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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

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Review Date: Mar 9, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,099.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Everything, color, contrast, and very very sharp.
Cons:
Price

I think the last review I posted was for the original 24-70 f/2.8. The original, was my Clydesdale for the past 8 years. The MK II is exactly what I was hoping for, a mid range zoom that is every bit as good as my 70-200 f/4 IS. The only experience with primes was a short but sweet ownership of a 35 f/1.4 L. The MK II easily stands up to the aforementioned prime. I really do not notice the 100 gram weight difference in the MKII. It still feels like a brick attached to a 5D MK II. About the only thing that is lighter is my wallet, as we all know the lens is expen$ive. Is it worth it? Unequivocally, YES!!!!!!! The color, contrast, and sharpness is wonderful. One other thing I have noticed is there seems to be a slight reduction in noise/grain but then again it could be my imagination. In closing I highly recommend this lens.

 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Dec 19, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,100.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Build quality, Color, Contrast, and Sharp at ALL f/ stops.
Cons:
$$$$$ and slightly heavy

I am neither a pro photographer nor optical expert. I only know what is pleasing to my eyes and that this lens has become my favorite. Yeah, it's a little heavy but, the results have been stunning. My $0.02.