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

Review Date: Jul 13, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,059.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Good coverage, seems sturdy, Love L glass
I must have one of the "bad" copies. Mine seems to be really soft. I have a 17-18is that is much sharper?

I just dont get it? I always have bad luck when it comes to lenses. I picked up this 24-105L thinking I would have a pretty sharp lens. I have several lenses in my arsenal including the 70-200L 2.8is, 17-40L 4.0, and my original kit lens that I haven't gotten rid of because it is so sharp, the 17-85is. To make a long story short, the 24-105L is the softest lens out of all of them. I sent it to Canon 2 wks ago, and its still being serviced. The only lens that I havent sent back is the plastic 17-85is?? I read hundreds of reviews about the 24-105L and was skeptical about buying it. I love the coverage on the lens, but I hate having to use tons of unsharp mask on every picture.

I am praying that the lens will come back sharp. I hope, becasue I really like it (despite the sharpness), but we all know that sharpness is very important.

I will repost when it returns.

P.S. Canon service operators at the Irvine, CA location are rude, she asked me why did I buy the lens if I knew there could be problems with it?? Now thats good marketing huh??