review review: Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II

review: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II

It was with great excitement that I received a review copy of the new Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II (vendor) lens. There were several reasons that this highly-anticipated lens interested me. My experience with Canon gear has been … let’s just say it’s been an uneven experience at times. There are specifically two lenses that got my ire – the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 II and the (original) Canon 24-70mm f/2.8

The older Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 has a bit of a reputation. While some people love it, others hate it for being an inconsistent lens. It has a tendency to go out of calibration. Also, in my experience it tends towards softness when you zoom to 24mm, focusing at infinity. I dread it when a second shooter uses this lens, and by now I insist they use the much more reliable Canon 24-105mm f/4L zoom (vendor), instead. Then I know the images will be sharp, with much less chance of being back-focused. Yup, I’m not a fan of the older lens at all.

In contrast, I absolutely love the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS (vendor). It is sharp, even wide open. Along with the aggressive stabilization, this makes it a wonderful lens to use in low light. Highly recommended. Every Canon shooter should own one.

But for me, there really was a gap with Canon in a bread-and-butter pro-spec top-notch reliable and crisply-sharp mid-range f/2.8 zoom. (It has to be all of those things!) Especially if you look at the superb Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 AF-S (vendor) in comparison. But now the new Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II has entered the scene.

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