Canon 24-105 F/4 L USM IS review

About 2 months ago I bought a new Canon 5D Mark II, one of the best FF cameras out there. I mainly shot stock, textures most of the time, but also details, landscapes and so on. I needed a lens that would help me in every situation.

That's it: Canon 24-105 L.

Well, L-series lenses are Canon's models of excellence, top quality lenses provided with top quality construction body.

First thing first, the body. It is made in sturdy magnesium alloy, it's waterproof, and the focus and focal rings run so smooth it's a pleasure tu use them. I have to say that my models has a little hard focal ring: it isn't a flaw anyway. This lens weights 670 g, resulting a little heavy to carry.

Speaking of quality, this lens performs really well, although you might notice a quality decay in the corners and a bit of vignetting at 24 mm, other than a pretty visible barrel distortion. These flaws vanish at higher focals, but I find them to be relevant while reviewing a lens this important. We're talking of a L series lens afterall.

Brightness is good in the whole focal range, F/4 is bright enough to let you shot in low light condition. At F/4 and 105 mm it delivers outstanding bokehs.

The most important thing about this lens is the image Stabilizer: it really helps you getting clear images at long exposures. For example, you can get a sharp image shooting at 60 mm and 1/30 s.

This is a very sharp lens at every focals, delivering the best quality stopped down at F/8, like every other lens in the world =)

The only complain I have to do is about the flaws I talked about earlier: vignetting, barrel distortion, sharpness decay in the corners.

Nothing that bad though, they are easily correctable with photoshop or any other professional software. It just sucks, that' all.

To summarize: greatl lens, great focal range and big quality.

IS helps you a lot. If you have a FF camera, this is THE LENS for your general purpose shooting sessions.

I'd rate it 9 OUT OF 10.

Hope you find it useful, here are some samples =)


Photo credits: , MinervaStudio.

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August 06, 2010


Thank you guys for your comments

August 06, 2010


this or the 24-70, when IS is added to it. That's what I want.

August 06, 2010


ooo thanks for this :) it's the lens I'm saving for!

August 05, 2010


You are absolutly true, I too love 24-105 as it gives me great results with great flexibility. I highly recommend this lens for full frame camera.

August 05, 2010


When I bought my 5DII I actually considered this one and the 24-70. I got the 24-70 (because it seems to be a trifle sharper) and in a way I regret it. It's very heavy on the cam and the 70mm on a FF is a bit short for portraits and object shoots. I also miss the IS feature for fast urban shoots. I think yours is a top choice.

August 05, 2010


This is a great professional zoom lens.

August 05, 2010


Even 24-105 has some vignetting problem with fullframe body it is my favorite one. I use it with 40d for table top shooting. Do not forget to turn the IS off when using a t-pod.

August 05, 2010


This is the first major purchase I made with revenue from microstock, and it lives on my camera. If you tend to more portrait focal length like I do it works great on a crop body - and hides most of the (minor) optical shortcomings. One bonus you failed to mention is that it actually shoots pretty close, too. It can work for closeups in a pinch :)

August 05, 2010


thanks..I'm thinking about..but right now I'll take this one ;D

August 05, 2010


That`s what I`ll buy when I`ll grow older and I`ll have the money! :) Thanks for sharing your review!

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