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Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS

Like the 24-70 f/2.8L, outstanding central sharpness in infrared, but with hot spots at all focal lengths, and as soon as f/5.6. Whether they are manageable will depend on the lighting and subject. Excellent results can be had at f/11, and very difficult hot spots can result at f/5.6. Shade the front of the lens whenever possible.

Corners remain slightly smeared even at f/11. This is a good lens for shooting at f/4 or f/5.6 handheld, with highly accurate focus across the zoom range. As a landscape lens, it leaves much to be desired with corner sharpness never satisfying (on full-frame) and hot spots a frequent problem. For landscape shooting, where manual focus and manual stop down are feasible, the Nikon 28-70 f/2.8 is vastly preferable.

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EF 24-105 f/4L, 47mm @ f/7.1

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