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boony
boony  7978 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
29 Sep 2009 - 2:20 AM

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
mattw  105189 forum posts United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
29 Sep 2009 - 10:53 AM

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
pulsar69  101611 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Oct 2009 - 12:45 AM

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
pulsar69  101611 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Oct 2009 - 12:46 AM


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
12 Oct 2009 - 1:34 AM


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
peterjones e2 Member 123934 forum postspeterjones vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Oct 2009 - 8:42 AM

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
Henchard  92744 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Oct 2009 - 8:47 AM


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 Oct 2009 - 11:06 AM


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
Carabosse e2 Member 1139438 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
12 Oct 2009 - 11:42 AM

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
mattw  105189 forum posts United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
12 Oct 2009 - 12:30 PM


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

I have been very happy with my 24-105.

John_Frid
John_Frid  8514 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
12 Oct 2009 - 12:47 PM

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.

John_Wannop
John_Wannop e2 Member 954 forum postsJohn_Wannop vcard Wales
12 Oct 2009 - 4:39 PM

Found my 24-105 very soft at the wide end, sold it after a few months.

John

G6DDS
G6DDS e2 Member 5231 forum postsG6DDS vcard Scotland
12 Oct 2009 - 6:53 PM

Just tried to purchase the 24-105 from ffordes but was sadly sold. The hunt continues.

saturns
saturns  951 forum posts
12 Oct 2009 - 6:54 PM

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
GillR  771 forum posts United Kingdom
12 Oct 2009 - 10:11 PM

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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