Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II service notice, possible AF malfunction (update)

 

EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II

UPDATE 2: The service notice has been removed from Canon Philippine’s site. Don’t know the reason.

UPDATE: The [Submit] button mentioned in the service note below does not appear to work. Did not work for me, got also same feedback from readers.

Canon Philippines issued a service note for the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens. The lens may have AF issues at the wide angle.

Thank you for using Canon products.

We have determined that some EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lenses exhibit an AF operation-related malfunction. The details of the phenomenon and Canon’s service policy are described below.

We would like to offer our sincere apologies to users who have been inconvenienced by this issue. Going forward, we will spare no effort in our quality management to make sure our customers can use our products with confidence.

Phenomenon

At the wide-angle end, focus is not achieved properly when a peripheral AF points are selected, regardless of the AF area selection mode.

Affected Lenses

If the first two digits in the serial number (see the image below) of your lens are ”48”, ”49”, ”50” or ”51”, then your lens MAY POSSIBLY be affected.

How to check if your lens is affected:

  1. Click the search button below to display the serial number input screen.
  2. Input your lens’ serial number (10 digits) and then click the [Submit] button.
  3. One of the following three messages will be displayed.
    “Your lens is NOT an affected product”
    “Your lens is an affected product”
    “Invalid number”

Please head over to Canon Philippines and open the service notice text to access the [Submit] button.

[via IR]

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II firmware update released, enhances image stabilisation on EOS 5D Mark IV

EF 24-105mm F/4L IS II

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

Another important firmware release by Canon today. Firmware ver. 1.04 for the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II enhances the image stabilisation when the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II is used on a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and a shutter speed between 1/100 sec. and 1/160 is used.

Changes in firmware

Firmware Version 1.0.4 is incorporated with the following correction.

Enhances the effects of image stabilization when using the EF 24-105mm F4L IS II USM
with the EOS 5D Mark IV at a shutter speed between 1/100 sec. and 1/160 sec.

Firmware Version 1.0.4 is for lenses with Firmware Version 1.0.3 or earlier.

You can download firmware 1.0.4 for the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II here.

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

EF 24-105mm F/4L IS

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: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA

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

LensRentals publishes Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II MTF Results, and they are not so exciting

EF 24-105mm F/4L IS II

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

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

LensRentals posted their MTF lab test results for the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II, and while they stress that they made only a MTF test and not a real world test, the figures for the new EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II are not so much superior to the figures of the lens it replaces, the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS. In the conclusion, Roger Cicala writes:

[…] on the basis of MTF, the 24-105 f/4 IS II is a decent lens, but not a spectacular upgrade. Would I upgrade my old 24-105 f/4 IS? Nope. If I was in the market would I buy one? Well, I’d wait for the price to come down or for it to be available as a kit lens with a new camera. One other thing to consider is that the new 24-105mm is significantly larger than the original version, and for some people, that’s going to be a negative for a walk-around lens. Read the review…

The new EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II sells for $1,099, the previous version is yours for $623.

Cyber Monday discounts on Sigma 35mm f/1.4 and 24-105mm f/4 Art lenses

Sigma 35mm F/1.4

Black Friday is over, Cyber Monday is coming, the deals go on. B&H Photo and Amazon US have serious discounts on Sigma lenses.

  • Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens gets $100 discount and is on sale at $799 B&H Photo | Amazon
  • Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art lens has $100 discount and is on sale at $799 B&H Photo | Amazon

More Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals and links here

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II not shipping before December 2016, W-E1 adapter shipping date still unknown

EF 24-105mm F/4L IS II

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

The new Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II lens will not ship before December 10, 2016. That’s what authorized retailer B&H Photo states on the product page. Amazon US says it will ship after December 6th.

Another new Canon gear no one knows when it will start shipping at Canon US retailers is the Canon W-E1 WiFi adapter. However, it’s available on Amazon US by third party sellers.

Canon W-E1