We’re still actively testing the new Canon RF 24-105mm f4 L IS USM for the Canon RF camera system. On the Canon EOS R, it seems to be a great walkaround lens. Is it big? Yes. But it’s also highly capable in most situations. It gives the Canon EOS R the image stabilization that it needs in certain situations.
Our thoughts so far:
- It’s a big lens
- The image quality is nice, but I don’t think so far that it is really a standout lens vs many of the others
- The weather sealing is nice when you’re walking around and shooting
- This thing is rugged. We took this through a very rough hike even through crossing rivers and it survived all sorts of water splashes.
- The locking function is nice to ensure that it says compact while stowed away
- I’m still not totally sure that it’s worth the price tag yet.
- Photographers who will adore this lens: wedding shooters, photojournalists, those who need a very versatile option, etc
- I’m not totally sure why Canon didn’t try to make it a 24-120mm f4 like Nikon’s version. They had years to do so.
- It’s sharp at f4
- The colors are alright, but they don’t pop like Sony’s do.
- We did an informal comparison vs the Sony 24-105mm on the Sony a7r III and they seem to be on par with sharpness. But as I stated earlier, Sony’s colors pop more.
- Sigma’s colors pop a lot more
- We still really want to do more flash tests involving this lens but here are some tests that we did so far.
What we’re finding thus far is that the little bit of a lack of sharpness makes skin look really great. With Sony’s you’ll surely need to do more retouching than you may want to do.