Is the new Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II worth $1300 more than a good used mark I?

Started Nov 13, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Is the new Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II worth $1300 more than a good used mark I?
In reply to Dave Seeley, Nov 13, 2012

Dave Seeley wrote:

Looking at buying a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L... new II for $2300, or a used mark I for about $1000.... Looks like reduced chromatic aberations are the main upgrade? Was that really a big issue in the first version?

Not just CA. The II is also significantly sharper. It's also a little smaller and lighter, and also supposedly has a more robust build.

Is the II worth $2,300? Only you can decide that, but lots of folks seem to think so. BTW, you might also want to consider the new Tamron. Appears to be optically superior to the Canon I, and also has "VC"--Tamron's version of IS.

If you haven't already done so, recommend you read the reviews on the II, including the blog posts at Lens Rentals.

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2012/11/canon-24-70-mk-ii-variation

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