Canon Announces the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM
The original EF 24-105mm f/4L IS was released back in October 2005, and has since then been providing thousands of happy shooters with a professional quality lens, covering a usefully wide range of focal lengths in a competitively priced, durably built package.
The new EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II features 17 lenses ( 4 GMo aspherical) in 12 groups, each treated with an Air Sphere coating and Fluorine coating on the exposed elements. The Aperture features 10 blades, with a range of f/4.0-22. Minimum focusing distance is 0.45m and maximum magnification is .23X. Onboard optical image stabilization is built into the lens, to help shooters get the sharpest possible images out in the field. The lens features a full-time manual focus override ring and Canons USM ultrasonic motor technology for super fast, accurate autofocus throughout the focal range. Combine this with the new 5D Mark IV, and 1D X Mark II’s ability to utilize all 61 of their AF points right up to f/8 and you have some real power in your hands.
The EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II features a rugged weather sealed body, measuring in at 83.5 x 118mm and weighing a not insubstantial 795g. The filter diameter is 77mm and the new lens takes a Canon EW-83M lens hood.
Not a groundbreaking update for the venerable 24-105mm f/4L then, but a worthy one, and as the old saying goes ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’.
The EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM will be shipping on September 8th, at a price of $1,099. It is also available in kit form with the newly announced EOS 5D Mark IV for $4,599. Pre-orders are live, so grab yours from the following links:
- Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II ($1,099) at B&H Photo, Amazon.com
- Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II kit ($4,599) at B&H Photo, Amazon.com