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

The Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM is a wide angle professional L series lenses from Canon. The Lens has been designed for full-frame digital SLR's like Canon EOS 5D. Weighing around 1.5lb the lens is quiet easy to carry around. The light weight is achieved by designing for an f/4 aperture. The Lens has a focal length of 24-105mm with maximum aperture of F4. The lens contains 18 elements in 13 groups. The filter size is 77mm and the zoom system moves 32.5mm with 5-group helical zoom. There are 8 diaphragm blades. The Lens has a 4x Zoom with a smooth control ring. The lens has focus indicator to show the focus length. The focus indicator can control the flash exposure which is a very nice feature when taking picture with less light. The Lens has a USM focusing motor and the focusing is very quick and quiet. Compared to other wide angle lenses of the canon series, this lens serves more of its purpose by giving the right amount of light needed even during late evenings.

The image stabilizer is one of the best features of the lens and it reduces the image blur that is caused by camera shake. Thanks to the Image Stabilizer the lens gives a vibrant coloured, sharp quality picture. The Image Stabilizer is also very useful when we have to take really quick shots and bursts. The auto focus is good in the lens without any lag. The lens has ultrasonic frequency vibrations to drive the auto focus. This saves a lot of time when taking bursts. The lens can be quiet useful in professional and amateur photography. The lens supports low light photography, for example if you want to take a picture of romantic candle light dinner or a beautiful night view of a city this lens does the job for you. The lens is weather sealed, so you can take beautiful pictures on rainy days without dust and moisture running into the lens. The lens has a safety feature that will hold down the zoom when you hold the camera facing down. The Lens comes with a soft carry pouch and a hood.

The resolution of pictures are quiet high except from a range of 70mm to 105mm. Distortion are a bit more at 24mm compared to other settings where the distortion is low.

Pros:
* Image Stabilizer
* Auto Focus
* Quality of Construction
* Picture Sharpness

Cons
* Pricey
* Reduced resolution from 70mm to 105mm
* Vignette

The user rating: On a scale of 1 – 5 where 5 being the best, it deserves 4/5. Features like Image stabilizer, AF, the body build and sharpness are considered to be the best .The price along with some reduced resolution reduces the rating. Overall the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens is an excellent lens even though it is a bit pricy. But then there are few things which cannot be compromised, and this is one which definitely proves to be an owner's pride.

VB
Wed, 08 Jul 2009 22:23:15 +0000

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