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

Review Date: Oct 6, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,299.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Pros. Well made, very sharp in prime territory.
Cons: Expensive, distortion, vignetting.

I just finished my test of the 24-70 f2.8 mk2. It is a landscape oriented test with 100% corner crop comparisons with the 24TSEmk2, 35f1.4L Ziess 50 f1.4 and the 70-200 f2,8IS V1.
At the end there is a link to my SmugMug gallery that has some full size jpgs.

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Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II

Review Date: Aug 15, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,199.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Image quality, lack of distortion and vignetting
bit hard to get used to the controls, requires new filter., Need to learn to manual focus without focus confirm when in tilit or shift mode.

Very sharp corner to corner. Great build quality. Compared to my 17-40, it is much sharper, especially in the corners and edges, and has no noticeable distortion or vignetting (above f5.6) or CA. These were my main reasons to get this lens. I use this on a 1DS-mk3.

Going to take some time to learn how to focus this when tilt or shift is required because focus confirmation is inaccurate when shifted or tilted. Also going to take some time to memorize all the movements. I rotated for side to side tilt and it took a while to get everything back for up down tilt and up down shift.

After taking a few ultra deep dof shots using tilt, I suspect I will not need it often on a 24 used mostly for landscapes. Stopping down to f8 or f11 provided very deep dof without tilt. But the shift function means no more pointing the camera up or down for composition, or getting on these old hands and knees to get the shot.

I strongly considered the 24 f1.4mk2 but I wanted to get some experience with a tilt shift lens with the thought of adding a 17 and 90 in the future.

Personal difficulties aside, this is fantastic lens, highly recommended.