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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, Macro Focus Range : 0.45 m
- 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
|Lens Compatibility Information: Canon EF-S lenses are only compatible with APS-C sensor DSLR cameras. Canon EF lenses are compatible with Canon full-frame and APS-C DSLR cameras.
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||EW-83H|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Image Stabilization||3 stops claimed|
|Item Dimensions||3.31 x 3.31 x 4.21 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.67 Kilograms|
|Item Weight||1.48 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.45 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|Material Type||Plastic barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F4.0|
|Maximum Focal Length||105 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||8|
|Number of Elements||18|
|Number of Groups||13|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||23.3 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||2.15 pounds|
|Zoom Type||Motorized Zoom|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF||—||—||Canon EF||Canon EF, Canon EF-S||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic||manual_only||auto-focus||Stepper motor||manual-and-auto||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||3.31 x 4.21 x 3.31 in||2 x 6 x 2 in||3.3 x 4.6 x 3.3 in||2.72 x 1.54 x 2.72 in||4.6 x 3.3 x 3.3 in||3.27 x 3.66 x 3.27 in|
|Item Weight||1.48 lbs||1.48 lbs||1.75 lbs||5.61 ounces||1.75 lbs||1.32 lbs|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens||zoom||zoom||Prime lens||fixed-zoom||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||105 millimeters||105 millimeters||105||50 millimeters||105 millimeters||70 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 millimeters||24 millimeters||24||50 millimeters||24 millimeters||24 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 millimeters||77 millimeters||—||49 millimeters||77 millimeters||77 millimeters|
L9) Canon 24-105Mm F/4 L Is Usm Lens. The L-Series Is Canon'S Flagship Professional Lens Range, Representing The Best In Precision-Designed Ef Optics. L-Series Lenses Combine Superior Performance With Superlative Handling, And Are Resistant To Dust And Moisture. The Ef 24-105Mm F/4L Is Usm Features Canon'S Three-Stop Image Stabilizer (Is), Making It Ideal For Handheld Work. Is Permits The Use Of Shutter Speeds Up To Three Stops Slower Than Normal, With No Perceptible Increase In Image Blur From Camera Shake. E7Magnification - Extension Tube EF25 II - ¹ Only compatible at tele.
From the Manufacturer
Dust and moisture resistant and incorporating Canon's very finest standards of precision optics, the EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM is designed for reportage, event, travel, and celebrity photographers looking for a lightweight and maneuverable lens with minimal image quality compromise.
Complementing the EF 17-40mm f4L USM and EF 70-200mm f4L USM, the lens completes Canon's f4L-series zoom lens range. These lenses are designed for professional photographers requiring a light zoom lens with a fixed aperture throughout the zoom range. For outstanding camera-shake reduction, Image Stabilizer allows shutter speeds of 3 stops slower than would otherwise be possible, with no perceptible increase in image blur.
The L-series is Canon's flagship professional lens range, designed to include outstanding image performance, ultimate operability, and weather resistance. The EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM offers a lightweight alternative to the renowned EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM.
Image Stabilizer (IS) dramatically reduces image blur caused by camera shake. Gyro sensors detect unwanted vibrations, triggering the corresponding movement of a correcting lens group perpendicular to the optical axis. This alters the light path, returning the image to its correct position on the sensor or film plane.
The 3-stop advantage means that photographers normally shooting a 105mm lens handheld at 1/125 second can obtain a shake free result with a shutter speed as low as 1/15 second, for vastly extended options in low light conditions.
The ring-type USM motor found in the EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM employs ultra-sonic frequency vibrations to drive autofocus with unrivalled speed and near-silent operation. A powerful CPU and improved AF algorithm contribute to speed performance. Good holding torque stops the lens with precision and accuracy, the instant it arrives at the correct focus point and without overshoot. Photographers can choose manual focus instantly and at any time simply by moving the manual focus ring without first having to switch out of autofocus mode.
Constant f4 aperture from 24 to 105mm
The EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM offers the highest possible optical quality with no change in aperture over the full focal range of the lens. This allows photographers to set exposure at the widest aperture and zoom all the way through to 105mm without having to vary the shutter speed. It is the perfect lens for professional photographers looking for a lightweight and extended zoom alternative to its EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM counterpart. The lens employs an almost perfectly circular barrel aperture, helping create attractive, defocused backgrounds.
To limit lens size and improve image clarity over the total image area, an Ultra-Low Dispersion glass (UD) element is used to eliminate the secondary chromatic aberrations that otherwise reduce sharpness and introduce color fringing. Aspherical lens elements correct spherical aberration for crisp, high-contrast, corner-to-corner quality. By optimizing Super Spectra lens coatings and lens element shaping, Canon's engineers have been effective in suppressing flare and ghosting--more prone to occur with digital cameras due to reflection off the image sensor. By increasing light absorption, coatings reduce reflections off lens element surfaces to deliver crisp, undistorted images with natural color balance.
EOS system integration
The EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM includes distance metering information, providing compatibility with the E-TTL II flash system of late-model cameras such as the EOS-1D Mark II N and EOS 5D. When used in conjunction with Canon's range of EX Speedlite flash units, the lens passes distance information to the flash algorithm for markedly improved flash exposure metering. To match the weather resistance afforded by EOS-1 professional camera bodies, an O-ring seals the lens against the lens mount and numerous seals around the lens' moving components provide protection against the ingress of dust and moisture.
AF Mode and IS switches have been reshaped, making them less susceptible to being engaged or disengaged accidentally.
The EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM comes with a bayonet mount lens hood EW-83H and soft lens pouch LP1219. In keeping with Canon's Kyosei philosophy of living in harmony with the environment, the lens features only lead-free glass.
What's in the box
Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS EF USM AF Lens, E-77U 77mm Snap-On Lens Cap, Lens Dust Cap E (Rear), EW-83H Lens Hood, LP1219 Soft Lens Case, 1-Year Warranty.
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I originally purchased the Tamron 28-75. It was a lens that took very good photos at times but it had some real limitations. The limited zoom kept me wanting more width at the wide end and more zoom at the telephoto end. Also, it was not good in low lighting. The lens would hunt to focus on the subject. Therefore, candid shots were challenging due to the inability to focus quickly.
I decided to purchase the Sigma 18-200. This lens gave me great range and I initially gave it very good reviews. However, as I started focusing on image quality, the superzoom convenience became less important. The compromises in image quality, aperture settings and other aspects became a hindrance. The vignetting and lack of sharpness required me to send it back for service. They fixed everything but my confidence in the lens.
I used to purchase the cheaper lens because I didn't believe the difference in image quality was worth the additional price. However, I now have many more "keepers" with the Canon. It focuses much faster than the Tamron. Now, I have many more candid shots of people indoors. The IS gives me handheld opportunities I couldn't get with the faster 2.8. I see more subtlety in color such as my daughter's brown eyes instead of looking black.
The Canon has changed my perspective regarding professional lenses. Although there are some lenses providing quality comparable to an L lens, I believe in purchasing them now because I've gone the alternative route and I see the limitations firsthand.
The constant aperture, IS, and L lens quality makes this a great all-around lens. People often use the term "all-around" to indicate an implied limitation. However, this lens can be used for weddings, travel, and many other situations. It's a great lens and I've sold the Tamron and I plan to sell the Sigma also.
Anyway, the 24-105 really does make a good "walkaround" lens, and the IS is very cool (just give it a second to kick in when you push the shutter halfway). On a 5D, the range is very useful, and I combine this with a 70-300 IS, which is also very nice on a 5D.
Some will complain about lens distortion, which this lens has at the extreme ends, but that is easy to fix in DXO or photoshop lens correction utilities. Many pictures will not need it.
The thing I have seen is that with wider angle lenses (in general) is that it matters where you point the camera, in terms of perpective control. For example, when shooting a building, pointing up (to get the top of the building in view) creates a lot of perspective distortion; I will need to back up so I can keep the focal plane vertical or get a tilt-shift lens (which I may do, anyway).
I use it on my Canon 40D and my brand new 5D Mark II, and get excellent shots that are crisp and clean, with good saturation and pleasing color. On Canon's C-size cameras (Rebel, 10-50D, 7D) there is a conversion factor of 1.6, so the 24mm is actually 38.4mm (very mild wide angle) and the 105mm is actually 168mm (respectable telephoto). On the 5D this lens is even better for traveling, as you get the actual 24mm wide angle for scenics and cityscapes. The 5D makes this lens really shine.
Image stabilization is excellent which means you can take full-range telephotos hand held and still get crisp shots.
Picture quality is nearly comparable to a good quality prime lens, so unless you get a lot of bang for the buck. I highly recommend this lens to advanced amateurs. Most semi-pros and professionals already know how good it is.
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