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

(based on 1242 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (979)
  • Strong construction (764)
  • Durable (721)
  • Consistent output (693)
  • Easily interchangeable (508)

Cons

  • Heavy (283)
  • Poor in low light (121)
  • Lens creep (36)
  • Blurry focus (18)
  • Slow focus (9)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (637)
  • Weddings (445)
  • Sports/action (262)
  • Low light (248)
  • Wildlife photos (246)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (387), Semi-pro photographer (248), Pro photographer (140), Enthusiast (136), Casual photographer (90)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (715), 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

 

Not good enough...

I wanted an L series lens to use with my Canon 50D, and thought that this focal length range would be a good fit. I was a little concerned about this lens based upon...Read complete review

I wanted an L series lens to use with my Canon 50D, and thought that this focal length range would be a good fit. I was a little concerned about this lens based upon an increasing number of reviews that mentioned soft focus and poor quality control by Canon, but I had owned other L series lenses and was satisfied, and there were many positive reviews about the 24-105 lens as well, so I took the plunge. From the very first shot I knew that this lens could not measure up to my other L series lenses (or to cheaper lens that I've owned for that matter)- focus was soft throughout the focal length range, even after attempting to tweak focus manually, but especially soft in the corners at the lower focal length range. This lens is certainly not tack sharp. In addition, there was a greater degree of chromatic aberration than I expected in a lens of this quality. The clincher for me was to compare it side by side with my 17-40 mm L series lens, at an equivalent focal length. There was no comparison. The 17-40mm lens is sharp, with only a hint of chromatic aberration, compared to the soft results of the 24-105 lens. If you search the internet, you will see others complain of the very same thing about this lens (and I did not listen to them, because others said that it's the best lens that they've ever used). I strongly suspect that this relates to a quality control problem- if you are lucky enough to get a good one, then you will be happy. If you are not lucky, then you will have to either 1) return it for another (and hope that one is better), 2) return it to Canon so that they can repair your brand new lens, if you find that sort of thing acceptable, 3) return it for a refund, or 4) live with it. Sorry, but for over $1,000, there shouldn't be a need to do any of this. B+H Photo is great- I am in the process of returning this lens based upon my concerns about it. Will consider getting a 70-200mm L series lens instead (from B+H of course!), but I'm too leary of the 24-105 to risk another...

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Took a nose dive from 6 feet and came away without a scratch

By Shari

from Undisclosed

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

I read a lot of reveiws and I have to say they are all over the place. The old saying "every body has an opinion" is true. Ok yes it has some lens creep when pointed downward and walking around. Nothing I can't deal with. Sometimes annoying but many lenses have some lens creep. The advantages of this lens far outweigh a little lens creep. I have used the 24-105 since 2012 and have taken thousands and thousands of images, many award winners. It never comes off my 5D Mark III but it helps that I have a second 5D Mark III that I put other focal length lenses on. I shoot a lot of landscapes in the middle to upper F-stop so I could care less its only F4. (I have other Canon L lenses for the wider F-stop shots.) Now for the good thing, build! This thing is a tank! A few years ago I had a 5D Mark III mounted on a tripod on semi-soft ground. Much to my surprise the tripod took a nose dive. The lens slammed into the ground so hard the lens hood drove completely into the ground like a spike. The stress of the fall cracked my 5D III right below the viewing screen exposing some of the guts of the camera. This is not a knock on the 5D III because this hit the ground very hard and the heavy tripod prevented any give. Any camera would crack under that circumstance. Guess what the 24-105 L was completely unharmed, other than some dirt and mud on the lens filter and hood. I am serious, it slammed so hard (lens first) that it cracked a 5D Mark III but did not hurt the lens. I still use this lens and actually purchased a second one because I never wanted to be without one. I recently spent 2 weeks in Italy and it never came off the camera. The focal range is perfect for me. It is a perfect lens for travel and landscapes. I do have a total of six L grade Canon lenses (in addition to many other Canon non-L and other brands) so I have some experience with other camera lenses. If you want a very useful focal length, great build quality, very good image quality, don't hesitate. People that say this is not L quality have never dropped a camera lens. Over the course of 35 years in photography I've barely tapped other brand lenses and they broke. This lens is not perfect but it is perfect for me.

 
5.0

Great Versatility

By Brian

from Undisclosed

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

My first L-Series lens and I love it. It offers great versatility for your every day shots. I typically stuck with my prime lenses but didn't want to keep switching out lenses all the time. This is my first L-Series lens and I am extremely satisfied with it.

 
5.0

Love this lens

By Angela

from Undisclosed

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

I bought this lens for a trip to DC/NYC, and it did not disappoint. The color was great, and it captured the light better than I expected. I really am happy I bought it. I love the versatility of it. I won't miss taking a group shot of people since my zoom is too big. I'm sure it has its faults for pros, but for what I expect from it, it is just fine.

Now, I am not a professional photographer. I am a hobbyist with a Canon 5D Mark III. I shoot with a 70-200mm 2.8 most of the time, but I needed a better walk around lens that did not cost $1000.

 
4.0

A Good General Purpose Zoom

By John

from Undisclosed

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

I bought this lens through B&H three years ago when I purchased my Canon 6D. The overall image quality is good for a non-prime lens but I have noticed considerable edge distortion at the 24mm end of the spectrum. If you use PS6 and shoot RAW you run the lens profile in the RAW panel to correct the distortion. It seems to work pretty well.

The lens is heavy and not as fast as I would prefer but you get what you pay for. For the price point it delivers good results. The L series glass does its job and CA is not a serious issue with this lens.

My only real complaint with this lens is that the zoom has a mind of its own and physically creeps when positioned at downward angles. When carried on the shoulder it is an inconvenience but when doing down-angle macro or video, the creep will ruin your shot. If you plan to use this lens for macro work or video pick up one of these from B&H: LENSband Lens Band (Red) B&H # LELBR MFR # 628586557949. You will be glad you did.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very happy with this lens!!

By Alexandra

from Undisclosed

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

It is as I expected, and absolutely love using it!

(5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is the best Canon lens you can buy for under a grand.

By Joseph

from New Orleans

Verified Buyer

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

If you need this range, you need this lens.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT all purpose lens !

By Mika

from Los Angeles CA

Verified Buyer

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

This is my second 24 -105. The first was just damaged on a shoot. I love this lens, it is the perfect compliment to my 70-200 F2.8. Mostly I shoot Theatre Production, and these two cover it all. I have been shooting for over 30 years, and have been through a lot of bodies and lenses. These two with my Canon
5D MK 111's are, without question, the best I've worked with!

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens

By Slapshot

from Washington, DC

Verified Buyer

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

I have shot on the 24-70 for a long time. I just upgraded to this and the little extra zoom makes a HUGE difference. I wish it was a f/2.8 but I am shooting on a good low-light camera, so I don't even notice the lack of extra aperture. I highly recommend this lens.

(0 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

shouldn't be labeled as L series

By Mary

from Tuscumbia

Verified Reviewer

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

After I wore out my 28-135 lens I had purchased used, I decided to order this lens, a refurbished one. I have 2 other L series lens, a 70-200 L 2.8 and a 100-400mm. I volunteer at a lot of musical events that don't like flashes going off inside, so I thought this L series would be better suited. It does fantastic outside, great clear shots, but inside, pictures are fuzzy no matter what the settings. I called Tech support to make sure I had my camera settings set right. The 20mm difference at the top if sitting back a ways makes a big difference also. A professional photographer has the newest version of the 28-135 and is shooting great shots with an ISO of 200-400 on AV with her 7D and I'm having to shoot 2500-3200 with my 7D MII to get the same shots. I'll be ordering another 28-135 soon.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens!

By Jazzman

from San Antonio, Texas

Verified Buyer

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

This is an excellent lens for everyday photography and more. Package arrived on time and in excellent condition. Mounted lens on my camera and hit the dusty trail. Took pictures of a Japanese Tea Garden and the photos were crisp and vibrant. I would recommend this lens to any avid photographer.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice lens for sunny days!

By Richard

from Mission, KS

Verified Buyer

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

Handy lens when shooting day time and not wanting to carry a lot of heavy glass.

 
5.0

Great focal diversity

By Pizza Commander

from New York, NY

Verified Buyer

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

Love the span in focal lengths on this - I do a lot of run-and-gun shooting so the zoom is excellent coupled with the OIS to keep my shots nice and steady

 
4.0

MY "GO TO" CREEPY LENS

By rsmcguire

from Rochester Hills, MI

Verified Reviewer

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

I use this lens more than my other "L" lenses (70-200mm f/4 L IS and 100mm f/2.8 L IS Macro) or the 18-135 "kit lens" that came with my EOS 70D.
It does "creep" a bit, I didn't notice it at first, but after carrying it around...well it just took a little getting used to. I didn't notice any "creep" while using a tripod. It seems most of the "creep" comes from movement...walking around handheld.
Other than a little "creepy" I'm very happy with this lens.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very good lens

By DC Swede

from Silver Spring, MD

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    An excellent choice for a walk-around/normal zoom lens. The f/4 aperture does make it less suited for blurring backgrounds compared to a f/2.8 lens, but for me, the extra zoom range, IS, and (modestly) reduced weight outweigh that factor. Build and AF are as good as you expect from an L lens. On an aps-c body, and at comparable price points, choosing between this and the Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS basically comes down to what factors you value most highly, but it's hard to go wrong with either.

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    • No

    (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great everyday lens

    By mom6iowa

    from New Hampton, IA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Lens Creep

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events

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

    I love the range of this lens, the quality of L series lenses, the 77mm size, and the great image stabilization. I use this product both in the studio as well as sporting events for business as well as for my own children. It is not a light lens, but the quality of the images I take with it make it worth the extra weight carrying it around. There is some lens creep, but it has greatly improved since the original one I purchased 7+ years ago. There are a lot of less expensive lenses out there but I always come back to using this one!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Loving this lens

    By A Moulton

    from Gilbert,Arizona

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • 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:

      For me the best all around lens you can have in the bag. Great clarity, easy to move with perfect match to my Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Well worth the price

      By Jim in Richmond

      from Richmond, VA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

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

      This is the second of this model I have purchased, to go with my second camera body. The lens is versatile, quick to focus and a good all around lens to have available to you. The speed is not as great as I would like for low light situations (I shoot some dance performances) but I still think it is the best lens in my kit.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          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!!

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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