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Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS
« Reply #45 on: December 30, 2013, 04:03:45 PM »
I'm guessing Canon were unable to produce the improvements seen in the 24-70 f4L if they had given it the 24-105 range without the lens having to retail as the level of the 24-70II.

Given the level of engineering expertise Canon has, I somehow doubt that - but I find it much more likely they want people to have more reason to buy a "natural" focal length addon of 70-200 or 70-300 ... with the overlapping 24-105 you can do ok, but as stated above a lot of times 24-70 is too short for a complete setup.
...and the 16-35 will become a 16-24 for the same reasons ;).  Well, then again, it worked for Nikon by adding 2mm...
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Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS
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Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS
« Reply #46 on: December 31, 2013, 01:31:54 AM »
I was wondering if I should sell my old 24-70mm 2.8L and get this new lens. Has anyone make a side-by-side comparison in terms of IQ?

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Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS
« Reply #47 on: December 31, 2013, 01:41:43 AM »
I was wondering if I should sell my old 24-70mm 2.8L and get this new lens. Has anyone make a side-by-side comparison in terms of IQ?

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All of it is here (at least from a sharpness perspective):
http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2013/01/canon-24-70-f4-is-resolution-tests

As you'll see the F/4 IS is better than the 24-105 and 24-70 I, but not as good as the 24-70 II.

I made the jump from the F/2.8L I to the F/4 IS and I'm quite pleased.  I don't shoot indoor sports, and I don't shoot portraits with that lens, so I had little need for F/2.8 in a standard zoom.

The new F/4 in comparison to the F/2.8L IS is sharper, lighter, shorter in length, and has a very serviceable macro mode if you are in a pinch.  It's a perfect all-in-one lens for travel, hiking, etc.  I am very pleased with the pickup.  And on a lesser note, it doesn't push me to need to get 82mm filters.  Unless I'm shooting with my 100L macro, all my lenses are 58mm or 77mm, which is a nice convenience.

Be advised that the lens does take a toughness downgrade compared to the venerable 24-70 F/2.8L I.  The Mark I is a tank with a lot more metal.  The 24-70 F/4L IS is not poorly constructed by any means, but it's not built for war.  I'd liken it to the 24-105 or the 100L macro -- it's plasticky, but solidly assembled.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS
« Reply #48 on: December 31, 2013, 01:47:25 AM »
I was wondering if I should sell my old 24-70mm 2.8L and get this new lens. Has anyone make a side-by-side comparison in terms of IQ?

Upgrading might make sense if you want to lose weight & gain IS Ășnless you often shoot f2.8 - for sharpness comparisons always look at this widget:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=823&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=0&LensComp=101&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0

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Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS
« Reply #49 on: December 31, 2013, 02:50:40 AM »
I was wondering if I should sell my old 24-70mm 2.8L and get this new lens. Has anyone make a side-by-side comparison in terms of IQ?

Upgrading might make sense if you want to lose weight & gain IS Ășnless you often shoot f2.8 - for sharpness comparisons always look at this widget:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=823&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=0&LensComp=101&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0

Thanks! I very seldom shoot protraits with this lens. I found myself most of the time shooting f4-f5.6 for social and family pictures.
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Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS
« Reply #50 on: December 31, 2013, 08:39:36 AM »
So why introduce the 24-105 in the first place?

My only guess it were other times back then when Canon had a different marketing approach, they wanted a complete ff 5d2 solution with one lens to keep the system affordable. Not that everyone and his cat has a cheaper 6d ff camera and Canon is on the money grab they probably feel customers can be nudged into buying two lenses.

The 24-105 was introduced with the original 5D in 2005.

The 24-105 vs 24-70 L IS really is a matter of personal preference. Greater range vs subtly better resolution. I have both ( through Building Panoramics ) and I'm torn between the two. The new lens is definitely better but as a general purpose 'do everything' lens I use 105 a lot.

And having such a good general purpose lens more than likely led to fewer lens sales.

I'm with others that see the 24-105 meaning less telephoto zooms sold and thus bad for business.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS
« Reply #50 on: December 31, 2013, 08:39:36 AM »