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Old Sep 14, 2010, 9:11 AM   #1
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Default Canon 24-70 2.8

Getting ready to get this lens, kinda excited, but was wondering if there were any concerns on this lens.???
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Old Sep 15, 2010, 6:31 PM   #2
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No concerns at all. Excellent chunk of glass! Have one myself!
Its a bit on the heavy side compared to say the 24-105 but well worth it in the IQ, contrast, sharpness and 2.8 aperture over the 24-105. One thing that will make you think what the hey! 70mm is actually with the barrel in, extended all the way out is the 24mm end. Totally backwards from all other zooms where the barrel extends for the long end. Its a sexy piece to look at too!
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Old Sep 16, 2010, 4:38 PM   #3
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thank you. i picked up the tamron 17-50 VC its nice but i wish i just had invested in the 24-70+
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Anecdotal experience is quite unreliable, so make sure you look at lens tests too.

The 24-70 is a very good lens.

But it doesn't suit everybody's needs or style: I don't like the 24-70 f2.8 compared to say the 24-105 f4 IS.

Why? It's quite a lot heavier for a start. I'd rather have the IS than the extra stop on a zoom. If I want shallow DOF I tend to shoot with primes.

I have only used one copy each of a 24-105 (the one I own) and a 24-70, but my 24-105 is incredibly sharp, much sharper than the 24-70 I used for a few days. I'm fairly sure that is not the general case, but I think the lens tests show that at every focal length except 70mm the 24-105 is an excellent lens, at 70 it's pretty horrible - which is why sometimes head-to-head comparisons show the 24-70 as coming out on top.

Check out the blur charts at http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showcat.php/cat/11

The 24-105 is clearly not quite as good, but still an excellent lens.

The reason I prefer the 24-105 is that it is lighter and cheaper and as I usually shoot at f5.6-f11 anyway I prefer having IS on board.

If you are worried about DOF - remember that [email protected] gives almost identical DOF to [email protected]

Just make sure that if you are shooting a crop camera that 24mm is wide enough for you. Otherwise have a serious look at the 17-55 f2.8 IS. It has the wide aperture, AND has IS, AND is much sharper than both the 24-70 and the 24-105!!
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Old Sep 17, 2010, 8:57 AM   #5
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with rumours going around may be you shud wait and see how the 24-70 F2.8 IS will turn out.

If you wanna save money my bet would be on the 24-105 as peri suggested. This lens is my favorite on a full frame. almost stays 95% of the time. it still stays on my 1.3x sensor. But lately my 70-200 stays in the camera just for the fun of it.
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ooh grat's on your 1,000th post! ^^
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