Forums > Photography Talk > Questions for users of Canon's 24-104L

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IMAfoto

Posts: 72

Riverside, California, US

I am a long time Nikon shooter and I am borrowing one of my friend’s Canon 5DMK3’s for a studio portrait shoot (considering Canon).  He offered me the choice of one lens, a 50L, 85 1.8, 135 L, and 24-105L.  Most photos will be in the F/8 range so I do not need fast glass and having a zoom will cover all of my bases.  My worries are distortion and color fringing on strong backlighting on the 24-105.   Is there a focal range that I should avoid at all costs because of the issues I mention?  Thanks

Mar 26 13 09:15 am Link

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ontherocks

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Salem, Oregon, US

i love my 24-105. it doesn't fringe nearly as bad as some other lenses i own. there is some distortion at 24.

Mar 26 13 09:20 am Link

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Creative Image

Posts: 1327

Avon, Connecticut, US

That's one of Canon's A+++ lenses.  I use it all the time, and have never had a problem with it, but usually use the 135 for portraits just because of the extra length.

Mar 26 13 09:20 am Link

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Dragos Codita

Posts: 83

Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

Keep the lens hood on and should help a bit if lights are not straight-on.
135 f/2 is better, if you have enough space.

Mar 26 13 09:29 am Link

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MC Photo

Posts: 4144

New York, New York, US

IMAfoto wrote:
I am a long time Nikon shooter and I am borrowing one of my friend’s Canon 5DMK3’s for a studio portrait shoot (considering Canon).  He offered me the choice of one lens, a 50L, 85 1.8, 135 L, and 24-105L.  Most photos will be in the F/8 range so I do not need fast glass and having a zoom will cover all of my bases.  My worries are distortion and color fringing on strong backlighting on the 24-105.   Is there a focal range that I should avoid at all costs because of the issues I mention?  Thanks

Are you talking about perspective distortion? That's cause by distance. The longer the lens, the more you can back up and reduce the distortion.

If you're talking about barrel distortion, the 24-105 is pretty bad at 24, but you probably won't be shooting that wide, so there's nothing to worry about.


At an ISO of 100, which you'll probably shoot at, f4 is likely to drastically underexpose indoors with modeling lights, right? That means indoors with modeling lights is a low light shooting situation.

What that means is that you're using the AF in low light and you'll find it a little more challenging with the 24-105 than with the 1.2 lenses.

See if you can get the zoom and the 85 1.2.

Mar 26 13 12:45 pm Link

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IMAfoto

Posts: 72

Riverside, California, US

MC Photo wrote:
If you're talking about barrel distortion, the 24-105 is pretty bad at 24, but you probably won't be shooting that wide, so there's nothing to worry about.

Yes, barrel and pincushion distortions.

Mar 26 13 04:35 pm Link

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Matt Forma

Posts: 373

Denver, Colorado, US

Use lightroom and the lens profile correction tool if you have troubles after the fact. Solved.

Mar 26 13 05:48 pm Link

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B R U N E S C I

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Bath, England, United Kingdom

The 24-105 is a great lens but a bit short for headshots on a FF body.

If you're planning to shoot primarily headshots and head+shoulder stuff then the 135 might be a better option.

Doesn't he have a 70-200 he can lend you? That would be my range of choice for that body in most circumstances.




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Mar 26 13 05:56 pm Link

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kane

Posts: 1570

Albertville, Rhône-Alpes, France

IMAfoto wrote:
I am a long time Nikon shooter and I am borrowing one of my friend’s Canon 5DMK3’s for a studio portrait shoot (considering Canon).  He offered me the choice of one lens, a 50L, 85 1.8, 135 L, and 24-105L.

A bit off topic but why would a friend limit you to the choice of one lens?  If I'm lending someone my gear for a day I'll generally give them their choice of the lot (and usually be there for the shoot).

Mar 26 13 06:04 pm Link

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Leighthenubian

Posts: 2970

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Actually..why in the world would you be shooting portraits with that lens at FL's where distortion would be an issue?

Are you short of room at the location?

If you are shooting between 24-50mm you need to backup so that the subjects are not in the distortion area, most of which can be corrected in post anyway but at least you have some room to crop.

Portraits are usually done between 85 - 200mm for a variety of reasons..compression, etc. Even 50mm on a FF will distort if you are shooting too close.

Mar 26 13 08:07 pm Link

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IMAfoto

Posts: 72

Riverside, California, US

kane wrote:
A bit off topic but why would a friend limit you to the choice of one lens?  If I'm lending someone my gear for a day I'll generally give them their choice of the lot (and usually be there for the shoot).

Because he is taking off for a few days and he usually travels with most of his gear just in case.

-B-R-U-N-E-S-C-I- wrote:
Doesn't he have a 70-200 he can lend you? That would be my range of choice for that body in most circumstances.

He had plans to use that lens on his trip.

Leighthenubian wrote:
Actually..why in the world would you be shooting portraits with that lens at FL's where distortion would be an issue?

I am also shooting an engagement session Thurs and having the 35-50mm range will be very handy for environmental portraits.  This is why I was curious if the barrel distortion was bad in this range. 

I am more interested in testing out the ergonomics of the camera and testing the raw files to see how far I can push them, I do not want the lens restrictions to be a distraction. 

So far, the studio day went well, I am looking forward to using it in the field.  While the 24-105 is nice and sufficient for my tests, the lens is just too slow for the shooting I do and if I do jump on the Canon bandwagon, I will be buying the 35, 85, 135.

Thanks for the help, it seems I pretty much knew what to expect from this lens, I just wanted to make sure there were no weird quirks like do not shoot at far distances, use the 50mm focal length with the subject closer than 20 feet, avoid corner AF sensors, etc. But it looks like a solid simple kit lens.

Mar 27 13 12:03 am Link

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Ruben Vasquez

Posts: 3115

Puyallup, Washington, US

That's a pretty versatile lens and very good quality. At f8.0, distortions are very well controlled and I don't see any color fringing. Center sharpness is great at all focal lengths but corner sharpness doesn't perform quite as well at the long and short focal lengths but does much better with the middle zoom lengths. Looks to me like it performs the best at 70mm. 

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Mar 27 13 12:48 am Link

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Chris David Photography

Posts: 477

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Its an overall good lens. I'm having issues with my mine and warranty at the moment but when it works you shouldn't have any problems with that combination.
Its slightly soft on the edges wide but not enough to be an issue unless you do indoor group shots at events and can stop down to improve. Its sharper on full frame bodies then crop ones though most won't notice on everyday use. I used it for a lot of tethered catalog/product work for a few businesses/companies so we spent a fair bit of time trying to get the best results from it.The IS also helps a fair bit and rarely a reason to ever turn it off.

Mar 27 13 01:08 am Link

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4point0

Posts: 687

Los Angeles, California, US

That 24-105 is a great lens overall. As some mentioned it distorts at the wide end. For a controlled studio headshot, I'd get the 50.

Mar 27 13 07:59 am Link