So....I rented the 28-70 f2

Normalnorm

EOS 7D MK II
Dec 25, 2012
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I had a job come up that was a corporate branding project that required a lot of small groups and single person images needing a soft, OOF BG. I was thinking of the EF35 f1.4 and the EF 50 f1.2 but thought I would lack flexibility in what I knew to be a space with lots of smaller rooms.
Then I thought the dazzling 28-70 f2 would give me both the flexibility and soft BG that I wanted.
It arrived yesterday and I promptly took it out and shot a few images to ensure it actually worked. AF is as fast as the fastest of any lens I have used and the sharpness seemed noticeably crisp.

Today the shoot started at 9AM and ended at 5 PM. The lens was on my camera most of the day and performed brilliantly. I was shooting wirelessly to an iPad and the AD was marveling at how image after image was dead sharp.

The lens was a hero today. Sharp, sharp, sharp and contrasty. The colors are great but color from my Canon lenses has never been an issue.
Obvious downside: weight and size. Yes, it is a thumping great lens but in use I really did not notice the weight. I use the 70-200 f2.8 L IS and it is lighter than that so the burden was not onerous.
Less obvious downside: It is too fast. I am shooting indoors with flash. At f 2 or 2.2 or 2.5 even at 1/200 of a second I can get ambient light affecting my exposure. I gel my strobes to match the ambient but I am shooting at ISO 100 with the strobes set at 1/16 or 1/32 power. To be fair it was only a problem is some very well lit rooms.

Bottom line: It is a spectacular performer.
Will I buy one? I am not sure. At $3K it is a no joke purchase. The rental is covered by the client so it is a point of indifference me right now. I will just have to see how much better it looks than my other lenses.
 

Normalnorm

EOS 7D MK II
Dec 25, 2012
559
171
Most likely I won’t buy this lens, but I would like to know, how you shot to an iPad wireless. Which app did you use?
I was using a CamRanger. it is dead useful to show ADs what exactly is happening. It is also useful for me to shoot remotely when I use the camera on top of a 25' mast.
I can control the camera from the app and the V2 also copies the RAW files to a separate card on the WiFi adapter. So I also have a second card backup on my R.
It is pretty solid with the occasional hiccup but miles better than any other Wifi app from any manufacturer.
 

matthias

I'm New Here
Feb 28, 2016
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Vorarlberg, Austria
I was using a CamRanger. it is dead useful to show ADs what exactly is happening. It is also useful for me to shoot remotely when I use the camera on top of a 25' mast.
I can control the camera from the app and the V2 also copies the RAW files to a separate card on the WiFi adapter. So I also have a second card backup on my R.
It is pretty solid with the occasional hiccup but miles better than any other Wifi app from any manufacturer.
thanks for the information. i was hoping, it works with the normal canon app :/