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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Nov 8, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Superb build, reliability, fast and accurate focus, sharp with good technique, reverse zoom, Bokeh near MFD
Cons:
A tad heavy

I bought this lens second hand in 2006 and used it on a 5D and 5DII for everything from landscapes to weddings.

It is my most used lens and images are vivid with excellent contrast when stopped down a stop or two.

Build quality is solid and the zoom ring, focus ring and barrel extension are as smooth as when I bought it.

Focus is quick and accurate with the center points on the 5 series though I wish it were parfocal.

Sharp corner to corner landscapes can be achieved if used with proper technique. I've found that focusing a third into a frame as recommended often results in softish corners with this lens even at f11-f16. My workaround is to focus at slightly short of infinity (at the start of the infinity line) while letting the aperture take care of close details. Found this to be the same for the Nikkor 14-24 I also own and is probably a result of the field curvature of both lenses.

Overall I'm very pleased with this lens though may consider adding the new 24-70mm f/4 for travel and landscapes.