I’m sorry, but I just can’t take the Canon RF 24-105mm f/2.8L IS USM Z seriously

Canon RF 24-105mm f/2.8 IS USM Z lens on a wooden table top
(Image credit: Gareth Bevan / Digital Camera World)

Clearly, Canon has identified a gap in the market somewhere between stills photography and cinema-camera filmmaking where a lens like this makes sense. But how much of this lens’s wild specifications, size and price are really just to prove what Canon can do?

So let’s look at the reasoning. Everyone likes a 24-70mm f/2.8 standard zoom but wishes it could be longer. Everyone likes a 24-104mm f/4 zoom but wishes it could be faster. So the Canon RF 24-105mm f/2.8L IS USM Z sounds like a dream come true.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com