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Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: November 07, 2012, 10:08:43 AM »
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Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: November 07, 2012, 10:08:43 AM »

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Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2012, 10:30:59 AM »
Totally agree! I think this is a good resume of the lens.

I have a 17-40 and a 70-200 and I kinda miss the 24-70 for a lot of things....I need it....

When can I hope for the next rebate program? Nothing before Xmas? right after?

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Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2012, 10:33:49 AM »
I think one factor  to explain the missing IS is that this lens is aimed at landscape photogs who are always shooting on a tripod and turning off IS anyway.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2012, 10:46:19 AM »
While IS is great and I'm reluctant to even consider lenses over 70 mm without it, the 24-70 falls under this range.  If you can effectively hand-hold a lens at a shutter speed equivalent to the focal distance, 1/60th of a second ain't that bad, and you really need at least that just to stop motion, with or without IS.
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Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2012, 10:51:07 AM »
I've said this before. Although bulkier and heavier, I appreciate the hood setup on the old 24-70 for moving around without a lens cap on. When you bring the barrel back to 70mm there's a lot of protection there. And when the barrel is extended, it's all inside the hood.

Not so with the new lens, where the barrel has no protection at all when extended. If I knock up against something with the old lens, or drag it through the brush, nothing touches the lens itself.

Just my preference, I guess.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2012, 10:56:55 AM »

I found this review VERY TRUE and straight forward.

How do I know? I own one.
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Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2012, 10:57:40 AM »
While IS is great and I'm reluctant to use it on lenses past 70 mm,

Really? I thought longer lenses were what IS was really made for. It's harder to handhold 300mm than it is 24 mm.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2012, 10:57:40 AM »

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Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2012, 11:08:05 AM »
While IS is great and I'm reluctant to use it on lenses past 70 mm,

Really? I thought longer lenses were what IS was really made for. It's harder to handhold 300mm than it is 24 mm.

Oops, totally mis-wrote that - edited and revised.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2012, 11:10:49 AM »
I've said this before. Although bulkier and heavier, I appreciate the hood setup on the old 24-70 for moving around without a lens cap on. When you bring the barrel back to 70mm there's a lot of protection there. And when the barrel is extended, it's all inside the hood.

Not so with the new lens, where the barrel has no protection at all when extended. If I knock up against something with the old lens, or drag it through the brush, nothing touches the lens itself.

Just my preference, I guess.

Yeah, owning the version 1 24-70 the extension never bothered me because I never noticed it with the lens hood attached.  It did bulk things up a big, and made for an intimidating lens attached.  I *was* able to cram more in my bag when on assignment with the new lens though - which is a plus.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2012, 12:57:56 PM »
One character of the lens is the starburst effect it achieves when light goes direct into it. Very characteristic of this lens. Hands down better than the previous and worth every penny.
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Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2012, 02:09:05 PM »
I think one factor  to explain the missing IS is that this lens is aimed at landscape photogs who are always shooting on a tripod and turning off IS anyway.

saying this lens was aimed at landscape photographers is a bit of a stretch, no?  i'm always looking for the widest, lightest piece of kit to bring with my tripod when i go hiking/camping for days at a time

more like wedding photographers imo
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Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2012, 02:23:46 PM »
When can I hope for the next rebate program? Nothing before Xmas? right after?

At least in the European rebate programs Canon in just discounting older and standard lenses and some tele zooms - I wouldn't hope for an official discount on this one for one or even two years to come I'm afraid to say. More likely they'll do a kit with the 5d3 sooner or later, I remember it's been seen in Australia.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2012, 02:28:16 PM »
What do lens, in general, cost Canon to make?

macrumors, for example, usually reports to the penny what an i-device costs after a tear down.

I know R&D costs will very between lenses, and that those R&D cost are distributed in much different rates due to the popularity of a lens, but anyone have any thoughts?

For example, let's take this lens - at $2200.  It is claimed to be a kit lens, so a relatively high number will be made, spreading our R&D. 

What's canon making on this lens - $400 or $1800 ?

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Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
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Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2012, 03:58:11 PM »
Kit Lens?  For which camera?  I don't think this will ever be a kit lens.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2012, 04:37:29 PM »
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