powerslave wrote in post #16336109
After selling this lens so many times, I bought it back today. I just cannot live without this lens.
I advised a craigslist seller not to sell it. He asked me why, here's what I wrote back
I regretted selling this lens because:
1. Best price performance ratio L lens.
2. If you don't go looking at MTF charts, it is as sharp as most lenses you would use.
3. Extremely useful range 24-105 on a full frame. It sounds good on paper etc, but having owned various range of lenses right from 14mm primes to 70-200L at the same time, the usefulness of the range becomes SO much more apparent. I cannot stress this enough! 24mm is the just enough wide angle and 105 is just enough tele.
4. Excellent build/weather proofing.
5. Great Image Stabilization that actually makes a difference.
6. Excellent optical qualities - typical of an L lens. People complain about vignetting on this lens, but that's a non-issue with lens profile corrections in DPP and LR.
7. Although somewhat of a moot parameter these days, but a constant f/4.
8. Excellent "macro" mode, further enhanced by using extension tubes!
I ABSOLUTELY love this lens. I can leave it on the camera and not need another lens. But that's the thing, it sounds like a boring lens on paper, but it is the perfect workhorse. Sorry about the lecture.
I find it a little funny that I'm "selling" this lens to the seller who I was trying to buy it from.
powerslave wrote in post #16338362
Thanks! I went and checked out some MTF charts later and I was surprised to see that the MTF charts actually don't look bad AT ALL for this lens. Which just confirms my experience.
The 'kit lens' stigma to this lens is very unfair.
Couldn't agree more with all of the above. An absolute gem of an all-round lens, and I don't ever not take it with me to pretty much any sport/event I plan on covering. My most used set up is my 70-200 on my 7D for reach and the trusty 24-105 on my 5DMkII for everything else...couldn't be happier.