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| p.6 #2 · Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS Resolution Tests! |
Jerry and Dan -- I'm happy to agree that the 24-105 is a good lens and a good value. I've nearly bought it several times. After looking at the distortion numbers on the new 24-70/4 IS, I'm impressed, and I think this will be a great lens in use. Jerry, think you'll happily set aside your trusty 24-85 (I had one too!) and use this in it place. I expect you won't be the only one finding this a very useful lens!
I was dismayed and somewhat shocked when I tried a CPS loaner 24-105 recently. I knew the barrel distortion was bad at 24, but I had no idea how much pincushion was present at 105. Anything with straight lines was doomed at either end, well into the mid range. When I saw how much loss of IQ I got when using the lens profile, I sent the lens back early -- one use, goodbye! For me, with my architectural background, it's just not the right lens.
I'm not being a gear snob here -- after that episode I reexamined my own fixed idea about lens/image quality and bought a sub-$200 lens, the slightly out-dated 28-135 IS for $170, shipped. This one features several points that Dan has repeatedly made: sharp in the center area of interest, and not a gaudy bauble for bragging, and enough lens for the use at hand. I made a great shot with it on a 1D Mark II body the other day, that I quite like and wouldn't have done with a different set-up. But this won't be my regular everyday combination. Still, it's nice to have and no worries taking it anywhere knowing I'll get good images. Great images? Not always.