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

Review Date: Mar 5, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 5 

Pros: IS / Weight and Build Quality.
Soft image quality.

This is my view of this lens!
It was my first "L" lens and i had high hopes,the box arrived and i was pleased with the finish and quality of the lens.
The IS worked a treat (1/4 sec) at 105mm with no camera shake!.
However when i compared photo results with my current "consumer Lens" a 28-105mm F3.5-4.5 USM II (180), i found the 24-105 soft in all corners and only the same in the centre.
My tests were done on a tripod with MLU and IS off (105mm for both lenses),Auto and Manual focus so no Mistakes on my part or auto focus fault.

I had an odd response from Canon which i could hardly read due to bad grammer and spelling mistakes!.
The date code on this lens was January 06.
I waited until i read good reports for this lens before buying one but due to the lack of sharpness i had no option but to return it for a refund. This Good copy/Bad copy is just to much for me so will stick with superior 28-105 USM.

Canon EF 28-105 F/3.5-4.5 II USM

Review Date: Feb 28, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp,Light,inexpensive filter size,Price.
None i can think of.

My example of this 28-105 is sharper than the 24-105L i bought to replace it.
I could not believe the test results so did them again to double check!.
I hope i had a bad example and would like to try another but this little lens is so good i think i will stick with it and try and forget about IS (which was great and worked a treat) and save 700 into the bargain.
Highly recommended at 180.