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Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens

24-105
Review Date: May 23, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Price, light weight, good built, really close to the "L" in sharpness, silent STM focus
Cons:
CA, Power need to be on to even "manual" focus, stop down to get to the "L" sharpness

The real world experience is I could not tell the difference in a photo taken by this lens and the 24-105L, even wide open. This is not the sharpest 24-105 lens, but it is the fact that the "L" version is not a very good performer that makes this lens kinda outstanding (I owned and shot 2 copies of the "L" before).
This lens is robust and well built, zoom and focus rings are smooth, IS works very well. It is a good cheap walk around lens. Listed at half the price of the "L", it is a good buy. Bundled with the 6D, it is a no brainer to own it.


 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

24-105lisusm
Review Date: Oct 26, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, nice colour, small size, incredible IS, perfect for 1.3 or full frame bodies
Cons:
Price, not wide enough on 1.6 crop body

A very sharp, contrasty lens. The 3-stop IS is excellent. I shot a waterfall at 1/6 handheld, image came out crisp and on par with tripod shots, except I can't mount the tripod in the middle of the stream. My copy is sharper than my 24-70/2.8 L.

Perfect walk around lens. 24mm is not quite wide enough ever since I sold my 1DMk2.