Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L Lens GET!
Over the years that I have delved into photography as a hobby, I have always striven myself to reach a higher level of quality in my photos. Sure enough I post my photos for the world to see with people commenting that I do some nice photos. However I am always criticizing my own work as I know that it’s not the perfection that I seek. I always thought that with photos most can be fixed in Photoshop, but the better the original, the better my perfect photo. Though I do admit that I can only blame myself for the lack of skill. As time passed I got better and eventually I’m now blaming it on my lack of proper equipment. But now I have once again gained another level in photography and got myself a Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens.
Although I do think my photos still won’t reach the level I’m seeking, but having this lens is a step up from the 18-55mm standard zoom lens that originally came with my 400D. For four and half years I have used the standard lens as the general purpose lens for portraits and random snapshots, and it was certainly holding me back in many ways. I have longed for a much needed general purpose lens to replace the standard lens, but given that photography is a rather expensive hobby, it has been on the backbench for a while.
But with the recent deposit of my Ruddbux (Australian Government tax bonus payment), I could finally obtain one with an easy of mind that it’s not taking an entire wage packet. Another reason was I was pretty unhappy with the quality of my Mini-Animania Sydney 2009 photos that I decided it’s time for a new lens. Though I did come at a dilemma of choosing between the 24-105mm or the 24-70mm f/2.8L lens. The 24-70mm was only an extra $400 and was the best option for portrait photography due to a large aperture of f/2.8, but I wanted a more general purpose lens and the 24-105mm had a larger focal range and IS (Image Stabilizer).
Still its quite an investment I’ve made given that I haven’t done much photography over the past few months, but given I still strive for that level of perfection, I’m sure it’ll pay off soon enough. perhaps in the future I may look at acquiring the 24-70mm lens to add to my equipment but that depends on what I can produce with the 24-105mm. I haven’t had a chance to try it out properly, but its a good thing I have a friend’s wedding to goto soon and he wants me to take photos. Perfect chance for a test drive and to break in the new lens.
Those who have had experience with both lenses, which one do you prefer?