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| p.8 #6 · Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II tested by Roger Cicala |
picked up my 24-70mkII from my local retailer yesterday (apparently I was the first one to pick one up - but i've wanted this lens for a while, even if i only notified the store last week), played around with it today.. will post back here with thoughts after i've had more of a chance to shoot with it in a live/active events/reportage setting, for which this lens was designed for..
at a first glance, sharpness & micro-contrast has definitely improved over the original 24-70, especially at short/normal distances.. without pixel-peeping, seems it matches my excellent 24LmkII from f/2.8 to f/11.. at infinity, or near infinity, it is still remarkably poorer than my Zeiss 21mm at any of those same apertures - this is likely more a testament to how good/different the Zeiss optics are though..
24-70mkII focuses much, much faster than the orig 24-70.. on the 1Ds3, it glides.. on the CPS-loaned 1DX, it zips to focus like its psychic. the one thing i like about it more than my heavily-relied-upon 24LmkII is that the focus consistency seems to be more reliable.
and for all the people who had "great, sharp" 24-70mkIs - i envy you, i went through 4 diff copies, 2 new, 2 used, got rid of all 4 because they were unusable professionally. (having to go back & dial in artificially high sharpening settings isn't acceptable in my personal view)
(posting this in 2 separate threads in case people might be able to take some value from my brief experiences with the 24-70mkII)