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Canon 24-105
f/4 IS

Canon 24-105mm STM

Sony 24-70mm f/2.8

Zeiss 24-70mm f/4 OSS

Anni
2015-
2007-2015

2012-

2016-

2005-
2012-
2014-

2002-2012

2015-
2016-
2014-
Works on

Canon or Nikon

Works with cameras intoduced before 2007?
No
Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes
Yes
Yes

Yes

Yes
n/a n/a
Stabilized?
Yes
no
no
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
no
no
no
Yes
Autofocus
SWM
SWM

USM

USM

USM
USM
USM

USM

electric motor
USM
USM
Wide focal lengths well-spaced along zoom ring?
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 

Canon 24-105
f/4 IS

Canon 24-105mm STM

Sony 24-70mm f/2.8

Zeiss 24-70mm f/4 OSS

Sharpness
Excellent +
Excellent

Excellent +

Excellent

Excellent
Excellent
Excellent

Excellent

Excellent
Excellent
Good
Close Focus

1.3'

0.4m

0.9'

0.28m

1.25'

0.38m

1.5'

0.45m

1.5'

0.45m

1.25'

0.38m

1.3'

0.4m

1.25'

0.38m

1.25'

0.38m

1.25'

0.38m

1.3'

0.4m

Macro mode?
no
no
no
no
no
0.65'
(0.2m)
no
no
no
no
no
Maximum Macro Ratio
1:3.67
1:3.7
1:4.76
1:4.2
1:4.3
1:1.4
1:3.33
1:3.45
1:4.3
1:4.2
1:5
Diaphragm
9 blades
9 blades
9 blades
10 blades
8 blades
9 blades
7 blades
8 blades
9 blades
9 blades
7 blades
Sunstars
few to none
few to none
18 points
few to none
8 points
18 points
few to none
8 points
few to none
few to none
14 points
f/minimum
f/22
f/22
f/22
f/22
f/22
f/22
f/22-36
f/22
f/22
f/22
f/22
Distortion @ 24mm
+5.0
+4.0
+1.5*
+4.0*
+5.5*
+1.3*
+3.0*
+2.5
+1.5*
+3.0***
+0.5**
Distortion @ 35mm
-2.0
-1.0
-1.7
-2.0
-1.3
-1.0
-2.0
+0.5
+1.0
-2.0***
-0.1**
Distortion @ 50mm
-3.2
-2.0
-3.0
-2.8
-2.0
-1.6
-2.5
-0.7
-2.0
-3.7***
±0.0**
Distortion @ 70mm
-3.0
-1.0
-2.7
-2.9
-2.5
-1.7
-2.5
-2.0
-2.5
-3.2***
±0.0**
Distortion @ 105mm
n/a
n/a
n/a
-2.5
-2.5
n/a
-2.25
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
Bokeh

Very Good

Excellent

Excellent

 

Canon 24-105
f/4 IS

Canon 24-105mm STM

Sony 24-70mm f/2.8

Zeiss 24-70mm f/4 OSS

Filter Threads
82mm
77mm

82mm

77mm

77mm
77mm
77mm

77mm

82mm
82mm
67mm
Filter Threads
Plastic
Plastic

Plastic

Plastic

Plastic
Plastic
Plastic

Metal

Plastic
Metal
Metal
Barrel
all plastic
Metal and plastic
Mostly plastic
Mostly plastic
Plastic
Plastic
Plastic
Plastic and metal
Plastic and metal
Metal
Metal; plastic inside
Build Feel
Consumer
Near Pro
Good Consumer
Good Consumer
Good Consumer
Good Consumer
Consumer
Pro
Near Pro
Semi Pro
Consumer with metal shell
Length
155mm
133mm
113mm
118mm
107mm
93mm
104mm
123mm
107mm
136mm
107mm
Diameter
88mm
83mm
88mm
83.5mm
83mm
83mm
83mm
83mm
90mm
87.6mm
83mm
Weight

37.6 oz.

1,067g

31.8 oz.

902g

28.4 oz.

804g

27.8 oz.

789g

23.4 oz.

664g

21.2 oz.

600g

18.4 oz.

523g

32.1 oz.

910g

35.8 oz.

1,016g

31.3 oz.

887g

15.0 oz.

425g

 

Canon 24-105
f/4 IS

Canon 24-105mm STM

Sony 24-70mm f/2.8

Zeiss 24-70mm f/4 OSS

Price, 10/2011
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
Price, 9/2012
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
$1,400 used
n/a
n/a
n/a
Price, 11/2012
n/a
n/a
n/a
$1,400 used
n/a
n/a
n/a
Price, 01/2013
n/a
n/a
n/a
$1,400 used
n/a
n/a
n/a
Price, 10/2015
n/a
n/a
$850 used
n/a
Price, 1/2016
n/a
$850 used
n/a
Price, 1/2017
$800 used
 
Price, 2/2017
$800 used

* Some waviness remains after simple correction.

** After in-camera corection.

*** Goes away (invisible) with in-camera correction; same after correction as the Zeiss 24-70mm f/4 OSS.

 

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05 Janaury 2017, 26 January 2016