I’ve had been drooling over the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens ever since it was released last year. I often balk at the price of Canon’s “L” series zoom lenses but after trying several of the cheaper plastic alternatives and not getting that sharp focus that I’m after, I finally bit the bullet several months ago and purchased this lens. It hasn’t come off my camera since I bought it.
I’m actually feeling a little sheepish about all the money I wasted in the past buying and selling inferior lenses because I didn’t want to shell out the dough for a higher end lens. I’m thinking if I had just gotten a versatile, high quality lens like this in the first place I could have saved myself a lot of time and money. Granted, the average consumer would not need a lens of this caliber, and I find I get images of comparable sharpness with the lighter and much more affordable Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 prime lens, but having the variable focal lengths of a zoom lens has been so great, especially for photographing children indoors.
As expected, there is some distortion on the edges of images when shooting at the widest angle, so that’s something I’ve had to watch out for. I certainly wouldn’t shoot a portrait at 24mm, but it’s great for shooting in tight spaces or for landscape photography.
I have had zero focusing issues with this lens. It focuses quickly and accurately, even in fairly low light and I can crank the ISO up to 3500+ without too much noise. These images of drift wood were taken at dusk with hardly any light left in the sky.
The lens is heavy compared to less expensive alternatives, especially on my full frame camera, but that was to be expected. Supposedly, it is actually lighter than the previous version of this lens. I carted it around on this camping trip to Lopez Island last summer without any problems. I shoot with the Canon 5D Mark III and 24-70mm f/2.8 II combo on most of my commercial photography shoots at WorkStory and the weight doesn't bother me.
Overall, I’m very pleased with my purchase. Have you tried this lens or any of Canon’s other “L” series lenses? Which is your favorite?
*Lens image via amazon.com