Lens review

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

14 March 2017
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary

  • Good quality of lens barrel,
  • Very good image quality in frame centre,
  • Good image quality on the edge of APS-C sensor,
  • Acceptable image quality on the edge of full frame,
  • Imperceptible longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • Lack of any serious problems with lateral chromatic aberration,
  • Moderate spherical aberration,
  • Better distortion correction than in the case of the rivals,
  • Better vignetting correction tha in the case of the rivals,
  • Good performance against bright light,
  • Efficient image stabilization,
  • Fast, silent and accurate autofocus.
  • A bit too high coma at the shortest focal length,
  • Visible distortion at the widest angle of view,
  • Significant vignetting on full frame.
If you compare the pros and cons lists you see at once that you deal here with a lens of good quality. In fact, the situation is even better because two out of three cons, those concerning vignetting and distortion levels, the lens corrects better than the rivals anyway so it would be foolish to complain a lot.

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In my humble opinion releasing such a lens was an excellent Canon move. They provided a slightly weaker image quality in the frame centre compared to the predecessor and the Sigma A 24–105 mm f/4 DG OS HSM but the difference is often so insignificant that it would be hard to notice it in real life photos. However, we got a lot in return – and I really mean a lot. Firstly, a better image quality on the edges of the frame, lower chromatic and spherical aberration, lower distortion and vignetting plus a very good performance against bright light. As a result you can enjoy a universal lens with a sensible aperture fastness, equipped with a fast, accurate autofocus and an efficient image stabilization unit – a device practically without any serious flaws.