My shiny new 24-105 has arrived!
It’s too darn cold, wet, and windy out today for much of a test drive so I just stepped out the door for a moment in between the sprinkles and gave it a quick test.
First I tested it on the irises; the lens is doing much better than the flowers. Poor things took a beating in the storm last night.
Then I aimed at something a little further away; the flowering bush in the next lot over.
Finally I took advantage of Bella dog’s need to sit very close by and tested out how well this lens focuses up close.
I think it passed this little quick test with flying colors!
Note* All these images were shot handheld with the Canon 7D and, with the obvious exception of resizing, are SOOC. I’m surprised there’s not a great deal of camera shake in these; I was shivering out there! Kansas weather is so crazy.
So what can I tell you about this lens so far?
…It has a very nice range of focal lengths.
…It has that awesome quality feel and solid build of Canon’s L series.
…The focus and zoom rings are nice and smooth.
…While not waterproof it does have Canon’s nice weather seal; as does the body of my 7D. I should be just fine shooting in fog, mist, a little sprinkle, falling snow, and the like.
…It sounds like the autofocus is going to be quiet, and looks like it is going to be pretty fast too.
…It looks like the image quality is going to be nice and sharp.
…I know there are some out there that poo-poo the thought of using a lens like this on a crop sensor; but those are probably the same people who poo-poo the thought of a crop sensor all together! I think it is just fine and dandy. Yes I know that it won’t be as wide as it could be but I do have a 17-40mm if I need to go wider.
I can hardly wait to take my next trip, at the end of this month, and really give it a good test.
Maybe if the weather behaves itself I’ll take this shiny new lens on walk by the river or something later this week and break it in.