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24-105mm L on a 50D, please advise !!!

 
Raelthorne
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Mar 01, 2009 08:18 |  #1

Hi Folks,

I was wondering if I could get the advice of the esteemed members of this forum. I have the opportunity to get a brand new Canon 24-105mm L for $355 less than the retail price.

I'd be grateful if you could let me know if its worth it, particularly on a 1.6x crop body like the 50D. Some people seem to thinks its okay on a 40D/50D, other sites like Ken Rockwell's seem to state its a complete waste of money. I was thinking that the additional range would be a bonus when I didn't want to pull out a long lens like the 70-200mm.

Another bonus is, if I ever decided to go full frame in the future, then I'd only have to pick up the 5D MKII body ($2700 for the body vs $3500 with the lens).

Just for info, my current collection is:

  • Canon EOS 50D
  • EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
  • EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
  • EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
  • EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
  • Speedlite 580EX II
  • Manfrotto 190XDB Tripod with 488RC2 Midi Ballhead
  • BG-E2N Battery Grip for 40D
  • B&W UV MRC Filters for all the above
  • Extreme III CompactFlash 16GB
  • Extreme III CompactFlash 4GB x 2
Any & all opinions & advice would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Ken



  
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Mar 01, 2009 08:39 |  #2

Raelthorne wrote in post #7430196 (external link)
Hi Folks,

I was wondering if I could get the advice of the esteemed members of this forum. I have the opportunity to get a brand new Canon 24-105mm L for $355 less than the retail price.

I'd be grateful if you could let me know if its worth it, particularly on a 1.6x crop body like the 50D. Some people seem to thinks its okay on a 40D/50D, other sites like Ken Rockwell's seem to state its a complete waste of money. I was thinking that the additional range would be a bonus when I didn't want to pull out a long lens like the 70-200mm.

Another bonus is, if I ever decided to go full frame in the future, then I'd only have to pick up the 5D MKII body ($2700 for the body vs $3500 with the lens).

Just for info, my current collection is:
  • Canon EOS 50D
  • EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
  • EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
  • EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
  • EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
  • Speedlite 580EX II
  • Manfrotto 190XDB Tripod with 488RC2 Midi Ballhead
  • BG-E2N Battery Grip for 40D
  • B&W UV MRC Filters for all the above
  • Extreme III CompactFlash 16GB
  • Extreme III CompactFlash 4GB x 2
Any & all opinions & advice would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Ken

you cant go wrong with it, especially with that price. go for it!


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Mar 01, 2009 08:40 |  #3

I've got a 24-105 on my 40d and it's great. I started off with the 17-85 kit lens but sold that and went for the Sigma 10-20 & 24-105 & 50mm 1.4. It's my first L and I can defo see a lot of difference already.


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Mar 01, 2009 08:49 as a reply to  @ chrisforshaw's post |  #4

Brand new, at $300+ less than retail? You'd be foolish not to jump on it, just on price alone. If it didn't work well for you, you can always sell it at a profit.


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Mar 01, 2009 08:55 |  #5

It was my first lens. I'm really glad I started with the good stuff.

Go for it, esspecially for that price!


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Mar 01, 2009 09:25 |  #6

The 24-105 is my first choice when I travel and as my "walk around" lens. But then I personally appreciate having the extra reach and usually am willing to sacrifice having a wider angle. It really comes down to what you like to shoot. On a 40D/50D the lack of wide angle is obviously the main drawback relative to the 17-55, for example. Though relatively slow, the IS works great so you probably won't find the f/4 a hindrance.

Sounds like a good deal, don't let Ken Rockwell hold you back.


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Mar 01, 2009 10:20 |  #7

#1 - Don't believe everything (or anything) that Ken Rockwell says
#2 - The 24-105 L is an amazing lens that will give you excellent results.


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Mar 01, 2009 10:26 |  #8

Raelthorne wrote in post #7430196 (external link)
Hi Folks,

Just for info, my current collection is:

  • Canon EOS 50D
  • EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
  • EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
  • EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
  • EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
  • Speedlite 580EX II
  • Manfrotto 190XDB Tripod with 488RC2 Midi Ballhead
  • BG-E2N Battery Grip for 40D
  • B&W UV MRC Filters for all the above
  • Extreme III CompactFlash 16GB
  • Extreme III CompactFlash 4GB x 2

Ken

Your current collection makes me drool.:p


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Mar 01, 2009 10:46 |  #9

guntoter wrote in post #7430671 (external link)
Your current collection makes me drool.:p

I thank you sir & I thank everyone who has convinced me to go to the shop, first thing in the morning & pick up the 24-105mm.

Recession, what recession :)




  
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Mar 01, 2009 10:55 as a reply to  @ Raelthorne's post |  #10

I had the chance (my youngest son works for Canon) to get a 24-105mm L through the Canon winter sales flyer this past X-mas for $499, so weather I needed it or not I bought 2 and sent one to my son in Italy. I love this lens and it stays on the body 90% of the time...

How do you like the 10-22mm you have? I'm thinking about that lens for my next purchase...


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Mar 01, 2009 10:57 |  #11

Its a great lens. I love it on my 40D. At that price its an instant buy!


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Mar 01, 2009 12:00 |  #12

Hello Realthorne,
24-105 will do just great on the 50d. I have the 50d for two months now and the 24-105 haven't left this body ever since.
Before it was mostly placed on a 30d but the AF got confused on several occasions. I don't see this happening with the 50d.
On the other hand judging by your gearlist the 24-105 is a tad slower than you're used to, so perhaps this can be a downsider for you.
Some say the 24-105 can be soft on the 24 end but for me that is splitting hairs. I'm sure this will be so in theory but doesn't pose a (visual) problem in real life.
Not the cheapest of lenses but you get what you pay for.
Good luck
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Mar 01, 2009 12:45 |  #13

By-tor wrote in post #7430809 (external link)
I had the chance (my youngest son works for Canon) to get a 24-105mm L through the Canon winter sales flyer this past X-mas for $499, so weather I needed it or not I bought 2 and sent one to my son in Italy. I love this lens and it stays on the body 90% of the time...

How do you like the 10-22mm you have? I'm thinking about that lens for my next purchase...

10-22mm is a great lens & is fantastic for wide angle shots & landscapes.

Haven't used it much but I was able to get some good shots of skyscrapers in New York that I just couldn't manage with the 17-55mm (which I would use 90% of the time). It was also useful getting full shots of the Intrepid (external link), but I screwed up the shots after forgetting about the exposure compensation :(

It was New York in January and a beautiful clear day, needless to say the shots came out over exposed, completely my own fault though :mad:

The shots looked okay on the LCD but when I downloaded them to the PC, they were completley washed out !!!!




  
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Mar 01, 2009 12:57 as a reply to  @ Raelthorne's post |  #14

Great lens at a good price. It would be a great outdoor walk around lens but personally I would have a tough time taking my 17-55 off to use the 24-105.


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Mar 01, 2009 13:11 |  #15

It's a fantastic lens. I use it on my 40D-50D 75% of the time.


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