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Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS & EF 28 f/2.8 IS Quick Review
« on: June 29, 2012, 12:29:40 PM »
From LensRentals.com
Roger Cicala at LensRentals.com has put the two new Canon primes through a resolution test and compared them to other lenses in the Canon lineup.

A lot of people are still a bit confused by these two lenses, however their size and decent performance may find a place in the market.

MTF 50 Resolution Test

Conclusion

The bottom line is these are both nice, sharp lenses. Certainly sharper than the current 24-70 f/2.8 L zoom (we’ll have to see if they’re sharper than the 24-70 Mk II) and better than the 24mm and 28mm lenses that they – well, I guess replace. Although I have trouble considering a lens a replacement when the price has jumped 200% to 300%.

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Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS & EF 28 f/2.8 IS Quick Review
« on: June 29, 2012, 12:29:40 PM »

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Re: Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS & EF 28 f/2.8 IS Quick Review
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2012, 01:44:09 PM »
Pretty impressive considering the numbers on the 28mm wide open are comparable to the 24LII stopped down to f/2.8.  I bet that 28mm is damn sharp on an APS-C sensor.
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Re: Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS & EF 28 f/2.8 IS Quick Review
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2012, 01:50:22 PM »
Pretty impressive considering the numbers on the 28mm wide open are comparable to the 24LII stopped down to f/2.8.  I bet that 28mm is damn sharp on an APS-C sensor.

Sorry, but considering the price for a non L prime with 2.8, I would have expected an even better performance...

These are really niche primes, I wonder what type of videos these are good for? (where I do not have other options...)

Seriously, I can think of many other primes, who would have been due for a nice update.

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Re: Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS & EF 28 f/2.8 IS Quick Review
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2012, 01:53:11 PM »
WHEN-O-WHEN-O-WHEN is the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 II going to ship to the US???
  Gotta see how sharp that lens is before I would consider these....
Does anybody know anything current about an arrival date??????
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Re: Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS & EF 28 f/2.8 IS Quick Review
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2012, 02:41:46 PM »
The old 24mm f/2.8 is an amazingly sharp lens, even on FF. Not sure why I would pay THAT much for an upgrade. USM & IS aren't really a priority at 24mm.

Not sure why the old lens doesn't get much love.
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Re: Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS & EF 28 f/2.8 IS Quick Review
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2012, 02:42:45 PM »
Pretty impressive considering the numbers on the 28mm wide open are comparable to the 24LII stopped down to f/2.8.  I bet that 28mm is damn sharp on an APS-C sensor.

Sorry, but considering the price for a non L prime with 2.8, I would have expected an even better performance...

These are really niche primes, I wonder what type of videos these are good for? (where I do not have other options...)

Seriously, I can think of many other primes, who would have been due for a nice update.

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Honestly, that was everyone's gripe about the 15-85mm . . . I think this is the best (price-wise) we're going to get.  Anything cheaper and it'll be that STM category.

These will move well (I think) when Adorama/B&H/Beach Camera etc. start packaging them in high-end camera bundles where you get them for a few hundred off.
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Re: Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS & EF 28 f/2.8 IS Quick Review
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2012, 02:52:52 PM »
I just don't understand what the value proposition is for these lenses.

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Re: Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS & EF 28 f/2.8 IS Quick Review
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2012, 04:35:08 PM »
Or to put it another way...

Do you spend $800 on a 24/2.8 IS and another $850 on a 28/2.8 IS or $1300 on a Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC?

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Re: Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS & EF 28 f/2.8 IS Quick Review
« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2012, 04:43:22 PM »
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Re: Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS & EF 28 f/2.8 IS Quick Review
« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2012, 05:47:39 PM »
Or to put it another way...

Do you spend $800 on a 24/2.8 IS and another $850 on a 28/2.8 IS or $1300 on a Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC?

Indeed, with that one lens, Tamron has taken the wind out of the sails of four different Canon lenses, to one extent or another -- and two of the four are or have the potential to be legendary.

The original 24-70 L? More expensive than and not as good as the Tamron, plus the Tamron's got IS.

The new 24-70? Presumably better than the Tamron, but still no IS, costs twice as much, and still not yet available.

And each of these primes? Looks like they're in the same ballpark as the Tamron...but they're not that much cheaper, and the Tamron gets you the same focal lengths as both, plus all the way out to 70mm.

For that matter, the Tamron's even (at least on paper) competing well with the 24-105. Sure, you lose out on the long end, but you get the extra stop and you keep the IS.

Ouch.

Oh -- and add me to the list of those who don't see the point to a slow wide prime with IS. At ISO 100, 1/30s and f/2.8, you're already down to EV 8, which is "Las Vegas or Times Square at night. Store windows. Campfires, bonfires, burning buildings. Ice shows, football, baseball etc. at night. Interiors with bright florescent lights." ISO 3200 gets you to fireworks. 1/30s is already the rule of thumb for handholdability at these focal lengths, and it's too slow for people (mostly)...so the IS is only really useful for handheld moonlit landscape photography or (so I hear) for video. Compare that with f/1.4 which would get you up to 1/125s in the same scene where you'd be at 1/30s at f/2.8, and you can really see the advantage of fast glass over IS for low light.

I'm also not seeing enough of a difference between 24mm and 28mm to understand why Canon thought they needed both.

Ah, well. I wish Canon the best with these new lenses, but I'm much more excited by my brand new Shorty McForty than I'd ever be by either of these new primes.

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Re: Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS & EF 28 f/2.8 IS Quick Review
« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2012, 07:23:16 PM »
These lenses worked in every department except one…PRICE…
i would've rather they made it in Malaysia like the 40, to keep the price down..or even to use STM instead of USM.
Make the price around the same as the old 24/28 lenses..then maybe they make good replacements..
But at these prices? I would have to agree with everyone who commented on them…

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Re: Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS & EF 28 f/2.8 IS Quick Review
« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2012, 07:28:09 PM »
WHEN-O-WHEN-O-WHEN is the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 II going to ship to the US???
  Gotta see how sharp that lens is before I would consider these....
Does anybody know anything current about an arrival date??????

Last I heard sometime in July.  I have mine on order.
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Re: Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS & EF 28 f/2.8 IS Quick Review
« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2012, 07:31:02 PM »
+1 for the Shorty Fourty! I just picked it up, because at 199.00, why not?

These $800+ non-L primes are a little crazy.
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Re: Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS & EF 28 f/2.8 IS Quick Review
« Reply #13 on: June 29, 2012, 07:56:21 PM »
Really the only complaint you can make about these lenses is the price.  They are a great size, useful focal lengths, IS always a good thing, look to be well built, and USM.  If these were $400-$500, everyone would be falling over each other to get one.

Unfortunately, price is everything.  An easy pass for me, which is too bad because I would really like these lenses otherwise.  I'll stick with my 28/1.8 which still costs $400-$500.

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Re: Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS & EF 28 f/2.8 IS Quick Review
« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2012, 01:46:32 AM »
Pretty impressive considering the numbers on the 28mm wide open are comparable to the 24LII stopped down to f/2.8.  I bet that 28mm is damn sharp on an APS-C sensor.

24 and 28mm are different animals. The 24Lii is made to use wide open, and it does a great job too.  Sharpnes is only one aspect to a lens.
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Re: Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS & EF 28 f/2.8 IS Quick Review
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