Today I want to test two of the most popular standard zoom lenses with and for you by comparing them with each other. Both are real universal talents and both suitable for studio photography as well as for documentary and travel photography. Due to their light intensity of 2.8 or 4, respectively, it’s also possible to shoot good photos under difficult lighting conditions.
But even for portrait photography both lenses are perfect because they combine classic portrait focal lengths of 50mm, 70mm or 100mm. The wide open aperture makes it possible to play with the depth-of-field and thus separate persons from the background.
Regarding dimension and size, both lenses are absolutely comparable. The 24-105mm lens is 100 grams heavier, which doesn’t really make such a big difference with a weight of 800 grams. Both lenses even have a similar close focus limit, however, even in this aspect the 24-70 lens does a slightly better job with 7cm ahead (45cm/38cm). Also regarding optical build quality and image scale both lenses are almost equally fine.
In order to test vignetting, sharpness and the level of detail of both lenses, I decided to shoot in a studio and test both lenses by using equal focal lengths and configurations. Since I’ve often worked with classical white background, this time I decided for pink and get out the retro and vintage pieces hidden in my apartment.
On the left side you can see the 24-70mm and on the right side the 24-105mm lens.
Now you will see comparative images taken with a 24mm (aperture4), a 30mm (open aperture), a 50mm (aperture11) and twice with a 70mm (aperture4 and aperture8) focal length. In terms of sharpness and quality both lenses perform equally well, however the most significant difference is clearly stronger vignetting and the generally darker look taken with a 24-105mm lens.
On purpose I didn’t post-edit the images to make the difference as evident as possible! The next thing I did was taking some pictures with both lenses and editing them afterwards. With the lens vignetting tool in image editing programs such as Lightroom you can easily and comfortably erase such image errors. Can you still recognize with which lens which picture was taken?
As you probably know from other articles, I’m a big fan of both all-round lenses. They’re flexible and impressive when it comes to quality. Speaking for myself I can’t decide which one would be my favorite! Should I choose a bit more of a tele-zoom lens or a more light-intense type? I think you’ll just have to decide for yourself. 😉