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

24-105lisusm
Review Date: Jan 25, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Lovely zoom range especially on my fullframe Kodak.
Cons:
Awfull distortion from 24mm through 105mm. Perhaps Leica R lenses have spoiled me but this is not "L" quality. Sharpness is OK, IS is fine, colours are OK. Taken all this into account this lens is way, way too expensive, I'm very sorry I bought it.

I bought an official 'Dutch' copy. After the flare was fixed that is. I'm shocked at what Canon calls its Top of The Line lens (L).
The distortion of this lens is as bad or worse even, as the Nikkor 43-86mm I bought in 1977/8 but that was when zoom lenses were first being developed (I think). And even then the distortion occurred mostly at the end of the zoom range.
This L lens distorts all the time. My copy vignettes a bit, mostly at 24mm but I usually have to crop my pictures a bit anyway so it doesn't bother me that much.
I haven't tried it on my 20D since I have the 17-85 IS on it. I personally prefer the image -distortion- quality of the 17-85.

I can't wait till something better comes out, I'll be first in line.


 
Canon EOS 10D

10D
Review Date: Feb 20, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 4 

 
Pros: I can use my EF lens.
Cons:
Can't use my EFS lenses. Awfull grey cast on pictures. I don't think that's my fault. Same Cmos faults as my 20D. My reccommendation goes for the camera I'm now using, perhaps other people are luckier.

After going digital with a D20 2 months ago I found round spots on my pictures, not dust or dirt. I send it back to Canon and they promised me a new Cmos. I hope I will get my repaired 20D back before my hair falls out.
Canon gave me a loan 10D, alas it has the same kind of round spots on the Cmos, less but enough to make me shudder.
My dealer loaned me an EF 24-85 to use on the 10D.
I prefer the EFS lenses, sharper with more natural colors and contrast.The 10D also has an awfull grey cast on all my pictures my 20D never showed.
This maybe a a monday morning model but I'm interested in other Canon 10D and epecially 20D users if they have round spots in their pictures?
I found some of the same kind of spots in my brother's Nikon D70 too! It doesn't seem to be just a Canon problem.
Settings: 100-200ASA Color temp. 5500 K auto white balance,
or am I missing something????