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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Jan 29, 2017 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: optical quality, sharp, excellent colours, build quality is sturdy
Cons:
AF can be slow at wide angles depending on available light, used to be soft at f/2.8 but is sharper after being serviced by Canon, weight

I have owned this lens for approximately 10 years and it has served me well.

Colours are accurate and images are very sharp, with contrast. The macro range is especially useful for close-ups and greatly benefits from f-stops of f/5.6 and slower.

AF is very fast provided there is sufficient ambient light. At wide angles with less light I find that the AF tends to hunt a little bit. I often find myself equipping my Speedlight flash only to make use of the AF assist beam. This method ensures an extremely fast and accurate focus in any environment.

Unfortunately, it did have to be serviced by Canon due to a minor dropping incident. Before the incident, I found that it was soft at f/2.8 and f3.2. When it came back from the shop the softness issues were resolved.... No pun intended.

I have not yet tried the Mark II version as it has received an overwhelming amount of praise. If it is as good as it is said to be then I could see myself eventually making the upgrade, but for now I am content. If you can find this lens at a reasonable price you won't be disappointed!