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CanonEF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
 
4.7

(based on 1225 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (952)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (228)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (975)
  • Strong construction (761)
  • Durable (719)
  • Consistent output (689)
  • Easily interchangeable (506)

Cons

  • Heavy (282)
  • Poor in low light (120)
  • Lens creep (35)
  • Blurry focus (18)
  • Slow focus (9)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (633)
  • Weddings (441)
  • Sports/action (260)
  • Low light (246)
  • Wildlife photos (245)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (386), Semi-pro photographer (245), Pro photographer (140), Enthusiast (136), Casual photographer (90)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (711), Yes (33)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Full Frame Workhorse!

This would have to be the most versatile lens that I have ever owned, It's a true workhorse. Most of the time I prefer to use primes, but in fast moving situations, like...Read complete review

This would have to be the most versatile lens that I have ever owned, It's a true workhorse. Most of the time I prefer to use primes, but in fast moving situations, like events, where time is of the essence this really is the go to lens. It's wide range of focal lengths allows you to rapidly acquire a range of different types of shots without missing the moment
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Optically it's a good performer, it's pretty sharp wide open at all apertures maybe a bit softer at the telephoto end. At 105mm wide open it makes for a usable portrait lens, with a narrow enough depth of field to throw the background out of focus. The quality of the bokeh is smooth and it handles specular highlights very well, stopped down these remain circular.

At the 24mm there are two predictable problems; noticeable barrel distortion and pretty strong vignetting wide open that doesn't truly go away until f8. Both of these issues are hardly surprising on a zoom lens with such a large range of focal lengths and thankfully both can be somewhat circumvented in programs like Aperture or Lightroom.
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The build quality is second to none and importantly the lens is weather sealed; I have no problem using this lens in pouring rain on my 5d mk2 and I have done so a number of times with no ill effect. All controls are smooth, the only complaint is that when zooming on the wide it's a very short distance between 24mm and 35mm, this is not a deal breaker though.

Auto focus is superb! It's accurate, silent and rarely hunts even in low light; again, on a 5d mk2, which is not known for it's great focusing system!

When it comes down to it though it's the image stabilisation that really brings this lens together, combined that with it's range of focal lengths it makes for an amazing combination; and believe me f4 is a blessing for most photographic situations, it makes the lens light enough to carry around all day; add a 50 or 85mm prime and you are good to go!

I would highly recommend this lens to anyone with a full frame camera, If it's good enough for Martin Parr, It's probably good enough for you :)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It's a Creeper

When I first purchased the lens I was very happy. I had to adjust to some features and soon found out that my Tiffen variable ND filter did not work well with the wide...Read complete review

When I first purchased the lens I was very happy. I had to adjust to some features and soon found out that my Tiffen variable ND filter did not work well with the wide angle, needless to say I was very upset because I do alot of photography on the water. Only after 4 months of using my new lens it started creeping down when in use, I also shot from on high straight down or product photography. Of course can't return to B&H and Canon said I could send it back for tightening but don't be surprised to find out that it cannot be fixed because it is a normal feature for this lens.This was my first L-Series lens and I am beyond disappointed!!!!!Yes the clarity is good but if I can't use it to shoot everything without it being a pain, I would have never bought it...or at least if I had read the reviews first I would have know about this issue I could have purchased with this first hand knowledge instead of being surprised. I would recommend the lens for regular photography because it does have very good quality glass.

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5.0

Great All-around lens

By Nate

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Rugged

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

      I shoot a popular documentary show in rugged conditions. This lens holds up and gives a flexible range for variety and fast pace. Great for video or stills. It'd be phenomenal to have a 2.8 with this range, but that's not going to happen at this price point.

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      5.0

      awesome lens

      By Edric

      from flint,mi

      Comments about Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

      I have been saving for over 3 months for this lens and it was soooo worth it!!! Nothing but great shots!!

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      4.0

      Love this lens

      By Cruella

      from Phoenix AZ

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light
      • Slowish Autofocus

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

      Out of the box I was surprised at how awesome the images were. Great bokeh, sharp. Because of it's an F4 and I work in Arizona this is awesome for outdoor events.

      Indoor in low light, it's not the best - I punch up the ISO more than I care for but I know that going in. It's not the F2.8 after all. This is the only not so great part of this lens.

      It's a bit heavy but I'll take the great shots and Advil any day.

      AutoFocus could be faster.

      Put your money in your glass and you will get quality shots every time. Cheap gear costs too much.

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      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Poor craftsmanship

      By DAC

      from New York

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Lens Creep
      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Video

      Comments about Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

      I work mostly in video and have owned this lens for 6 years, mostly using it with the 5D Mark II. Although heavy and bulky it's served pretty well until recently when it started having F stop issues. Flickering up and down till it completely gave up the ghost. Sent it in to Canon for repair and it needs the diaphragm replaced which they quoted at $450.00. I did a fairly quick on-line search and it seems that many people have all sorts of issues with this lens. Similar kind of things. Many of those people claim to have had the lens for even under a year.

      At $450 to repair this lens (I mean - it could be more because they say there might still be discover involved) seems overblown, so I'm going to abandon it because, in the interim, I had to buy a lens for my new camera in order to work.

      Knowing now how many people have had problems with the electronics of this lens I would pass on it. I always liked the dreaminess of it but not for that price.

      I feel I got lucky. At least I got my monies worth. Do some google searching about F stop problems with this lens as well as electronic ribbon and electronic diaphragm replacement before you buy. Wish I had. Good luck.

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      4.0

      My new walk around lens

      By Tim

      from Lowell, MA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

        This lens is great. After renting it multiple time for trips I went on I decided to purchase it for the next one. Though I haven't gone on the trip yet, I know for previous trips and some test shooting this is a great lens. If your looking for a good walking around lens you can't go wrong.

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        5.0

        Great All Around Lens

        By Vince G

        from AZ

        Comments about Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

        Haven't had it long, but so far this thing is great. Good color and very sharp. This lens is great to take hiking or walking around a theme park with all day. So far, we've not seen any lens creep.

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        5.0

        Awesome Lens

        By Curious George

        from Saint Marys, GA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

        The lens is the best walk-around lens that I've ever used.Most of my photos are superb.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very versatile all purpose walk around lens

        By Megapix

        from Beverly, MA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction
        • Versitle

        Cons

        • Lens Creep

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video

        Comments about Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

        I have owned the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens for about three years. I consider myself an advanced hobbyist but being all self-taught that is certainty open for debate. I currently shoot with a Canon 6D which fits my style with landscapes and floral closeups. I try to get one new lens every couple of years and recently purchased the new EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM. Needless to say the sharpness and 2.8 aperture are fabulous. There are always trade offs. My hands sometimes shake and I find myself wishing it had IS like the 24-105. In comparing shots between the two lenses, I note the the 24-105 only slightly lacking in overall IQ and sharpness over the 24-70. Video is where I saw a real difference. I often mix video with stills in order to put together a presentation for you-tube, etc, and I just cannot eliminate shake, hand held, when using the 24-70 (with no IS) for video. The 24-105, with IS, does a great job smoothing out small camera movements in video mode. Even in lower light it works quite well with the 6D. I sold a couple of my less frequently used lenses to help with the purchase of the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II, but not the 24-105. It's just too versatile a lens. My take is that it's a really great all around workhorse, captures really clear shots, and if you shoot some video, really rounds it off.
        Here is a closeup and a landscape for observation.

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        (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        The most essential product in my life

        By Chowdhury nipun

        from Bronx, New York

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Tough To Attach
        • Weak Casing

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography
        • Night Photography

        Comments about Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

        I use this in my everyday life.

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        • No

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        (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great walk around lens and for indoor sports.

        By sjte picture

        from putnam, ny

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Sports/Action

        Comments about Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

        great lens. sharp and fast focusing

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        • No

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My

        By rsmc48307

        from Rochester Hills, MI

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Lens Creep

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Video
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

        I use this lens more than any of my other lenses combined.
        I use it mostly for sunrise/sunset and landscape photography.
        I would not hesitate to replace this lens if lost or damaged.
        There is only one thing that bothers me about this lens, is that after about 6 months of use it has developed a slight case of lens creep but it maybe due to the weight of the lens hood, when pointed downward but it is not that big of a deal.
        I'm not going to subtract any "stars" because of gravity doing what gravity does best.

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        5.0

        solid lens

        By Doug C

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Lens Creep

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

        only thing that would make it better would be a 2.8 f-stop

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        GREAT ALL-AROUND LENS

        By Sawdust

        from Spokane, WA

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • All around
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

          I bought this lens in a kit with the 5D MkIII and have found it to be a great all-around lens. While not as fast as an f/2.8, high ISOs make up for that, although you can't get the 2.8's background blur. The alternative would be buying, and carrying, the heavier 24-70 f/2.8 and another longer lens(es), and changing them more often.

          The customer photos here tell the story as to image quality. This is an L quality lens to be sure. The cost for that quality is higher price and more weight, but you get what you pay for.

          I saw some reviewers' complaints here about lens zoom creep, but have not experienced that problem. Just in case, I got some inexpensive third party bands from B&H that wrap around the zoom ring and casing that are designed to eliminate zoom creep in the heavier zoom lenses.

          As always, great service, packaging, and shipping from B&H.

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          4.0

          EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

          By rsmc48307

          from Rochester Hills, MI

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Lens Creep

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Night Photography
          • Video
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

          This is the lens I use most often. I get good results on about 95% of my shots. I have been using this lens now for about 6-7 months now. After using it for a while, I have noticed some creeping in the zoom, whenever the camera is facing the ground, the zoom extends all the way out and I have to keep readjusting or recomposing my shot...it gets pretty frustrating after a while.

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          5.0

          Amazing Workhorse Lens

          By Chengsta Photography

          from Dublin, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Street photography
          • Video

          Comments about Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

          This is an amazing workhorse of a lens; it is good pretty much everywhere you can think of besides those that need a telephoto and those that you want to shallow DOF of a prime lens. It's a versatile lens that within a week of purchasing it I have done multiple photowalks in San Francisco; I can use it for the wider angle close within the city shots and those that need a little bit more range such as some shot of the coast/bridges. I even used it for a long exposure shot of the city and produces some amazing clarity in the shots and beautiful star shaped bokeh. Autofocus on this lens is clearly faster than the other lenses I own, none of which are L lens quality.

          The only downside to this lens from what I can see after a week of using it is the lack of lower light abilities since it is a f/4 lens, but at that point I would choose a prime lens anyways.

          This lens is absolutely worth what I paid.

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          5.0

          Can't beat this lens

          By photogirl64

          from Buffalo, NY

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

            I have owned two other Canon L lenses--the 24-70 and 70-200 for many years. But I always thought this 24-105 mm would be the perfect walk-around lens as that extra telephoto distance would cover more situations that would prevent me from having to switch lenses. And I have been correct. I have found it a versatile addition to my camera bag. I have used this lens far more than the other in situations where I needed that extra distance but not the 2.8 aperture. The stabilizer has allowed handholding in situations where I didn't need a tripod but needed that extra stability. Great image quality and sharpness arrow consistent.

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            4.0

            Great Glass

            By Jacob James

            from Simpsonville SC

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

            Not the best f stop but very sharp. Works well!

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            (5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Read all the reviews

            By jam41323

            from Florida

            Comments about Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

            This lens received so many rave reviews that I ignored the naysayers.
            But their critiques ( and you have to read thru a lot of reviews to find the not so happy ones) are spot on.
            This was my first L lens ( one I could actually afford) . I am quite disappointed. And was so glad to read a review that criticized Canon for putting it out as an L.
            It is a good all purpose lens but not super sharp although if you work hard with the settings some great photos are possible. When you hit the sweet spot the photos are awesome and good color rendition. But not consistently so. The lens ia horrible in low , indoor light. I was so disappointed by my holiday photos that I am very tempted to trade this lens in.
            All this being said, I do agree it is a super General, all purpose lens allowing a wide range of pictures- from portrait to landscape, wide angle to zoom.
            But if you are an amateur photographer hoping to get more professional looking photos on a consistent basis think twice about this lens. Consider what you will be using it for the most and scroll thru the reviews. Take time to think about the few and far between critical reviews.
            I am not a professional but I take pride in my photos. I was dismayed over holiday shots I wanted to share with family and that is why I returned to read the reviews again. Plus the lens is very slow and I missed a lot of shots.
            In summary, in my opinion the lens performs nicely in bright sunlight, and is super all purpose , snap shot lens with the potential for some stellar shots. If you do buy this lens consider using it more on the manual setting and taking the time to get the photo right.

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            5.0

            My Favorite Go To Lens

            By Sinbad512

            from Saint Louis, MO

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

            I have Canon T6s Body so I do not get the full frame focal length but it does offer sharp, wide-range focal lengths with good low-light details in every photo I have taken with this lens so far. This is my first L lens and I could not be happier with its performance.

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            5.0

            I would buy this product again

            By MikeC

            from Fort Worth, TX

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Rugged

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

              I use this lens on my 7D2. I don't like shooting wide angle of people so this lens fits the way I like to shoot. I enjoy the fixed aperture and the zoom range is very nice and make composition much easier than a prime lens

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