Canon EF 24–105mm f/4L IS USM Standard Zoom Lens: Designed for professionals as well as advanced amateur photographers, this sophisticated lens with Ultrasonic Motor and a Super-UD glass element takes stunning pictures with incredible detail.
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One of the great Canon lenses
Posted by: Christob from: Arlington VA on
Miles of text have already been written about this lens, so I'll just say that it is my first "L" series lens, and is everything I hoped it would be. Before this lens, I'd also been using two very high quality non-L Canon's; the 100mm f/2.8 macro, and the EFS10-22 super-wide. (Plus the trusty EFS17-85IS.) I use a Canon 7D body. The 100 and 10-22 were the most expensive lenses in my bag before now, and consistently delivered the best results of any of my lenses, regarding color and sharpness; particularly the 100. (I'd read that both the 100 and the 10-22 were as near to "L quality" as you could get, without buying an L---so I wasn't really expecting the L lens to blow me away, as if I were migrating from a cheap kit lens straight to an L; more like, I hoped it would provide a subtle, but still noticeable improvement.)
The image quality is terrific, top-notch, and the f/4 throughout the zoom range is so much more useful and enjoyable than I'd anticipated, for rendering blur. Another pleasant discovery was how close I could get to a subject, whether I'm at 24mm or 105, and still focus... I've turned out some wonderful close-ups shot at 105 this way, standing inches from the subject.
The included lens hood is a nice feature, given the price; wish more Canon lenses came with their hoods. When it is stowed backwards on the lens, it partially blocks the manual focus ring, which took some getting used to, in order to be able to find the ring without looking.
The Image Stabilization is quiet - often so quiet, I had to check a few times that I'd not turned it off by accident.
The lens is my heaviest yet, but by no means uncomfortable.
I have no regrets with this lens, and can easily see it being my most-used lens, within a short while.
18 out of 18 found this review helpful.
5 Stars all the way
Posted by: TheBurger from: Virginia on
If you need a lens that can do it ALL, look no further. I got mine as a kit but I use it for most of my pictures. Pictures at home, outdoors, events, birthdays, beach, playgrounds and anything short distance is all covered. Perfect lens for travel photography. 24mm gives you an AMAZING wide angle allowing you to take family portraits in a small room with low lighting and no flash using ISO 1600 and the lens wide open. Pictures are SHARP and the colors are very vibrant. This lens hardly comes off my camera unless I am shooting distant wildlife or shooting macro. If this lens comes in f2.8 in the future, I'll go for it. Buy it before the price of this lens goes up again.
17 out of 17 found this review helpful.
Better than I could imagine it to be.
Posted by: yagdog from: Lancaster, CA. on
I really had a hard time making the decision to by the lense as opposed to upgrading my camera body. I kept thinking, how much better could it be than than what I'm using now. First time I took the lense out, I swear that what I was seeing on lcd was noticably sharper, more deeply saturaed, just better than I was used to seeing. I'm not sure if it was just me, but every time I looked at the previews, I kept thinking, wow. When, I finally am able to afford another camera body, I'll be set with a great lense to mount to it.
16 out of 16 found this review helpful.
Great Lens for Groups and Portraits
Posted by: peroki from: Hermosa Beach, CA on
After getting this L lens, I see why pros use them. I used this lens on a 7D for shooting an extended family, then individual families, portraits and groups of 2-5 in-between. I did not have to change the lens and all I had to worry about was positioning my lights. The focal length is ideal for rapid composition. Also f/4 is actually better to shoot at and not anything with less depth of field. I have an f/1.2 that actually gave me focus problems with groups - the front person will be out of focus but the person right behind would already be out of focus. The f/4 gives me enough depth of field separation from the backgrounds but everyone in the group in focus. All of my shots were well composed, sharp, beautiful color. Best of all the family was ecstatic with the results!
12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Best "Walk around lens" on the Market
Posted by: DFCannon from: NJ on
I originally rented one of these lenses for a vacation to the caribbean and man was I impressed. At the time I owned the 18-55 IS, 50mm f/1.4, and 70-300mm. This lens blows them all out of the water. the image clairity and color reproduction was professional class even on my Rebel XTi. If you are looking for a great all purpose zoom lens with a fantastic IS this is it. I have taken a few pictures with my newly acquired (purchased) lens and post them on my computer at work. I am frequently asked where I found the pictures, and when I tell people that I took them, they are always suprised.
Well worth the money!!!!!
29 out of 39 found this review helpful.
It works for me !!
Posted by: fisherguy from: Pilla, Vt on
As I have stated before - I am not a pro nor do I have intentions of becoming a pro -
I bought this lens because I didn't want to spend twice as much as the 24 - 70 mk II.
The lens is sharp, focuses very quickly and accurately and has fantastic build quality. Picture are beautifully crisp and they look professional in quality (I won't speak of my composition and insult the pro's).
It's not the heavy and guess what it's an "L" lens - no more needs to be said.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Canon - EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Standard Zoom Lens
Posted by: bllackeagle from: on
This lens is miles above the 28-135 IS, it's built much better feels better in your hands, and the controls are a delight to work with. You're getting every penny you pay for this in quality and technology with this lens and rest assured it WILL perform.
Of course we all could wish it was cheaper, but professional camera gear is just this way... when I go out to do landscape and wildlife photography my jeep triples in value as soon as I put the camera bag in the back.
The Image Stabilization system in this camera is great, leave it on always, it's sensitive enough to help even absorb the flicker of the mirror in your camera. You don't have to switch it off when you mount it on a tripod. While it will not save every shot and blur is always a possibility when you go below 1 60th of a second with any lens but I have had great luck using this to hand hold images down to as little as 1/4 of a second some of them turn out some of them don't but the fact that ANY of them turn out is impressive to me and proof the technology works.
You need to know HOW to use the IS; however, it's important that you allow the internal gyros time to spin up before you take the shot this takes about a half a second. Learning to see the photo before it happens and anticipating the shot is all part of this process, allowing the lens a half second to spin up to speed will enable you to utilize the full potential of IS
The circular aperture of this camera works well and allows you to get the depth of field you want without the annoying jagged edges in out of focus items that lenses with standard aperture blades will give you. Bokeh is a little weak, but we are only at f4, so that is expected.
Speaking of F4 it lets in a fair amount of light, I have not noticed any Vignetting at any focal length, but shooting on a 1.6 sensor crops out the edges...
Compared side by side with the 28-135 on a Rebel XTi the shots taken with this lens are easily recognizable as more contrasty and sharper. (the 28-135 IS STILL a great lens, however)
As with any lens, this one has its characteristics that you will need to get use to. Flare is very minimal in all but the most extreme lighting situations. However when you do encounter flare (usually only happens when your TRYING to get the lens to flare out on you) you usually get a sharp jagged object with a halo around it, If you're trying to create a purposeful flare effect that looks good this is not the lens to use.
If you just bought the Rebel XTi, this is the kind of lens you are going to need to utilize all ten million pixels on the camera.
So if you buy this lens, congratulations you have just reached the top of technology and optical performance. If treated right this lens will provide you with a lifetime of images of uncompromising quality.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Posted by: mwsphotos from: Portland, Oregon on
First off, this lens is amazing! I rented one to make sure I was purchasing something that I would enjoy on my camera, and I am extremely glad to have made this purchase. The lens is definitely a L-class from Canon. I picked this lens over the 24-70 for the extra reach as well as the I/S. I felt both of those outweighed the extra F-Stop. Now I have to go out and re-take some of my photos that I shot with my old kit lens!
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Sharp lens with a fixed aperture size.
Posted by: BB777 from: Seattle on
The lens really takes sharp pictures and it produces good contrast pictures. I would recommend this as a great walk around lens to replace the kit lenses. The image difference between this L lens and the kit lens is huge.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Would be 5 Stars if it were a F/2.8
Posted by: Todd from: Herky, MO on
Love this 24mm-105mm L Series lens, a deffinit must have in your arsenal Im a enthusiat photographer. I think this lense would be top noth if it were a F/2.8 instead of F/4 as it deffintily lacks in low light as reviewed many times before. Other than that this lens is great, build quility if robust, pics looks tac sharp and in focus. Colors in pics pop, now that I have my first L lens, Im saving to upgrade from a T3i to a 7D, don't hesitate to pick-up this lens, just wish Canon would release a F/2.8 version....