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Adorama deal: Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS for only $799
  
 
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p.3 #1 · p.3 #1 · Adorama deal: Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS for only $799


I have all three right now (24-105, 24-70 f4, and 2.8II). I was a little disappointed at 24mm on the 24-70 f4. its not anywhere as sharp as the 24-70II. it does catch up by f11. I would say it is about a little worse than tamron 24-70 in the edge/corners bellow 5.6, better past 5.6.
at 50mm, it is indeed poor off center at f4, but actually sharpens nicely once stopped down.
over all at all f stops, stopped down it performs slightly better than 24-105. Most notable, it has a lot less distortion at 24.
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Mar 22, 2014 at 12:43 AM
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Greg M wrote:
For still pictures:
Not much smaller
weight difference isn't really noticeable
How much better IS do you need? The 105's IS is really good.
Can't really tell the difference in the sound of the IS.
Macro is useless because you have to be sooooo close to focus that the barrel casts a shadow.
Shoot RAW and use a good program like C1 and you'll never know that the distortion is worse.

The 105 is vastly sharper at and around 50mm.

Now if my main use was video then I'd go for the 24-70 but for pictures the 24-105 is the better lens.


I'd need to see actual images displayed side-by-side shot from the same body, from both lenses at 50mm with both lens after full AFMA. I've heard the 24-70 has some focus breathing at 50mm, but no one has stated either is 'vastly sharper' than the other.

And 'better' is at best subjective...the extra reach of the 24-105 is attractive, as is the extra reach of my 24-85, but if the extra sharpness and reduced distortion of the 24-70 is across the frame, it would meet if not exceed my needs/wants for stills and video.

And with regards to IS, I've both the 70-200 f4L IS and the 100 f2,8L IS, and there is a difference between the two versions, it's not major but the newer hybrid IS feels and works quite well. Both of these lenses have stellar IS as does the 300 f4L IS, and my choice would be to have a bit more sharpness; even if it's just a bit 'better'.

With zooms I'm usually shooting at the extremes, rarely composing at 50mm; that task is left to a 50 f1.4 which is most 'always' stuffed in a pocket

Perhaps the 'odd' man out, but a 6D with 24-70 f4L IS sounds like a nice kit when my move to FF happens
Jerry



Mar 22, 2014 at 01:02 AM
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Greg M wrote:
For still pictures:
Not much smaller
weight difference isn't really noticeable
How much better IS do you need? The 105's IS is really good.
Can't really tell the difference in the sound of the IS.
Macro is useless because you have to be sooooo close to focus that the barrel casts a shadow.
Shoot RAW and use a good program like C1 and you'll never know that the distortion is worse.

The 105 is vastly sharper at and around 50mm.

Now if my main use was video then I'd go for the 24-70 but for pictures the 24-105 is the better lens.


It's not jsut distortion, it has less longitudinal (and lateral for that matter) CA and it's just not as crisp near the edges on FF near 24mm or 70mm. All I can say with my copies the difference was clear.



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stanj wrote:
They did, almost ($1700) at Xmas.


Yup, they sure did. And for just $500 more than the Tamron - it was a no brainer.

Oh wait - I gotta learn to read - this was 3/04 - so Robert did get the 24-70 f2.8 II a few days ago when the price dropped. You got your wish!

Nevermind!




Mar 22, 2014 at 05:07 AM
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KevinDar, thank you for the images and info, the effort is much appreciated, I'll guess those are at 24mm and I'm liking what I see


Mar 22, 2014 at 05:24 AM
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p.3 #6 · p.3 #6 · Adorama deal: Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS for only $799


I can give crops, but after reviewing it, I would say 24-70f4, makes a very good landscape lens, at f8-f11, including mid range. my 24-70II actually lags behing a little at f5.6 and f8.


Mar 22, 2014 at 06:35 AM
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