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Walkabout lens plunge - any criticism of 24-105mm f/4 L?

 
Duchessa
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Aug 27, 2009 05:50 |  #1

Hi :mrgreen:

After riffling through this forum for many nights now, looking at lens sample photos (thank you all so much for contributing to that invaluable resource!!), reading all the "best walkabout lens" threads from way back in 2005, to say nothing of all the body comparisons, I have finally researched myself into a rocking, dribbling, camera-coveting lens-lunatickling mess.

I'm pretty sure that I have got to have me a 50D and a 24-105mm f/4 L (which is a fair hike above my pie in the sky smaller budget :rolleyes:). I have looked at cheaper walkabouts (tamron 28-75, canon 28-105, canon 28-135...), but I am just so impressed with the photos from the 24-105 L lens that it has built into a Middle of the Night Sleepless Preoccupation.

After frying my previous and rather lesser powershot S3IS earlier in the week (so terribly unfortunate *crosses fingers behind back*) I must replace it pretty quick as I find it hard to get through a day without taking at least a couple of photos :o

So, can I go wrong with this body and lens? Is there something I might be missing? I take lots of kids shots, some food shots, lots of landscapes, and keep a blog (external link) that is heavy on the photos, and do some competitions for fun. At this point in my life I don't want more than one lens (I have 3 children under 4, and I don't want to be changing lenses and stuffing around), but I want a great camera and lens that I can build on over the next few years.

Thank you in advance for allowing me to waste your time rehashing questions that have been asked eleven-billionty-and-one times already - you seem like a kind bunch of people, so be gentle :)

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Aug 27, 2009 05:53 |  #2

I use the 24 - 105 on my 50 as the everyday walkabout & love it.
Have seen some criticisms on here about it, but then everything will get plus & minus.


  
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Aug 27, 2009 05:54 |  #3

Yes... it's too awesome. You'll have way too many keepers and will have to get larger hard drives for all the awesome pictures you'll get!


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Aug 27, 2009 06:03 |  #4

Since you take a lot of landscapes you may not find the 24-105 wide enough on the 50D.
One possibility would be to get a 10-20/22 to go with it, or if you need a cheaper effective solution, an 18-55 IS.




  
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Aug 27, 2009 06:06 |  #5

24-105L is an awesome general purpose lens which can fulfilled multiple purposes like what you want. The 50D and 24-105 is a good combo. You're gonna enjoy it.




  
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Aug 27, 2009 06:09 |  #6

I would have thought that the 24-105 would be too long at the wide end ? (allowing for the x 1.6 Crop factor)

My walkaround lens is the Sigma 17-70mm but plan on upgrading to a Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS within the next 2 months.


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Aug 27, 2009 06:19 |  #7

My 24-105 F4L stays on my camera 80% of the time. It's a great all purpose lens.


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Aug 27, 2009 06:26 |  #8

I love my 24-105 on my 5D. It might be a little long on a 50. If you can stretch your budget a little, you might consider a used 5D.


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Aug 27, 2009 06:38 |  #9

Thanks to this forum my budget has found elastic potential I wouldn't have dreamed possible :lol




  
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Aug 27, 2009 07:01 |  #10

24-105 is a great lens with few downsides. Since you want to hear them, I'll shoot out a few. Note, this is only because you requested it. The lens is overall great.

1. It's a fairly large, heavy lens. There are lighter and smaller alternatives.
2. It's expensive.
3. It's slow for indoor work. f/4 just doesn't get it done at times.

That said, it's probably the lens I'd recommend for you. Other options could be the various 18-200 type lenses, but you lose a lot of quality there. Of course, you get a much wider range. Since you don't want more than one lens, that could be helpful.

BTW, since you said this is stretching your budget, why are you set on the 50D. I'm sure it's a fine camera (never used one), but there are others that you can get which are nearly equal and less expensive. For example, Adorama seems to have refurbished 40D's all the time. Or you could get a used 30D on this forum for $450 or so. You might even consider one of the Rebels. Since you have a broken Powershot, I'd call the Canon Loyalty Program (do a search here for the number) and see what they can do. I'll bet they offer you a refurb Rebel for a very reasonable price. I'm guessing that you are a woman. Not to be sexist, but the Rebels are smaller and some women find them easier to work with than the relatively larger xxD series, or more so the 1D series.

You might be able to get a Rebel with the 18-55 kit. Then pick up the 55-250. That will be a much less expensive option for you. If you do get the Rebel, you may want to reconsider the 24-105. it's probably not well balanced on that camera.

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Aug 27, 2009 09:44 |  #11

Good, insightful post, Scott ^^^ :) .


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Aug 27, 2009 09:48 |  #12

Nobody's mentioned the softness and distortion towards the wide end.


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Aug 27, 2009 09:51 |  #13

Double Negative wrote in post #8532068 (external link)
Nobody's mentioned the softness and distortion towards the wide end.

that's more of a factor on a FF camera.

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Aug 27, 2009 09:52 |  #14

ed rader wrote in post #8532089 (external link)
that's more of a factor on a FF camera.

True...

There's also the vignetting.


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Aug 27, 2009 09:54 |  #15

Duchessa wrote in post #8531243 (external link)
Thanks to this forum my budget has found elastic potential I wouldn't have dreamed possible :lol

o, man..... i hear that.


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