About this product
|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.|
|Type||High Quality, Image Stabilization, Standard, Wide Angle|
|Focus Type||Auto & Manual|
|Focal Length (mm)||24-105mm|
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- j_discipleOct 31, 2009by
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.
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This is the lens to own if you could only choose one lens, and I am not alone in this opinion!Read full review
- shutterbug2006May 8, 2008by
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.Read full review
- nirachuFeb 11, 2016Verified purchase - NEWby
It's a good lens for overall use during day time.
I have no problem with this lens so far. This lens is great during out doors when it is bright. Done expect this to be good indoors because it is only f4.
- yogabayFeb 10, 2016Verified purchase - NEWby
SO happy !!!
- timothy2010Feb 9, 2016Verified purchase - NEWby
Nice lens with good price
Nice zoom lens. Smooth focusing and sharp imagines, really love it.