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

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

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Shot with the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM:

Sunset with palms  (84mm, f/16.0, 1/100s, ISO 2000, Full Frame)  © Gil De Sousa



EF 24-105mm

The EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM is one of Canon's high end general purpose standard zoom lenses. It's very rugged, comes with an excellent ring-type ultra sound focus motor and features an image stabilizer that allows shutter speeds 3 times slower than usual. The lens's maximum aperture is fixed at f/4 for the whole focal range which is an unexciting aperture for wide angle lenses and a pretty good aperture for the 105 mm of focal length the lens offers for tele photography. I would not recommend this lens for use with APS-C cameras simply because the effective focal range of 38 mm to 168 mm just isn't very useful (check out the EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM instead).

The EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM is certainly a sharp lens and its resolution outperforms that of the more expensive EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM for some focal lengths. But distortion is a real issue at 24 mm and so is the curvature of the focal plane (other focal lengths are fine).

Close to the corners color fringes can occur in focused parts of the image but out-of-focus fringing is very well under control. The circular aperture shape of the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM allows for a nice bokeh. As with all wide angle lenses corner shadow is present but of course that can be reduced by stopping down or with software (in case it even bothers you).

While the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM is not a small or lightweight lens it is a lot more comfortable to use than the larger (and by 9 oz heavier) EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM. If you are on a tight budget also consider the EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM.

I have used the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM for many years and have made many shots that I am very happy with. It's certainly a versatile lens and I frequently take it on trips into the great outdoors (as you can see from my sample pictures). But if I am shooting for a customer I usually prefer the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM because of its narrower in-focus range that comes with the better maximum aperture and gives me slightly more creative options. In my opinion both of these lenses are worth their money and you have to decide what's most important to you. Of course an f/2.8 lens with IS at the size and price of the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM would be the best of both worlds but - for now - Canon do not make such a lens.

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Further Information


-Data table

NameCanon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Model year2005
Market price (Germany)€ 880
Market price (USA)$ 990
CompatibilityCompatible with full frame cameras
Lens typeZoom
Aperture range at shortest focal lengthf/4 to f/22
Aperture range at longest focal lengthf/4 to f/22
Model No.?
Number of aperture blades8
Aperture blades are circular?Yes
Has image stabilization?Yes
F-stop gain of image stabilizer3
Number of image stabilizer modes1
Allows manual override during autofocus?Yes
Has filter thread?Yes
Filter size77 mm
Officially compatible with extenders?No
Has a metal lens mount?Yes
Weight23 oz
Diameter3.3 "
Length (mount surface to front end)4 "
Length - fully extended5 "
Length - fully extended with hood7 "
Shortest focal length24 mm
Longest focal length105 mm
Effective shortest focal length on cameras with APS-C sensor38 mm
Effective longest focal length on cameras with APS-C sensor168 mm
Minimum focus distance1.48 '
Maximum magnification0.23 x
Front element rotates when focusing?No
Front element rotates when zooming?No
Extends when focusing?No
Extends when zooming?Yes
Zoom lockable?No
Number of AF ranges1
Number of AF presets0
Length of AF preset recall ringn.a.
Sealed against dust and moisture?Yes
Seal requires filter to be present??
Has AF stop switch?Yes
Has AF stop button?No
Has distance indicator?Yes
Distance information is in EXIF data??
Uses drop-in type filters?No
Drop-in filter sizen.a.
Length of zoom ring0.6 "
Length of focus ring0.7 "
Number of lenses18
Number of optical groups13
Lens Hood
Weight1.2 oz
Maximum diameter4 "
Length1.7 "
Model No.EW-83H
Lens Cap
Weight0.7 oz
Length0.2 "
Model No.E-77
Tripod Mount
Maximum diameter?
Model No.?
Case / Pouch
Weight1.9 oz
Model No.LP1219



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