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Canon RF 24-105mm f2.8 NOT for weddings?!! REVIEW

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Canon RF 24-105mm f2-8 USM lens

Hey there, fellow photographers! Today, I'm excited to share my thoughts on the brand new Canon RF 24-105mm f2.8 lens. As a wedding and portrait photographer, I was eagerly anticipating this lens, touted as the world's first 24-105mm with a fixed 2.8 aperture. Now that I've had a chance to test it out, let me spill the beans on whether it lives up to the hype.

Before we dive in, make sure to hit that subscribe button if you haven't already. Now, let's get into the nitty-gritty of this lens.

 

The Good Stuff:

First and foremost, the range of this lens is incredible. Covering 24mm to 105mm, it's perfect for events, family shoots, and portrait sessions. Imagine capturing the wide-angle shots of a couple's first dance and seamlessly zooming in for those intimate close-ups – this lens has you covered. The versatility of the 24-105mm range is unmatched, and the fixed 2.8 aperture adds an extra layer of brilliance.

The lens itself feels substantial, reminiscent of the EF 70-200mm 2.8 lens. Despite being a bit hefty, weighing in around 3 lbs, I found the weight manageable, especially considering the advantages it offers.

Now, let's talk image quality. With an 11-blade aperture, the bokeh produced is smooth and gorgeous, making it an excellent choice for portrait work. Even in low-light conditions at 2.8, the lens performed admirably during my test, providing beautiful and sharp images.

Videographer's Delight:

For those venturing into the world of videography, this lens is a powerhouse. The iris lens aperture on the lens allows for smooth changes during video recording, eliminating that distracting click sound. Paired with the optional Zoom power adapter and a tripod mount, this lens becomes a go-to choice for videographers capturing corporate events, reality shows, or any run-and-gun scenario.

 

Considerations:

Now, let's address some considerations. The lens's weight may be a drawback for certain shooting styles, especially when capturing shots from above a crowd during lively events. The size and weight could make it challenging to hold steady for extended periods in such situations.

Additionally, the lens comes with a hefty price tag of $3,000. While this may be a worthy investment for many photographers, especially considering it could replace multiple prime lenses, those who thrive on shooting wide open might find the F2 option more appealing.

 

Final Verdict:

In conclusion, the Canon RF 24-105mm f2.8 is undeniably a top-tier lens with remarkable capabilities. If you're a wedding or event photographer looking for a versatile workhorse, this lens could be your new best friend. For videographers, its features make it a standout choice.

However, if your style leans heavily towards shooting wide open, you might want to stick with the RF 28-70mm F2 lens, especially considering the current rebate offer.

Have you had a chance to try out this lens? Share your thoughts in the comments below. And don't forget to check out the images I captured during my brief time with the lens – links in the description. Until next time, happy shooting! 📸

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