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Old 04-12-2016, 10:38   #1 (permalink)
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Canon 24 / 105 L IS Mk 2 test

Well I managed to get some images from my new lens and am very impressed. Posted in members gallery as people images.
Compared to my Mk1 it is better in every way, less flare, better resolution, better contrast, less distortion, quicker focus, better stabilisation. The only niggle is at the moment I find the new hood fiddly to fit but it may just be tight from being new. The hood also has a lock so it can't come off on it's own, and there is a zoom lock, I haven't used that as I am always altering zoom to fit the subject and it would slow mw down.
I have taken images at 24mm. 70mm and 105mm, the one that shows the best result I think is the one of the corn dollies, while the jpeg conversions show "jaggies" at 400 X zoom, in the tiffs there is just clean lines and no fringing etc.
To sum up........ I like it!!
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Re: Canon 24 / 105 L IS Mk 2 test

It is good to know that it is much improved though I am aware that some batches of the original 24-105mm had flare problems. If you did have one from the faulty batches, Canon did replace them if asked. My 24-105 was not from one of the faulty batches and I tested for flare and it was very good and also good for infrared. However, I have felt that focussing has not always been spot on recently and recalibrated. I am still not convinced that it is as good as it used to be so replacing it may be a possibility. The problem is I would like to buy a EOS 5D Mkiv in the next few months and would also ideally like to buy a 100-400mm zoom. If there is a really good deal for the 5D Mkiv with a 24-105 Mkii, I will consider it.
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Hi Dave , mine was OK for flare but the new coatings have improved things. The focus was not really an issue but not as sharp as I would have liked, this too is improved.
You certainly have a dilemma in what up date to get next, not sure if I would prefer the lens or the 5D4.
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Re: Canon 24 / 105 L IS Mk 2 test

Just spotted this old thread. I did buy the 5D Mk iv at the NEC along with a 24-105mm Mk ii. I traded in my 5D mk ii and 24-105mm Mk I and got a good price. I guess the 100-400mm will have to wait. While that was nearly 6 months ago, I have still a lot to learn about the 5D4.
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Hi Dave, I am toying with getting a 5D4 but I do like the images I get from my Mk3 and not sure if the extra pixels are going to make all that difference as I seldom go over A3 for a print, the museum use most of my images at A4 or less for brochures / leaflets and web. I don't do video and can't see me doing the focus shift thing. Any thoughts?
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Re: Canon 24 / 105 L IS Mk 2 test

Charles, I did move from a 5D2 so had more to gain. While I was not particularly interested in the additional pixels (and I do print at near A3), I have found it to be advantageous. I do not have a lens longer than 200mm (I do have a 1.4x extender) and tend to photograph most subjects. I have found images which were too far away and I would have deleted in the past but can now crop and use.

However, the real reasons for this upgrade was increased dynamic range, faster frame rate, GPS, WiFi and much enhanced focusing.

I have already much benefited from the increased DR a and frame rate. I use WiFi to control from my tablet particularly for macro (I am beyond crawling on the ground now) and the GPS is not necessary but a luxury. I have to admit that I have not fully explored the focusing as I always used just the centre spot with the 5D2. I think it is probably similar to the 5D3. I have had the odd error when using it more automated so have much to learn. I did try the face recognition last week and it does work well. I am trying to find time to study an article on the focussing written by a club member which should help.

I think the main benefit for me has been the increased DR and low light performance. I took some low light shots recently that would have seriously challenged the 5D2. For landscapes in sunlight, I used to take three exposures for HDR routinely and have more or less stopped this as I find a single exposure is sufficient.

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Re: Canon 24 / 105 L IS Mk 2 test

That's interesting Dave, the increased DR and low light ability will be useful, (I do a lot in an unlit forge getting "sparks flying") and indoor images of the buildings.
Like you I mainly use the centre focusing group (double cross type) as most of my images are static or slow moving except for "combat" enactments.
I think I will put the mark 4 on my Christmas list (to buy for myself)
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That's interesting Dave, the increased DR and low light ability will be useful, (I do a lot in an unlit forge getting "sparks flying") and indoor images of the buildings.
Like you I mainly use the centre focusing group (double cross type) as most of my images are static or slow moving except for "combat" enactments.
I think I will put the mark 4 on my Christmas list (to buy for myself)
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