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Feb 24, 2011 21:40 |  #1

my ocd is acting up and i really want the 24-105L, but having never used this lens, i really wonder if it is worth the price, since i already have the 28-135, gold band.
both are IS, the 135 is sharp at 105, plus has a little better reach.
i already have the 17-40L so the lower end isn't as important, and with the 70-200L, i just need to fill in this mid zone.
so anyone out there who has/ had both can you please give me a good reason to drop or not drop 8 bills for a red ring? (other than the kool factor)
i also have the canon 28-105 3.5-4.5 gold band lens, with macro...
which is not used as much as it should be.
(plus a 50 1.4)
even got 2 2x and 1.4x adapters... ocd can be very expensive.

and because someone will ask....
i take pictures of everything, from landscapes, pets, cemeterys, sports, aircraft, sometime even people...

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Feb 24, 2011 22:13 |  #2

I used to own the 28-135 lens and it served me quite well. I really liked the lens, but then I added the original 70-200 f/4 lens (my first "L" back then) and I was amazed at the difference in quality between the two (yea, I was instantly L-hooked! :rolleyes::cool:). So then I saved money for the 24-105 after it was announced. I bought it and sold the 28-135 and never looked back. While the 28-135 is a good lens for the money, I'd never take it instead of my 24-105.

When comparing the two I've often read that the lenses are mostly the same and give similar image quality. I've always strongly disagreed with that, but maybe I just have a really good version of the 24-105?! If I had to do it all again, even the money saving, I'd go with the 24-105 without question.


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Feb 24, 2011 22:32 |  #3

that is what i'm thinking, i too have the L bug.
just really want a newer body, which is a whole different thing... mark iv or 5d...
or wait for the mighty mark v... go speed racer!


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Feb 24, 2011 22:32 |  #4

The 28-135 varies a lot from copy to copy. I've owned 3, one was really sharp, one was really soft, the third one was in the middle.

The 24-105 is a great lens if you use it properly, mine is really good at F8-F9 but not good at F4 or beyond F11. Distortion is also important so you need to use a good RAW processor or PtLens. (I use DxO optics).

In a crop body a good copy of the 28-135 is great. On a FF camera I think the 24-105 properly used always wins.

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Feb 24, 2011 22:37 |  #5

your point that many say that the 2 lens are similer in most regards is what has been holding me up from buying one.
that and the fact that the prices are starting to soar with tax refund season upon us.
i guess i'll have to rent one later this year and try it out for myself.
hopefully the prices will moderate back downward later. (i saw them sell in the high 600"s and now they are stuck in the mid 8's)


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Feb 24, 2011 22:49 |  #6

my copy of the 28-135 seems to be very sharp, and runs good thru the range, course it's sweet spot is 8-13 but i have used it many times wide open and it is serviceable....


wonder how 24-105 will be on 1.3X body?


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Feb 24, 2011 22:55 |  #7

A few years back, I was looking to upgrade my 17-85 IS and 28-135 IS lenses for my 40D.
I bought the 17-55 f/2.8 IS and the 24-105 f/4 L IS.
To this day, the 24-105 is my go to walk around lens on my 7D.
Very happy with it.


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Feb 24, 2011 23:00 |  #8

i'm getting that itchy feeling all over..... wifey going to get a new pet i'm thinking...


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Feb 24, 2011 23:02 |  #9

Why not sell all your non "L" lenses (50 1.4, 28-135IS, 75-300IS) and get a 50L or 85L? You're pretty well covered in the zooms, but missing a good prime.


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Feb 24, 2011 23:06 |  #10

My 24-105 is very sharp, wide open, on both my 7D and 5Dc... It actually surprises me sometimes how good it is...


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Feb 24, 2011 23:16 |  #11

Terran wrote in post #11909793 (external link)
Why not sell all your non "L" lenses (50 1.4, 28-135IS, 75-300IS) and get a 50L or 85L? You're pretty well covered in the zooms, but missing a good prime.


opening a whole new can of worms are we....

yes that is also on my plate, i have xti (somewhere around here) with a nifty 250 and 75-300 non is (which i have never even mounted on a camera) and a 50 1.8 which i have used, it's a nice cheap lens.
plus the kit lens... plus a 135-400 lens that hasn't seen the light of day in a while...
i have become a collector of lenses, which is kinda stupid, too many sitting around doing nothing, so selling off everything that hasn't been used and focusing (pun) on what i need would be a good idea....

the 135L is also high on my short list, as is the 100L.


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Feb 25, 2011 00:01 |  #12

viktor061 wrote in post #11909874 (external link)
opening a whole new can of worms are we....

yes that is also on my plate, i have xti (somewhere around here) with a nifty 250 and 75-300 non is (which i have never even mounted on a camera) and a 50 1.8 which i have used, it's a nice cheap lens.
plus the kit lens... plus a 135-400 lens that hasn't seen the light of day in a while...
i have become a collector of lenses, which is kinda stupid, too many sitting around doing nothing, so selling off everything that hasn't been used and focusing (pun) on what i need would be a good idea....

the 135L is also high on my short list, as is the 100L.

If you sell all your (non used) equipment, you may come out breaking even if you get the 135L.


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Feb 25, 2011 02:19 |  #13

that would be a first, making a profit....i'm a card carrying member of the buy high sell low club.
plus i just bought the 50 1.4, really like it better than the 1.8, dof is a bit interesting to learn.
the 50 1.2 would most likely drive me insane.
i have been thinking the 24-70 2.8L may be the best over all choice to fill the gap, but most of my shots are outside in good light, f4 shouldn't be a problem, most times.
plus the 105 offers better walk around length.
but most likely the 70-200 will get the nod for most walk around jobs, it's just that good of a lens, everyone should own one.
the 100-400 is such a niche lens, really hard to walk around all day with it, but it is great everytime i have dragged it out.
just the wieght gets to you after a while. (plus the compunsation jokes).


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Feb 25, 2011 05:46 |  #14

I had the 28-105 for a while. I hesitated between it and the 28-135 but went ahead with the 28-105 because I liked the IQ and the AF better. It served me well and I took one of my favorite photos with it. But when I sold it to buy the 24-105, I never looked back. I agree 100% with Cobra351's post above. It's just that much better. Sharpness, contrast, colors, AF etc....everything is much better. I use it at all apertures and it performs extremely well even wide open. And I've come to really appreciate the IS for video work. The 24-105 is a great video lens.


It's the perfect walk-around lens for me. I could never have lived with the 24-70, it's way too short for the type of pictures I take.

I think if you do end up buying the 24-105, you might find yourself leaving the 70-200 at home more often when you go for your walk around jobs. 24-105 is the perfect range for that kind of thing.


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