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Rented a 24-105 L, sadly not impressed

 
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Jul 21, 2008 20:42 |  #1

Well I went out and rented a 24-105 this weekend and was really fairly disappointed. I've been shooting with my Tamron 17-50 and after seeing a few drawbacks I thought I would venture for an L.

I loved the focal length, even on my crop body it was wide enough for most shots. However, I only had a couple of good sharp shots from the weekend! I only took one Tamron comparison and probably preferred the Tamron better due to richer colors. The 24-105 seemed to have a haze to it, didn't focus accurately, and overexposed most of my shots.

I'm assuming this is because it's a rental, but I don't think I would buy one without trying a different copy first. It was not an exciting experience. I think I had 3 photos that I thought, "wow that's worth the L" and I haven't had any issues with my bought new inexpensive lenses. I hope this is an odd occurence.


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Jul 21, 2008 21:07 |  #2

If it generated 3 good shots, doesn't that mean the the bad ones are all probably related to some kind of error?

Unless all 3 good ones are at the same focal lenght. Then maybe the lens has an issue that develops at one end of the zoom range.

I had a defective 50/1.2L once. It could not take a good shot at all, ever. I tried AF, MF, near, far, open, stopped down. I think it had a serious internal misalignment or something.


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Jul 21, 2008 21:09 |  #3

Honestly, sounds like a knocked around 24-105. I've never used the 24-105, but when I upgraded from the tammy (17-50) to the 24-70 I was very happy. IMHO the tammy is a B+, the 24-70 is an A IQ-wise. The allure of the 24-70 for me is the smoother bokeh, little more contrast, but most importantly the construction - the AF is much more speedy and surefooted.


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Jul 21, 2008 21:10 |  #4

There was a flare issue with earlier models that may explain the haze issue - not sure though...sample pictures? :)


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Jul 21, 2008 21:15 |  #5

I love my 24-105. I would give up my 70-200 f/2.8 IS before giving up my 24-105.
It's a fantastic walking around lens.


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Jul 21, 2008 21:16 |  #6

Sorry to hear about your bad experience with the rental - could have been ridden pretty hard before it got to you. I've taken close to 20,000 shots with mine and have been extremely pleased. I would chalk this up to it having been handled by a lot of different folks.... or has been suggested, it could be the early serial number batch about 2 years ago that had issues. We have an extensive thread on it here somewhere. - Stu


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Jul 21, 2008 21:24 |  #7

Forgot to mention, that mine is fairly new. I got it as a Valentines Day gift from my wife.

Here are a couple of samples (becasue I knew you would ask).

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Jul 21, 2008 21:45 |  #8

Any chance the rental company had slapped on a cheap UV filter on it?




  
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Jul 22, 2008 03:25 |  #9

Greetings -
My experience with the 24-105L is about three years. I bought the 5D body, and the lens later. If you shoot aperture priority mode, and watch/adjust the f/stop and shutter speed carefully and have IS on, the DOF should result in crisp photos. If IS not on, shooting bursts or moving subject with low ISO and slow shutter speed and/or low f/stop, photos can be blurred, out of focus. My 24-105L is usually exceptionally crisp. Miss a few on auto due to poor light though, since f/4 is a bit slow. Helpful?
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Jul 22, 2008 04:45 |  #10

My 24-105 come as a kit lens on 5D two years ago, no complain.


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Jul 22, 2008 05:08 |  #11

One of my favourite lenses was the 28-105. Bought it in 2001 and it had been everywhere with me. I finally got the nerve to trade up to the 24-105L.

First impressions weren't exactly "WOW" - but I'm beginning to see subtle advantages in the L...richer contrast / colours and smoother bokeh just to name a few were amongst the picks. Sharpness however was on par with the predecessor and so was AF speed.

Add to this the build quality, weather sealing and IS and it...

BLOWS THE 28-105 OUT OF THE WATER!

I've never rented a lens and never will. Just like I will never test a demo lens in the shop. I'll always use one fresh from the box. If it measures up...I buy THAT one.


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Jul 22, 2008 08:08 |  #12

the 24-105 is tack sharp and totally reliable on my 5D, wide open at f/4. I cant say how it is on the crop cam because I have yet to use it on that body. But it sounds like you rented a dud.


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Jul 22, 2008 08:38 |  #13

I traded my 24-105 for a 24-70... and I have to say that I miss my 24-105.

It was tack sharp, fast AF, and produced some of the best pictures that I've captured. I also moved up from the tammy 17-50 and I did not miss it one bit after I sold it.

I think you may have gotten a crummy copy unfortunately.


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Jul 22, 2008 10:02 |  #14

samnz wrote in post #5959631 (external link)
One of my favourite lenses was the 28-105. Bought it in 2001 and it had been everywhere with me. I finally got the nerve to trade up to the 24-105L.

First impressions weren't exactly "WOW" - but I'm beginning to see subtle advantages in the L...richer contrast / colours and smoother bokeh just to name a few were amongst the picks. Sharpness however was on par with the predecessor and so was AF speed.

Add to this the build quality, weather sealing and IS and it...

BLOWS THE 28-105 OUT OF THE WATER!

I've never rented a lens and never will. Just like I will never test a demo lens in the shop. I'll always use one fresh from the box. If it measures up...I buy THAT one.

Are you sure it's weather sealed? I didn't think it was, and Canon's web site doesn't say it is.

Lovely lens though. I should really use it more.


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Jul 22, 2008 10:09 |  #15

The Tamron and the 24-105 are very similar in terms of image quality. The 24-105 focuses closer and has a slightly better bokeh. I didn't even see much difference in build quality (I haven't performed the drop-test yet). But the L is a lot quieter and IS makes the shooting experience more enjoyable at longer focal lengths.


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