frugivore wrote in post #16064447
I love the 24-85mm on my 5D. It has USM, is light, has a great zoom range, gives me f/4.5 @ 85mm and, best of all, cost me $100!! It's just a bit soft wide open and no IS.
After I got my FF, I used a 24-85 I picked up used for a summer and fall, including two months on a photo trip in the US West. I replaced it after that with a 24-105 I also got used, and resold it. I didn't lose a cent on it over about a year, and it gave me a useful walk-around lens for that time.
It's a good lens for the price ... compact to carry around, enough aperture for the modern bodies producing lower noise at higher ISOs, focuses very quickly and accurately. There's no doubt , however, that on my copy the corners were softer than I would have hoped (compared to a 17-55 f/2.8 that I used on a 50D). I also appreciate the IS on the 24-105, but since I usually shot the 24-85 off a tripod, so that didn't come into the comparison.
It is included on the DLO list for DPP, so that means you might be able to improve the IQ issue in software or with a newer Canon body that does DLO adjustments in camera ...
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