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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

ef_24-70_28u_1_
Review Date: Apr 13, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: $1,200.00

 
Pros: Ummm.... it worked in half the range it was supposed to?
Cons:
At 24mm, F2.8-F4.5 were _horrifically_ soft.

I just finished testing my copy of this lens (it arrived this afternoon). The results were shocking and disheartening. I really wanted to like this lens, I really did, but the truth is what it is, and this copy is a dog.

F2.8 through F4.5 were horrifically soft from 24mm up to about 42mm.

Since this is marketed as a 24mm F2.8, I would expect it to be crystal sharp in that range. The facts are that the 24mm had an extremely noticeable blur up to F5.6, where there was a sudden and dramatic improvement. (The lens remained impressively sharp at 24mm and F5.6 on up - but this softness is NOT acceptable for a $1200 lens! A basic 28-90 was actually sharper than this lens was.)

I am returning this 24-70 lens and will request a second one, which I will test as well.