Summary: I love this lens. I purchased this product because I have used it before for my work. It is now one of the only lenses I use when I shoot. It is sharp, has crystal clear quality, and is fast. I definitely got this lens for a steal. I would recommend this lens to any Canon shooting photographer any day!
Summary: I advise to test lens on your camera before you buy it. My lens has back-focus and non-uniform falling of sharpness on 24 mm. It has upset me. Quality on 24mm is worse than on the 50-70mm. This lens very heavy.Certainly, it is better to have some lens - wide angle, for portraits and for macroshooting, but it costs more expensively.
Expensive, Heavy, but worth the money if you can afford it.
17 January 2013
Summary: Owned this lens for about a year and loved it! I parted with it only because the newer model came about. Image Quality on this version one was already great. The second version also has great IQ but it doesn't seem to be as well made as the first version. The second version is similar to the Canon 24-105 L f/4.0 IS in size and lens hood design. OK... it's a little heavier and bigger than the 24-105 and definitely lighter and smaller with hood than the version I.
Summary: I bought this lens to use with my Canon T2i. I have been told many times that it's better to invest in getting superior glass (lenses) for an average camera than to invest in a superior camera with only average lenses. The advice was right on. I can take incredible pictures with the "L" lenses that I have including the Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM. I was concerned about the crop factor with my T2i whereby I wouldn't be able to capture a wide angle close up shot (i.e.
Summary: The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens is clearly the best performing Canon full-frame-compatible general purpose zoom lens available. I think it is the best from both an image quality perspective and from an AF speed/accuracy perspective. This lens is very sharp/has excellent contrast across the frame even at f/2.8 and is well built, focuses extremely fast and contains a most-used range of focal lengths. The cons?
Summary: I bought this lens to get same or better image than my Canon 24-105mm f4L and actually I can put them on par but, the operation of this lens on poor lit conditions is superb and the bokeh obtained can't be beaten. It is heavier than the 24-105mm but still manageable. Images are better than many other zoom lenses and on par of some primes.