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

24-105lisusm
Review Date: Aug 1, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Size, weight, build quality, AF, IS, and of course, IQ.
Cons:
None, but F2.8 would be nice.

I bought my 24-104 in June 2006 to shoot a wedding (low paying gig, but a great excuse). I had a 28-135IS I was happy with, but thought I should have the "L" quality.

It stayed on my 10D, and now on my 40D about 95% of the time (I also have a Canon 100-400L and a 50 1.4, plus a 19-35 Tamron that I use on occasion). I can't say enough good things.

Build quality - About three weeks after purchase (early July 2006), the strap on my camera (10D, grip, 2 batteries, 24-105L, not exactly a light combination) worked loose, and BANG! 3 feet straight down, lens first onto the cement sidewalk. Aieee! Oh, the howah! The shock to my system was greater than the effect on the equipment. Only a few scratches on the hood and camera, no other damage at all to the lens or body. Talk about dodging a bullet. I am so glad I did not settle for the Rebel XT series camera, btw.

Image quality - The results speak volumes

These are small pics, but should be enough to give you an idea. You can contact me if you want to see larger.

On the 10D:

http://www.fandyphotography.ca/People/slides/TwoCrystalBallsInTheAir_8281.jpg
(Yes, those are real - check the refracted images inside the crystal balls)

http://www.fandyphotography.ca/Stuff/slides/OnTheRocks.jpg
(another hobby...)

http://www.fandyphotography.ca/Best%20So%20Far/slides/FlatironBuilding.jpg
(I have a 24x36 print of this on my wall)

On the 40D:

http://www.fandyphotography.ca/Musicians%20and%20Bands/slides/DaddyLonglegs_2211.jpg
(Look at the dust on his glasses...)

http://www.fandyphotography.ca/Musicians%20and%20Bands/slides/BigJames_3493.jpg

http://www.fandyphotography.ca/Nature/slides/SharpAndBright_8057.jpg

If the links don't work, you can see them on my so-called website - www.fandyphotography.ca

So, I do most of my shooting with it, what more can I tell you than that?

If you ask me about buying a lens, I say, "Go to L".