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| p.1 #11 · There is 24-105 f/4.0 L IS and now 24-70 f/4.0 L IS ? I'm confused, don't you ? |
I don't get it ! Why someone would buy 24-70 f/4 L IS over 24-105 f/4 L IS since the longer one is already has a very good IQ (I own it since 2008) and the new 24-70 f/4 it will be twice more expensive than the 24-105 !!!
You have to compare apple with apple and so don't compare street price against retail price. Also, 24-105L is a 7-year old lens that has saturated the market and it may be very close to the end of its life.
24-105L is retailed at $1,149, while 24-70/4L is at $1,499. I don't think it's too bad of the price increase, especially compared to the increase of 24-70/2.8L I at $1,349 to $2,299 for the new version II.
Even though the 24-70/4L has shorter focal length, it definitely has better image quality, thanked to more UD elements. It's shorter, so it's easier to design to correct distortion. It's lighter. Has hybrid IS. It can focus really close at 20 cm, so it works as a macro lens.
That said, I might buy it when the street price hits $1,000, but, until then, I'll stick to my 24-105L as my general purpose and travel lens.