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

24-105lisusm
Review Date: Sep 12, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, great zoom range even on 20D, IS, it just works.
Cons:
Apparently appalling QA. Extends on zoom.

This is a fantastic lens -- most of the time. It just seems to be let down by lousy QA. I tried 4 - FOUR - of these before getting a good one. The others were clearly soft, unsymmetrical image (soft and more slight vignetting in one corner more than others), or one had IS that caused the image to jump alarmingly at every use.

When you finally get a good one, it is a superb lens in absolute and value-for-money terms. The IS makes it much more usable and in some ways makes up for not being f2.8. It is compact, easy to carry around, and on the 1.6 crop cameras it does not vignette noticeably. Distortion is an acceptable compromise. Most of all, it is sharp for a zoom. At least as sharp and probably sharper than my 17-40.

All those who posted poor ratings for this lens probably should have taken them back.