4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great lens but expensive...
, 18 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens (Camera)
After suffering with my 18-55mm kit lens for a few months I decided to be bold and buy this for my 450d.
First off, I will make the assumption that a lot of people considering this will also be considering the 24-105 f/4, just as I was. After reading a ridiculous number of reviews, I decided there wasn't a huge difference in quality, so it all came down to whether or not you want/need 2.8 aperture and your focal length requirements.
When I purchased this, I also had in mind to buy the 70-200 f/2.8 IS (Which I did buy... and it's lovely), so I decided the 24-70 was ample focal length to cover most things. I also just couldn't pass up the large aperture, and knew I'd always regret not taking the plunge. Decision made.
There's noticeable barrel/pin cushion distortion at the focal extremes, but this is easily fixed in Photoshop and unavoidable in zoom lenses. Chromatic aberration is evident throughout, although again I've not had it to the extent where Photoshop's Camera Raw couldn't remove.
On a crop body (1.6x), it is on the edge of not being wide enough @ 24mm for decent landscapes. You get away with it in most circumstances, but only just. I've found it great for urban photography, portraits (from 50-70mm) and weddings however. The ultrasonic autofocus is great, very silent and fast so no issues there.
Less about image quality... more about the L-factor. This lens quite simply feels expensive. It has a reassuring weight to it which doesn't bother me. The build quality and lack of plastic is great, and you just feel like a pro with this mounted on your camera. The supplied lens hood never leaves my lens unless I'm shooting with Cokin filters.
All in all, this is obviously a very expensive lens, but the quality is superb and the focal length is bang on for a number of applications. I love mine and you will too.
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