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Zoom Ring on EF 24-105 L - Normally this stiff/tight?

 
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Apr 03, 2012 08:53 |  #1

I would have posted this sooner but to be honest, this lens hasn't spent that much time on my camera yet. I got the EF 24-105 L lens with the 5D3, and the very first thing I noticed was the zoom ring seems...stiff. Slow..tight..I can't think of a good word for it but its the combination of those three :p

Can someone tell me if this is normal for this lens? Maybe it needs to be worked in a little bit to smooth it out? Its not jerky or anything, its just a "heavier" feel of turning that I'm not used to. :confused:

Also, it should be noted that when I first mounted it on the camera, I tried to turn the zoom ring but it wouldn't move (for the pressure I was putting on it at the time) so I moved on thinking it might not be the zoom ring. A little later I forced it, and then it finally moved. Ever since it seems to get a little easier..or maybe Im just getting more used to it


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Apr 03, 2012 08:57 |  #2

What lenses are you comparing it to? I find that the 24-105 is definitely stiffer on the zoom ring than lower priced "non L" lenses, but it didnt take as much effort to zoom it in-out as you're describing on my copy..



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Apr 03, 2012 09:18 |  #3

Infamous20V wrote in post #14202015 (external link)
What lenses are you comparing it to? I find that the 24-105 is definitely stiffer on the zoom ring than lower priced "non L" lenses, but it didnt take as much effort to zoom it in-out as you're describing on my copy..

Im comparing it to my old EF-S kit lenses from my T2i - but also my EF 70-200 f/2.8 L II, which zooms fine to me.

Its not that much effort..no.. again it probably seems worse to me because I'm not used to it, and maybe thats just how the more expensive lenses are. I just want to make sure there is nothing wrong with the lens in particular :(


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Apr 03, 2012 09:33 |  #4

use it a bit and see if it continues to improve - or if your perception of it improves. my bet is it will.




  
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Apr 03, 2012 11:14 as a reply to  @ rick_reno's post |  #5

At least it won't creep.


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Apr 03, 2012 11:17 |  #6

It should be pretty comparable to the 70-200 MkII...I'd keep using it and see how it goes, though. They're nearly all stiffer than what you see on the EF-S lenses.


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Apr 03, 2012 11:53 |  #7

My new one with the kit I got is nice and smooth. My previous I had Canon tighten up is quite stiff. They seem to loosen up over time.


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Apr 03, 2012 12:14 |  #8

Snydremark wrote in post #14202819 (external link)
It should be pretty comparable to the 70-200 MkII...I'd keep using it and see how it goes, though. They're nearly all stiffer than what you see on the EF-S lenses.

Is there a reason for EF/L lenses being stiffer than EF-S lenses ? Better precision zooming? :p


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Apr 03, 2012 12:25 |  #9

ejenner wrote in post #14202787 (external link)
At least it won't creep.

Thats for sure! Even if you tilt the lens down and is easier to zoom out, the lens does not creep at all! A friend of mine had a EF-S 15-85 for under a week and it was already starting to creep :-x


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Apr 03, 2012 15:28 |  #10

For whatever it is worth with the one copy of each that I have owned, I found the 24-105 zoom ring to be stiffer than the 70-200 2.8 II.




  
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Apr 03, 2012 15:53 |  #11

My 24-105 zoom ring is not so much stiff, it seems a little tighter than my 70-200 and needs more pressure to turn it, but it's smooth once it's moving. I'd not really noticed it until I read this post and tried it out. It works perfectly though and I've had mine around 6 months now and has no sign of it loosening or any lens creep and it does get used quite a lot. I had it permanently on either my 7D or 5D2 for 5 months until I sold them and got a 5D3.


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Apr 03, 2012 15:55 |  #12

modchild wrote in post #14204331 (external link)
My 24-105 zoom ring is not so much stiff, it seems a little tighter than my 70-200 and needs more pressure to turn it, but it's smooth once it's moving. I'd not really noticed it until I read this post and tried it out. It works perfectly though and I've had mine around 6 months now and has no sign of it loosening or any lens creep and it does get used quite a lot. I had it permanently on either my 7D or 5D2 for 5 months until I sold them and got a 5D3.

Yes, mine sounds like yours. It takes more pressure, but its still smooth. It feels very "controlled" is probably a good word for it. I'm glad to know its just a characteristic of the lens and not a fault :)


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