Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II tested by Roger Cicala
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Fred Miranda
Registered: Dec 31, 2001
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Read Roger Cicala's resolution test of the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II. This highly anticipated lens just hit the market and his results will surprise you. He compares it to the previous version as well as several other top lenses.

"This is short, sweet, and simple. The resolution absolutely, positively kicks butt and takes names. It is way better than the lens it replaces. Itís better at 70mm than the best Canon zoom I know of, the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II. Itís even better at 24mm than the sharpest 24mm prime we have, the Canon 24 TS-E. In the center, in the corners, it doesnít care. We only had 5 copies to test, but they were all very similar with little copy-to-copy variation."

Read the entire test and Imatest results | See lens teardown.

Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II Pre-order: B&H Photo | Amazon



pixelpix
Registered: Jul 19, 2002
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Canon is putting a lot of effort into lens updates that offer increased resolution across the frame... if I was a betting man, I would say this is in preparation for a new high resolution body.... Bring It On!



RobDickinson
Registered: Sep 25, 2009
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I've seen comparison samples between the 24tse and this and this does seem better!



Schlotkins
Registered: Aug 06, 2004
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Those resolution numbers are really impressive.
Chris



jcolwell
Registered: Feb 10, 2005
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Awesome.



ben egbert
Registered: Jan 31, 2005
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Wish he had said something about the corners, its why I shoot primes now.



RobDickinson
Registered: Sep 25, 2009
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ben egbert wrote:
Wish he had said something about the corners, its why I shoot primes now.



"Itís even better at 24mm than the sharpest 24mm prime we have, the Canon 24 TS-E. In the center, in the corners, it doesnít care."

Can you not read?



tanglefoot47
Registered: Oct 12, 2004
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Damn fixed income would kill for this lens I loved the old one this one kicks ass



surf monkey
Registered: May 24, 2005
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Like many others, at first glance I thought, "How dare they charge this much for this lens?"
But like the 70-200f2.8 v2 before it, the improved performance makes the price increase less controversial.

Like the 5D2 & 5D3 and 70-200f2.8 versions, Canon should offer both versions for those that can't afford the new premium. But it doesn't look like they'll do that, since the old version is no longer on their website.
Those that can't afford the new one, might want to snatch up the remaining stock of the original.



Fred Miranda
Registered: Dec 31, 2001
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Added the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II teardown link.



danZphoto
Registered: May 26, 2010
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surf monkey wrote:

Those that can't afford the new one, might want to snatch up the remaining stock of the original.


There will be plenty of slightly used ones available soon...



ben egbert
Registered: Jan 31, 2005
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RobDickinson wrote:
ben egbert wrote:
Wish he had said something about the corners, its why I shoot primes now.



"Itís even better at 24mm than the sharpest 24mm prime we have, the Canon 24 TS-E. In the center, in the corners, it doesnít care."

Can you not read?


Guess not, I read does not care.



StanOPhoto
Registered: Sep 20, 2010
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Those resolution numbers are insane. I notice a significant difference in sharpness between my 70-200 f/2.8 IS II and my 24-70 and I would love to have my 24-70 be just as sharp, but not at $1,000 more. I'd rather invest in a fast L prime for variety.



gvg45
Registered: Oct 05, 2007
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Damn, I thought this lens wasn't going to be selling too well by the first initial reports causing a price decrease sooner than later, but with a review like this I dont see that happening anymore.



splathrop
Registered: Feb 27, 2006
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I would welcome a comparison of true focal lengths at nominal 24mm and nominal 70mm. Would be good to have that data for the 70-200 II as well.



snapsy
Registered: Feb 24, 2008
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The Tamron sure looks competitive in terms of resolution, VC, and price.



pipspeak
Registered: Nov 23, 2004
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gvg45 wrote:
Damn, I thought this lens wasn't going to be selling too well by the first initial reports causing a price decrease sooner than later, but with a review like this I dont see that happening anymore.


Oh, I don't know. $2300 is still priced out of the range of most non-pros IMO, which surely limits its market (he says, wishfully

Sounds like a great lens, but Nikon also managed to produce a great 24-70 and price it $500 lower



SKumar25
Registered: May 18, 2006
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The price will come down. This is the initial price, as with every other Canon product, the price comes down over time. Will not surprise me if Canon rebates this within 6-12 months.



skibum5
Registered: Jan 21, 2005
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SKumar25 wrote:
The price will come down. This is the initial price, as with every other Canon product, the price comes down over time. Will not surprise me if Canon rebates this within 6-12 months.


one store had it for $125 off for pre-orders, they are back to list now though



kewlcanon
Registered: Mar 28, 2009
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The most expensive zoom too ? .



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