Canon 24-105mm f/4 – My Thoughts.

I rented the Canon 24-105mm this past weekend for 3 days. I was wanting to compare it with my Tamron 18-270mm on my 50D. I took about 1000 photos with it and gave it a good run under many different shooting conditions. I was mostly interested in the sharpness of the lens. But I checked other aspects of it as well.

The first thing I noticed is the build quality. This is a nice solid lens. It just feels good in your hands. When I put it on the camera I could feel the weather seal at the base of the lens seal the gap tight. That’s a plus. Once I started shooting with it I was very impressed at the speed of the focusing. Really quick. The colors are more saturated as well which is probably a result of superior lens coatings. The sharpness was great too. Everything that I wanted in focus was nicely in focus and sharp. The constant f/4 throughout the zoom range was nice to have as well.

But, how does it compare to my Tamron 18-270 that is half the price? Keep in mind here I was looking for a significant difference in the overall sharpness of the two lenses. I could find no significant difference. Especially with the extra $800.00 it would cost me for the 24-105mm and I would be loosing 165mm of zoom!

Here are the test shots I took. The Canon 24-105 on the left and the Tamron 18-270 on the right.

Canon 24-105 vs Tamron 18-270

Both shots are with the exact same settings and using my tripod. All I did was change the lens. Sure, there are a few differences. Mostly color temperature and saturation but nothing that I cannot fix in post if I have to. I’ll keep my Tamron until such time that I get that 5D.

Here are some of my favorites using the lens.

234.365 On The Train.

Red Tailed Hawk

The Boy.

After Dinner Drink.

I do really like that lens though and it will make my decision much easier when it comes to a new camera and lenses.

Chris.

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Canon 24-105mm f/4 – My Thoughts.

I rented the Canon 24-105mm this past weekend for 3 days. I was wanting to compare it with my Tamron 18-270mm on my 50D. I took about 1000 photos with it and gave it a good run under many different shooting conditions. I was mostly interested in the sharpness of the lens. But I checked other aspects of it as well.

The first thing I noticed is the build quality. This is a nice solid lens. It just feels good in your hands. When I put it on the camera I could feel the weather seal at the base of the lens seal the gap tight. That’s a plus. Once I started shooting with it I was very impressed at the speed of the focusing. Really quick. The colors are more saturated as well which is probably a result of superior lens coatings. The sharpness was great too. Everything that I wanted in focus was nicely in focus and sharp. The constant f/4 throughout the zoom range was nice to have as well.

But, how does it compare to my Tamron 18-270 that is half the price? Keep in mind here I was looking for a significant difference in the overall sharpness of the two lenses. I could find no significant difference. Especially with the extra $800.00 it would cost me for the 24-105mm and I would be loosing 165mm of zoom!

Here are the test shots I took. The Canon 24-105 on the left and the Tamron 18-270 on the right.

Canon 24-105 vs Tamron 18-270

Both shots are with the exact same settings and using my tripod. All I did was change the lens. Sure, there are a few differences. Mostly color temperature and saturation but nothing that I cannot fix in post if I have to. I’ll keep my Tamron until such time that I get that 5D.

Here are some of my favorites using the lens.

234.365 On The Train.

Red Tailed Hawk

The Boy.

After Dinner Drink.

I do really like that lens though and it will make my decision much easier when it comes to a new camera and lenses.

Chris.

231.365 Canon 24-105mm f/4

231.365 Canon 24-105mm f/4

 

Friday August 19 2011.

Before you get too excited, No, I did not buy this lens. I rented it for a few days. I wanted to try it out and compare it to my Tamron 18-270mm. Last year I tested the 24-70mm f/2.8 and was not overly impressed with it.

So far after taking about 20 or so shots with this sweet lens, I am very impressed. It’s fast focusing and quiet. It’s sharp as well. I will be taking a ton of photos with it this weekend so expect to see lots.

Chris.

231.365 Canon 24-105mm f/4

231.365 Canon 24-105mm f/4

 

Friday August 19 2011.

Before you get too excited, No, I did not buy this lens. I rented it for a few days. I wanted to try it out and compare it to my Tamron 18-270mm. Last year I tested the 24-70mm f/2.8 and was not overly impressed with it.

So far after taking about 20 or so shots with this sweet lens, I am very impressed. It’s fast focusing and quiet. It’s sharp as well. I will be taking a ton of photos with it this weekend so expect to see lots.

Chris.

Renting Lenses.

I’ve been captured by the lens rental bug. This weekend I’m renting two lenses. A Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro and the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L.

The 100mm will be to complete the macro assignment in my NYIP photography course and just to play with. I’ve never used a macro lens before. I’m looking forward to it.

The 24-70mm is for the decision to save for this lens. It is one of two lenses I’m thinking of purchasing down the road. The 70-200. f/2.8 IS L is the other that I will rent when the new version becomes available. These are the two high end lenses I’m considering for business purposes.

I’m renting the lenses from Vistek here in Edmonton for a great price. The 100mm will cost me $20.00CAD for the weekend and the 24-70mm will set me back $36.00CAD for the weekend. Compared to a purchase price of $720.00 CAD for the 100mm and $1550.00 for the 24-70mm renting is a great idea if you are unsure of your needs. Even if you need it but only occasionally, the price is great. The 100mm I’ll only need for this assignment but the 24-70mm is a future purchase consideration.

Watch here for my thoughts on these lenses and of course some sample images after I return them next week.

Chris.