Seems like a nice lightweight/travel solution.
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IMHO, 700D, 70D and 7DII will all using the same new sensor... build quality, focusing speed, frame rate and features available will differential the models. Release sequence will be 70D, 700D and 7DII.
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So a $1200 body will have the same sensor as a $2500 + body? Nah.
¨Your logic clashes with the reality of facts being that this lens is going to replace the 24-105 as FF kit lens. And I can see why people react with a loud WTF.
Can I ask...what is the basis for your statement of 'fact' that the 24-105/4L IS will be replaced by the 24-70/4L IS as the FF kit lens, i.e. the 24-105L will be discontinued? Did I miss an announcement from Canon?
Sure, it's not an improvement because of the reduced 35mm of range ... if focal length range is your measure of improvement. In that case, 10X or 20X super-zoom would be the ultimate improvement. But focal range is not the usual measure of improvement. The facts are as shown by the numbers in ahsanford's post above. Those numbers clearly show an overall improvement in IQ.
Of course, owners of the 24-105 aren't "throwing it out" to buy this 24-70. That doesn't reflect on the 24-70 at all. The 24-105 is a fine lens in its own right and remains a good value. So no one is crazy enough to throw it out. The 24-70 is an alternative with some improvements and differences, not an obvious replacement. Many people will find the 24-105 meets their needs and budget better. That doesn't mean that other people won't find that this new 24-70 meets their needs and budget better. That's the beauty of alternatives. They meet the needs of different people with different needs and applications.
Optical perfection is a very high standard. You don't get it for an extra $400-$600 from any manufacturer.
... whereas a 24-70 f/4 sold for 1600$ has to be epitome of optical perfection itself - and it's not.
It was introduced at $1499. It is now $1449. It will likely be less in the months ahead, and even less if included as part of a kit.
No one has ever made a perfect zoom for $1449. The epitome of optical perfection itself would cost a lot more than $1,449. For $1449 you get an improved lens, not the epitome of optical perfection.
Manufacturers measure their own MTF charts, and it is normally a computer generated estimate, just like MPG figures for new cars. Further, you can't compare MTF graphs within manufacturers if the focal lengths differ much, the only thing you can really glean from manufacturer supplied MTF charts is how good, or bad, they are compared to an earlier version.
I am not too used to reading Nikon's MTF charts, but first glance, it looks like the 100-400 L is still better @ 400 mm.