Canon RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM review

This surprisingly sharp kit lens punches well above its aperture and pairs perfectly with the Canon EOS R

Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Digital Camera World Verdict

While it's a tad pricey for a zoom lens, the RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM is a great performer that pairs perfectly with the EOS R. It offers the stabilisation (five stops of it) that the body lacks and the new Control ring is a revelation. The lens is relatively compact and lightweight, offers impressive sharpness and is weather sealed – in all, a great complement to Canon's new mirrorless system.


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    Five stops of image stabilisation

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    Compact and lightweight

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    Customisable control ring


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    Expensive for a zoom lens

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    Minor barrelling and pincushioning

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    Very minor fringing

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The Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM is a kit lens specifically designed to fit the new mirrorless Canon EOS R and EOS RP full-frame mirrorless cameras.

For many people, unless they've got a couple of grand to spend on the RF 50mm f/1.2, this lens will be their first introduction to Canon's vision of the mirrorless future.  

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.