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Old Feb 7, 2012, 8:45 AM   #1
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Default 3 New Canon Lenses (including the new 24-70mm f2.8 L)

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With this announcement and that of the Nikon D800 today there is a lot going on in the dSLR world. Nikon D800 Announced

The most talked about thing so far with the new 24-70 is there is still no IS. It seems that Tamron has that covered as a couple of days ago they announced a 24-70mm f2.8 with VC...... lots to look forward to when people start getting their hands on them!
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But no new EF-S for us in the cheap seats.
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The most talked about thing so far with the new 24-70 is there is still no IS. It seems that Tamron has that covered as a couple of days ago they announced a 24-70mm f2.8 with VC...... lots to look forward to when people start getting their hands on them!
Yes... The new Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 lens design got my attention, as they've got a really good reputation for image quality with their SP (Super Performance) series lenses, and it looks like they're taking steps to improve AF speed by including their USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) feature.

It's too bad that Tamron didn't include that type of AF with their SP 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, as it's a high quality lens, except that the AF speed is somewhat lacking compared to some of the competition.

But, Tamron made no announcement as to when we can expect to see availability of their new 24-70mm, and sometimes there is a long lag between the lens announcements and lens availability with Tamron. We'll have to wait and see how long it takes for them to get it into production and on dealer shelves.
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I agree that the Tamron looks very interesting. Of course there is every chance that the new L is going to be amazing.

I am slightly bemused about the two wide angles though. Video lenses?
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I agree that the Tamron looks very interesting. Of course there is every chance that the new L is going to be amazing.

I am slightly bemused about the two wide angles though. Video lenses?
The MTF charts for the new Canon 24-70 look mighty strong to say the least so could be a real winner.

You are right about the primes, a lot have commented that they seem to be more video minded.
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The recent announcements are certainly interesting news. However it makes me even more 'content' with my current kit. I can still take great photos with it

The Canon 24-70mm f2.8 will probably get a run for its money in terms of sales & competition from the Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 (with VC!) if the Tamron has good image quality. Both full frame, should have potential for very high image quality.

The 2 new primes (24mm f2.8 and 28mm f2.8) certainly appear to appeal to videographers in particular, or landscape specialists (eg handy for panoramas). Not so interesting for me, though. I'm still waiting for faster primes, especially a faster normal prime with USM focussing (and possibly IS!).

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I can see the primes being quite nice as a "standard" (24*1.6=38mm equivalent or 28*1.6=43mm equivalent) primes for the crop cameras.

If they are good wide open then the addition of the 4-stop IS would work well. I would rather have a 2.8 with 4 stop IS than an f2 of similar size.

Interesting move by Canon.

Now if they would just make a nice 35mm f2.8 IS I reckon it could find a home on my 5DMkII.
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I'm hoping for a new 35mm f1.4, it's allegedly on the cards according to a few sites but until anyone announces it is just rumour and could be years away. I would rather not get stuck with the current one only for it to crash in price a few weeks later with the launch of something new..... however, I also don't want to be without a fast wide prime for much longer.
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I still think you don't need IS in a 24-70 especially on a Canon with great low-light ISO capability... Why mess up with more 'IS' elements which can only detract from IQ?

On the other hand the GPS-E1 only supports the 1Dx which is a bummer as almost all other manufacturers already support geo-tagging with their dSLRs if not built-in already!
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I still think you don't need IS in a 24-70 especially on a Canon with great low-light ISO capability... Why mess up with more 'IS' elements which can only detract from IQ?
The stabilization feature won't be included in the Sony model of the new Tamron lens (Tamron is removing that feature for the Alpha mount model, because the Sony dSLR models already have sensor shift based stabilization).

So, you wouldn't have that problem to worry about using your Sony A900. Of course, since you already have a very nice Sony/Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8, there's little point in switching to a different 24-70mm for your type of photography when using the Sony. :-)

As for the Canon EF mount model, you never know about how additional optical elements used for stabilization will impact image quality, as some Canon lenses with it have higher IQ than the same lens model without it. For example, the latest Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L USM IS II lens tests sharper than the latest Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens without IS. Of course, the latest IS version is using a newer design. But, you really have to take that kind of thing on a case by case basis (how similar lens models with and without IS compare), as optical engineering is continuing to improve. So, until the lens is actually shipping and tested, we can only speculate as to what IQ to expect from it.

As for having a stabilization feature at all in a 24-70mm, it depends on what you want to shoot and the conditions you're shooting in. For example, if you're shooting landscapes in lower light (right at sunrise, etc.) and want to stop down the aperture for a bit more DOF (slowing down the shutter speeds needed for the desired exposure), you may be able to get better results using a stabilized lens, without using higher ISO speeds, and without lugging a tripod along.
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