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| p.1 #12 · SLR Lounge, Lens Wars, Canon Primes and Zooms Compared... |
Yes, a shame about sample variations so important now days.
for example, my 17-40/4L is tack sharp at 17@4, in a total different league that what I see on this lens war. Really not the same lens at all.
Anyway this confirm 24/70II and 70/200II amazing performances.
I would think the 200/2L would be far superior to cheap 200/2.8, and it isn't ...
Now I want a 85/1.2L !! :/
Regarding the 200/2 vs. the 70-200/2.8L II: You really need to look closer at the details and you'll see some front focusing going on with the chopped off branches of the tree trunk in the lower right of the frame, where one is sharp in front of the model and the other is blurry. Other details point out the improperly adjusted focusing between these two lenses. I still see the 200/2 as the winner, especially after seeing so many shots taken by Lisa Holloway with the 200 over in the People forum.
But, quibbling aside, Pye confirms the common knowledge that the new 24-70II and 70-200II are the best general range zooms Canon has in its line up (or ever produced!).
I like how he stresses throughout the series that many times convenience plays a strong role in lens selection over absolute IQ. This is the choice I've made with the 28-300L (mine seems slightly better than the sample he has) as my general "one lens solution", and combined with the 16-35L II, I had a "16-300mm solution" rather than a 24-200. I augment that with excellent primes such as the 24 TSE, 35IS, 50L and 100L macro.
For a lightweight "one lens solution", I have to stick up for the little red-headed step-child he keeps bashing -- the 24-105L IS. Mine is a great copy, much better than his sample, and sharper than my original 24-70L. It's very convenient when paired with a simple 5D2 body. It's certainly not as good as the new 24-70L II, but good enough until, if and when, I get the new one.