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

(based on 1235 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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(1 of 2 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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    (10 of 10 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!

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    (8 of 8 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.

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      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.

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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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          (7 of 9 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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            (7 of 7 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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            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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            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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