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Canon EF 24-105 mm f/ 4 L IS USM Lens

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Canon EF 24-105 mm f/ 4 L IS USM lens

Canon EF 24-105 mm f/ 4 L IS USM lens

Canon EF 24-105 mm f/ 4 L IS USM lens

Canon EF 24-105 mm f/ 4 L IS USM lens

Canon EF 24-105 mm f/ 4 L IS USM lens


Canon EF 24-105 mm f/ 4 L IS USM MTF Chart

Canon EF 24-105 mm f/ 4 L IS USM MTF Chart

Optical design

Canon EF 24-105 mm f/ 4 L IS USM optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Zoom lens

Focusing: Auto Focus (AF)

Lens mounts: Canon EF, EF-S

First year of production: 2005

Optical design: 18 elements in 13 groups

Features: Ultra-Sonic Motor, Optical stabilisation
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Average price: $1033


Focal lengthMax. apertureMin. apertureBladesMin. Focus (m.)Filter Ø (mm.)Weight (gr/oz)Length (mm/in)
24mm - 105mmf/4.0f/2280.4577670/23,6107/4,2

Additional information:

The Canon EF  24-105 mm  f/ 4 L IS USM  is one of the best all-purpose kit lenses, equipped with a 3-stop image stabilizer,  for Canon EOS SLR cameras.

Alongside with the EF 17 - 40 mm f/4L USM and the EF 70 - 200 mm f/4L USM, this lens completes the professional lineup of Canon f/4L zoom lenses.

Its optical scheme includes two aspherical elements and one UD element, which minimizes aberrations  and has a positive effect upon color and contrast rendering.

Canon engineers paid special attention to the enhancement of the Super Spectra lens coating, as well as to the forms of lenses itself. Halation and flare effects are minimized even when shooting against backlight.

Pictures taken with this lens are very bright with saturated colors and good detailing across the frame.

It is already very sharp from f/4.0. It has a circular 8-blade aperture.

An updated built-in ring-type ultra-sonic motor (USM) makes focusing fast and silent.  Focusing is internal, the rear part elements rotate.  Manual focusing can be switched on at any time by turning the focus ring.

The front part of the frame does not rotate during focusing, which enables the use of special attachments, as well as gradient and polarizing filters.

The Canon EF 24-105 mm f/4L IS USM has a very useful range of focal lengths and is fit for many types and genres of photography. This is a very good lens for travelers.  It is ideally fit for video shooting on modern SLR cameras.

Compatible hood: EW-83H

The lens comes completed with a hood and a soft case.

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Posted by: Sergei Borodin   Date of publication: 20.08.2010

Photos taken with this lens Canon EF 24-105 mm f/ 4 L IS USM:

Collapsing waterdrops
Autor: Ko Jonus
5 0 839

Autor: Ko Jonus
4.8 0 1212

Sad monkey
Autor: Milos Stradiot
4.75 0 1876

Still life - Romanian glasses
Autor: Ko Jonus
4 4 1577

Mechanical quality4.2114
Optical quality4.0013
Pricing / Value3.5114
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Owner reviews: Canon EF 24-105 mm f/ 4 L IS USM

NerveNet 15.08.2021 12:39:00
Period of use: 12 months

  • Useful focal range
  • Costant f/4 max aperture across teh focal range
  • Minimum focus distance is 45 cm
  • Has optical image stabilization
  • Fast USM focus motor
  • Best performance from 35 to 50mm
  • Weather sealed


  • Hard vignetting at 24mm
  • Soft corners at 24mm from f/4
  • Barrel distorsion at 24mm
  • A bit soft at f/4 from 70mm to 105mm


My copy was bought in 2009.

It focused fast, precise and quiet, has a very handy focal range. Very well made, externally plastic (a good one), feels not cheap made in any case, metal mount gasket, it is also not a very heavy lens.

But its performance at 24mm is weak, not better than an old Canon EF 28mm f/2.8. At 24mm you will have a lot of vignetting, still present at f/8. Corners at 24mm are also unsharp wide open, closing two stops the diaphragm will help but will still behind my beloved Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 Ai-S. Regarding distortion at 24mm you will notice some barrel distortion, there is also some amount of chromatic aberration visible in high contrast areas.

This lens performs best from 35mm to 50mm.

Starting at 70mm you will notice some softness across the frame.

The optical image stabilization works pretty good. This lens is weather sealed.

Keep in mind that this is a walk-all-around zoom with a wide focal range (24 to 105mm). If you want a top performer you need primes or a pro lens with a shorter focal range.