Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Zoom Lens

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Often Labeled a Walkabout Lens

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Zoom LensThis is a great range for use as an every day walk around lens. It's very versatile, light and produces great image sharpness throughout the range. There is a bit of vignetting at the wide end, which I actually like. But there is also quite a bit of barrel distortion at the wide end, which I dislike. This is quite noticeable when shooting interiors architecture; it can be corrected in software however it can be a hassle.

This zoom lens is often labeled a 'walkabout' lens, and that's a good portrayal. There's nothing better if you want to carry a camera and lens around and obrain an assortment of shots from wide angle to short telephoto (it has an equivalent angle of view of 38.4-168mm on a 1.6 crop factor APS-C sensor) . It's challenging for lens engineers to formulate all the compromises essential to allow a lens to go from wide angle to telephoto, with a maximum focal length over four times the widest focal length, but Canon has succeeded in this area.

It's dust and moisture resistant and incorporates 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.

Like all L series lenses, this one is built extremely solid. It may feel fairly large and bulky to those who haven't used L series lenses before. The extra bulk is comes from higher quality glass and the use of more durable materials (metal vs. plastic).

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.

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. ✓



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Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Zoom Lens Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 4.5