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From LensRentals.com

Roger over at LensRentals.com ran the new EF 24-70 f/2.8L II through an Imatest session and found it to be a stellar performer as far as resolution goes. 


From Roger

“This is short, sweet, and simple. The resolution absolutely, positively kicks butt and takes names. It is way better than the lens it replaces. It’s better at 70mm than the best Canon zoom I know of, the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II. It’s even better at 24mm than the sharpest 24mm prime we have, the Canon 24 TS-E. In the center, in the corners, it doesn’t care. We only had 5 copies to test, but they were all very similar with little copy-to-copy variation.


Resolution is not everything, of course. But it’s certainly an important thing. Unless the real lens reviewers find some dramatic problems with this lens, I’d have to lean towards worth-the-money on this one. I can’t believe I’m saying that a $2,300 standard zoom is worth the money. But then again, I can’t believe I’m seeing a zoom lens out resolve a $2,000 world-class prime, either.”


The Imatest results are below. The higher the number, the better.


















































Lens24mm Ctr24mm Avg70mm Ctr70mm Avg
Canon 24-70 f/2.8 II954831950809
Canon 24-70 f/2.8730605705570
Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC815765735655
Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS IIxxxx885765
Canon24 f/3.5 TS-E915775xxxx

As you can see, the new EF 24-70 f/2.8L II is an absolute resolution monster. It really looks like it’s the best zoom Canon has ever made optically. There is a small note that distortion at 24mm is slightly worse than version 1, but that’s what software is for. :)


Read the full review here


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As you can see, the new EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS II is an absolute resolution monster. It really looks like it’s the best zoom Canon has ever made optically. There is a small note that distortion at 24mm is slightly worse than version 1, but that’s what software is for. :)

Now if it only didn't cost both arms and a leg...

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Does it have similarly high performance across the entire focal range?

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I wish they had evaluated the edges and corners specifically (and not only giving average numbers whatever these are). Until then it's the TS-E for me although it's an apples to oranges comparison: I wonder how the 24-70 performs shifted and tilted, oh wait  :o
Now that does not mean I am not tempted... (I had a nice 24-70 version I which was stolen  :-\ )

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I'm starting to get interested

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wow!  they did evaluated the center and edges.  out-resolving a prime? wow!  (I said that twice already. :) ).  WTH, even coming close to one is a dream.

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As you can see, the new EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS II is an absolute resolution monster. It really looks like it’s the best zoom Canon has ever made optically. There is a small note that distortion at 24mm is slightly worse than version 1, but that’s what software is for. :)

Now if it only didn't cost both arms and a leg...

If it makes you feel any better, it costs all four limbs here in the UK - £2,300 (US$ 3,697).  :(

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Is it wrong that my first response to those numbers is excitement over the tamron?

That much better than the excellent mark I? With stabilisation? For me it's a no-brainer (unless Canon decide to release a mark III with IS any time soon)

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Does it have similarly high performance across the entire focal range?
I'd imagine its as good if not better at 50mm, since that would be the easiest part of the zoom. I think determining it at 24 and 70 makes sense, since that is when the lens has to do the hardest work, so to speak.

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Is it wrong that my first response to those numbers is excitement over the tamron?

That much better than the excellent mark I? With stabilisation? For me it's a no-brainer (unless Canon decide to release a mark III with IS any time soon)

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Re: The Raw Data: The EF 24-70 f/2.8L II is the Sharpest Zoom Canon Has Ever Made
« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2012, 11:37:12 PM »
Enjoy your onion rind bokeh with the Tamron.

I am very interested in this lens. In fact if they give a very good kit deal with the 1DX I could even see myself upgrading from the 5D3.

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Re: The Raw Data: The EF 24-70 f/2.8L II is the Sharpest Zoom Canon Has Ever Made
« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2012, 11:48:33 PM »
I always imagined going down the prime route when i get a FF...  have the 24-105, but then buy a nice set of primes...  this certainly explains the price-tag! If you can get better then prime res. on a zoom...  :)

Do you think the cost of the primes might fall as a result of this?
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Re: The Raw Data: The EF 24-70 f/2.8L II is the Sharpest Zoom Canon Has Ever Made
« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2012, 11:59:53 PM »
I always imagined going down the prime route when i get a FF...  have the 24-105, but then buy a nice set of primes...  this certainly explains the price-tag! If you can get better then prime res. on a zoom...  :)

Do you think the cost of the primes might fall as a result of this?

No because good primes are F1.2-F1.4 range..
This is f2.8 so this is something a zoom can never match a prime…and sometimes that's why people buy a prime.

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Re: The Raw Data: The EF 24-70 f/2.8L II is the Sharpest Zoom Canon Has Ever Made
« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2012, 11:59:53 PM »

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Re: The Raw Data: The EF 24-70 f/2.8L II is the Sharpest Zoom Canon Has Ever Made
« Reply #13 on: September 12, 2012, 12:01:20 AM »
Can't wait to get mine....
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Re: The Raw Data: The EF 24-70 f/2.8L II is the Sharpest Zoom Canon Has Ever Made
« Reply #14 on: September 12, 2012, 12:20:48 AM »
+1.  prime has its uses.  Zoom is when you need to change your focal length fast.  I personally prefer primes but for wedding photography, I'd choose zoom most of the time.

I always imagined going down the prime route when i get a FF...  have the 24-105, but then buy a nice set of primes...  this certainly explains the price-tag! If you can get better then prime res. on a zoom...  :)

Do you think the cost of the primes might fall as a result of this?

No because good primes are F1.2-F1.4 range..
This is f2.8 so this is something a zoom can never match a prime…and sometimes that's why people buy a prime.

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Re: The Raw Data: The EF 24-70 f/2.8L II is the Sharpest Zoom Canon Has Ever Made
« Reply #14 on: September 12, 2012, 12:20:48 AM »