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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Oct 21, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,100.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: IQ, build quality, AF
Consdering its a zoom, none

This is a superb zoom. The AF speed is among the fastest of any lens I've used (including other Ls) on a 5D. The lens is sharp within reason at 2.8 and great by 4.0. As it should at this price, it has very little geometric distortion, almost no CA and good edge to edge sharpness. Flaring is just about a non-factor.

It will get bested by primes wide open, but unless you're shooting an ISO chart, you probably won't really be bothered by it. It's one of my two favorite lenses (along with the 70-200 2.8 IS) and I am very happy with my purchase.

I'm not sure why there are complaints about AF speed and weight here. The AF on this lens is very fast on a 5D. I don't think there is any lens in this focal range, zoom or prime that has a much if it all faster AF. Second the weight is the end result of all these positives - a reverse zooming, parafocal, constant aperture lens with this IQ that reaches into the wide angle region.

My only real complaint is that I think all L lenses should have a 5 year warranty, not 1.