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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expensive but essential basic lens for professionals and enthusiasts
The mark 1 version of this lens was superb, built to last and a great favourite with professionals and enthusiasts.
For those reasons I was doubtful about the need to upgrade.

However, this lens has shown itself to be a clear improvement over the previous superb mark 1 lens.

The lens has been redesigned and the main result in practice for the...
Published 10 months ago by I. Giles

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5 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not prime quality and vignette's terribly
This lens is sharp and light and good to work with through out the day but when it comes to post production
the vignetting is terrible and lends to much more work and time correcting this in photoshop.
The mark one version although bigger and heavier I think is objectively a nicer lens but with it's large hood a bit of a lump to spend the day with. However the...
Published 6 months ago by filks1


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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expensive but essential basic lens for professionals and enthusiasts, 27 Oct 2013
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I. Giles (Argyll, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: EF 24-70mm F/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens (Electronics)
The mark 1 version of this lens was superb, built to last and a great favourite with professionals and enthusiasts.
For those reasons I was doubtful about the need to upgrade.

However, this lens has shown itself to be a clear improvement over the previous superb mark 1 lens.

The lens has been redesigned and the main result in practice for the user is improved sharpness throughout.
The lens is very fast to focus and works well in all lighting circumstances within reason.
It is now more water and dust proof.
It is built to last.

The hood is a short wing design which does not offer the front element (with or without a filter) the protection from rain spots which the much longer hood did with the previous model.
This is a disadvantage for photographers that have no choice but to work in wet conditions.
I have communicated with Canon about this but as the internal action of the lens has been reversed it is not possible to fit a longer hood.

Otherwise I would agree with all the reviews that report the improvements of this lens over the mark 1
Superb has now become superb plus!
Worth every penny for professionals and enthusiasts.

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comparable performance to the much loved Canon 70 - 200 f2.8 IS II, 2 July 2014
This review is from: EF 24-70mm F/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens (Electronics)
I would agree that this lens carries a hefty price tag, but you know the price before you buy. This is a brief review about how the lens actually performs in practice, rather than a review of Canon's pricing policy, so that you have some information to weigh up against whatever price tag you are seeing.

I've owned the lens for a couple of weeks and have shot 1 wedding with it so far. I was also considering the Tamron 24 - 70 f2.8 VC and was torn between the 2 lenses. My experience with 3rd party lenses has been that when you get a good copy they can be excellent, but I typically go through 2 or 3 copies before I get a keeper. In the end this was what tipped me towards the Canon option.

In opting for the Canon over the Tamron, my main concern was that I'd miss shots that I would have caught with the help of the Tamron's VC. In practice, most of the shots that I'm rejecting for technical reasons are down to movement of the subject, rather than the camera - an even wider aperture may have saved the shot, not VC / IS. At this focal length, image stabilisation for photography is a nice feature, but far from essential. If I wanted the lens for video work I would definitely have gone with the Tamron.

This lens had a tough act to follow, as I love my Canon 70 - 200 f2.8 IS II, but apart from the obvious - the lesser bokeh & compression that the shorter focal length offers, in most other respects, the quality of the images produced by these two lenses is very comparable as is the focus speed.

The 24 - 70 produces images that stand up well against my primes in terms of sharpness, colour and contrast, and this is high praise indeed. I would agree that any 24 - 70 f2.8 is going to be a bit of a 'jack of all trades' lens (some say boring) as compared to a selection of nice super-fast primes, but if you shoot weddings or similar events, this lens is a Godsend.

I only have one niggle - yes, the lens hood now locks into place, but if the release button gets pushed accidentally, you then have a very loose hood that drops off easily. I use a Black Rapid strap, and this places the hood release button so that it is between the camera and my body & the hood gets released easily and falls to the floor. If you use a Black Rapid with the camera hanging to your right, put the lens hood on upside down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT ON MY EOS 5D MK11, 9 Sep 2014
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SUPERB LENS.EXCELLENT ON MY EOS 5D MK11.NOW MY STANDARD LENS.EXPENSIVE BUT WORTH THE MONEY.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome., 14 Aug 2014
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Kristos Georgiou "KG 1966" (London) - See all my reviews
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No other word to describe it.
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5 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not prime quality and vignette's terribly, 24 Feb 2014
This review is from: EF 24-70mm F/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens (Electronics)
This lens is sharp and light and good to work with through out the day but when it comes to post production
the vignetting is terrible and lends to much more work and time correcting this in photoshop.
The mark one version although bigger and heavier I think is objectively a nicer lens but with it's large hood a bit of a lump to spend the day with. However the large deep hood on the Mk 1 does have it's advantages by keeping rain off the front element.
This Mark 2 has such a small hood the front element is very exposed to the natural elements which makes shooting in light rain tricky. All in all if you want quality use a prime... there is a noticeable difference. But if you want a good workhorse to cover an event and image quality is not a high priority keep your Mark 1 zoom!
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