Mine ships today from B&H. Ordered February 20th.
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I shoot a lot of sports so:
Canon 24-70 2.8 II
Canon 70-200 2.8 II IS
Canon 400 2.8 II IS
Overall so far without a flash photshoot I am extremely happy with the new lens however is it worth the upgrade Yes if you are using higher end cameras to take advantage of focus speed and noise definitely if you just wanting a walk around lens the 24-105 definitely out perform in term of usabilty due to it's focal and built quality, I was about to sell my 24-105 but now i decided to Hang on to it...
So for a $2000+ standard zoom it isn't "the" lens after all - I know the "plastic" feeling from my 100L lens, and the fact that the 24-105L *with* IS feels more sturdy isn't that impressive for the new lens. But it really doesn't matter, for people needing/wanting f2.8 and a fast af (i.e. not Tamron) will buy it anyway no matter what.
Can someone tell why the lens image on the box has silver ring instead of standard red ring for L type lens?
Almost all sports and wildlife photos look better if subjects are moving, at least "somehow" moving. No action in playfield or sleeping bird in most cases are not fascinating.
I forgot sport and wildlife photos. However, I think 24-70mm for sport and wildlife photos is too short.
I've used the following setup with truly outstanding results: 5D2 + TS-E 24/3.5L II + Manfrotto 410 Geared head + LEE Filters + Cable ReleaseDoes the geared head help align panoramas?
The Geared Head was the big surprise for me. It's a phenomenal piece of equipment for fine-tuning the shifts when shooting architecture. Without a tripod collar for the TS-E, you're mounted to the tripod via the camera body. When shifting, it's really a delicate balance between the attitude of the camera sensor and the amount of shifting to maintain your horizon. Having the Geared Head with knobs for each of the 3 axes is critical.
(As luck would have it, this entire setup is listed for sale, as I'm switching focus. DM me if interested!)