I am not easily impressed by anything nowadays, call me blaze if you will. Through a series of unforeseen, though not unpleasant, events I became the owner of a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM lens today. So, as one does, I mounted it on my camera, a Canon EOS 7D, and shot the first thing that came in sight. I knew off hand that the photo was going to a total fail, no light. I cranked up the ISO to 3200, set the lens to f/4 not expecting much at all, After all, anyone that fires a shutter at 1/15 sec at 50mm handheld should be shot for sheer incompetence.
Was I in for a surprise!!! It’s not tack sharp but… I’ll let the photo speak for itself!
I shot this less than 20cm away, I even got a nice low depth of field! The IS is impressive!
Here is a crop of the cover, it’s not 1 to 1 but you’ll get the idea.
Even my finger print is visible!
I was in for another surprise, here is the same image processed with Lightroom 4 (noise reduction at 100% only)
I’ll do some more testing but I have the feeling this is going to be my go to lens when I get my new camera.