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

24-105lisusm
Review Date: Feb 2, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,190.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Great IS, sharp, color & contrast first rate, excellent control of chromatic abrasion (better than the 24-70), nice focal range.
Cons:
Distortion, and flare issues.

I was very excited about this lens as the ultimate travel walk about lens for my 1DmkII. I waited for the reworked lenses to fix the flare issue. Purchased from B&H last week a batch #UT1004. For me it turns out the joy went to frustation quickly. The lens distorts heavily on the wide end. PS2 can fix it easily, but its an extra step for every shot I want to work with. But the real deal breaker for me is the flare issues with this glass. Living on the coast, and when I travel, I like to involve sunsets and sunrises in many of my photos (its the souce of natural lights beauty, right). At 24mm Flares like CRAZY! even stopped down to f/16 on overcast days. So, I sent in the lens to Canon complete with a printed sample picture of this vile flare. They were very professional and simply stated it was with in the lens specs. I now have a RMA to send it back to B&H. Perhaps we are all expecting to much from this lens, then again at $1200.00 perhaps not. I just think for now I will stick with lenses that make me happy. Damn, I really wanted to like this glass more than I do. But, if you dont mind a little extra PS2 distortion work, and not shooting into the sun... then truly by all means this lens is really hard to beat.