Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II review (Photozone)

Canon EF 24-105mm F/4L IS II Review (Photozone)

At a glance:

  • EF-Mount L-Series Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to 22
  • Four GMo Aspherical Elements
  • Air Sphere Coating
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Internal Focus; Full-Time MF Override
  • Zoom Lock Switch; Fluorine Coating
  • Dust- and Water-Resistant Construction
  • Rounded 10-Blade Diaphragm

After LensRentals’ not so exciting MTF figures on the new Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II, we have another review by lens reviewing authority Photozone, which also doesn’t really praise this lens.

While Photozone confirms the good build quality of this “L” grade lens, they are pretty disappointed by the overall performance. From the conclusion:

Let’s be honest – the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 USM L IS (mk I) was not the greatest lens Canon ever produced. Unfortunately neither is the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 USM L IS II. While there are differences on detail level, the performance is roughly similar which is a little depressing given all the years that passed by since the mk I was designed. 50 megapixels are a torture ground for all lenses but it’s too much for the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 USM L IS II really. The center quality is sufficient but the corner quality just isn’t there at the extreme ends. The amount of CAs is acceptable. The lens performs, of course, much better on 21 megapixel cameras with very decent results from f/5.6 at least. However, you have to live with the outlook that the glory ends once you decide to upgrade you camera. […] The quality of the bokeh is comparatively decent for a standard zoom lens at least. Read the review…

In other words: there are no improvements over the predecessor, the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS, which at least has a street price of $623, compared to the $1,099 of the new EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II (the price is likely to go down in the next months). Photozone clearly states they “would recommend to skip this lens”.

Price check:

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

IDC MarketScape Report Positions Canon as a Leader in High-Speed Production Inkjet Market

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MELVILLE, N.Y., December 1, 2016 – Offering a comprehensive portfolio of production printing devices, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that Canon has been named a leader in the high-speed inkjet press market, according to the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide High-Speed Inkjet Press 2016 Vendor Assessment (doc #US40331116, September 2016). The IDC MarketScape report notes that a variety of factors have helped contribute to Canon’s success, including its robust lineup of production inkjet devices and a strong commitment to research and development. The report details Canon’s ability to provide new solutions to the market based on different considerations for end-users. In 2015, Canon customers printed 69 billion pages in the United States and over 150 billion pages worldwide using Canon inkjet technology alone, cementing the Company’s reputation as a valuable player in this market segment.

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Canon patent for augmented Optical Viewfinder (OVF)

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Another Canon patent for an optical viewfinder able to display all sorts of information. This is not the first patent of this kind, or that refers to viewfinder technology: 1 | 2 | 3

  • Patent publication number 2016 – 191759
    • Release date 2016.11.10
    • Application date 2015.3.31
  • Canon patent
    • Provide the variable reflectance mirror in the optical path of the finder optical system
    • In-screen information display is superimposed and displayed via reflectance variable mirror

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Excerpt from the patent literature:

[Claim(s)] [Claim 1] In a finder internal display which displays an information display in a screen on an object image in a finder in piles via a variable reflectance mirror,
A camera, wherein the aforementioned variable reflectance mirror has a finder internal display which can change reflectance and transmissivity arbitrarily.
[Claim 2] The camera according to claim 1 provided with a finder which has an optical system which observes an image formed on a focusing plate with a taking lens via an image inversion optical system and an ocular optical system.
[Claim 3] The camera comprising according to claim 2:
A photometry optical system which measures a luminosity of an image formed on the aforementioned focusing plate.
A finder optical system setting up transmissivity and reflectance of the aforementioned variable reflectance mirror from an output of the aforementioned photometry optical system.

[Claim 4] It has an amount setting-out means of information display light in a screen to set a light volume ratio of the aforementioned information display in a screen to an object image in the aforementioned finder, The camera according to claim 3 provided with a finder optical system setting up transmissivity and reflectance of the aforementioned variable reflectance mirror from a preset value of the aforementioned amount setting-out means of information display light in a screen.
[Claim 5] The camera according to claim 2 providing the aforementioned camera with line of sight detection equipment which detects the direction of a look of an observer whom a finder observes, and setting up transmissivity and reflectance of the aforementioned variable reflectance mirror from a result of the aforementioned line of sight detection equipment.

Canon joins space race by building a low-cost “mini-rocket” for Japan

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Nikkei Asian Review reports:

Canon is helping Japan build a low-cost “mini-rocket” for future satellite launches as private companies seek to give the country’s lagging space industry greater thrust.

Engineers from Canon Electronics, a unit of the Japanese imaging devices maker, have joined a team led by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, that is building what stands to be the world’s smallest satellite launch vehicle — about the size of a utility pole.

The company’s experience designing and manufacturing devices such as digital cameras will help the team choose the best rocket parts as well as make key control instruments smaller and lighter. Read the article…

Well, wow, Canon is expanding to the universe! 🙂 They may be late on the mirrorless bandwagon but they might be the first to shot beautiful JPGs in space.

Still Live: Canon EOS 5D Mark III deal – $1,799 (reg. $2,499)

Still Live: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Deal – $1,799 (reg. $2,499)

Canon EOS 5D Mark III at a glance:

  • 22.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
  • 3.2″ 1.04m-Dot ClearView II LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF
  • Native ISO 25600, Extended to ISO 102400
  • 6 fps Shooting in RAW+JPEG
  • 63-Zone Dual Layer Metering Sensor
  • 14-Bit RAW Files and S-RAW Format
  • Magnesium Alloy Body, SD/CF Card Slots

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is still a powerhouse of a DSLR and Top Rated Plus seller ElectronicsValley on eBay (99.7% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale at $1,799. Compare at $2,499. Free shipping in the US. Please note: this is an import item, 1 year seller warranty applies.

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Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan deal, 12 month subscription at $88.95 (reg. $119.95)

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At a glance:

  • Dedicated Photo Editing Suite
  • Subscription to Photoshop and Lightroom
  • Tools to Organize, Edit, Enhance & Share
  • Constant and Automatic Feature Updates
  • Up-to-Date Camera Support
  • Extensive Library of How-To Videos
  • Cloud-Based Storage for Multiple Devices
  • Sync to Photoshop Mix & Lightroom Mobile
  • For Mac and Windows Operating Systems

B&H Photo offers a 12 month subscription plan to Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan for $88.95, Compare at $119.95. B&H has a Cyber Week deals landing page.

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