Old 11-30-2010, 04:10 PM   #1
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Hi,

I`m thinking about buying the Canon 24-105L f4 lens.

It has good reviews on the net.

Anybody have one and if so how highly do you rate it.

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Old 11-30-2010, 04:20 PM   #2
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Yes, it is a very good lens and that is what I use for 90% of the pictures I take.

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You will like it.

I have not noticed any softness at the low end, but I have another lens that I use for up close shots so perhaps that is why.

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Old 11-30-2010, 04:27 PM   #3
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Excellent glass - just very slightly soft at 24mm when set to F4, but it's still what I take the majority of shots with.
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It's expensive for what it is, the EF28-105/f3.5-4.5 USM II is just as good for hundreds less... It lacks IS though if that matters to you.
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Wonderful glass. Lots of positive reviews and from my experiences, sharp quality, great color, and quick focus.

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It's expensive for what it is, the EF28-105/f3.5-4.5 USM II is just as good for hundreds less... It lacks IS though if that matters to you.
The original 24-105 also lacks IS. The bigger issue on a crop sensor, if that's what the OP has, might just be that extra 4mm. And I use the 28-105 as my walk-around lens . . .

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Yes, it is a very good lens and that is what I use for 90% of the pictures I take.

You will like it.
Ditto on that - But it wouldn't be if I didn't have a full-frame camera.
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Yes, it is a very good lens and that is what I use for 90% of the pictures I take.

You will like it.
Same here. Great lens and great zoom range.
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It's expensive for what it is, the EF28-105/f3.5-4.5 USM II is just as good for hundreds less... It lacks IS though if that matters to you.
I disagree.

It is a Canon L Series lens and like a Porsche "there is no substitute."

I have had mine for more than two years and it has "IS" which is image stabilization.

I assume a new lens will have at least what it had two years ago, which is IS.
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It's expensive for what it is, the EF28-105/f3.5-4.5 USM II is just as good for hundreds less... It lacks IS though if that matters to you.
You get what you pay for. I'm glad I waited a month or so longer to save the hundreds more for the lens.

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I have had mine for more than two years and it has "IS" which is image stabilization.

I assume a new lens will have at least what it had two years ago, which is IS.
I believe Troy is saying that the lens he listed doesn't have IS, not the 24-105.
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I disagree.

It is a Canon L Series lens and like a Porsche "there is no substitute."
That sounds like marketing speak.

Is the 24-105L better than the 28-105II? Yes
Is it worth the $600-$750 difference in cost? In my opinion, no.

Differences:
28-105II:
NO IS
4mm less wide
variable aperture (but half a stop faster on the wide end)
lighter weight
no barrel distortion on the wide end

24-105L:
Has IS
4mm wider
constant aperture (but half a stop slower on the wide end)
better contrast
has significant barrel distortion on the wide end

I have used both, and own the 28-105. The differences in these lenses were not enough to justify the expense, both have USM focus and are equally fast and accurate in AF. I also owned the 28-135IS, and sold it because the 28-105 was a better lens, much sharper, faster USM, lighter and a stop faster.

Your choice... I am just putting this out there as info. It's just my belief that there is better money to be spent in your kit than the 24-105L because there IS a viable Canon USM alternative. Just like the 70-210 f3.5-4.5 USM is an excellent alternative to the 70-200/4L (even though I own the 70-200L).
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I disagree.

It is a Canon L Series lens and like a Porsche "there is no substitute."

I have had mine for more than two years and it has "IS" which is image stabilization.

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You get what you pay for.
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That sounds like marketing speak.
You have never had a Porsche have you?

I have never used the 28-105II so I have no basis to refute your assertions.

Suffice it to say if I could only have one of my lenses, it would be the 24-105L.

Expensive yes, but you just save and deal with the price.

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You got me, I dont have a Porsche.

But I don't care about expensive. I have many expensive toys and house, but I tend to spend my money wisely, and IMHO, there is better money to be spent on gear than the 24-105L. They money I saved allowed me to buy something else, or take another trip. At the end of the day, the lack of IS and 4mm has not cost me a shot, and that's what is important isn't it?
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...[omitted].... At the end of the day, the lack of IS and 4mm has not cost me a shot, and that's what is important isn't it?

Is it?

At the end of the day - yes.
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At the end of the day, it will allow me to get this, so screw you guys!

or this

So I can take a picture of Roanoke from my house in Florida
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At the end of the day, it will allow me to get this, so screw you guys!



So I can take a picture of Roanoke from my house in Florida


If only there weren't so many trees in the way! Or is your house a 125-story building?

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Is that the 500mm at f-1.5 for $10,000.00 or something?

That would be nice.
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Is that the 500mm at f-1.5 for $10,000.00 or something?
I'd only get it to see if my favorite female engineers have hard nipples while running...
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The one on the left is the EF1200mm/f5.6L USM street price $100,000 and made on order, the one on the right is the EF800mm/f5.6L IS USM street price $11,000
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Is that the 500mm at f-1.5 for $10,000.00 or something?

That would be nice.
Looks like the 800L F/5.6. Canon does not make any super telephoto below f2.8. Excluding the 200L. Cant imagine how much it would weigh if they did!!!

My 24-105 is great and well worth the price to me. The colors, contrast, IS, build quality and constant aperture are a huge, huge plus.
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Out of curiosity, JoeBloggs, what are you using for telephoto shots? 70-200? 75-300?

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Thanks for all the comments which seem to back up the internet reviews.

I guess it`s an item you buy once so will be worth the expence.

Jon...I have two lenses, Canon 70-200f4 and a Tamron 18-250 and two camera bodies. The idea is to leave the 70-200 on my old 400d and attach the new lens on to my 50d and relegate the Tamron to spare.

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If only there weren't so many trees in the way! Or is your house a 125-story building?

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He did say it was an expensive house.
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Your choice... I am just putting this out there as info. It's just my belief that there is better money to be spent in your kit...
Well, since we don't know the OP's yearly income and how much his budget is, that point is irrelevant. The fact is, the 24-105 is higher quality piece of equipment, and to some people, the small difference in price certainly isn't a deal breaker.

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But I don't care about expensive. I have many expensive toys and house
Well that sounds a bit contradictory.

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but I tend to spend my money wisely, and IMHO, there is better money to be spent on gear than the 24-105L. They money I saved allowed me to buy something else, or take another trip. At the end of the day, the lack of IS and 4mm has not cost me a shot, and that's what is important isn't it?
And the money you could have saved by buying a cheaper house would have allowed you to buy something else, or take even more trips, etc.

Anyway, the OP asked specifically about the 24-105 and wanted some feedback from people who own it. I don't get the point of trying to persuade him to buy a cheaper and lower quality piece of equipment. If he wants a high quality lens in that zoom range, purchasing the 24-105 would certainly be considered "spending his money wisely."
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