How soft is the old 24-70 non-IS at 2.8?

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Sudipto Roy
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How soft is the old 24-70 non-IS at 2.8?
10 months ago

I bought a used Canon 24-70 F2.8 non-IS lens. This is the older version that was launched in 2002 and discontinued in 2012. I find the lens is terribly soft at 2.8, particularly when I am shooting something from really close. I can understand that in such a situation the depth of field would be really short. I am aware of that. But the quality of the sharpness at the point where I am focusing is quite soft. Since I have not used this lens or have any friend who has this, I want to know if this is normal for this lens. Or is it possible that this lens has been cleaned and has lost some of its sharpness?

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