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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
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.
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 :)
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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Great lens. Very versatile. Love that the images are tack sharp. Love it.
Love it, Thanks
I purchased this lense as an upgrade to my EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lense (which is a good lense for what it is). I have used it to photograph an event, and used it for a studio shoot since I purchased it. I love the fast auto focus and incredible sharpness of every photo. The service from B&H was great and loved not having to pay sales tax for it like every other source. This is a great addition to my camera bag, has the same building quality as my other L lenses.
This is my first L lens and I love it already. The glass is nice, and it's a great versatile lens having the 24-105 zoom range. I'm mainly a portrait photographer but love all kinds of photography and I wanted something that was multi-purpose, all around general use and this lens is great for that. An added bonus is that Canon gives you the lens hood with it and it's good. All the third party lens hoods I've bought in the past were all garbage. It's nice to finally have a lens with the distance meter on it and I love the position and movement of the focus and zoom rings. Great lens!!
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Classic great lens. Paired with speed booster it becomes a 2.8. Solid lens for every bag
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is as I expected, and absolutely love using it!
If you need this range, you need this 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!
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.
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.
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.
Handy lens when shooting day time and not wanting to carry a lot of heavy glass.
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
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.
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.