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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II Lens Review

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

Canon announced the new EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Standard Zoom lens back in August. It features an improved four-stop image stabilization as well as ghosting and flare reduction with air sphere coating. Delivery has been delayed till mid December for an estimated retail price of $1,099.00.

  • EF-Mount L-Series Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to 22
  • Four GMo Aspherical Elements
  • Air Sphere Coating
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Internal Focus; Full-Time MF Override
  • Zoom Lock Switch; Fluorine Coating
  • Dust- and Water-Resistant Construction
  • Rounded 10-Blade Diaphragm
  • 3.29 x 4.65 inch (83.5 x 118 mm)
  • 28.04 ounces (795 grams)

I have owned the current EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens for about 10 years and it is my favorite walk around lens for travel and wildlife photography. I am waiting delivery of the Series II model.

After reading a few reviews of the new lens, the consensus seems to be it is a very good lens but not great and the improvements are incremental. Don't you just love that kind of platitudes? That description can be applied to almost any new lens. I have yet to come across a new glass that is head-and-shoulder over its predecessor and improvements are exponential.

My readers know I am The Wildlife Ho-tographer and have used Canon gear for over a quarter of a century. My equipment are evaluated out in the field on photo shoots, under real world conditions. I know the new lens will not be the sharpest on the market but I expect the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II to perform better in low light conditions with its 4 stop compensation, improved USM AF and new Air Sphere and Fluorine coatings.

There is no one particular aspect of a lens that makes a great photo. It is always the combination of equipment, skill and luck that result in excellent photography. I expect the lens to work well with the EOS-1D X Mark II and EOS-5Ds. You can see my equipment bag and works on  Look for my review once I have taken the lens out on a few wildlife photo tours.

By the way, if you just want a very good 24-105mm f/4L IS lens, they are selling a new Series I model for $619 (a great value). You will not find a link to Amazon for this item because I do not accept any advertisement or commissioned link on my Blog or website and do not solicit your email address for future spamming. I am completely unbiased in my reporting, have no conflict of interest and do not endorse any particular company.  

1 comment:

Michael Daniel Ho said...

I have taken delivery of the new Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II lens. It is about 1/2 inch longer but feels very good in my hand. Like all the new EF lens, the lens hood has a locking button and must be depressed first before removal. Look for my real world review once I start my wildlife photo tours in the New Year.