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Title: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: Canon Rumors on May 26, 2012, 10:01:46 AM

At the Exposure Show
I headed to Mississauga, Ontario yesterday for the Exposure Show. It’s basically a small trade show where Henry’s Photo sells stuff. It’s quite brilliant really.

I only go to see people I know that all end up there at the same time, there wasn’t much going gear wise. Though I was surprised to see the new EF 24 f/2.8 IS and EF 24-70 f/2.8L II available to play with. Canon didn’t have the 28 f/2.8 IS with them.

Unfortunately, Canon was probably placed in the worst lit area on the show floor, no art or great photos could be made with the new lenses, though I tried.

Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II

Thoughts
The new lens feels quite solid in your hand. Though I didn’t find it felt that much lighter, even though it technically is. If I had a version 1 beside it, along with its massive hood, I think I’d probably notice the weight difference then.

The zoom ring is quite smooth, and the lens now extends in telephoto and not at 24mm like the current version.

I tried it out on the 5D Mark III and found the autofocus to be silent and nearly instant to acquire initial focus. Optically? I honestly can’t tell you, I had to shoot at such high ISO and there wasn’t really anything to take shots of. I’ve added a couple of 100% images and you can see for yourself.

5D Mark III & 24-70 f/2.8L II | EXIF: 24mm f/2.8 1/80 ISO:1600| Click for full size

5D Mark III & 24-70 f/2.8L II | EXIF: 70mm f/2.8 1/320 ISO:3200 | Click for full size

The good news? At least we’re sure they’ve made at least one.

cr

Title: Re: Brief Hands On: EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: hoghavemercy on May 26, 2012, 10:22:23 AM
you think it's worth it? :-[ i'm planning on getting one or stick with primes.
Title: Re: Brief Hands On: EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: Canon Rumors on May 26, 2012, 10:28:44 AM
No idea yet, I have a bunch on order for rental.... I'll know once I spend real time with it. I've never been at 24-70 user.
Title: Re: Brief Hands On: EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: BrianU on May 26, 2012, 10:29:50 AM
That lens hood looks totally stupid...wish it had the non-movable hood like the previous version
Title: Re: Brief Hands On: EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: Canon Rumors on May 26, 2012, 10:32:17 AM
That lens hood looks totally stupid...wish it had the non-movable hood like the previous version

Since they now have the 24mm at the contracted position, that wouldn't be possible. I'm very happy that it extends at the telephoto.

I do agree though, the hood looks silly.
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: Flake on May 26, 2012, 10:56:51 AM
"Unfortunately, Canon was probably placed in the worst lit area on the show floor, no art or great photos could be made with the new lenses, though I tried."

Which is why the 24 - 105mm IS L will continue to be the better lens when light levels are low with sharp images being possible as low as 1/6th sec.

I've never yet heard any client say images would be better if a sharper lens than the 24 - 105mm was used, so what's the point in a lens which weighs twice as much costs three times as much and has a reduced zoom range, and can't take decent photos when the light drops away?

Want a blurred background?  Then use a prime!  2.8 is only just wide enough anyway.
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: blarygake on May 26, 2012, 11:06:58 AM

Why is ISO3200 so noisy in that second shot?
I thought you were shooting with a 5DIII
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: blarygake on May 26, 2012, 11:22:01 AM
"Unfortunately, Canon was probably placed in the worst lit area on the show floor, no art or great photos could be made with the new lenses, though I tried."

Which is why the 24 - 105mm IS L will continue to be the better lens when light levels are low with sharp images being possible as low as 1/6th sec.

I've never yet heard any client say images would be better if a sharper lens than the 24 - 105mm was used, so what's the point in a lens which weighs twice as much costs three times as much and has a reduced zoom range, and can't take decent photos when the light drops away?

Want a blurred background?  Then use a prime!  2.8 is only just wide enough anyway.

The 24-105 IS L  is an f4 lens
Who wants to deal with that in low light situations with moving subjects?
Get ready to crank up the ISO :\
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: Cafard_Naum on May 26, 2012, 12:37:19 PM
Dilbert,

each person make a different kind of photography, so each person need a diffeent gear that suits his needs.
Like Blarygake, I can't imagine myself with a lens limited to f/4.

The 24-70 f/2.8 is used by concerts photographer.
We are not talking about photos at 400 or 800 ISO.
99% of my photos are taken at 1600 ISO, the max I can do with my 40D (3200 is too noisy), with my 17-55 f/2.8. Sometimes I even stop breathing and activate the IS to be not too blurry at 1/10s.

I was waiting this 5D MkIII which is also used a lot by concert photographer, a lot of them use it to film some video clips during concert. The performance at high ISO and the silent mode are just perfect for this kind of work, and the 24-70 is just the perfect lens for us.

Anyway, like blarygake I'm very surprised by the noise on the second photo of the this post.
Is it the jpg from the camera ? A raw processed image ?
It looks like a Lightroom noise reduction but I'm not sure. Or DPP ?
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: thien135 on May 26, 2012, 12:58:32 PM
the pic at iso 3200 seems a bit too noisy out of the camera huh
Title: Re: does the lens extend out???
Post by: Pompo on May 26, 2012, 01:06:42 PM
What's the tube there further out? Is it he hood or lens extend out when zooming? Geez I hope not!
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: spinworkxroy on May 26, 2012, 01:07:53 PM
I have  no doubt this lens is going to be super sharp..
However, for someone like myself who don't shoot for a living and already own a 24-105, i can't justify buying it with this pricing (although not launched, we know it's expensive)
Maybe when using the the 5Dmk2 or APS-C cameras, an F2.8 will be helpful in low light situations. In fact the i bet if you could use something like an f1.8 or lower it would be even better but this is as good as a zoom gets.

But with the 5Dmk3 (which i own), i'm finding myself not in need of such a lens. I don't find the 24-105 blur, maybe not as sharp but definately sharp enough for most shoots. And with the 5Dmk3's high ISO capabilities, there's really no need for an F2.8 UNLESS you can afford one…the IS on the 24-105 almost makes up for the 1 stop difference. I've shot at ISO12800 with the 24-105 many times with no probems and that's why i took my interest away from the 24-70mk2 simply because i think although it's good to have the f2.8, i don't really need it and won't sacrifice the 105mm just because of it and well, more importantly, the price.
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: sanj on May 26, 2012, 02:03:38 PM
I have  no doubt this lens is going to be super sharp..
However, for someone like myself who don't shoot for a living and already own a 24-105, i can't justify buying it with this pricing (although not launched, we know it's expensive)
Maybe when using the the 5Dmk2 or APS-C cameras, an F2.8 will be helpful in low light situations. In fact the i bet if you could use something like an f1.8 or lower it would be even better but this is as good as a zoom gets.

But with the 5Dmk3 (which i own), i'm finding myself not in need of such a lens. I don't find the 24-105 blur, maybe not as sharp but definately sharp enough for most shoots. And with the 5Dmk3's high ISO capabilities, there's really no need for an F2.8 UNLESS you can afford one…the IS on the 24-105 almost makes up for the 1 stop difference. I've shot at ISO12800 with the 24-105 many times with no probems and that's why i took my interest away from the 24-70mk2 simply because i think although it's good to have the f2.8, i don't really need it and won't sacrifice the 105mm just because of it and well, more importantly, the price.

Agree totally.
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: Dylan777 on May 26, 2012, 02:41:13 PM

Why is ISO3200 so noisy in that second shot?
I thought you were shooting with a 5DIII

Maybe NR in camera is turned off? My look way better even at 6400+

The hood looks ugly --  v1 looks way better. Now...let hope this lens will be sharp as 70-200, or better ;)
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: Razor2012 on May 26, 2012, 03:00:11 PM
We'll just have to wait until we get one in our hands, it should be sharper than ver I.
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: Dylan777 on May 26, 2012, 03:07:56 PM
I have  no doubt this lens is going to be super sharp..
However, for someone like myself who don't shoot for a living and already own a 24-105, i can't justify buying it with this pricing (although not launched, we know it's expensive)
Maybe when using the the 5Dmk2 or APS-C cameras, an F2.8 will be helpful in low light situations. In fact the i bet if you could use something like an f1.8 or lower it would be even better but this is as good as a zoom gets.

But with the 5Dmk3 (which i own), i'm finding myself not in need of such a lens. I don't find the 24-105 blur, maybe not as sharp but definately sharp enough for most shoots. And with the 5Dmk3's high ISO capabilities, there's really no need for an F2.8 UNLESS you can afford one…the IS on the 24-105 almost makes up for the 1 stop difference. I've shot at ISO12800 with the 24-105 many times with no probems and that's why i took my interest away from the 24-70mk2 simply because i think although it's good to have the f2.8, i don't really need it and won't sacrifice the 105mm just because of it and well, more importantly, the price.

And some people like to shoot faster in low light - f2.8 will help  ;)
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: Marsu42 on May 26, 2012, 03:48:21 PM
The good news? At least we’re sure they’ve made at least one.

:-)) ... but you're wrong: the lens' serial number is 0000000039 !
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: JEAraman on May 26, 2012, 04:05:06 PM
Too bad it's gonna be mistaken for the 24-105...
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: KeithR on May 26, 2012, 04:08:53 PM
Maybe NR in camera is turned off? My look way better even at 6400+
My 7D is a damn' sight better than that 3200 ISO shot.

In-camera NR is irrelevant here - these are Lightroom conversions.
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: walterfabiano on May 26, 2012, 06:25:39 PM
why are people so picky with that particular picture....give me a break!!!
5dmark III doesn incredible in low light....can't wait for this lens...what is this official date release????

Ps.: For the haters go buy a sigma 24-70 ;)
Title: Horrible hood!
Post by: clicstudio on May 26, 2012, 06:47:40 PM
That has to be the ugliest thing I've ever seen. It even looks worse than a 24-105...
One thing I love about my 24-70 is that you don't see the lens when extended.
Also that little stupid hood will leak light like crazy.
:(
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: gmrza on May 26, 2012, 06:50:15 PM
The good news? At least we’re sure they’ve made at least one.

:-)) ... but you're wrong: the lens' serial number is 0000000039 !

And even if the serial numbers aren't serial, Canon also has one at the Digital Show in Melbourne - apparently the only one in Australia.  That means there are at least two...
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: RichATL on May 26, 2012, 07:29:54 PM
Well, even if I was in the market for new zoom,
The price is awfully high...
and... the deal breaker for me... (believe it or not) extending zoom.
That hood will be absolutely useless at 70mm... and my money says that canon will make a specific hood for it at 70mm as well.

The most brilliant design that canon EVER came up with..imo... was the hood/zoom system for the 28-70mm (and later the 24-70)

I try not to be a hater... but canon seems to be making some bonehead decisions this year.
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: EchoLocation on May 26, 2012, 08:13:04 PM
Maybe NR in camera is turned off? My look way better even at 6400+
My 7D is a damn' sight better than that 3200 ISO shot.

In-camera NR is irrelevant here - these are Lightroom conversions.
If this is the best a 3500 dollar camera can do at iso3200 then that is pretty lame. This picture is noisy as hell!
What is up with Canon 2012....
and why was the ver 1 discontinued when the new one hasn't hit the shelves yet?
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: Marsu42 on May 26, 2012, 08:23:49 PM
In-camera NR is irrelevant here - these are Lightroom conversions.

You can turn off or screw up nr in Lightroom, too. To answer the noise question we'd have to have the raw file - maybe the image was underexposed in the first place.

But in any case: Looking at the real world 5d3 shots from users in the forum tells me that the 5d3 might be a little better than the 36mp d800 at higher iso, but the improvement from the 5d2 is really not so large and people are strangely shocked to find iso noise in 5d3 shots at all...
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: cschmeer on May 26, 2012, 10:42:15 PM
But in any case: Looking at the real world 5d3 shots from users in the forum tells me that the 5d3 might be a little better than the 36mp d800 at higher iso, but the improvement from the 5d2 is really not so large and people are strangely shocked to find iso noise in 5d3 shots at all...

Maybe I am wrong about this, but I went from a 5D Mark II to a 5D Mark III and I shoot mainly in low light conditions (at night): When shooting a recent project (http://www.christianschmeer.com/filter/portfolio/The-Kray-Series-2012 (http://www.christianschmeer.com/filter/portfolio/The-Kray-Series-2012)) I found the 5D Mark III noise to be way better than the noise on the 5D Mark II. It looks much more natural and is easier to deal with in Lightroom. All images were shot between 5000 and 8000 ISO. Once Lightroom got rid of the colour noise, the remaining luminance noise looked similar (not equal to, but definitely more natural) to a nice film grain. I actually reshot one of the photos with the 5DIII that I initially shot with the 5DII. Anyway, my point is that for me personally, the 5DIII noise seems way better than the 5DII noise.
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: photogaz on May 27, 2012, 03:17:35 AM
This site apparently has samples from the new lens:

http://www.juzaphoto.com/recensione.php?l=en&page=obiettivo&t=canon_24-70_v2 (http://www.juzaphoto.com/recensione.php?l=en&page=obiettivo&t=canon_24-70_v2)
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: Gcon on May 27, 2012, 08:29:41 AM
I went to the PMA exhibition in Melbourne today and got to play with the new 24-70mm f/2.8 II USM and I gotta say I was really impressed with the size, build quality and focus speed. Can't comment on IQ ans I couldn't take images away.

If you look here http://camerasize.com/compact/#312.289,312.286,ha,t (http://camerasize.com/compact/#312.289,312.286,ha,t)  they have it wrong - the mark I is about right, but the mark II - there's no way it was that big next to the mark I.  I took my mark I lens in with me and held the two size by side and the mark II is substantially smaller and lighter, which put a big smile on my face, as I find the mark I just a bit too big and bloated - especially the fat lip at the end. The mark II seemed just right - like a 24-105mm - very nicely balanced on the 5D3 body (no I don't work for Canon!!)

Some other observations:

1. Hood. Damn I love the lock-in hood! I've shot weddings where my mark I hood has turned a little (mine's very loose) and I've got the black hood in the corners. The mark II hood snaps in with the same firmness as the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II USM - inspires confidence.

I do like the smaller hood immensely. I shoot landscapes with filters a lot without hoods and find that flaring is very rarely a problem. I think with this hood - sure it won't be as deep as the mark I but in reality - I can't see that as being a problem at all.

The only time that I prefer the old hood is when it's raining - the front element has greater protection, as does the lens extension barrel.

2. Focusing. zing! super fast! Really though I don't know how much of that was the 5D3 though. I wasn't allowed to put the new lens on my 5d2.
When comparing side by side, the old lens focus has a lot greater distance from 1.5m to 3.0m to infinity.  I'd roughly put it at 1.5 times the turning amount to go from 1m to infinity on the old lens. The new lens - gonna make it a bit harder for manual focusing hitting the right hyper-focal distance as the markings are so close, but the trade off is most-likely to be the faster autofocus.

3. Build quality - no complaints. The big amount of rubber is nice to handle.

4. zoom feel. The old lens feels loose-ish around 70mm and tightens around 30mm and requires a bit more force to twist it to 24mm, whereas the new lens feels more even in tension throughout the zoom range.

Not sure what else I can tell you. If it was a choice of saving size and weight with no IS, or keeping the same size and weight and adding IS, I'm glad they went with no IS and gave me the weight and bulk saving that I'm really happy with. (remember IS does nothing for a moving subject!). To keep everyone happy, they really should release an IS version of this lens though.

It'll make for a great all-rounder lens. I think it will be fine for street. Not as good as a 50mm f/1.2 or 85mm f/1.2, but a lot better than the 24-70mm mark I due to the smaller size, which makes it easier to whip out of the shoulder bag.
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: clicstudio on May 27, 2012, 09:36:22 AM
"Unfortunately, Canon was probably placed in the worst lit area on the show floor, no art or great photos could be made with the new lenses, though I tried."

Which is why the 24 - 105mm IS L will continue to be the better lens when light levels are low with sharp images being possible as low as 1/6th sec.

I've never yet heard any client say images would be better if a sharper lens than the 24 - 105mm was used, so what's the point in a lens which weighs twice as much costs three times as much and has a reduced zoom range, and can't take decent photos when the light drops away?G

Want a blurred background?  Then use a prime!  2.8 is only just wide enough anyway.

I agree that The Range of The 24-105 is great but it doesn't focus. I rented one for a week and not only it
Ruined half of my photoshoot but the focused images were not sharp at all.
They should make a 24-105 F2.8L.
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: clicstudio on May 27, 2012, 09:50:08 AM
I have  no doubt this lens is going to be super sharp..
However, for someone like myself who don't shoot for a living and already own a 24-105, i can't justify buying it with this pricing (although not launched, we know it's expensive)
Maybe when using the the 5Dmk2 or APS-C cameras, an F2.8 will be helpful in low light situations. In fact the i bet if you could use something like an f1.8 or lower it would be even better but this is as good as a zoom gets.

But with the 5Dmk3 (which i own), i'm finding myself not in need of such a lens. I don't find the 24-105 blur, maybe not as sharp but definately sharp enough for most shoots. And with the 5Dmk3's high ISO capabilities, there's really no need for an F2.8 UNLESS you can afford one…the IS on the 24-105 almost makes up for the 1 stop difference. I've shot at ISO12800 with the 24-105 many times with no probems and that's why i took my interest away from the 24-70mk2 simply because i think although it's good to have the f2.8, i don't really need it and won't sacrifice the 105mm just because of it and well, more importantly, the price.

Wait until the new one comes out and get a used 24-70 2.8L. U will be amazed. :)
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: clicstudio on May 27, 2012, 09:53:29 AM
Well, even if I was in the market for new zoom,
The price is awfully high...
and... the deal breaker for me... (believe it or not) extending zoom.
That hood will be absolutely useless at 70mm... and my money says that canon will make a specific hood for it at 70mm as well.

The most brilliant design that canon EVER came up with..imo... was the hood/zoom system for the 28-70mm (and later the 24-70)

I try not to be a hater... but canon seems to be making some bonehead decisions this year.
I totally agree!
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: drjlo on May 27, 2012, 02:27:39 PM

I try not to be a hater... but canon seems to be making some bonehead decisions this year.
I totally agree!

Can't argue with that unfortunately. 
Pick up the 24-70 II and the new 24 f/2.8 IS, you are ALREADY at $3100  :-[
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: JoeDavid on May 27, 2012, 04:06:32 PM
After cleaning up the 24mm shot a little, the image is not that impressive.  The center is sharp enough but it looks to me like curvature of field is nailing it on both sides of the image.  It's impossible to compare it to the 24-105L since the max f4 aperture DOF would hide some of this.  Maybe he'll buy some of the Tamron 24-70mm VC lenses for the lens rental business and can do an A/B comparison for us.  I'd give up a little center sharpness for better sides/corner performance at the wider apertures plus the VC would be a nice addition (and then there's the price...).

As for the noise, the OP needs to comment on that one.  The noise levels out of my 5DM3 bodies isn't nearly that bad unless underexposed and then corrected...
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: 1982chris911 on May 27, 2012, 06:31:18 PM
Well seeing those two pics I am just not impressed by the sharpness in the far out corners. That is in no way as good a 70-200mm f2.8L IS II and the hood design of the new lens is also not that great if you think about great protection from raindrops the old design offers. Guess my 24-70 MKI will stay with me for much longer ( I am probably one of the happy few who really got a great quality copy, as I did never experience any problems with it)... It also works very well on the 5D MKIII so no need to update ...

Seeing this mini review it looks like my money will go into a 17mm TSE instead of this one as I really don't see a point in getting it if the corner sharpness is not completely stellar compared to the older MKI design...   
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: canonian on May 27, 2012, 08:10:26 PM
Not impressed by these sample images.  Feeling like they're just snapshots without any aim for really testing the lens.  Also, it's probably still a prototype version.  My version 1 of the 24-70 was great when I first bought it, but after a few years of heavy use it really started becoming unreliable and more than half the images shot with it were soft.  Sent it in 3 times to get re-calibrated but it continued to just s_ck  :(

I have the version II on pre-order and wish Canon would get to shipping them.  When announced, it was supposed to start shipping in April, for cryin' out loud!
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: pwp on May 27, 2012, 09:59:26 PM
That certainly isn't the prettiest hood on the block but who cares? Will your clients even notice? If the IQ is there as expected, I might finally get a 24-70 that is worth keeping. I've been Mr Unlucky with the 24-70 f/2.8 classic, three copies and all huge disappointments. Right now I use an unexpectedly good 24-105 f/4is as a stop-gap until the 24-70II ships. And I'll be keeping the 24-105 when I get the 24-70II, for some jobs I value it's reach and of course the IS.

PW
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: Canon Rumors on May 27, 2012, 11:17:16 PM
All images were straight conversions without adjustment from a default LR4 setup. I had NR turned off in the camera.

It was a horrible environment to make a photo, and in no way did I intend this to be a true test of the performance of the lens.
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: Daniel Flather on May 28, 2012, 12:07:32 AM
...no way did I intend this to be a true test of the performance of the lens.

This is the Internet, and everything you read and see is true; your snapshots will be taken as scientific evidence. 
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: birtembuk on May 28, 2012, 02:43:56 AM
Cant' wait to get one. Even if this means I have to buy a 5d3 together with it ...  ;D
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: FunPhotons on May 28, 2012, 09:37:23 AM
I used to have the 20-70 I until I sold it. Nice lens, heavy though and the new one is spendy. I now have the 24-105 that I got with my 5DMKII. I didn't think much of it (gah, must be mediocre since its a kit lens) until I realized that my best shots were coming with that lens. Now it's the  one most often on my camera (next to the 16-35 II when I'm doing landscapes)

No interest in an updated 24-70, more expensive, heavier, limited focal range, no IS, but it's 2.8 (no biggie) ...
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: Dylan777 on May 28, 2012, 11:06:55 AM
That certainly isn't the prettiest hood on the block but who cares? Will your clients even notice? If the IQ is there as expected, I might finally get a 24-70 that is worth keeping. I've been Mr Unlucky with the 24-70 f/2.8 classic, three copies and all huge disappointments.  Right now I use an unexpectedly good 24-105 f/4is as a stop-gap until the 24-70II ships. And I'll be keeping the 24-105 when I get the 24-70II, for some jobs I value it's reach and of course the IS.

PW

+1....after 3 copies - I have no luck with v1. I have alot of hope in v2. If not, 50mm L or 35mm L will be on my purchase list.
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: Jamesy on May 28, 2012, 09:23:45 PM
I was at the same show on the same day and played with the same combo and it seemed very well balanced on the 5D3. I also played with it on the 1DX shooting at 14FPS - holy smokes - it nearly jumped out of my hand it is so fast!

Back to the 24-70, as I said it seemed nicely balanced and the zoom/focus rings were smooth. I asked if it was a 'production' model and was told yes. FWIW, I also played with the Tamron 24-70 IS at the same show and the IS seemed very smooth in the view finder and once I turned it off it was shaky - so that is positive. Optically the Canon 24-70 Mk.II will kick its butt.
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: pwp on May 28, 2012, 11:28:24 PM
Just had another think about that unpretty hood as I looked glumly at the gaffer tape holding the hood onto my 24-70 f/2.8 MkI. If the new hood actually stays put like the one on the 70-200 f/2.8isII I'll be thrilled.

It's hard to tell from the photos, but I hope the larger top & bottom petals are flat enough to be able to put the lens down face first with the hood on without it falling over. This is handy when changing lenses. Lenses that topple over like the 24 f/1.4II are mildly irritating in this regard. But hey, if the new hood will stay on the lens without gaffa tape much will be forgiven.

PW
Title: Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Post by: Jamesy on May 29, 2012, 06:58:01 AM
The hood look almost identical to the 17-55 hood, which was fine however I never placed the camera on it and left it that way unless one hand was holding the body - unlike the hoods on my 85/1.8, 135L and 70-200/4/IS - I routinely will leave the camera lens down on those hoods.