couple it with image stabilization, and you have a yourself a winner. Highly recommended.

In addition to the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM I have a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II prime lens, a Canon EF 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, a Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM, and a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM.

All of the L-series lenses in my collection have fantastic clarity and vibrancy the other lenses simply don't achieve.

Highly recommended for pro photographers.

Pricing is not for the faint-hearted.


L = best Canon glass
IS = Image Stabilizer (up to 3 f stops)
USM = Ultra Silent Motor

Updated August 2009

I now own a Canon 5D Mark II and discovered that this lens was exhibiting a "flaring" problem. After contacting Canon Canada, they have agreed at no charge to examine the lens and repair or replace it to fix this defect. Canon acknowledges that some early versions of the lens indeed has this problem, and have offered any owner of one to repair or replace it if the flaring problem shows up badly.

In addition to the lens I mentioned above, I now also own two new prime non-L lens. I find both of them excellent quality. I bought an EF 50mm f/1.4 and an 85mm f/1.8 and am happy to have them in my collection. I intend to write reviews for my other products as well.

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Created: 02/08/14

If you are a dead serious about being a photographer, this lens is for you.

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

The Canon 24-105 f/4L IS USM is a great lens for anyone using a Canon DSLR. If you are looking for glass that will last for years to come, Canon L lenses are the way to go.

I bought this lens to build and expand my photography business. This lens has helped give me the quality and functionality that I need. Being built by Canon and having the red L ring ensures quality of the lens that can be seen by anyone who knows what they are doing. Secondly, for an advanced photographer that is moving toward a pro business, this lens will give you almost the full range of lenses in one, single lens. HOWEVER, this is only to get you started. Once you understand that certain lenses work better for certain purposes and you have developed your business enough to afford new gear, you will need to buy different lenses out of the focal range. Why? Because for portraits, a Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS knocks this one off the shelf and into the bin. So why get the 24-105? It will help get your business started and will be in your bag and on your camera for years to come. You also might not have the $2000 for a Canon 70-200 right off the bat.

If you have been shooting a point and shoot or a mirror less camera and you are moving to a DSLR, the two things you will notice first is the size and weight of your camera AND lens. Quality gear is heavy. You can literally feel the quality that way. But don't let that discourage you. Look at what you are carrying. Pro gear! This is what the big boys use to take pictures.

This lens is for people who are serious about photography. If you don't want to start a photography business, if you don't read articles on how to take better pictures, if you don't practice taking pictures EVERYDAY, don't buy this lens. If your camera has dust on it, don't even bother with this lens and go look at a cheap $300 Canon lens or even a cheap Sigma.

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Created: 04/07/09

Canon 24-105mm L - solid performer

I was looking for a lens that could potentially hit 90% of my subject matter. I find my 17-55mm lens a bit wide for shots of family, and since I don't focus on landscape (and stitch if I want to go wide) the lack of a wide bottom end on a crop sensor camera was worth the addition of 50mm on the long end. On the other hand, carrying a 70-200 to be able to grap a few shots at 70mm or 100mm is a lot of extra kit when traveling light.

This lens is built solidly, and feels like the right weight on a 40D. Unlike models I've tried in stores the zoom ring was smooth. The closeup ability of this lens isn't macro, but close enough that I may consider leaving the macro lens at home unless I heading out for that purpose.

IS is a welcome feature, and one lacking on the 24-70mm alternative. For low light I tend to use bounced flash indoors, or need depth of field outdoors (read tripod or IS). Therefore the f/4 maximum aperture isn't a deal breaker for me. At 105mm the depth of field is similar to my 55mm at f/2.8. If I really want thin depth of field a fast prime is the way to go anyways on a crop sensor. This lens is a nice overlap with the 70-200 series of lenses. Enough overlap that you don't need to swap between them as much as with the 17-55mm.

Overall a nice lens on a crop sensor for my uses. Purchased with the understanding that things are headed full frame down the road...

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Created: 04/04/09

Canon 24-105

I am looking to upgrade collection to Canon L lenses whenever possible. In particular, I was not completely happy with the mid range lens which came with the camera. I was considering the Canon 24-70mm L or the 24-105mm L. Both have sterling reputations and top reviews. I was concerned about weight and size because this is mostly a walk-about lens. My decision was made for me when I found a great deal on a brand new 24-105mm lens on Ebay. I cannot be happier with the lens. I have several Canon L lenses and this one ranks near the top even among the prime lenses. It's quality was immediately obvious when I opened the box. Its size and weight are excellent and balances well on the camera. It is quiet, fast, and the image quality is excellent at all ranges and apertures. My kit lens in this same range often caused inconsistent exposure. I have taken a thousand or so pictures since it received the 24-105mm L lens. I don't recall any non-keepers even in bad lighting. I was blown away by the action shots I was able to capture at an indoor pool without flash. This is an amazing lens and it now stays on my camera most of the time. The purchase price for this lens is more than double the alternative in the same range but well worth every penny. If you are serious about getting into DSLR photography, I would highly recommend this lens as the starter lens if you can afford it. There is no comparison between this lens and the kit lenses which are sold with new camera bodies.

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