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Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Review - Verdict

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Canon Rf24 105mm F4l Without Hood On Canon Eosr Oblique View

Value For Money

The Canon RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM is priced at £1119.00. With the EOS R body and the EF adapter the kit costs £3269, which effectively gives us the lens for £920. Buying as a kit would seem to be the way to go.

Using the adapter, the EF and EF-S lenses can be used, so that is an alternative possibility from the Canon range.

Some similar lenses for comparison might include:

Sony FE 24-105mm f/4G OSS, £1199
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, £1019
Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM, £599
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR, £1079


The new lens would therefore seem to be par for the course compared to similar marque lenses.

Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Verdict

If we look at this just as a lens for a camera system then the cost is about right and the performance is excellent. So, for users of this system this is a very fine standard zoom and in fact pretty much the only choice at the moment. It absolutely delivers the goods.

If we look at this as part of a new mirrorless system and ask is it good value for money compared to the current DSLR systems, then that is quite a different equation to balance. Weight and bulk are not particularly reduced, so any advantage is probably in terms of silent, mirror-free and therefore vibration free operation. Of course individuals will prefer the handling of one or the other and buy accordingly.

Whatever our requirements are though, one thing is certain and that is that this is a very, very fine lens and Highly Recommended.

Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Pros

  • Excellent sharpness
  • Low central CA
  • Performance well maintained at all focal lengths
  • Smooth bokeh
  • High quality manufacture
  • Weather sealed
  • Excellent ergonomics
  • Silent and ultra smooth AF
  • Image Stabilisation

Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Cons

  • Edge CA
  • Distortion

Overall Verdict

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3 Oct 2018 4:29PM
I see that finally Canon have improved the strap mounting points. All the 5D's I've still got %d MkII and MkIV have a metal protruding slot for the strap on each side of the body. which is really naff. What I would really like is a metal ring holder to allow me to configure my own strap.
Chris_L 7 5.5k United Kingdom
4 Oct 2018 2:14PM

Quote:When the shutter button is half depressed this dial will change the aperture setting. There are situations where this could prove to be very convenient, perhaps reducing the amount of vibration that would ensure should the usual main dial on the camera be used during video shooting. This dial is provided with very smooth click stops.
Josh I think that sounds a lot like a video / movie feature. Not because of less noise - though that is helpful, but because of smoother changes in exposure.


17 Feb 2019 10:49AM
Please add a full review of the Sony FE 24-105!
joshwa Plus
10 927 1 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2019 9:18AM

Quote:Please add a full review of the Sony FE 24-105!

Here you go: Smile

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