Brand: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 Best For: Landscape, everyday lens Balcony Score: 8 out of 10
If you are looking for a wide angle everyday lens for your camera, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS is definitely one of your best options. Yes, a bit pricey, but it has great range and quality. It’s an L Series lens after all, and it’s definitely a great buy in my opinion.
I own quite a few lenses and I like all of them. Most of my lenses are Canon L series and they are excellent quality, but it’s always hard to decide which lenses to bring with me. If I go on a long trip I typically bring at least 3 lenses (a wide angle, a prime and a telephoto). This doesn’t necessarily mean that I use all of them. I am probably not the only one to believe that changing lenses is not really much fun, am I? This Canon wide angle lens is my best friend. It may not the greatest lens I own, but it’s by far the most versatile and convenient. The large focal range frees me from changing lenses often, without sacrificing image quality. I can take great wide angle shots and I can zoom in when necessary.
I do want to point out that I consider this lens “wide angle” because my Canon 5D Mark II has a full frame sensor. If you have a cropped sensor camera, the focal length becomes about 38-168mm; still great, but not a wide angle anymore.
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS is a compact, lightweight lens. It’s very versatile as it covers a focal range from wide-angle to portrait-length telephoto. It has a constant aperture of f/4, which is decent, but it may not be fast enough for some photographers. However, the Image Stabilizer makes up for it to some extent. According to the manufacturer, it allows use of shutter speeds up to 3 stops slower, which make it great for handheld work.
Canon’s Ultrasonic Motor (USM) provides silent and quick autofocus as well as a manual focus overdrive. The lens feels pretty solid as you would expect from an L Series lens. It balances very well on my Canon 5D Mark II camera. A big issue I had with non-L Canon lenses was chromatic aberration. However, this lens has one Super-UD and three aspherical lens elements, which minimize aberrations for a great overall optical quality.
What I like
– Extremely versatile, great walk-around lens
– Solid feel and lightweight compared to f/2.8 lenses
– Balances well on my Canon 5D Mark II (it might be front heavy on a Rebel)
– Great sharpness and contrast, produces sharp, vibrant images
– Almost no chromatic aberration compared to non-L Canon lenses but it can easily be removed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
– Very effective image stabilization, which allows me to take sharp photos even in low light
What I don’t like
– It produces quite a bit of barrel distortion at the wide end (24 mm), but again, this can easily be corrected in Lightroom
– The f/4 fixed aperture is not as fast as I would like; however, Image Stabilization does help
Who is it for
If you bought a DSLR camera and are looking for a wide angle lens that you can also use every day, this is the lens you need. Yes, it’s a little pricey, but it takes wonderful, sharp pictures and focuses quietly and quickly. The focal length makes it ideal for landscapes, portraits and even action shots. I also like to caution you that this lens may become your most used lens.
If you are looking for an everyday, walk-around lens, I am sure you will love this lens and it will quickly become your go-to lens. If your budget allows it, GO FOR IT. Click here for the best price.
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