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

24-105lisusm
Review Date: Sep 24, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: covers all the basics, great for lowlight with IS and a little depth of field, weather resistant construction,
Cons:
"only" f4, could be sharper, Zoom creep, Sunshade (but that's on all zoom lenses)

I highly recommend this lens. I use it mostly for travel when space/weight is an issue and for lowlight shooting when i need a little extra depth of field. I know it sounds contradictory, but for most images with more than one person you need a little focal depth and this just does it. Sometimes the focus has difficulties (even with my 1Ds III), but you can't have it all.
Is it as sharp as my other prime L lenses, not really, but it has a complete different design and usage.
The single most outstanding point for me in the last couple of month is the quit amazing quality i get when shooting video with a handheld 5D II. I focus manually and the IS compensates movement fantastically (the camera is rigged on a RedRock grip system) and the shots feels very lifelike and engaging. Very easy to use even for a novice.
For hybrid use this is THE lens in the Canon line up. And the concern of having only a f4 is negligible due to the relative high sensitivity i can shoot the Canon 5DII and 7D.