Ever since I have started to go deeper into photography, I have always wanted to get a new lens to replace the standard kit lens that I had been using since Dec 2006.
And just last week, I have decided to take a huge leap into the big unknown, and got myself a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.
Well, the lens’ full name is Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM. IS meaning Image Stabilizer, which reduces the blur that comes from normal shaking of the lens during hand-held shooting (Probably due to having shaky hands or just too much waxing). And USM (ring-type Ultrasonic Motor) which allows silent but quick autofocus. And “L” meaning it’s Canon’s top-of-the-line lenses and also stands for “Luxury”.
I got this at Cathay Photo for a price of S$1730 (~1,225USD), which is reasonably priced given it’s tough built, optical quality, etc. Added in a B+W 77mm MRC (010) UV Filter as lens protection for about S$100 +, and a tripod carrying bag for my tripod.
The lens also comes with a lens hood to block out sunlight and also allow pictures to have richer colors and deeper saturation, as well as a Lens case (carry bag) so that you don’t ruin your lens with scratches (Not me!)
I have never used a EF 24-105mm lens before and have only rented the EF 17-40mm IS USM and EF-S 17-55mm IS USM in the past. What made me get the EF 24-105mm then?
The main reason is the lens mount. The EF-S mount is for cameras with using APS-C (40D, 400D etc), and is also compatible with EF lenses (But not vice versa) but has a crop factor of x1.6 – Meaning the field of view is equivalent to 38-168mm (Instead of 24-105mm).
As there is a very high chance of me switching to a full-frame body (5D, 1D etc) in the future (crop factor x1.0), I’ll be still able to use my EF 24-105mm on it. But if I got the EF-S 17-55mm instead, I’d not be able to use it on a full-frame body. Okay, enough of the geek talk ^^;
So, how does the new shiny EF 24-105mm L lens compare to the standard kit lens that I have been (painfully) using? One thing’s for sure, they are worlds apart! There’s more I would like to say about the lens, but I had better stop now before you guys get bored ^^; Am still learning how to use the lens.
Below’s a picture I took using the new lens.
You might also notice there’s another lens (EF 50mm f/1.8) in the top picture. That is a cheap lens I got for portrait shots (Canon’s cheapest and lightest lens) as I’ve read that it is very sharp and great for low-light conditions.