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| p.4 #15 · Canon 24-70 f/2.8L II: A Peerless Performer |
So, everyone incl. the-digital-picture, lensrentals etc thinks the new 24-70 f/2.8 Mk 2 is an AWESOME lens... except Photozone.
"Fast standard zoom lenses are obviously very difficult to design. To date we never really thought "oh, this is it!". Unfortunately this also applies to the mighty Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 USM L II. Now this may sound worse than it really is. Considering the sum of its characteristics we'd still state that the lens has been improved over its predecessor but it is not perfect and regarding its sky high price tag we simply expected a little more."
I trust their numbers among the most of any site, far more than TDP's chart photos, but I don't always agree with his star ratings or text though, he seems to slag a bit on some amazing optics and play up some lesser lenses a bit in the text, getting caught up in very specific expectations that must be 100% exactly met it seems (i.e. decent far edges at f/1.4 for the 24mm and when it fails at that then it gets slagged on and yet a far, far worse performing, going by his own numbers too, 24-105 gets praised for 24mm IQ because he had no special expectations over things it must be able to do at 24mm).