Lens Update: Canon EF 24-105mm

30 Days of Smartphone Photography in Portland Day 7

Today's post is non-smartphone photography related, but my new lens arrived so I absolutely needed to share my excitement with you!

My Canon 18-55mm kit lens has left me feeling like my photos lack an ideal amount of awesomeness lately, and during post editing I have noticed that my images aren't as sharp as I'd like and tend to produce a lot of noise from the smallest amount of editing too. So, although a whole new camera would be amazing, I have started off with a new lens. Priorities people. I am still travelling.

Here's my new (secondhand) lens. (Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM). It's nice. (Amazon made it easy to find this really good quality used lens).


I received the new lens last night so I have taken a few snaps to compare the new with the old.

My kit lens zoomed in all the way has a max aperture of f/5.6, which doesn't allow for great photos in low light without bumping up the ISO.  The new lens is has a wider aperture opening (f/4 at full zoom), so the 24-105 lets in more light, which in turn means sharper, less grainy images.

Here's a full zoom shot of a flower, 18-55mm on the left, 24-105 on the right.


Zoomed on Lightroom for close up comparison.  Untitled

Again full zoom on both lens.


Zoomed in on Lightroom. See what I mean about all the noise (grain) after editing the 18-55mm?

2So far I am completely satisfied with my new lens. The 18-55mm was a little wider, but it just doesn't compare when it comes to image quality.

Here's some more shots from earlier today for your viewing pleasure.






If you liked this post and want to read more you can keep connected with me on myFacebook pageInstagram and Twitter.