Gallery: Canon EF 24-105mm STM with Film
This lens is a recent one from Canon, so you'd probably expect to use it on a DSLR. Because it's a full-frame lens, it will work on either type of Canon DSLR (full-frame or APS-C). It will also work with any Canon EOS film camera including the EOS 650, EOS 620, etc.
Here's a gallery of recent photos taken with this lens, using film (Fujichrome Velvia 50).
This was either f/8 or f/11, either of which show almost no corner darkening with this lens. At wider apertures there is some, but that's true for most camera lenses.
Thou Hast Made Summer and Winter
The scan above was one of the only ones that required any real adjustment. I had to use some advanced methods to capture and preserve the tonal range of this particular slide. There are some very bright areas of sky, yet some very dim areas of shadow detail. Having preserved as much of that as possible, I also decided to do some color adjustment. Digital cameras do not correctly render certain colors from the Velvia slide film.
This photo is now (at least on my monitor) a much better approximation of what it looks like on a light table.
Contrary to what you may have read elsewhere, digital cameras do not have more dynamic range than slide film. I've proven this to my own satisfaction through numerous camera-scans and the resulting hours of figuring out how to do better with these. Get the e-book and find out how.
I believe this photo was f/11, but it could have been f/8. Tripod was necessary, because even though the lens has image stabilization, we're talking about ISO 50 in very dim light.
The color response of Velvia differs quite a bit from digital, especially when the lighting conditions are "just right". This is something you can't get by just tweaking the color settings in your DSLR.
As far as "light falloff", most lenses really aren't that bad at f/8 or f/11, but if you shoot the 24-105 on a full-frame DSLR with an old firmware version, you might at first be inclined to think it wouldn't be any good with film. Well, it is.
The 24-105mm "non-L" zoom has very little falloff at narrower apertures. That's important if you shoot film, since the cameras don't have built-in lens correction algorithms.
Actually, though, a small amount of light falloff adds dimension to a photograph. One reason why digital photos tend to look "flat" is that all the falloff has been corrected out before it even hands you a JPG file.
This lens provides nice color and contrast, as you can see here. This would be one lens I wouldn't mind keeping on an EOS film camera, or maybe one of these, pretty much all the time. (Get your lens through this link and help me keep this site on-line.)
Most of these photos have no adjustment whatsoever. Only in a couple of instances, where I didn't think the scan matched the slide, did I have to do some tweaking with software. Find out how.
Here there was some light falloff, because this was probably the widest aperture or very near it. Then again, skies at sundown accentuate the effect greatly.
This one was shot at 24mm. As you can see, the aperture is wide enough that you can have some out-of-focus areas at 24mm. And as you can also see, the "bokeh" is smooth, not wiry or tense.
Again, there were no substantial adjustments done to this scan. What you see is what you get, although in a couple of them I probably could have adjusted the colors just a bit to match the Velvia palette slightly better. No biggie; I like 'em as they are.
ConclusionThe 24-105 is a very good all-around zoom lens for an EOS film camera. Have I tested it against every other lens out there? Nope. Is that even necessary? I don't think it is. I can see the optical quality is plenty good enough for everything I'd want to do with it. The focal length range covers most ordinary photography situations. After testing it fairly extensively, it's difficult to find anything I genuinely don't like about the lens. It's not weather-sealed, but then again neither are most Canon lenses until you start getting into the "L" line. The ultra-quiet STM focusing is best for video, but it's nice to have with any camera, even an EOS film camera.
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