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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Jul 20, 2010 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated


Your "review" is more fitting for a discussion on the Canon gear forum. Just like you can't rate a lens a full 10/10 after a couple of hours usage, you can't rate a lens 3/10 based on a single bad experience with a rental.

I'd advice anyone to take this type of discussion to the rental firm and demand a replacement lens or your money back...

I'll stop this argument here as the review section isn't the right place for it.


Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Jul 11, 2010 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated


You cannot "review" a lens based on little more than the experience gathered from renting a broken copy, period.

Any item of gear can get a damning review if the item in question is broken!

It doesn't take much brainpower to understand that this should not form the basis of a review. You can take into account QC issues, but the test / review should be based on a good copy or at least proof that one tried to obtain a good copy from a larger sample, thereby proving bad QC.

In one way the review conforms to logic, it is a flawed as its subject.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Sep 5, 2008 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

Pros: Performance to rival prime lenses
not really, but large hood and size and weight must be mentioned

It surprised me to read Torque22's damning review, without any comments about calibration nor taking it back for another copy.

Any lens can suffer from manufacturing defects or the need to be calibrated, the 24-70 is no different.

To simply state that the 24-70/2.8 "suffers from back-focusing issues" is misleading and not a sound basis for a review.

I'd like to repeat my earlier view, reinforced by the experiences I've had with this lens over the last months: the 24-70/2.8 is almost as good as a prime, and much more versatile.

I still think that the 24-105/4 IS is the superior travel lens - based on size, reach, IS and hood - and this is the reason it will stay in my kit, but apart from that the 24-70 suits most of my needs perfectly and has quickly become my favorite zoom and natural first choice.

Paired with the 70-200/2.8IS the 24-70/2.8 is a perfect set, at least on full frame.

This lens will probably be one of the last to go if I had to make that kind of choice.


Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Jun 11, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,658.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: range, mfd, fast, sharp, built

I've been a happy user of the 24-105/4 IS as it appeared, but the 24-70 has been drawing my attention for at least as long as that. However the mixed QC reports had me worried.

Although I've concentrated on slow zooms and fast primes, the idea of having a fast zoom set appealed to me. So I finally decided to match my 70-200/2.8IS with the famed 24-70/2.8 and I am not sorry!

Weight isn't an issue. I'm used to the 70-200/2.8IS and 85/1.2, both heavier lenses. Built quality is very good t excellent. The resulting images on my 5D are very satisfying (and better than expected and all I hoped for).

Don't ask me to choose between the 24-70 or 24-105, as each has its place. The first is near to prime quality, the latter a great general purpose zoom. I can see why some people choose this zoom over primes, as a capable alternative.

This EF 24-70/2.8 with batch number UW0312 is a keeper.

So to those who are despairing, those sharp copies are certainly out there!

Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM

Review Date: Mar 13, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Sharp center, f/1.8, USM, 7-bladed aperature and built quality.
Price, CA and soft borders.

This lens can be frustrating, but once you get to learn its strengths and weaknesses, it is quite rewarding and IMHO an affordable alternative to the 24L.

Soft borders can become an advantage if you like a dreamy look and the EF 28/1.8 produces a very nice bokeh. Don't be fooled however, stopped down a little the center becomes murderously sharp.

I was ready for a serious disappointment when I first tried it on my new 5D, the relatively weak border performance could become a real show stopper on a full frame, but instead I was pleasantly surprised.

My 28/1.8 seems to be made for full frame low light work.

This lens shares the 58mm filter size with the popular 50/1.4, 85/1.8 and 100/2.8 macro to name but a few. And it's really built like a tank!

So if the budget doesn't allow for L-glass, or if (like me) you're uncertain if a 24L is worth the extra investment (I'd rather get a 35L or 85L instead), this may be the lens for you.