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Gear Talk => Lenses => Topic started by: VelocideX on April 25, 2013, 08:53:19 PM

Title: 24-70L II is fantastic
Post by: VelocideX on April 25, 2013, 08:53:19 PM
I own a wide variety of lenses, including the 24L II, 35L and the 24-105L.  The 24-105L is a very solid lens, and I get great results from it in bright light,and particularly at f/5.6 or better.

However I have not been fully happy with the performance of the 24-105L at f/4.0.  The image is not as sharp as I'd like.  Also, the extra creative possibilities of f/2.8 on the 24-70 II were pretty appealing.

I went ahead and made the decision, and after two days out shooting with it have no regrets.  The 24-70 II feels sharper at f/2.8 than the 24-105L does at f/4. 

But what I'm most impressed about is the rendering, particularly for the OOF areas.  The bokeh is loads better.... the 24-105L has quite ring-like bokeh, whereas the 24-70 II bokeh is fairly smooth across the blur disk (there is a small amount of onion-like structure if the blur area is under-exposed but not very noticeable).  I now see why people compare the lens to the 24L II - the colours and rendering are fantastic.

What a great lens!
Title: Re: 24-70L II is fantastic
Post by: Pi on April 25, 2013, 09:41:26 PM
Photos?
Title: Re: 24-70L II is fantastic
Post by: TM on April 25, 2013, 09:59:05 PM
Agree! It's my second favorite zoom lens!
Title: Re: 24-70L II is fantastic
Post by: bholliman on April 25, 2013, 10:02:17 PM
Agree! It's my second favorite zoom lens!

What is your favorite?   ???
Title: Re: 24-70L II is fantastic
Post by: RGF on April 25, 2013, 10:41:05 PM
One of my top 4 zoom lens - each for unique capability

70-200 F2.8 II - sharp
24-70 II sharp

24-105 and 70-300L - both great walk around lenses and light

If I work from a tripod I pick the 1st two, other wise the 2nd set
Title: Re: 24-70L II is fantastic
Post by: wayno on April 25, 2013, 10:55:18 PM
Agreed. It's very good. Whilst they can't really be compared, I prefer the IQ of the 24-70ii to my 70-200ii 2.8 - and that is a great lens too.
Title: Re: 24-70L II is fantastic
Post by: VelocideX on April 26, 2013, 01:36:30 AM
Unsure how to do inline images with attachments so here's one at f/3.2
Title: Re: 24-70L II is fantastic
Post by: VelocideX on April 26, 2013, 01:37:59 AM
Another at f/2.8
Title: Re: 24-70L II is fantastic
Post by: VelocideX on April 26, 2013, 01:39:32 AM
And one more at f/3.2
Title: Re: 24-70L II is fantastic
Post by: AudioGlenn on April 26, 2013, 03:46:40 AM
Agree! It's my second favorite zoom lens!

Same here.  I still like the results I get from the 70-200 2.8 IS II more.
Title: Re: 24-70L II is fantastic
Post by: Rienzphotoz on April 26, 2013, 03:53:50 AM
I went ahead and made the decision, and after two days out shooting with it have no regrets.  The 24-70 II feels sharper at f/2.8 than the 24-105L does at f/4. 
What a great lens!
Congratulations! It is a great lens indeed. But every time I hear of someone getting their new 24-70 L II, I feel very jealous coz mine was stolen a few months ago ... now I make do with a Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC :'( ... miss the Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L II very much.
Title: Re: 24-70L II is fantastic
Post by: Robboesan on April 26, 2013, 04:36:48 AM
the dynamic range is also excellent..this straight right out from the camera...great for anything up to landscapes...loving it
The Lens has nothing to do with dynamic range. Its a sensor thing
Title: Re: 24-70L II is fantastic
Post by: infared on April 26, 2013, 05:01:03 AM
the dynamic range is also excellent..this straight right out from the camera...great for anything up to landscapes...loving it
The Lens has nothing to do with dynamic range. Its a sensor thing

+1
Title: Re: 24-70L II is fantastic
Post by: Akhiel on April 26, 2013, 05:02:48 AM
I went ahead and made the decision, and after two days out shooting with it have no regrets.  The 24-70 II feels sharper at f/2.8 than the 24-105L does at f/4. 
What a great lens!
Congratulations! It is a great lens indeed. But every time I hear of someone getting their new 24-70 L II, I feel very jealous coz mine was stolen a few months ago ... now I make do with a Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC :'( ... miss the Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L II very much.

Dear Rienzphotoz,
What makes you miss the Canon Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L II soo...  much over the Tamron.
I have recently done a wedding with the Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L (no II yet), it did a great job in standard situations, so the Tamron would have done it too - but at some photos I stood still and was thinking that the Tamron would have done a better job - only because of the VC., what (IS) the Canon 24-70mm is still missing.
I am sure that either lens would make in critical situations the  difference. I still have to work a lot more with the both lenses to make a fair judgement which one fits the best in my style of photography.
I my situation the ultimate playground is the best of both: natural light situation - also in low light cases and the second one is the speed of auto focussing between close-up and distance - simply I always hunting for the right moments e.g. in busy situations with a lot of movements.
Currently most of the time I am renting the lenses, but I know - soon of later I will purchase one of them. For now it's headache for what to go for.  It's the Canon really that much more dollars worth? Or would it be a wiser decision to go for the Tamron and  e.g. to spend the saved dollar for a good Macro lens like the Canon L 100mm Macro L IS.         


Title: Re: 24-70L II is fantastic
Post by: Rienzphotoz on April 26, 2013, 06:54:14 AM
I went ahead and made the decision, and after two days out shooting with it have no regrets.  The 24-70 II feels sharper at f/2.8 than the 24-105L does at f/4. 
What a great lens!
Congratulations! It is a great lens indeed. But every time I hear of someone getting their new 24-70 L II, I feel very jealous coz mine was stolen a few months ago ... now I make do with a Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC :'( ... miss the Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L II very much.

Dear Rienzphotoz,
What makes you miss the Canon Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L II soo...  much over the Tamron.
IMHO, the following is the difference:
1. Sharpness at f/2.8
2. Less vignetting
3. Less distortion
4. Built quality (including the black color of the lenses)
For now it's headache for what to go for. 
:) ... Tell me about it ... I think a lot of people are confused about which one of those lenses to buy.
It's the Canon really that much more dollars worth?
For me I would say yes.
Or would it be a wiser decision to go for the Tamron and  e.g. to spend the saved dollar for a good Macro lens like the Canon L 100mm Macro L IS.       
If you don't have the 100L Macro L IS and are constrained by your budget, I'd say go with the Tamron 24-70 VC and use the saved up money to get the 100 L Macro ... btw, if you want to save $200+ on Tamron VC, buy it from Amazon.co.jp ... I bought it for $1048
Title: Re: 24-70L II is fantastic
Post by: Dylan777 on April 26, 2013, 09:12:20 AM
Congratulation VelocideX on your new toy ;D

Awesome pics........I like to shoot @ 2.8 with this lens, even day time.
Title: Re: 24-70L II is fantastic
Post by: ksagomonyants on April 26, 2013, 03:06:38 PM
Eyes of the girl on the left on the second picture look really strange  :) everybody seems to love a new 24-70 ii. Congratulations to you, and to Canon too on making such a great lens!
Title: Re: 24-70L II is fantastic
Post by: PilotJoe on April 26, 2013, 03:32:50 PM
I agree that the OOF area just looks amazing. This was shot at 2.8 of course.
Title: Re: 24-70L II is fantastic
Post by: Click on April 26, 2013, 03:36:03 PM
Congratulations on your new acquisition. The 24-70 f2.8 II is a great lens.
Title: Re: 24-70L II is fantastic
Post by: Jesse on April 26, 2013, 04:57:47 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8392/8673667258_50b0221dae_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jesseherzog/8673667258/)
Scanning the City (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jesseherzog/8673667258/#) by Jesse Herzog (http://www.flickr.com/people/jesseherzog/), on Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8544/8649844509_84b8730f90_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jesseherzog/8649844509/)
Kensington (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jesseherzog/8649844509/#) by Jesse Herzog (http://www.flickr.com/people/jesseherzog/), on Flickr

Title: Re: 24-70L II is fantastic
Post by: shutterwideshut on April 26, 2013, 05:09:45 PM
It is indeed a lens worth the investment!  ;)

Sundown at Lingayen Gulf
Canon EOS 5D Mark III ı Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM  ı Singh Ray 0.9 Reverse ND Grad Filter ı Singh Ray LB Warming Polarizer ı 24mm ı 13s ı f/16 ı ISO 100
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8115/8622171202_4f6a1467fd.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/maniniyut/8622171202/in/photostream)
Sundown at Lingayen Gulf (http://www.flickr.com/photos/maniniyut/8622171202/#in/photostream) by shutterwideshut (http://www.flickr.com/people/maniniyut/) on Flickr
 

Reach for the sun
Canon EOS 5D Mark III ı Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM ı 65mm ı 1/4000s ı f/2.8 ı ISO 100
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8088/8413999752_4477b39ab0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/maniniyut/8413999752/in/photostream)
Reach for the sun (http://www.flickr.com/photos/maniniyut/8413999752/#in/photostream) by shutterwideshut (http://www.flickr.com/people/maniniyut/) on Flickr
Title: Re: 24-70L II is fantastic
Post by: rsk7 on April 26, 2013, 05:27:50 PM
Eyes of the girl on the left on the second picture look really strange  :) everybody seems to love a new 24-70 ii. Congratulations to you, and to Canon too on making such a great lens!

 I wonder if she is wearing glasses and the lenses are causing the effect?
Title: Re: 24-70L II is fantastic
Post by: Sporgon on April 26, 2013, 06:01:27 PM
Eyes of the girl on the left on the second picture look really strange  :) everybody seems to love a new 24-70 ii. Congratulations to you, and to Canon too on making such a great lens!

 I wonder if she is wearing glasses and the lenses are causing the effect?


I don't think that's a girl- it looks like C-3PO's mate from Star Wars  8)
Title: Re: 24-70L II is fantastic
Post by: Quasimodo on April 26, 2013, 06:26:21 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8392/8673667258_50b0221dae_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jesseherzog/8673667258/)
Scanning the City (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jesseherzog/8673667258/#) by Jesse Herzog (http://www.flickr.com/people/jesseherzog/), on Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8544/8649844509_84b8730f90_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jesseherzog/8649844509/)
Kensington (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jesseherzog/8649844509/#) by Jesse Herzog (http://www.flickr.com/people/jesseherzog/), on Flickr

Cool and creative first shot, but the shaddow of the person seems amiss. Is it pp later on?
Title: Re: 24-70L II is fantastic
Post by: bvukich on April 26, 2013, 06:44:08 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8392/8673667258_50b0221dae_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jesseherzog/8673667258/)
Scanning the City (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jesseherzog/8673667258/#) by Jesse Herzog (http://www.flickr.com/people/jesseherzog/), on Flickr

Cool and creative first shot, but the shaddow of the person seems amiss. Is it pp later on?

I was going to ask the same thing, the shadow is upside down.
Title: Re: 24-70L II is fantastic
Post by: Jesse on April 26, 2013, 06:51:11 PM
Yeah I have another version where I have the shadow going the right way. http://500px.com/photo/32143749 (http://500px.com/photo/32143749)