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Buying my first L


boony 8 978 3 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2009 2:20AM
one thing i can tell you is that if you buy a 24-105 L you will be getting one tough lens. mines been dropped onto concrete a few times from chest height , has rolled around in a puddle and been dropped in the sand on a beach twice. it still works fine.handy for a clumsy git like me

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mattw 11 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2009 10:53AM
From the reviews, there is not a lot of difference between the sharpness of the lenses - so make your choice based on the features:

24-105: Not as fast as the 24-70, but does have a longer range, and IS. This lens is also a fair bit lighter.

24-70: The faster lens, but the extra aperture does make the lens a bit of a lump to carry around all day.

Finally - the 24-105/70 range makes a lot of sense on a full frame body (such as the 5D) - however on a crop body such as the 400D or 40D - this will give you the equalivent field of view as a 38-168mm (24-105) lens or a 38-112mm lens (24-70).

Will you miss the wide end? If landscapes are your thing, you may be better off with the 17-40 (or even better the 16-35)
pulsar69 10 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2009 12:45AM
I shoot with a 50mm 1.4 and the 24-105 and find it a perfect combination , but thats on a 5dII , so iso makes up for the f4 anwyays .... the 24-105 lens is certainly sharp ..
pulsar69 10 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2009 12:46AM

Quote:One thing i can tell you is that if you buy a 24-105 L you will be getting one tough lens. mines been dropped onto concrete a few times from chest height , has rolled around in a puddle and been dropped in the sand on a beach twice. it still works fine.handy for a clumsy git like me


Lool , get the neck strap out the box for goodness sakes Smile
User_Removed 5 1.4k England
12 Oct 2009 1:34AM

Quote:One thing i can tell you is that if you buy a 24-105 L you will be getting one tough lens. mines been dropped onto concrete a few times from chest height , has rolled around in a puddle and been dropped in the sand on a beach twice. it still works fine.handy for a clumsy git like me


Good man! Smile
peterjones 12 4.0k 1 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2009 8:42AM
when I was in the Canon camp I sold my 24/70 and replaced it with a 24/105 which I preferred in nearly every way.
Henchard 9 2.7k 1 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2009 8:47AM

Quote:When I was in the Canon camp I sold my 24/70 and replaced it with a 24/105 which I preferred in nearly every way.


I'm in the Canon camp and did exactly the opposite. My 24-70 is way better than the 24-105.
Kris_Dutson 12 8.2k 1 England
12 Oct 2009 11:06AM

Quote: My 24-70 is way better than the 24-105


I must have got one of the few good 24-105s then. Wink
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
12 Oct 2009 11:42AM
The only problem with the 24-105L is the slight distortion at the extreme 24mm end - easily corrected though in PS etc.

Most tests seem to suggest the 24-105L is a generally sharper lens than the 24-70L.
mattw 11 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2009 12:30PM

Quote:I must have got one of the few good 24-105s then.

I have been very happy with my 24-105.
John_Frid 8 514 56 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2009 12:47PM
The 24-105 is the lens most usually on my camera. The extra length is useful for street photography, and the IS lets me shoot static (or slower moving ) objects at lower shutter speeds.

I have used the 24-70 on a few occassions, and it is a sharp lens (although I didnt think that much sharper than the 24-105). However it is a bit weighty for a walk around.

They are both good lenses - each has it's pro's and cons. Work out which is which for you and chose accordingly.
12 Oct 2009 4:39PM
Found my 24-105 very soft at the wide end, sold it after a few months.

John
G6DDS 5 231 Scotland
12 Oct 2009 6:53PM
Just tried to purchase the 24-105 from ffordes but was sadly sold. The hunt continues.
saturns 9 51
12 Oct 2009 6:54PM
Also sold on the 24-105, horrible softness around the edge of the frame on a 5D. Wasn't that sharp either. Maybe I had a bad copy, but after it came back from the Canon Service Centre and was no better I cut my losses and stuck it on Ebay. It's the only lens in this price bracket I have had any such issues with.
GillR 7 71 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2009 10:11PM
You could also consider the 1EF-S 17-55 f2.8? That focal length would fit in well with your other lenses, plus it gives you a wider option if you want a general walk-around lens.

Not that I've got anything bad to say about the others - I have a 24-105 myself - but only because I went from a 40D to FF and the 17-55 f2.8 can only be used on crop cameras.

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