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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Jun 5, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,179.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Tack Sharp...Very Fast....Amazing Clarity....Gorgeous Details....
Expensive and Heavy

For the past year, I had been sitting on the fence about picking up the Tamron 24-75 XR DI F/2.8 Lens.

Initially, I wanted to get the Tamron because it was touted as offering the quality of this lens at 1/3 the price. Back then, the Tamron XR DI lens was in short supply and was mainly available as a used eBay or Craigslist lens.

Mixed in with the numerous stories of trying to find the Tamron lens were the numerous reports of many Tamron lens' having QA issues. Purchasing a good copy was like a roll of the dice. It was this dicey risk that ultimately caused me to put the Tamron efforts in the shoebox.

I had a conversation with a co-worker regarding the Tamron vs Canon L Series lens. He gave some good arguments in favor of the Canon 24-70 L series lens. His arguments were unargueable and they were the seeds that caused me to look more closely at this lens.

I read some negative postings, and I read many positive postings. The positive postings dwarfed the negative postings.

The only thing that held me back from buying this lens before was money.

What pushed me to finally pull the trigger and purchase this lens was money.

In addition to money, I had photography related events that were coming up like my cousin's Baby Baptism, a family wedding next month, and my daughter's pre-school graduation at the end of June.

I got a bonus check at work and the time was right.

I drove to Keeble and Shuchat in Palo Alto on Friday. They were running a no sale tax promotion. I would have ordered from B&H if the promotion had not happened.

I picked up the 24-70 F/2.8 lens, a $110 UV filter to protect the lens, a Battery Grip, and an OMNI-BOUNCE for my 580EX flash.

I took the new lens and Battery Grip to a children's birthday party on Saturday, and to my niece's baby baptism on Sunday.

I took the pictures in RAW format and used Raw Shooter's Premium 2006 to adjust and to output to JPEG format last night.

The pictures were awesome. Many of the pictures were very detailed and tack sharp.

On portrait shots, you could see the minor details on a person's face. This includes imperfections, pores, and baby facial hairs.

Just seeing the quality of this lens so far is extremely impressive. I have not looked back since purchasing this lens.

I have a Canon 20D that I purchased one year ago so I had to pay that off before buying this lens. I wish that I had this lens a year ago when I got married.

After purchasing the 20D, I was using a cheap Canon lens that I bought on eBay for $80. My pictures were ok.

The combination of this lens and my 20D give me picture quality that I couldn't imagine.

Also, the battery grip gives you more room to grip especially with the weight of this lens.

The combination of the battery grip and the 24-70 L Lens has pretty much tripled the weight of the camera from its previous configuration of camera and cheap eBay Canon lens.

The only downside to this lens is that the pictures look so good that it raises your standards so that your next lens purchase will most likely be another L Series lens.

Qualitatively, this is a good thing. Quantitatively, this may not be a good thing for your wallet.

If you want a lens that will perform out of the box, then this is the lens to get if it fits the range that you need and fits your budget.

If it doesn't fit your budget, then maybe the Tamron lens is a good starter lens with the eventual graduation to this lens.