Friday, May 31, 2013

EF 24-70 f/2.8L II final thoughts

Image: Upper Zion, Canon 5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
f/11, 65mm, 1/200 sec, hand held.

  Image: White Pocket, Canon 5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8L II 
f/11, 41mm, 1/160 sec, Tripod. 
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See my first impressions here

Resolution, this lens provides lots and lots of resolution, the higher the quality of the glass that is in a lens, the better the resolution provided by that lens, the new 24-70 f/2.8L II provides oodles of it.

Sharp throughout, little distortion and no chromatic aberration make this a keeper lens, color rendition and micro contrast are also excellent, it beats its Canon stable mates and is a great all around lens.

From portrait shoots to wide landscapes, on a Canon full frame camera you cant beat it, I'll take it over three f/1.4 primes any day. Paired with the EF 16-35 f/2.8L II and the EF 70-200 f/4L IS, I don't feel a need for any thing else for a shoot in the back country.

Only downfalls are weight and cost, I got it with the $200 rebate after the priced dropped a little.

Its missing Image Stabilization, is that a downfall? not if it increased the weight and size, I shoot all critical images on a tripod where Image Stabilization does nothing and even in low light Image Stabilization isn't much help.

Image: Redwood Forest, Canon 5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8L II 
f/11, 24mm, 1/80 sec, Tripod. 

Oh and corner to corner sharpness : )

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