Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS vs ?

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  1. Hobbes

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    Well I have finally got my tax refund from one government lol so now I am thinking about getting a new walkaround lens preferably an used one if I will be able to find one. I have heard some wonderful things about the EF 24-105 and read a few reviews. I am sure it's waaay better than my EF-S 17-85 IS lens but the only thing I don't like about the L lens is it's quite narrow, 24mm or 38mm on a crop body course I do take quite a lot of landscape shots but also animals (not wildlife) and portraits. So I am wondering if there is any other lens out there that is better or similar to the Canon lens? and I'd like to hear your opinion about that lens :)
    Any kind of advice or suggestions would be appreciated!
     
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    Have you considered the EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS? Basically the equiv focal lengths of the 24-105 on a crop sensor.
     
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    Well yes but I don't really want to buy another EF-S lens because of it's incompatibility with fullframe bodies which I do hope to get one day lol and I think 55mm isn't really long enough for a walkaround lens but thanks for the suggestion though :)
     
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    If you plan your tax refunds properly you could end up with the Trifecta of Canon glass. I have it an love it on both crop bodies and ff bodies. That trifecta being the 16-35 f2.8L, 24-70 f2.8L & 70-200 f2.8L.

    I have it on good authority that if you purchase any two of those lenses at the same time Canon throws in either a good marriage counselor or a good divorce lawyer. :D
     
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    yes.... the trifecta is very nice... IMO not really a "walk around lens".

    OP, you are pretty much out of luck and experiencing what many consider a disadvantage of a crop sensored camera. The 16-35 f/2.8 and 17-40 f/4L make good walk around lenses (popular focals for journalists too) but I too found them a bit too short in focal length. I personally don't like the IQ of many zooms that range from ultra-wide to telephoto focal ranges.
     
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    I will put in a plug for the 24-105L IS. I LOVE that lens. When I reach for one lens to carry for walk around, it's that lens. YOu will not be unhappy with it. It's focal range and image quality are awesome.
     
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    yeah... those lenses are the ones I want in the future, whenever that will be lol but sadly my tax refund was far from enough for all three and I have other priorities so I think I will only be able to spend like a thousand bucks which would only be enough for an used 24-105 f4/L IS. Don't worry though I am still too young to get a marriage counselor :p

    I think for those 3 lenses you probably would need at least two bodies to walk around with lol. A full frame for those wide angle lenses and a crop body for the telephoto one -.- but whatever I won't even bother to dream about those dream gears right now lol. From what I have heard those L zoom lenses aren't that inferior compared to primes at least when you don't need to print huge posters or something that which I don't lol.

    yeah that's what I have read in those reviews too. So I guess there are no cheaper alternative to that lens huh. Well I just hope to find an used one somewhere lol. Btw does any of you know if there is a Canadian ebay where I don't have to pay duty and crap when purchasing there?
     
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    It all depends on what you want. Personally, I like having a lens that I can use as a walk around. When I do not want to carry around a lot of equipment, this lens is PERFECT. The focal range makes it a great single lens for walk around. F4 is the only limitation at all. With the high IDO noise reduction on the cameras today, I am not afraid to use this in lower light situations. I still have F2.8 lenses for those shots. Just pointing out that this lens will perform very well for you in most situations.

    If I were going to have to pick one lens to use, this would be it.
     
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    Just wait, you will need it someday. :mrgreen: :lmao:

    That is actually pretty much my norm other than field sports. Then it is often 3 bodies. L glass is cream of the crop with a cream of the crop price tag. But it is built to last with the best optics available.


    The 24-105 is a good piece of glass. Like others, the one drawback for me was the f4. To me that was a critical drawback since I shoot a lot of sports. After selling my 10-22 and getting the Tokina 11-16 f2.8 nothing in my kit now is slower than f2.8. That compliments my shooting style, and is not necessary for everyone.

    Keep in mind too, I was having a little fun with my first post. It took the wife & I raising 3 kids and getting them through college and married before there was enough money at the end of the month to put together the glass I have now. Just comes with time and age usually. Which really seems backwards when you come to think of it. But that's life. :D
     
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    I just got back from a week in Rome and then a week in Tuscany. I took three lenses with me, My Tokina 11-16 f/2.8, my Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L and my Canon 70-300 IS( because its light and really a very sharp lens).

    I mostly used the 11-16 and the 24-70, what I really found was I should of had the canon 16-35L also because the gap from 16 to 24 was a glaring hole.

    In Rome I prolly would of used the 16-35 most of the time. Someone had mention this hole in my lens lineup once and I thought "No big deal" I was wrong. Guess what me next lens will be?:lol:.

    Planning on a month in Tuscany next year and having a low balcony in the piazza from the Palio and the 16-35 L will be in the lineup.
     
  11. I love my 24 - 70 f/2.8 L on a full frame sensor, but it's a little short.
     
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    Speaking of "holes", would it be managable to own these 3 lenses: 16-35 L, 50mm, 70-200 L?
     

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