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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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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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The 24-105 is one of the most versatile lenses I have ever used. It has fast focus, sharp--very sharp-- images and a nice D.o.F. These dirty feet of mine have stepped and worked in 5 different countries last year and, even though I dragged tons of gear with me :=) , the 24-105L and my 85mm 1.8 were all I needed to get the job done.
If your goal as a photographer is a very shallow D.o.F this lens isn't for you, for whatever else you need, it will get the job done.
1. Build quality. Simply superb, as one expects from an "L" lens. The zoom and focus rings are silky smooth.
2. Optical quality. Very sharp throughout the zoom range. Not quite as sharp as my 70-200 f2.8L, probably due to the extra two lens elements for the Image Stabilization system (my 70-200 is the non-IS version). Color rendition and control of distortions are both excellent.
3. Weight and size: Since this lens has image stabilization and a USM focusing motor, it is somewhat bulky, but the weight is not objectionable, and the beautiful "feel" of this lens in your hand more than makes up for the weight.
4. Speed: As an f4 maximum aperture lens, it is a full stop slower than the 24-70 f2.8L USM, but if you don't need the extra DOF of the f2.8, this lens is $1200 less expensive.
Conclusion: Simply put, the 24-105 f4.0 IS USM is arguably the single most versatile lens in Canon's "L" series lineup. True, it is substantially more expensive than "regular" lenses of this size range, but if you have a Canon camera body with 18+ megapixel resolution, you will not be getting the image resolution quality from the camera that the sensor is capable of if you are using a $150 "kit" lens. Another reason to go with "L" series, even if your current camera is a one of Canon's lower end Rebel models, is that all of the "L" series lenses use the EF full-frame mount. This means that if you decide to upgrade someday to a Canon full-frame camera like the 5D, 6D, or 1D, you will keep your "L" series lenses - no need to buy new ones! I have never regretted buying this lens and highly recommend it for anyone with a Canon EF or EF-S DSLR.
The focal range is extremely useful, images are very sharp - especially considering the price of this lens, IS works great, and the versatility is second to none.
It's quite usable for portraits if you use focal length and distance to create blur rather than relying only on aperture to achieve an out of focus background. It's also ideal for landscapes on the wide end - but with the flexibility to use zoom to tweak your composition. Not the most ideal choice for low-light situations unless there's little to no motion of course, but if your camera controls noise decently you can get usable images by upping the ISO. If low-light is a very common scenario for your work, that's one instance where I'd definitely say to need a faster lens. But for general all-around use, this lens is great.
I did find myself frustrated at times with the f/4; I frequently wish it went one more stop. It can also get heavy if you're carrying this bad boy around all day, especially if you have extra battery packs on the body.