Why I Chose The Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L Over The EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L
Money is no object so ... LOL; how I wish that were true :) But it DOES matter, and matter a whole lot, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the 24-105 is $300 less expensive (in the Philippines) than the 24-70 and is even the more appropriate lens for me. I didn't know there was a 24-105mm before the 24-70's exorbitant price drove me to painstaking research :)
Here's a rundown of the points I considered:
1. Zoom Range: The 24-105 is 35mm more far-reaching than the 24-70; a nice advantage to have when taking landscape and travel photos. And, that's not to say that the 24-105 is heavier and longer than the 24-70; it's actually 280g lighter and 16.5mm shorter even when extended. The 24-105's lens hood is also much smaller than the 24-70's.
2. Aperture: The 24-70's greatest advantage over the 24-105 is its wider aperture of f/2.8 across the zoom range compared to only f/4 for the 24-105. This allows twice as much light through the lens making the 24-70 the better lens when you need to stop action, especially in low light, like when you're covering indoor events such as weddings.
3. However, the 24-105 offers a 3-stop IS which can dramatically reduce camera shake blurs when shooting handheld at slow shutter speeds. About 1/4 the light levels required for the 24-70 to be handheld. If you're anything like me, that is with shaky hands as I get on in years, you'll love the image stabilization feature of the 24-105.
So, if money was, indeed, no object, indoor event photographers will probably benefit from the wider constant aperture that the 24-70 offers, while those into travel and landscape photography like me might just find the 24-105 to be THE lens for their craft.
(Photo by: Alexeywp)