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

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Manufacturer Canon
Model EF 24-105 mm f/4L IS USM
Lens style Universal zoom
Focal length 24 - 105 mm
Maximum aperture f/4
Angle of view 84 - 23.3 o
Closest focusing distance 0.45 m
Maximum magnification 1:4.3
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 8
Auto focus type AF USM
Lens Construction 18 elements / 13 groups
Filter diameter 77 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Canon EF
Dimensions 83.5 x 107 mm
Weight 670 g
Additional information Marketed October 2005
Average rating (24 owners reviews)
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4.39 Good
Owners reviews (24)
  1. Benton
    Benton 20 February 2015, 20:18
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    IP 75.64.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: $720 (afte
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Slow. f/4 isn't too fast, but outside it is fine. Noisy IS. Autofocus isn't spectacular in low contrast or indoors Indoor performance overall RED RING is too sexy.

    Pros: Bokeh is creamy, but not exaggerated. The blades are circular. Focal length - I use this on my T3 and I don't mind the wide end. In fact, I prefer the crop in the case of this lens, as I don't notice the distortions. IS Construction - solid, but front heavy on my body (this only applies to certain, lighter bodies). It feels like a massive brick that would hurt whatever it is thrown at more than itself. I've taken this into the snow multiple times this week without problem. Weather sealed (more resistant) Much better than my 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 mkii is, and CA is a major improvement over that kit lens I get a medium telephoto range on my crop body The color and contrast are very satisfying Fixed aperture and parafocal - more than ideal for movies (although I shoot stills) Versatile for both video- and photography.

    Summary: Great lens if upgrading from a kit lens. Don't listen to the arguments against this lens on anything but a full-frame. It offers a great telephoto end and remains moderately wide (enough for most applications). Keep a cheap wide angle if this bothers you. If on a rebel body, it will be front heavy, but will make the IQ shine. More all-in-one than either 24-70, plus a bonus of IS. I didn't have any problems registering my imported model under C. USA's warranty, and my seller also provides a 1-yr warranty (thus, I have two warranty services active) The discounted price appeals to those with a lower budget and (stereotypically) cheaper bodies. If they're looking for as much awesomeness they can have into one lens, due to limited funds, this is a good introduction into the L-lens series.

  2. zog
    zog 1 February 2015, 08:20
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    IP 125.206.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: $650
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Image quality suffers a bit compared to other L zooms in the corners, although not bad by any means. Rather big and heavy for a relatively slow standard zoom, though smaller than the competing offering from Sigma. IS is good, but less effective than that of more modern L lenses. My unit suffered from lens creep, which stopped after a warranty repair. Minimum focus distance is a bit long, reducing convenience.

    Pros: 24-105 is a very convenient range; much more versatile than 24-70. Good (not fantastic) image quality throughout the range. AF is fast. Built like a tank, resistant to moisture and dust.

    Summary: This lens is not spectacular, but a solid, dependable performer; for all the complaints users have about it, it's still the best in its class. Great for travel and other situations where swapping among a set of better performing but less versatile lenses isn't practical.

  3. thomas
    thomas 2 December 2013, 15:55
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    IP 79.83.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 700 euros
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: the noise of the IS!!!!! zoom ring too small and at the wrong place, vignetting

    Pros: good size and construction, sharp at all focals, instant autofocus

    Summary: in my opinion, the best general purpose lens on the market

  4. Hans
    Hans 15 September 2012, 15:20
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    IP 82.157.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 850 euro
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Bulky & heavy Extention (slide) can not be fixed for transprot

    Pros: A very valuable alround zoom lens. Very good optical quality. Well build.

    Summary: I use this lens on full frame. On crop I prefer the 24-70. If you do not need the 2.8 (24-70) this is a more versatile standard zoom. For sure the some distortion can be found at especially the wide angle and. But for a lens with this zoom range it is acceptable. Optical quality is very good, flare well controlled. Bokeh is good but not perfect. (If you focus on shouting portraits maybe this is not the correct lens. I use an 85 mm and 70-200 for portraits.) If I go out with my camera 'light', this is the lens that I put on a full frame.

  5. mcooper450
    mcooper450 26 May 2012, 22:47
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    IP 108.245.x.x
    Owner since: 5 years
    Price:
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Perhaps a minor bit of flare.

    Pros: Price, quality of build, accuracy of color and focus, light weight

    Summary: A simply excellent lens, completely appropriately labeled L.

  6. Pete
    Pete 17 May 2012, 03:40
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    IP 99.226.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: $900
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: bad CA at wide angle in some lighting conditions

    Pros: good range and build quality

    Summary: reasonably sharp overall

  7. Carlito
    Carlito 27 April 2012, 02:48
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    IP 87.2.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price:
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: Heavy distortion at 24mm, lateral chromatic aberrations, flare and lack of contrast when used in studio with strobes.

    Pros: Sharp, useful focal length, excellent build quality, IS

    Summary: Good as a walk-around lens, but if you plan to use it in a studio buy something else.

  8. stb
    stb 28 March 2012, 20:44
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    IP 91.58.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price:
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: No zoom lock - tends to go out.

    Pros: Internal focus. AF (FTM) fast, quiet and accurate. Good and safe IS Superb build, mechanical and optical quality. Weather sealing. Nice bokeh

    Summary: In the last two years, my favorite standard lens on the APSC Raltiv large, thus very convenient to use.

  9. AlexJ
    AlexJ 28 March 2012, 13:41
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    IP 60.240.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: $2500 AUD
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Compared to primes, this is bulky, heavy and intimidating with the big front element. Filters are expensive. Quite significant lateral CA and distortion.

    Pros: No longitudional CA and very sharp everywhere. IS is effective. Good range of focal lengths.

    Summary: Great for on the fly photography, but I prefer primes for the smaller size and weight and more flexible aperture. Friends are more cautious in front of such a big lens than with a prime. It's a very capable and flexible lens with no optical flaws (after post-processing) if you're okay with the weight and size.

  10. CorJan
    CorJan 28 February 2012, 18:34
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    IP 80.254.x.x
    Owner since: 6 years
    Price: 880 Euro
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: disortion FF 24mm

    Pros: sharp, good colour, range FF, 1:4 close focus 105mm APS-C 24mm also good; ideal landscape set with 10-22

    Summary: perfect compromise on waight size and range for FF

  11. Fuzzy
    Fuzzy 10 February 2012, 21:02
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    IP 62.225.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: with 5D as
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: too easy sliding

    Pros: very good image quality both at 5D MII and 50D

    Summary: very good and a reasonable price when bought as a kit lense

  12. vietlh81
    vietlh81 6 October 2011, 14:16
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    IP 193.48.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: 600
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Big, heavy. Max aperture is only f4. Sharpness is not top. 24mm for APSC is not enough wide.

    Pros: Build is very good. AF is fast. IS is also good

    Summary: Not recommended for APSC body.

  13. Javid
    Javid 25 September 2011, 15:28
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    IP 178.131.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price:
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Maximum aperture 4 is not very good for this lens.

    Pros: Great Optical quality

    Summary: I recommend as a perfect walk around lens.

  14. bioibon
    bioibon 9 March 2011, 16:39
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    IP 150.241.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: Kit lens
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Price if not from kit

    Pros: Everything: Range, IS, build quality, sharpness, USM...

    Summary: Excellent. My previous lens was 17-55 on 7D. Now, in FF, i've the same feeling.

  15. nn
    nn 19 February 2011, 18:17
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    IP 88.84.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: 8600 nok
    User profile: Amateur

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  16. LeoJan
    LeoJan 6 January 2011, 00:39
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    IP 80.56.x.x
    Owner since: 4 years
    Price: 1000 euro'
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: At 24 mm on FF lots of vignetting and barrel. After 3 years the lens began to slide from small to longer when holding the lens down, when your walking for example. Very annoying, so the build quality is not that good for an L lens. They told me it can be fixed, but only for a limited amount of time.

    Pros: Small and light in comparison with the 24-70 F2.8, much more a walk around zoom. Very good IS and optical performance better the the 24-70 F2.8, but no mach with some primes.

    Summary: Best all round zoom available, do not miss the F2.8. For that I take a prime.

  17. bala
    bala 31 December 2010, 13:43
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    IP 210.184.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: us$1000
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: not good for apsc - not wide enough

    Pros: solid, good useful common range, IS, light weight, resolution meets pro. standard. No field curvature issue like 24-70L

    Summary: must own for FF owner unless using primes

  18. Cezary
    Cezary 11 October 2010, 09:36
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    IP 174.3.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 1000
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Image Stabilizer has no panning mode. Slow aperture. Rather large and heavy. Expensive.

    Pros: Very sharp, even at maximum aperture (f4). Wonderful colors, they really make this lens standing out! Very solid build.

    Summary: This is fantastic lens, not perfect, not as sharp as some prime lenses, but the beautiful color rendition and the wide range makes this lens my choice number one when going for a trip.

  19. Puliukko
    Puliukko 5 September 2010, 22:50
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    IP 94.101.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price:
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: F4 not fast enough. Heavy distortion at 24mm. Mediocre bokeh and rendering. Vignetting and CA on FF.

    Pros: Versatile. Weather-resistant. OK image quality. IS. Although it is generally thought of as a FF lens, it is actually better on a crop.

    Summary: Compromise, 17-55 IS + 135 L would be a better choice.

  20. Peter H
    Peter H 9 March 2010, 23:37
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    IP 71.203.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: $1000
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: can't find any

    Pros: Best walk-about lens I know of

    Summary: Just buy it!Fabulous

  21. Spezifisch
    Spezifisch 6 March 2010, 11:50
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    IP 82.212.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 5DMK2 Kit
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: heavy Barrel and CAs at 24mm,anyway my favorite focal length, soft at 105mm, by and by Lens zooms out when holding perpendicular

    Pros: well working IS, good zoom range, constand f4 aperture, fast autofocus

    Summary: top Kit Lens especially for full frame!

  22. DDT
    DDT 4 March 2010, 02:18
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    IP 80.116.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 5D2 kit
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: IMPORTANT NOTE: This lens is Dr Jekyll on a crop and Mr Hyde on a full frame. I'm on full frame. - Overcorrected (bad bokeh) - Barrel distortion. - Vignetting. - CA

    Pros: - Range. - Good colors. - Sharpness. - IS. - Fast precise focusing. - Weight.

    Summary: Very good on a crop, but be careful if you want to upgrade to full frame: - Had to fix huge barrel distortion on all wide shots (can be fixed in post-processing but decreases IQ and requires cropping). - Had to fix vignetting on most shots (easy fix). - Had to fix CA on most shot (easy fix). - Did not like the bokeh, this lens is awfully overcorrected (manual fix and huge waste of time). Synopsis: Replaced with 24-70L.

  23. Pedrao
    Pedrao 3 March 2010, 04:14
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    IP 201.217.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 1100 US$
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: You don't get wide angle on cropped sized sensor cameras. IS a little noisy. It's not f2.8

    Pros: Focal range from 24 to 105 is very good for FF cameras. Great USM focusing. Build quality superb. Optical performance good but not excellent. IS very usefully. Not very heavy.

    Summary: Very good lens. I wish it has f2.8 with the same focal lenght

  24. candy
    candy 6 May 2009, 12:13
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    IP 87.192.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 599E(2nd h
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: loses focus sometimes,in low light AF sometimes stops responding to shot button(i then have to change zoom and it starts working ok again)

    Pros: suberb image quality,build to last

    Summary: great lens for both amateurs and profesionals,would reccomend to anyone