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EF 24-105 f4 L IS as a walk-around lens

 
Mark_Cohran
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Jul 11, 2006 13:22 |  #1

There's not really a question here, but I wanted share a few observations about this lens. I just purchased it last week and I have used it thus far for a glamour shoot with a new model and for photographing a large festival. I have the option of returning it within 30 days, but after these two shoots I'm definitely keeping the lens.

Here's what I like about it:

1. It's much lighter than my 28-70 f2.8L and although I haven't done any critical testing, it seems to be as sharp as, if not sharper than that lens as well.

2. The 28-70 always left me feeling short of reach at fairs/festivals, but using the 70-200 f2.8L was just too large and heavy of a lens to carry for hours on end, plus I couldn't go wide at all. The 24-105 focal length was perfect for the crowds, the festive groups of people, and for reaching out a isolating an individual. I've always liked that focal range, but I never cared for the quality of my 28-105 USM lens when compared to my L lenses.

3. The lens quite sharp, even wide open. The IS is almost silent, and there's very little vibration. It's sometimes tough to tell that it has kicked in. But, I can tell that it makes a significant difference.

4. The color quality of the lens is consistent with my other L's, and the bokeh at f4 is better than I expected.

What I didn't like:

Actually, I can't think of anything right now.

If this lens hadn't performed to meet my needs/expectations I was fully prepared to return it for a refund. I had read quite a lot of good reviews about the lens on this forum and others, and I'm pleased to say that the lens lives up to its well deserved reputation.

If anyone is interested, I'll post a few shots from the fair later.

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Jul 11, 2006 13:31 |  #2

It's a great lens, just doesn't go quite wide enough for my tastes as a main walk about lens. But I'd love to own one.


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Jul 11, 2006 13:33 |  #3

Thanks for the mini review! I am planning to get the 24-105 as a walkaround lens. I would love to see some shots. I have a question tho, do you know how it behaves as a walkaround lens on a crop camera? i have a 350D, and was wondering if an L lens on my camera is worth it.

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Jul 11, 2006 14:19 |  #4

Portrait examples can be seen where?


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Jul 11, 2006 14:25 |  #5

Also, how does this all differ on the different cameras you have? EOS3, 20D, 1DMII


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Jul 11, 2006 14:51 as a reply to davidfig's post |  #6

Well said about this lens, I couldn't be happier with mine!


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Jul 11, 2006 14:51 |  #7

I also use the 24-105 as my walk around lens, it's a great focal length for FF cameras.


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Jul 11, 2006 14:53 |  #8

It is perfect for FF, in fact it was released with the 5D in mind ;)


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Jul 11, 2006 14:59 |  #9

it may be born for the 5D, but i also find it has done a terrific job on my 20D. still pull out my 17-40 when i am doing landscapes. but for daily use, and when i dont want to haul all my gear around, it hasnt really let me down yet.


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Jul 11, 2006 15:29 as a reply to davidfig's post |  #10

davidfig wrote:
Portrait examples can be seen where?

I'm on a business trip right now so I don't have access to all the photos I've taken with the lens, but I can post a few of the fair photos tonight (I'm on the West Coast).

davidfig wrote:
Also, how does this all differ on the different camreas you have? E0S3, 20D and 1DMII?

So far, I've only used it on the 1DMII, so I can't say just yet. I'm planning to shoot more this weekend, so if this thread stays alive I'll have more info later.

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Jul 11, 2006 15:34 as a reply to Stratrix's post |  #11

Stratrix wrote:
I have a question tho, do you know how it behaves as a walkaround lens on a crop camera? i have a 350D, and was wondering if an L lens on my camera is worth it.

I haven't used it on my 20D yet. I'm planning to shoot again this weekend, so I'll probably throw it on just for the comparison.

An L lens is an L lens no matter what camera it's attached to, so if it's good on a 1DMKII, it will be just as good on a 350D, but with a different FOV.

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Jul 11, 2006 18:50 |  #12

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Jul 11, 2006 19:14 |  #13

Does a great job on a 20D
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Jul 11, 2006 19:42 |  #14

I've got a 30D and love it.
Sometimes I wish it had more "speed" than F4... but it hasn't let me down. Indoors I match it with a speedlight and get some very nice results (IMO).

It works well... and "YES" to the earlier question about whether L glass is worth it on an XT. Most people will tell you to buy glass first. Personally, I'd recommend a speedlight first (even if you don't do much indoor shots--fill flash), then glass, then body (as you grow out of it). Plus, glass holds value well.


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Jul 11, 2006 20:49 |  #15

I'm going to buy this lens this week because I need the minimal focusing distance that it offers for product work.
I've done a lot of research on this lens, and it appears that there are only two major opinions about its performance.
A. It's the best lens in the bag. Period! Excellent sharpness, color and contrast. As good as any L!
B. It doesn't even compare to the 18-55mm kit lens. It has horrible vignetting at 24mm and horrible CA and purple fringing. It is soft on the edges and corners. It is very soft at 105mm.
I sure hope I end up with a lens that falls into group A!!!




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