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Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens for Canon EOS SLR Cameras

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  • 24-105mm standard zoom lens with f/4 maximum aperture for Canon EOS SLR cameras
  • 1 Super UD glass element and 3 aspherical lenses minimize chromatic aberration and distortion
  • Ring-type USM system delivers silent but quick autofocus (AF); full-time manual focus
  • Image Stabilizer technology steadies camera shake at up to 3 stops; weighs 23.6 ounces
  • Dust- and moisture-resistant; measures 3.3 inches in diameter and 4.2 inches long; 1-year warranty
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Product Description

This easy-to-use standard zoom lens can cover a large zoom area ranging from 24mm wide-angle to 105mm portrait-length telephoto, and its Image Stabilizer Technology steadies camera shake up to three stops. Constructed with one Super-UD glass element and three aspherical lenses, this lens minimizes chromatic aberration and distortion. The result is excellent picture quality, even at wide apertures. Canon's ring-type USM gives silent but quick AF, along with full-time manual focus. Moreover, with dust- and moisture-resistant construction, this is a durable yet sophisticated lens that meets the demands of advanced amateur photographers and professional photographers alike.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 2 inches ; 1.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000B84KAW
  • Item model number: 0344B006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at August 22, 2005

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103 of 109 people found the following review helpful By MyBeesWax TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 2, 2010
This is one of the most popular lenses, and with good reason -- you get a lot of bang for your buck. It has an ultrasonic motor drive (USM) for fast focusing, image stabilization (IS), and a very versatile focal range that covers wide angle to mid-telephoto on a Canon 5D and a respectable 38mm to 168mm (1.6*24 ~= 38, 1.6*105 = 168) focal lengths on cameras with crop sensors, like the Canon 7D, the Canon Rebel series, and cameras with APC-C sensors (1.6x crop factor).

Its only downside is its f/4 aperture limitation. On the upside, it has a constant f/4 aperture (i.e. the f/4 aperture setting can be maintained across all focal lengths).

- Sharpness
This lens is sharp across all focal lengths. I haven't noticed any degradation in image sharpness on either the 24mm or the 105mm end. However, the lens is sharpest between f/8 to f/11. Outside of this "sweet-spot" (i.e. below f/8 or above f/11) shots of distant objects are *noticeably* blurrier. (See uploaded images on the product page for a comparison of images shot with different f-stops: f/5.6, f/11, and f/22. The descriptions for the images begin with "For the pixel peepers out there...")

For relatively close subjects, however, the difference in image quality across f-stops is a lot less perceptible - that's good news if you're using this lens for portrait shots and plan on opening up the aperture for a bokeh effect.

- Chromatic Aberration (CA)
The lens assembly uses Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) glass (reserved for Canon's best lenses), so chromatic aberration is minimal, even in bright light (where it's barely noticeable or imperceptible). In more even lighting, this lens shows absolutely no signs of chromatic aberration.

- Auto-Focus (AF)
The auto-focus is real snappy.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By D. Alexander TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 30, 2012
This lens is perfectly suited to full-frame DSLRs. It balances well on a 5D II, it's not too large, the zoom range is ideal for a walkaround, focus is fast and silent, the aperture is fixed, and the IS system provides at least three stops, perhaps even four.

Sharpness is generally good on full-frame. It's not a prime, but surprisingly close at 105mm f/4. At 24mm f/4, the extreme corners (roughly 800x800 pixels each on a 5D II) are blurry. They clean up by f/8. Contrast overall is not abnormally good or bad. Once you start beating on the file in a raw converter, some of these differences disappear. Distortion and vignetting, while not subtle, are literally an instant fix in ACR. On a crop body, this lens has very good sharpness.

Like all lenses with sophisticated optical designs, be wary of internal alignment problems. Some copies show uneven sharpness across the frame where one side will be slightly or significantly blurry. The major advantage of ordering from Amazon is that you can exchange defective copies at no shipping cost to you. Incidentally, my copy evidences no zoom creep. The zoom ring is not so stiff that it can't be worked with one finger.

This is a very good movie lens. It's partially parfocal in that if you zoom to 105mm and focus, you can zoom out to 24mm and retain focus, or at least adequate sharpness within the depth of field. The reverse isn't true. The IS system is top-drawer, just as good as the 70-200/4L IS and significantly better than earlier iterations, though it will be audible in quiet environments. There's also a constant drift that'll impact shutter speeds below about 1/10. It doesn't lock in place quite like Tamron's VC, though this has benefits with panning.

Some alternatives:

Canon 28-135/3.5-5.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By P.K. Frary TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 3, 2013
Introduced late 2005 along with the 5D, the EF 24-105 4L IS USM features Image Stabilization (IS), constant aperture, wide zoom range (4.4x), beefy construction and weather seals.

Build Like A Brick
For a normal zoom, it's on the beefy side, 670 g (23.6 oz), but lighter than the EF 24-70 2.8L USM. Build quality is first rate but uses more plastics than L series telephotos. This lens is weather sealed with gaskets at the lens mount, under the switches, and behind the zoom and focus rings. The manual states that a filter must be used for full weather proofing. And all that protects the exotic glass inside: one Super-UD glass element and three aspherical elements. Amazingly, there are 18 elements in that little barrel. I'm surprised light makes it to the other side!

Focus and Zoom
A ring-type USM (Ultrasonic Motor) achieves focus by driving an internal lens group. AF is fast and surefooted on my EOS 5D Mark II camera. The front element does not rotate and the barrel does not expand or contract during focusing. It is silent during AF. It has FTM, allowing you to manually focus without switching out of AF mode. The focus ring is large, smooth turning and covered with ribbed rubber. It's not as silky as a manual Nikkor but above average for an AF lens. Although not a macro lens, it focuses close enough for head shots and small details (.45 m/1.5 ft).

The twist zoom action is smooth, damped and does not creep. Zooming is accomplished by expanding and contracting a single nested barrel. The barrel nearly doubles in length when zoomed from 24mm to 105 mm. The manual focus ring is large and covered with a ribbed rubber surface. Oddly, zoom and focus rings are reversed from those in Canon consumer zooms.
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