24-70mm F2.8LUSMII

Canon 24 - 70mm F2.8l USM II

 

Canons new 24-70mm promised to be vastly improved over its predecessor. But with a price tag of around £1800, it may be too little of an upgrade to persuade owners of the mk I to upgrade, especially considering they omitted IS (image stability) which I think most people were expecting to be included. Canon have said this was done to achieve higher standards in other areas of the design and including IS would have resulted in compromising optic quality, and size. But for me I had parted company from my 24-105mm F4L as I was not happy with the lack of contrast and huge amounts of CA (Chromatic Aberration). I am not detracting from the 24-105mm as it has an excellent reputation, and overall the picture quality was good, it just needed a tweak to the black slider in lightroom. But I have a pet hate for CA I think I was just unlucky to receive a flawed lens which exaggerated the CA. But after losing confidence in the lens, I decided I would opt for the faster glass of the 24-70mm, and it made a great partner for my 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM II.This focal range also came in very handy for my wedding photography and was a useful walk round lens, 24mm being acceptable for landscape, and the top end near ideal for portraiture. The build of this lens is superb, real quality build and feel, focus and zoom rings have great tension and also added to the mkII is a zoom lock to prevent zoom creep while walking with the lens faced down. Canon have made this a 82mm filter, which can get expensive but a simple Hoya Pro 1 Uv comes in at £50 but if you have threaded filter sets rather than holder and slides this could be an issue.I am glad to say I have not seen any signs of CA even in very high contrast situations, the contrast and colour pallet are absolutely superb. The lens is sharp throughout the range, with attractive creamy OOF area’s (Out Of Focus). The focus is exceptionally fast and very accurate, but I have this lens mounted on a Canon 5D MkIII, which I am sure will help fight its corner.Would I recommend this lens, absolutely, match this with the latest 70-200mm and a x2 extender you will have yourself a very useful 24-200mm @f2.8 and 140-400mm @5.6

 

©Karl Redshaw

Canon 24-70mm F2.8L USM II

Canon 24-70mm F2.8L USM II