If you have a noisy focus ring on your Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II, below is the reason why. The report is dated February 2014, so all lenses manufactured prior to August 2013 are are potentially affected. I’ve had first hand experience with this issue from our rental inventory. I have no idea if Canon will charge you for this repair if the lens is out of warranty. We haven’t bothered to fix our inventory, as a few lenses have exhibited the issue, but functionality doesn’t seem to be affected.
It has been confirmed at the factory that when turning the focus ring, in rare cases, an abnormal noise can be heard. If units are brought in due to complaints of this nature, please replace the part with the new part.
Old and new types are compatible.
Reason & remedy for a noisy focus ring on a Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Time of Change
The new type has been incorporated into products from the August 2013 production.
When mounting the new SPRING, COIL (CB3-3809-010), there is no need to mount PLATE, SPRING HOLD. (There will not be problems even if the PLATE, SPRING HOLD is mounted.)
GetItDigital (99.4% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 6D body for $1567 (Reg $1899) via ebay.
Canon EOS 6D Body $1567 via ebay (Reg $1899)
There are a couple of lens deals from GetItDigital and BVI on ebay as well.
Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS $899 (Reg $1499) | Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II $2028 (Reg $2299)
B&H Photo is currently selling the Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II for $1799 after mail-in rebate. You can add the lens to your cart and see the discounted price of $1999 before the $200 mail-in rebate.
This is probably only for a very limited time.
Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II $1799 after mail-in rebate (Reg $2299)
Two new 24-70 lenses coming in 2014?
We were told a long time ago that IS in the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II wasn’t yet dead, as prototypes do exist with image stabilization.
Canon chose to go the route of smaller size and lighter weight for the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II and created possibly the best performing standard zoom lens on the market.
We’ve been told that two new 24-70 type lenses with IS are a possibility and could appear in mid to late 2014. The first being a non-L 24-70 with IS and STM, along with a variable aperture. This lens would obviously be the least expensive lens of the 24-70 lineup.
The second would be an EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS, which would be larger and have optical performance that rivals the current non IS version. It wouldn’t be a replacement to the current lens, just a very expensive bigger brother.
I find all of this plausible, we were told a long time ago that Canon had basic plans in place for 4 different 24-70 lenses for various budgets and needs. If such a lens does appear, It’s going to cost A LOT!
This latest bit of information comes from parts unknown, so take it with a grain of salt.
Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II $1699 (Reg $2299) via B&H Photo
From Adorama, B&H Photo and Amazon
Adorama has a few great deals today that will not last long. Most notable the Canon EOS 5D Mark III body and kit with the EF 24-105 f/4L IS. You can see the deals once you proceed to checkout.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body via Adorama $2699 | Canon EOS 5D Mark III Kit via Adorama $3239
Amazon is now selling the Canon EOS 5D Mark III body for $2699.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body via Amazon $2699
Adorama and B&H Photo also have a deal on the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II, and this one won’t last long. The lens is $1699 after both an instant and mail-in rebate.
EF 24-70 f/2.8L II $1699 at B&H Photo | EF 24-70 f/2.8L II $1699 at Adorama