Introducing a new camera system with a brand new mount is no easy task, and it was imperative that Canon’s first batch of lenses would live up to the hype. The RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM might not be the most exciting of the initial RF lens offerings – that title belongs to the RF 28-70mm f/2 L USM – but its price, focal range, and performance means that it is likely to be the most popular. At $900 with its current savings, the lens also represents a very good value for first-time EOS R system buyers. However, the initial $1100 MSRP was a tougher ask, especially without the discount for buying this lens alongside a camera. If possible, I recommend waiting for a sale – like the current one – if you can. (Check today’s 24-105mm f/4 price.)
Performance-wise, the RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM has very few flaws. It might just be the single most consistent 24-105mm lens on the market. The lens features very good sharpness at f/4 and excellent sharpness at all focal lengths between f/5.6 and f/11. Even in the corners, you’ll capture surprisingly sharp images for a zoom lens of this range.
Besides its strong resolution characteristics, the lens also offers a reassuringly built weather-sealed body, excellent autofocus for both stills and video shooting, and a proven Image Stabilization system. Like with every lens, there are some compromises, and the RF 24-105mm f/4L USM IS suffers from relatively high amounts of lateral chromatic aberration alongside a mediocre bokeh compared to some of its peers. Nevertheless, the Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM is certainly an excellent performer that is moderately priced, and it will no doubt remain a staple of the RF system for many years to come.
Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
- Optical Performance
- Bokeh Quality
- Build Quality
- Focus Speed and Accuracy
- Image Stabilization
- Size and Weight
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