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Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens Review

In my eternal search for the perfect Canon lens I've recently been doing a little research on the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens. I spent a little time with one earlier in the week in my local camera store and was really impressed by what I saw and by the images I was able to take with it on my camera while in store.

Every review that I read also says great things about the 24-105mm L series lens from Canon including:

Digital Picture's review at Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens Review in which they write - 'The Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens is very sharp wide open at most focal lengths and shows only very slight improvement when stopped down. The one exception is toward the longer focal length range (near and including 105mm) where slight softness (sharp vs. very sharp) is noticeable wide open. Stopped down 1/3 stop to f/4.5 brings the very sharp description back at 105mm. I find that 24-105 L images take sharpening very well. In real life, with regular sharpening, f/4 shots at 105mm are very sharp and show little improvement stopped down - even to f/8. Corner sharpness is very good. Full frame users will see slight softness in the extreme corners. '

Also A Comparison of the new Canon 24-105 mm f4 L IS lens with the Canon 24-70 mm f2.8 L at Luminous Landscape where they write - 'Im a nature and wildlife photographer. Linear distortion is not a big deal most of the time, and vignetting is easily compensated for in Camera Raw. On the other hand, weight and size are issues that interest me, my neck and my back! And as I age, I find IS increasingly valuable even at modest focal lengths. So for me, the new lens is a no-brainer, especially when I dont have to accept any less resolution, and I get an extra 35 mm of reach!'

With all that in mind I'm going to order one of these lenses for myself this week and I'll let you know my own thoughts in a review once I've tested it.

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Posted by Darren in our Lenses category on April 30, 2006


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