Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
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sharp but design could be improved upon
J.England, B&H Photo
13 January 2014
Excerpt: This lens produces very high quality images, focuses fast, and is an extremely versatile range. The problem I have with this lens is that it is not an internal zoom. The front element extends similar to a kit lens. That gap that extends between the body of the lens and the front element seems like an extremely vulnerable area. The zoom even requires a lock to prevent the zoom ring from sliding in and out.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Sharp, Versatile
Excerpt: DON'T buy this lens unless you REALLY need it… BTW, very few people will actually NEED this lens. Despite the fact that it resides in the "general purpose photography" zoom range, it is nowhere near as usable as a general purpose lens needs to be - especially for $[$]. I'm seriously underwhelmed by it. I didn't buy the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM II lens for still photography; I got it for shooting video.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus
Cons: No Image Stabilization, Poor in Low Light, Price
Excerpt: The image quality is great only when you get a good version. I had a bad luck on this lens, changed 2 times before I got a good one. The first lens gave me err01 error but the iq is great; the second one has soft focus even at center, worse than my old 24-105f4; the 3rd one has great iq and so far so good. So be cautious when you purchase this lens.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh
Excerpt: After receiving the new lens, I immediately tested out the shapness and focus, which are something I always pay attention the most. <br /><br />There is nothing wrong with the focus, and the lens is fast. <br /><br />The shapness is "good", but not as good as I expected especially I have paid over $2k for the lens. If you have been spoiled by the other zoom lens like 70-200mm, then you would be disappointed. However, 70-200mm is an exceptional piece.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: The lens is fast, sharp, knows it, and asks a high price for it. That, along with the previous lens no longer being an option and therefore driving that lens' price higher for the time being, it's a cost/quality balance. If you can part with the extra 4-6 hundred, and want the higher quality, you might have a difficult choice before you. I chose this, and I can neither regret nor gush over the choice. Great quality, high price.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast lens, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I have the older model and when I heard the complaints about the weight of this one I expected it to weigh more. I was pleasantly surprised when I received it. Although the plastic makes it feel cheaper the smaller weight is nice. Especially attached to my 1D x. Very heavy. Now why when almost all lens in this focal 400 and under come with a IS does this not have it. For this price I expected more not less. Hence the lack of a star.
Summary: This lens is incredible well designed and built. If you are looking for a canon standard zoom lens, it is the right choice. The only disadvantage for this lens is its price. It has very solid body and quite good IQ (compared with the former version, and it is far more greater than 24-105L). What made me unhappy is the scratch on its back electronic contacts, which indicate it is not brand new.
Excerpt: I am a wedding photographer and pre-ordered this lens with a specific need; I wanted a wide lens that had the equivalent quality and sharpness that my 70-200 IS II produces. After months of staring at the amazing MTF charts & waiting for the lens to be available, I was under the impression that this lens was the "messiah" & that IF it produced images equally as breathtaking as my 70-200 IS II, then it would be worth every penny.
Pros: Consistent Output, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction