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Alternatives

There are quite a few alternatives to Canon's EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens. This is not surprising, considering that standard zooms are typically the best selling lenses. If you are looking for a high quality lens within same price level, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM (review) is a good choice. While this lens is brighter then EF 24-105mm, it does not have an IS. For solid performing lenses that will not bankrupt you, consider Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USM (review) or Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM (review). Both of these lenses are moderately prices (less then US$300). You might also want to consider Sigma 28-135mm f/3.8-5.6 Aspherical IF Macro (review), which is also an affordable choice. Of course there is no such thing as free lunch, so you will be trading build quality and performance if you trade down to these less expensive alternatives.

 

Recommendation

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM is a very solid lens. On APS-C cameras, the lens becomes an interesting medium telephoto zoom lens. For full-frame dSLRs this is however a fantastic standard zoom. The build quality is very solid.  Overall performance varies from exceptional at the wide focal length to average at telephoto length. The lens adds a solid 4.4x zoom, which some will find quite handy. Image stabilizer is an another bonus here, making the overall package quite attractive. If you need a faster lens, go for Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, which is also a solid performer, otherwise look no further.