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Sep 29, 2005 14:29 |  #1

When I buy a new lens (and over the last couple of years I've been through a few!) I also do the same thing, stick it on my camera, venture out & shoot away for an hour or so at all the various apertures etc etc, get back home & transfer all the shots to my Mac for viewing. I'm afraid I'm not one of those people who as soon as they get a lens do all sorts of lab condition tests to determine possible sharpness issues etc, as longs as the results look ok to me from my casual hours shoot then I'm a happy camper!

On my lunch hour today I ventured down to Guernsey's harbour area with my 20D & my newly aquired 24-105 f/4L lens. I shot away at everything & anything at all the usual settings. The lens feels great & a joy to use, very quick & silent AF/IS, extremely well built & feels very well balenced on the 20D. I've just finished viewing all the shots I took & I have to say that I'm extremely happy right now :D Nearly every image looks amazing quality, sharpness & clarity are the first things you notice, spot on all through the range. The colours produced look fantastic.

I sold my 24-70 to get this lens & having seen todays results I have no regrets whatsoever. I remember doing my 'hours test shoot' with the 24-70 when I first got it & I can't remember being as happy with that as I am now!

I'll try & post some of todays shots when I get chance. If you're pondering on whether or not to get the 24-105 then I say go for it, I'm pretty confident you won't regret it :D


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Sep 29, 2005 14:39 |  #2

Post some pics tonight?


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Sep 29, 2005 14:45 as a reply to  @ davidfig's post |  #3

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Post some pics tonight?

Not possible I'm afraid as I'm going to be away from my laptop for a while. I just really wanted to share my excitment :D

Be back soon.


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Oct 02, 2005 14:38 as a reply to  @ paulhillion's post |  #4

A few shots from my lunch hour shoot...

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Oct 02, 2005 14:58 |  #5

You must be very pleased ... looks like the perfect walkabout lens for down under :D


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Oct 02, 2005 15:04 |  #6

It is on my list to replace my 28-135IS.

However, is it an internal zoom or does it extend while zooming ? Can't find that info anywhere.

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Oct 02, 2005 15:06 as a reply to  @ condyk's post |  #7

condyk wrote:
You must be very pleased ... looks like the perfect walkabout lens for down under :D

Yep, exactly what I've bought it for. Now just got to find the perfect walkabout bag :)


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Oct 02, 2005 15:11 as a reply to  @ iwatkins's post |  #8

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It is on my list to replace my 28-135IS.

However, is it an internal zoom or does it extend while zooming ? Can't find that info anywhere.

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Hi Ian, it extends when zooming.


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Oct 03, 2005 22:58 as a reply to  @ paulhillion's post |  #9

Paul,

Congrats on your new lens.

I'm surprised to read some of the concerns about pricing of this lens. I haven't purchased a new lens in almost two years. This is the first one I've seriously considered. I'm too often diasppointed by the 28-135 IS. The Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 is good but limited in its range with slow autofocus. I have the 17-40/f4 L and the 70-200/f4 L, neither of which work comfortably as a walk around lens. I use primes f/1.4 to f/2.0 primes for obvious low light work. This new 24-105 f/4L really matches a sweet spot for me. I'll retire (and hopefully sell) the other mid-range zooms which it will replace.

I've already read here and elsewhere how pleased people are with this new lens. Seems to be an instant hit. The IS feature is a tremendous plus, even if it only is useful for stationary subjects and scenes. I've always thought that my mild disappointment with the 17-40L is because my hands weren't steady enough to produce consistently acceptably sharp images. I don't use tripods when shooting outdoors.

I ordered one today from B&H. I won't feel bad when/if the price drops. I predict it will be a very popular lens in the Canon line up.

Hope to post some pics in the new few weeks. It's fall here in New England - the best time of the year to walk around with a new L lens. :lol:


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Oct 04, 2005 02:58 |  #10

Hi Everyone
I've had the 24-105 F4L for 2 weeks now - I've been around banging away at everything that looks a possible test shot. So far, so good. I find it produces excellent results and it is of course an excellent walkabout lens. I usually take a few shots where I can get the definition in Hair - persons, animals etc: and then a few mid range shots - castles, cathederals, bridges, buildings etc: and then a few landscape type of shots. I compare them with one of my old faithfulls and I am only happy if the results are better. (I am a little afraid to compare it with my 70-200 F4L though) It has produced the goods on all my shots and I certainly will not be returning it - as I did with two 24-70-2.8Ls.

I also do not understand the lens charts well enough to put any faith in them - believing that the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Weighing all things up - the size, build quality, silent quick USM and the IS of the 24-105 F4L are all desirable features.
I didn't hang about for a price drop as it might not happen in the very near future.

In my personal opinion - if you fancy it - get it now and get the use out of it - Good luck.
I shall now be actively looking toward the 100-400 F5.6L.

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Oct 04, 2005 03:37 as a reply to  @ Ray.Petri's post |  #11

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I am a little afraid to compare it with my 70-200 F4L though) It has produced the goods on all my shots and I certainly will not be returning it - as I did with two 24-70-2.8Ls.

Tough to compare any other zoom against any of the 70-200's ;) but it's very reassuring to hear more and more people saying they like this lens. Another good thing is nearly all the shots I've seen have been of a consistently decent quality, where the potential is clear, and it's not just talk: real world day to day shots that just do the business.


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Oct 04, 2005 07:48 |  #12

Thinking this might make a great lens for some motorsports applications too.

Anyone wanna buy a spleen so I can afford one of these??


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Oct 04, 2005 08:12 as a reply to  @ Bosscat's post |  #13

Ok guys... You´ve convinced me. Not really. I just hate the idea of not having IS due to my shaky hands. I´m dropping the idea of getting a 24-70L f/2.8. Now rather get the 24-105L f/4.:o

But wait... i´m still saving for a new 70-200L IS.
D*mm... What now?

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Oct 04, 2005 12:12 |  #14

As soon as I can get hold of one of these for less than £700 - and they are being listed for that at Warehouse Express and Bristol Cameras, neither of which have stock yet - I'm going to get one!

If anybody does know of an outlet with them in stock for less than £700 please let me know :)


  
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Oct 04, 2005 19:09 as a reply to  @ xuxu1's post |  #15

xuxu1 wrote:
Ok guys... You´ve convinced me. Not really. I just hate the idea of not having IS due to my shaky hands. I´m dropping the idea of getting a 24-70L f/2.8. Now rather get the 24-105L f/4.:o

But wait... i´m still saving for a new 70-200L IS.
D*mm... What now?

ED

Which focal length do you use more commonly. Once you answer that, you'll know which one to pick first. And the 70-200 will beat that lens from 70-105mm. :)


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