Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
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PJ Fish, Fredmiranda
5 December 2010
Conclusion: This IS THE MAIN PJ GLASS to own if you are a serious photographer or photojournalist,no other photographic product has gotten so much attention and usefullness than this,so why ???in the whole wide world is there so much sample variation of this canon 24-70?? (---in short ; IF you find a good sample you are in heaven;--) Canon please make a zoomquality like the 70-200 f 4 IS next time when you market the mk 2 version !
Pros: After 5 copies mine is a winner,and it sings to heaven at last !!good sharpness,perfect bokeh, a perfect glass if you only need one =this is THE ONE TO OWN !!
Cons: shame on you canon --baad quality control,the manual ring turns soft,the glass is soft,the price is far too high,and sharpness at f2,8 -f4 is soft(on bad samples) -its also have a too clumsy design
Summary: First impression: I was expecting this lens to be heavy because of all the whining about how heavy it is. It's not heavy. It's not even close to heavy. What's heavy is this lens, with a 5d-II body, a battery grip, a 580-EX and a light sphere. And a second 5D-Mark II body with all that, plus a 70-200 2.8. That's heavy.
Summary: I'm going to put two sections, positive and negative and a description of both. Negatives will come first since everyone is always harping on how great it is-- I'm sure if your here you may want to know the bad things. Negatives: Weight: It is gigantic and weighs a lot. I'm a big lady and after using this lens on my 5D Mark II for 9 hours my hand and wrist had taken a beating.
Summary: I just received this lens. I am moving up from a Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens, which is the lens I bought with the body of my Xsi. This is my first DSLR, and got into it about 6 months ago with the birth of my first child. Since then I have been steadily getting better, fumbling my way into taking better pictures. After six months of taking about 5,000 pictures, I am now confident I can take technically correct pictures ( I learn the hard way).
Conclusion: I got this lens almost new on FM traded on another one. Sent it same day to Canon for calibrations since some out of focus tests. After calibration it comeback better. Extremely bulky with no reason!!! This lens need re-design, Canon please make it as light and sharp as new 70-200mm F4 IS. In general OK all purpose zoom lens, but I will sell it anyway for something better ...
Pros: Usefull range, F2.8, weathersealed. Great L colors and contrast.
Cons: Extrimely heavy and large, moving front element. Need Canon calibration to become sharp.
Conclusion: Not all that impressed with this lens. I'd like to back up the users who have noticed issues with the 24-70's focus on subjects about 3 metres away. I have 3 5D bodies and one 1Ds MkIII and the 24-70 behaves EXACTLY the same on all of these cameras, I have tested it. The 24-70 focuses well/is sharp when the subject is close (say, less than 1 meter). When focusing on objects about 3 metres away, it's like a lucky dip as to what you get. The AF in this lens baffles me.
Pros: Usually sharp - read review. Feels excellent on camera.
Cons: Weirdest lens I have ever used when it comes to focus performance.
Conclusion: I already own a 24-105L, but f/2.8 is sooooooo attractive that I finally decided to buy it when I found a pretty good deal to get it second hand. First impression, it is as heavy as a brick - compared to 24-105L. As the seller said, I can feel a lot of glasses in it. I noticed that the zoom ring is pretty loose - perhaps because it is 3 years old? When I hold the lens, I always have a bad feeling that my hand may accidentally move the ring.
Pros: Sharpness in close range, build quality, f/2.8, USM, color
Cons: Heavy, heavy, heavy! Softness in long range. bokeh, loose zoom ring, 70mm is a bit short even on APS-C DSLR, no IS
Conclusion: This was the Lens that started me on the L envy when I started out with dSLR. Because of the built quality and the ratings it got everywhere I started saving for it and took me a year. In between I had had nifty 50,the 85 f1.8 and the fantastic 70-200 f4IS. All these lens gave me the WOW factor. My everyday lens was the 28-135 mm but I thought I could consolidate and use just the brick and my 70-200.
Conclusion: There is not any perfect lens! I read a lot of reviews about quality of this lens, and many people discover that it gives a lot of blur and this is true. You expect to get a very sharp lens with this one and this is true too! But to obtain sharpness you must use a tripod or very fast speed. I have many more photos without blur with an 17-85 S, and thats because at 85 mm your shots are with IS.