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

Review Date: Oct 15, 2005 Recommend? | Price paid: $1,200.00

Pros: Size, build & color. IS works well
Overpriced @ $1200 should be about $900USD Lens is too slow @ f4.0

Recommended for casual walkabout use where there is good light. The lens is sharp and has good contrast. Works well on all my Canon EOS DSLR's. On 5D with FF it does have some easy to correct vignetting.
I use my 24-70 for event work as it is a faster lens and this makes a difference in my type of work.
If I had to choose between the 24-105 and the 24-70 I would take the 24-70 hands down. It is just a far better lens and worth it's cost. The 24-105, IMHO, is not worth the price to me.

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

Review Date: Oct 14, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Size and build. Sharp. Black color
Overpriced. Should be about $900USD Too slow @ f4.0

I recommend this lens with reservations:
Good for shooting in daylight for panoramas and as a walkabout lens when traveling.

Not good for any low light shooting like indoor events where flash is prohibited. It is just not fast enough.

Tried it on my 1D Mk2 and 5D with good results within the ability of the lens. If you are going to use it for general shooting with good light you will get very good results. If I had to choose between my 24-70 2.8 and the 24-105 4.0 I would take the 24-70 hands down.

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM

Review Date: Sep 25, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: $1,150.00 | Rating: 5 

Pros: Size, weight and color
Extreme flair and ghosting. Very unpredictable results

I also have the 70-200 2.8L IS and the 100-400 L IS.There is no comparison between these Canon lenses and the 70-300 DO.

The DO has a very bad problem with flair. Shooting towrds the sun it developes flair spots so bad you have no way to save the shot. When bright objects are in the scene it frequently creates ghosts above the subject.
I do a lot of waterfront scenes and panoramas and this is not the lens I would rely on After 2 days I sent the lens back to Adorama under their satisfaction warranty. I tried to do a sunset in New Bedford harbor last night and it was a joke. Looked like a comic book page from spiderman.

I supose if you plan to do walk about shooting on a trip you might be tempted to take this lens along. I would not waste any more time with it. I'll put up with the extra size and weight knowing I have the best tools at hand with the 70-200 & 100-400.

Tokina 24-200mm AT-X 242 AF

Review Date: Aug 26, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $269.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Bought this lens for my 10D as all my L glass is used on the 1D MK2. Results are better than expected. Color and contrast are very good. The autofocus is fast and the lens handles very well. I figured to try it and send it back but was happy with the results and it is now a keeper.
The only gripe is when you focus the manual focus ring turns so you have to remember to keep your fingers off that ring. I support the camera by the zoom ring to avoid problems and also to zoom out, focus and zoom back to wide for the shot.

This is a great backup lens and you can't beat the price.