Have you been lucky enough to have entered the growing full frame club recently buying the new Canon EOS 6D?
Looking to find a suitable Canon standard zoom to accompany your new purchase?
Well how about the Canon EF 24-105mm F4L IS lens.
Here’s a review of that lens conducted by photozone:
“The Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 USM L IS is surely one of the better standard zoom lenses for full format EOS DSLRs but it’s not perfect within this scope nonetheless. The resolution figures are generally very decent except for a pronounced border softness at 70mm @ f/4. Neither distortions nor vignetting are something to rave about at 24mm although these are no real issue at other focal lengths. Lateral CAs can be visible at times but the problem is generally well controlled (relative to other lenses in its class). The quality of the bokeh (@ 105mm) is very usable – within the limits of a lens with a moderate max. aperture. As to be expected from a modern Canon L lens the construction quality is up to pro standards. The AF is exceptionally fast, accurate and near silent. The image stabilizer works well within its specifications although some may miss a panning mode which is implemented in Canon’s IS L tele lenses. The EF 24-105mm is a pricey lens but also a substantial one”.
I’ve used a EF 24-105mm F4, both on my own APS-C / cropped sensor EOS 7D & when I tested a Canon EOS 6D a few months back. I found the focal length great for general purpose photography, optical performance is very decent and build quality solid. Presently available for between £700- 750 the Canon EF 24-105mm IS lens is not badly priced either.
Mark Baynham (March 2013)