SNATH
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Canon EF 24-105mm F/4 L Is Lens: Tight Zoom Ring?

Mon Sep 17, 2007 7:12 am

Hi all,

I recently got a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS lens for my XTi. I also have a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L lens. The 24-105 has a super tight zoom ring compared to the 17-40. On the 17-40 the zoom ring is super smooth and I can accurately adjust it with just my thumb. On the 24-105 I really need to grab it with two fingers to turn it. It works, but it's not smooth.

Is the tighter zoom normal for the 24-105 (due to its heavier weight perhaps)? Or did I maybe pick up a not-so-good copy?

Thanks,

Tony

[Edited 2007-09-17 00:14:08]
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RE: Canon EF 24-105mm F/4 L Is Lens: Tight Zoom Ring?

Mon Sep 17, 2007 7:46 am

Maybe your 17-40mm zoom ring is loose?  eyebrow 

My 24-105mm zoom ring is just fine.
 
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RE: Canon EF 24-105mm F/4 L Is Lens: Tight Zoom Ring?

Mon Sep 17, 2007 7:56 am

Quoting SNATH (Thread starter):
Is the tighter zoom normal for the 24-105 (due to its heavier weight perhaps)? Or did I maybe pick up a not-so-good copy?

I don't think your alone. I've also noticed the 24-105 L seems to be fairly tight on the zoom compared to most lenses. Never been enough to complain about though.


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RE: Canon EF 24-105mm F/4 L Is Lens: Tight Zoom Ring?

Mon Sep 17, 2007 8:08 am

I find the zoom ring on my 24-105 to be a little loose actually... I am considering taking it to Canon for them to have a look. I still need two fingers to move it but it seems a little easier than it used to be.
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SNATH
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RE: Canon EF 24-105mm F/4 L Is Lens: Tight Zoom Ring?

Mon Sep 17, 2007 9:17 am

Quoting Maiznblu_757 (Reply 1):
Maybe your 17-40mm zoom ring is loose?

I don't believe so. I think it's just about right: it's smooth without the lens moving around on its own.

Quoting Monteycarlos (Reply 3):
I find the zoom ring on my 24-105 to be a little loose actually... I am considering taking it to Canon for them to have a look. I still need two fingers to move it but it seems a little easier than it used to be.

I really wouldn't call mine loose!

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RE: Canon EF 24-105mm F/4 L Is Lens: Tight Zoom Ring?

Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:14 am

Quoting SNATH (Reply 4):
I really wouldn't call mine loose!

I'd take it to Canon to have a look. There is always a chance that something is not right. Seals or tension ring perhaps?
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RE: Canon EF 24-105mm F/4 L Is Lens: Tight Zoom Ring?

Mon Sep 17, 2007 6:16 pm

Slightly off topic but how do you find the lens as i would like to get one myself?
 
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RE: Canon EF 24-105mm F/4 L Is Lens: Tight Zoom Ring?

Mon Sep 17, 2007 7:37 pm

Quoting Braby (Reply 6):
Slightly off topic but how do you find the lens as i would like to get one myself?

Love it. If I only had one lens for my camera, this would be it. It has a decent zoom range and good performing AF as well as having IS. The only lens that might be better would be the 24-70 f/2.8L but I'd prefer the 24-105 due to its greater overall flexibility.
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RE: Canon EF 24-105mm F/4 L Is Lens: Tight Zoom Ring?

Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:56 pm

Hey,
Yes my 24-105 4.0 L IS has also a very tight zoom,certainly compared to my 70-200 2.8 L IS which has a smoother zoom.
Just get use to it !
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