Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Zoom Lens

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Excellent in Every Characteristic Except One

Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens If you believe as I do while you think the typical 17-50mm, 17-55mm or 18-55mm, zoom lens should have a little longer reach for some outdoor situations, but believe telephoto lenses are a tad long, and you crave something in between, there are several other lenses to select from. This would include; Canon 17-85mm, 28-135mm, 24-85mm, 28-105mm along with the 24-105mm. While I am quite fond of the 24-105 L lens, it costs a lot (4 - 5 times the price of this lens), big and heavy. Lenses beginning at 28mm are somewhat not wide-angle enough, leaving the 24-85mm lens.

The focal length of this particular lens is practically ideal for everyday shooting, as it gives you a chance to shoot from portraiture (50-85mm) and landscapes (24-50mm) with a like quality and usefulness. A lightweight and compact lens excellent in every area except one characteristic. If you require a lens for low light, this isn't the one. If your primary intention is to shoot photos in low light environments like concerts and weddings, then you need raise your sights and obtain the 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM in its place.

If you simply get enjoyment from taking photos and want a decent, "walk around" lens that is not overly heavy, then you'll simply love this 24-105 lens, and I envy you. it's a zoom that's ultra-wide featuring portrait-length telephoto potential. Because it has multiple lens groups that move while zooming, it's lightweight and compact. The aspherical element stifles distortion. High contrast is preserved at every focal length while letting you obtain sharp images. ✓


Built into the system is a replica aspherical lens element that minimizes optical distortions to give you sharp images. The flare-cutting diaphragm helps the lens produce a high-contrast image, even in tough lighting. Its high zoom ratio of 3.5x allows you to take tighter shots of your subjects. It's fully compatible with all EOS cameras.

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Lens styleZoom lens  
Max Format Size 35mm FF  
Lens focal length24 85 mm  
Stabilization type No  
Camera mount Canon EF  
Angle of view 84 - 28 30'  
Aperture (lens diaphragm)
Largest aperture opening F3.5 - F4.5  
Smallest aperture opening F22.0 - F32.0  
Includes aperture ring No  
Total diaphragm blades 6  
Total Elements 15  
Number of Groups 12  
Minimum focus distance 0.50 m (19.69")  
Maximum magnification ratio 0.16 x  
Autofocus type Yes  
Full time manual focus Yes  
Focusing method Internal  
Lens distance scale Yes  
Depth of field scale Yes  
Physical features
Overall weight380 g (0.84 lb) 13.4 oz.  
Lens diameter 73 mm (2.87")  
Overall length 70 mm (2.74")  
Construction materials Plastic barrel, metal mount  
Sealing No  
Lens color Black  
Zooming method Rotary (internal)  
Power zoom No  
Zoom lock switch No  
Filter thread size 67 mm  
Lens hood code EW-73II  
Tripod collar included No  
Optional accessories Soft Case LH-C13



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