Does anyone experience this?
I mean, how smooth is your zoom ring on mk2 24-70?
Mine is stiffer than on my 24-70 mk1 (I've already sold it, so can't compare anymore).
When I hold the lens attached to a body horizontally, the rotation of the zoom ring not quite as smooth-zooming as the 24-70 L I.
When I hold the lens downwards and zoom in (to 70 mm) it's smooth-zooming as mkI. But zooming out (to 24 mm) in the same (down) position makes zooming stiffer.
And when I hold the lens upwards, zooming in (to 70mm) is stiff and zooming out (to 24mm) is smooth again.
That is the effect of gravity, no? Lifting something (against gravity) is harder than lowering something (with the help of gravity).
The new 24-70 II has a stiffness in the zoom ring — I think it is ideal because I can set it at the focal length I want and expect it to stay there until I want to change it. So my 24-70 can be a 28, 35, 50, etc. I think this encourages the use of the zoom as you would a set of primes. This is unlike the 70-200, for example, which is more likely to be used to frame fast moving sports action; for such a lens you want smooth-fast zoom action.
This stiffness in the 24-70 II will probably not be welcomed by photographers who want to use it for video and want to zoom during
video. There is no way to make it zoom smoothly. So my impression is that this lens is made primarily for stills photographers. However, it may be excellent for video photographers who don't
want to zoom during video.