RF24-105/4 performance

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gimp_dad Senior Member • Posts: 2,400
Maybe it's your copy

I think the RF24-105/4LIS is a great travel lens with just the right compromises for its use. Your examples made me take a look through some of my shots with the lens in the FL range you are seeing problems. I couldn't find any shots in 31-38 mm range where I noted blobs of softness like your first example.

Here's just one example from my Europe trip a little over 2 years ago. This was sometime after the incident where I fell off an electric scooter and landed directly on the lens body which was over my shoulder. The lens was pointing down and took the brunt of the fall. It got a big gouge on it but still worked great after re-seating it to the body.

So, 1) I do think you can expect more from your copy, 2) I disagree with those who think the newer L lenses are less robust than the old ones. That is not my experience.

I also have the RF28-70/2L which is fantastic but is not something I would casually carry on a trip like the one where I took this. You can clearly tell that this shot was not a pro shot (look at all the people in the way!). But you can also readily see that it is plenty sharp (focus on the building). I just chose this shot because it is relatively easy to see the sharpness across much of the frame.

I hope this helps. Good luck in your search!

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