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

Review Date: Jul 3, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: This is my first IS lens and it just works, period!

This is the first L series lens i have purchased. I decided that the kit lens didnt give me enough reach and that the 24-105 fitted the focal length i needed. I was right.

After using it over the weekend and getting ISO100 shots at f8 and 1/8 sec handheld it makes me wonder how i did without IS.

I re-created some shot is did with the kit lens and the 24-105 just blows it away, the difference in colour and sharpness is very noticeable (as you would hope!) As for the bokeh its absolutely stunning.

Sample photo here;

The only downside of this lens is the high price, if it was around 50 to 75 cheaper then i would give it a 9.5.

Would i buy this lens again? without doubt.

As for my other lenses, i will certainly be looking at IS alternatives in the future.