Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Review (


Photozone reviewed Canon’s new EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens for full-frame DSLRs. This isn’t an “L” grade lens, it’s a more inexpensive version of this for full-frame sensors very popular zoom range. So how does it perform? Better than you may expect, especially if you take in account that this lens costs $599 on Amazon.

In the verdict they write:

The Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 STM IS has a couple of the “right ingredients” for being a potentially good performer – it doesn’t really have an ambitious zoom range, the max. aperture is very moderate and despite all this, it is a comparatively big lens resulting in only moderate optical constraints. So how’s the end result ? Pretty good … although not flawless. Technically the lens is surprisingly sharp. The image center is especially impressive at mainstream aperture settings. The borders/corners are also decent. However, the field curvature can spoil the corner results at the wide end of the range and near infinity focus. Distortions are visible at the extreme ends of the zoom range. Lateral CA are generally moderate except in the corners at 24mm. The 24mm setting is also a bit of a weak spot with respect to vignetting at max. aperture. The EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 STM IS is obviously a slow lens and as such you shouldn’t expect wonders regarding its bokeh potential but the technical quality is comparable to other standard zoom lenses.

It’s a pretty good lens for those who are on a budget or just want to carry around less weight, and it has virtually silent, STM-driven auto-focus (good for the videographers). The EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens is the new kit option for the EOS 6D. Tech specs:

  • The first standard zoom EF lens for full frame sensor cameras to include a lead screw-type stepping motor (STM).
  • The focusing mechanism employs an inner focus lens, a stepping motor and lead screw to support the Canon EOS Movie Servo AF function and provide smooth and quiet continuous AF during video recording, as well as when shooting photos.
  • Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to four shutter speed stops of correction*.
  • New 7-group zoom optics allows for a conveniently compact design and outstanding optical performance.
  • Two aspheric lenses plus a UD lens combine to provide high-quality results for both still images and movies.
  • Circular aperture (7 blades) delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds.
  • Optimized lens placement and coatings deliver exceptional color balance, while minimising ghosting and flare.
  • Inner focusing system, high-speed CPU and improved AF algorithm allow high-speed autofocus.
  • Full-time manual focus allows manual focus adjustment while in AF Mode.

Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay [via Photozone]

Bird and Wildlife Photography Tutorials by Canon (seven Videos)

Location scouting for the perfect shot

To promote their “Birds as Art” workshop, Canon posted seven (7) short tutorial videos with plenty of tricks and tips. The workshop and the tutorial videos are hosted by renowned bird photographer Arthur Morris.

Here are the videos. Enjoy.

One Shot and AI Servo AF

Sunrise and Sunset Blurs and Silhouettes

Getting the right exposure

Arthur Morris’ Gear Bag

Camera settings


[via Imaging Resource]

Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens Movie

CanonAsia on YouTube posted this movie. Witness the stunning shots captured using the EF 11-24mm f/4L lens and be astounded by the impressive landscapes delivered by Canon’s widest zoom lens ever and see how effortless such shots can be now.

Canon’s new EF 11-24mm f/4L is now available for pre-order at Amazon US. The Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L is available and ships for $2,999. More pre-order link: Adorama | DigitalRev | B&H Photo.

Sample pics at ephotozine, product images at Photography Blog and DPReviewDavid Norton on the EF 11-24mm f/4L. Sample pics at Canon UK.

Canon EOS 5DS and 5DS R Going on Sale June 29 at B&H Photo


B&H Photo updated their product pages for the new 50MP full-frame Canon EOS 5DS and 5DS R. The new expected date for the 5DS and 5DS R to go on sale is June 29 2015. However, both DSLRs are still not available for pre-order (see below).

EOS 5DS and 5DS R previews and hands-on: Canon Japan’s EOS 5DS image and video samples and EOS 5DS R image samples. EOS 5DS and 5DS R preview at Photography Blog, hands-on and sample pics at ephotozine, preview at DPReviewCPN Europe ArticleThe Digital Picture. A tip about which lenses are best for the EOS 5DS at The Phoblographer. A more technical and in-depth article by CPN. First impression from the videographer’s point of view at EOSHDFotosidan interview with Mike Burnhill at CPS, Canon Europe to talk about the upcoming, high resolution Canon Eos 5Ds and 5Ds R (12min video). Hands-on video in Italian. Hands-on video in German.

Pre-orders. Note: pre-orders are not yet open. Sign up to be notified when Adorama starts accepting pre-orders, or check the links below to subscribe to the notification.


“Pastry Chef” Movie highlights Canon EOS 760D/Rebel T6s Hybrid CMOS AF III Performance

Canon Imaging Plaza on YouTube posted “Pastry Chef”, a short movie shot with Canon’s new Rebel T6s/EOS 760D camera. The movie highlights the performance of Hybrid CMOS AF III auto-focus. The new Rebels (announcement) are scheduled to be available at the end of April 2015. Pre-orders: