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Canon renews full-frame lenses with 24-70mm F2.8 II and stabilized wide-angle primes

By dpreview staff on Feb 7, 2012 at 05:00 GMT

Canon has released three EF lenses, including an updated 24-70mm F2.8 II USM. The latest version features what is promised to be a more durable body, despite being a little smaller. In addition to this high-end full-frame standard zoom, there are completely redesigned semi-fast 24mm  and 28mm F2.8 primes, both of which feature USM focus motors and image stabilization.

Ultimately, the most interesting thing about these launches is the fact that Canon feels the need to update various full-frame lenses, almost as if something likely to test the quality of its existing versions was in the offing.

The wide-angle lenses update two of Canon's oldest primes: both the EF 28mm F2.8 and 24mm F2.8 date back to the late 1980s. The new variants add Canon's latest 4-stop IS and ring-type USM (complete with full-time manual focus), and look like they should be perfectly nice lenses. We're just not entirely sure who they're for; APS-C users have the 17-55mm F2.8 IS USM, and full frame users are more likely to be using the company's L series optics. It's also a little unusual to see stabilization added to lenses this wide but that's the decision Canon has made.

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Press Release:

Class-leading performance, unrivalled flexibility – Canon launches three new lenses

London, UK, 7th February 2012 – Canon today adds to its world-famous EF lens series with the launch of three new lenses for photography professionals and enthusiasts. The new EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM professional zoom lens is an update to the popular EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, while the new EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM are the world's first1 wide-angle prime lenses to feature optical Image Stabilizer (IS) technology. All three provide the highest levels of performance for modern digital photographers, combining premium image quality with durable, userfriendly designs.

EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM: the ultra-high performance standard zoom

The new EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM features completely redesigned optics to provide outstanding clarity, image quality and durability. A compact design makes it ideal for carrying on every shoot, and a range of optical enhancements provide improved performance – capturing greater detail across the frame while reducing distortion throughout the entire zoom range, particularly at the maximum 70mm focal length.

With a redesigned optical system that includes two Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) and one Super UD aspheric elements to minimise chromatic aberration and colour blurring, the lens delivers consistently sharp, high-contrast images. Each lens element also features Canon's optimised Super Spectra coatings to reduce ghosting and flare and ensure excellent colour balance. Additionally, a fluorine coating minimises the amount of dust, dirt and fingerprints that adhere to the front and rear of the lens, helping to maintain superior image quality.

The EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM also enables photographers to capture their subjects up close, with a minimum focusing distance of 0.38m at all focal lengths throughout the zoom range. A ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM) works in combination with a highperformance CPU and advanced AF algorithms to ensure accurate, silent and ultraresponsive autofocus. For those who prefer to maintain full control in every shot, fulltime manual focusing allows photographers to precisely tweak or alter the focus of their shot at any time, even when AF is engaged.

Distinguished L-series design

The EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM is the latest lens from the elite L-series to offer Canon's high-grade and user-focused design enhancements. The mechanical structure of the lens has been improved to offer enhanced zoom durability and greater shake and shock resistance within the lens barrel. The size of the lens has also been reduced by 10mm compared to the previous model, providing enhanced portability and greater convenience in everyday use. A new Zoom Lock lever also enables photographers to lock the zoom position at the extreme wide end to prevent damage to the lens in transit, while a water and dustproof construction2 enables users to continue shooting in harsh conditions.

Introducing the world's first wide-angle primes with IS

Canon today also launches the new EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM – the world's first 24mm and 28mm fixed wide-angle lenses to feature optical IS technology. Ideal for landscape and reportage, both lenses offer outstanding flexibility allowing photographers to shoot an even broader range of scenes and subjects – combining fast apertures with IS to enable sharp results when shooting handheld, even in low light conditions.

Offering an advantage of up to 4-stops over lenses without IS, both lenses are ideal for capturing more of the scene thanks to their wider focal lengths. Both feature a wide f/2.8 aperture, allowing photographers to explore shallow depth of field, or to shoot in lower-light conditions. Wide apertures and IS technology also make each lens ideal for shooting fast-moving subjects, while Canon's advanced IS technology is able to detect intentional panning movement and automatically switch from Normal IS mode to Panning IS mode – helping users to capture movement with greater accuracy.

Silent, high-speed AF performance is provided by the inclusion of a ring-type USM and additional features including optimized AF control. Full-time manual focusing also ensures adjustments can be made even when AF is engaged, while a minimum focusing distance of 0.20m (EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM) and 0.23m (EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM) allows photographers to get even closer to smaller or more detailed subjects.

Designed to perform

Both the EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM feature redesigned optics to improve image quality and reduce the need for post-production. An aspherical glass moulded (GMo) lens element is incorporated to correct aberration throughout the optical system, while Canon's optimised Super Spectra Coatings reduce ghosting and flare for stand-out image quality. Externally, both models also boast a number of design similarities with Canon's professional L-series lenses, with a similar coating on the barrel and a similar design on the focus ring. A distance scale is also included to assist with landscape photography, while the compact design makes these lenses an unobtrusive addition to any kit bag.

1 According to Canon research as of February 2012
2 Waterproof construction around the lens mount, switch panel, zoom ring, focusing ring and zoom lock.
Weatherproof when used with weatherproof EOS bodies.

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abi170845
By abi170845 (Oct 2, 2012)

With all the hottest and greatest cameras coming out this year the d600,d800/3,d4,5dmk3,6d,a99,rx1,fujis,etc I am getting this lens, the 24mmLmk2 instead of the 2000 U.S or 3000 U.S for a new camera. No IS? I am counting on the near future that Canon will have in body stabilization like Sony, DSLR comes and goes and becoming obsolete faster and faster, lenses, oth, you keep forever.

Lenses always make my photography easier.

0 upvotes
Cowbelly
By Cowbelly (Jun 19, 2012)

Oh yeah, and BTW, the filter size of this new lens is 82mm, meaning all of those fancy filters you have for your 77mm 24-70 I lens will no longer work if you buy the new 24-70 II. Be sure to add that onto the price of the new lens. :-P

Man Canon, you are letting me down this year. And I'm the owner of a 5D Mark III!!

1 upvote
Cowbelly
By Cowbelly (Jun 19, 2012)

Was just getting ready to purchase an ExpoDisc White Balance filter on amaon for $100 when I decided to double-check the filter size of the Canon 24-70mm 2.8L lens, the lens I'll be using it on most often. $100 is a lot for something that's essentially a glorified grey card so I wanted to be sure.

This led me to Canon's website, then B&H and then here.

Holy mother of god- $2300 for the new 24-70?! Not only should they be throwing in some IS, but they should throw in a tripod, memory card, a fancy lens cap- something. And I thought paying $3800 cash for the Mark III body was a lot!

I read several reviews on the new 24-70m and aside from some vague and subjective commentary on higher IQ I fail to see what's so much better about this new lens.

Now I have to decide if I want to spend $100 on the ExpoDisc filter that fits a 77mm lens now, knowing it will be useless to me if I buy the 24-70 II, or wait, knowing I'll buy the new lens and the filter will be useless. SIGH.....

Comment edited 4 minutes after posting
1 upvote
Mandymac
By Mandymac (Jun 30, 2012)

Did you consider the Colorright disc versus the ExpoDisc? I am debating which to get - Colorright is pointed at subject as opposed to from subject to light source, which could be quicker, but wonder if this makes it less accurate.

0 upvotes
EbrahimSaadawi
By EbrahimSaadawi (Apr 11, 2012)

Wait a second. Canon hasn't really put Image Stabilization in the 24-70?! If you ask me, they've lost a huge market, especially video shooters like myself. I'll just get the 24-105 and try to live with f/4. Damn you Canon!

0 upvotes
DSiegfried
By DSiegfried (Aug 19, 2012)

Get the new Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 VC. It's got GREAT image quality AND Image Stabilization - just what you want!

1 upvote
dwill23
By dwill23 (Apr 2, 2012)

24mm and 28mm IS are going to be PERFECT for SLR-video shooters. Why can't people see this? I guess they don't use Glidecam stablizers, if they do, they'd know that a big L lens on there makes it very heavy!!

I couldn't pay $1600ish for the "L" version of the 24mm, but I can surely pay $800-50 for one of these two since most wedding video shoots bring me 600-800$.

Who cares if it's not "L" series. Ever use the 50mm f1.4? In many respects it's sharper and better than the 50mm "L" for 4x the price! I will say the only non "L" lens I have (out of 6 lenses) is the 50mm f1.4, but it's awesomely sharp.

I have 5 wedding video shoots coming up this summer, and a few more in the works, along with 10-11 weddings. The hardest part for me is deciding which one would work best for both types of jobs, 24 or 28.... hmmm. I'll have to use my 17-40L at both lengths and figure out.

1 upvote
dwill23
By dwill23 (Apr 2, 2012)

Also, Canon doesn't have an "L" series that's IS, that's this wide. The wider you are, the slower shutter speeds you can use. Couple that with IS and F2.8 and you've really got a power tool in your hands.

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matt canon
By matt canon (Mar 23, 2012)

its annoying that people complain about the new lens not being that much better. the last one was perfect why change it. its just like a new car. they make em every year. should canon stop making new lenses. if they are making new lenses might as well make em a little better each time. no need to upgrade from a 24-70mm l lens if you already have one. like you dont have to get a new car every year. dont complain about the new car every year cuz you think you dont have the best cuz you dont have the new one. yes prices go up. canon didnt make enough last year so they had to raise prices. its life. im glad they cost more so non pros dont get them and tell everyone they are pros cuz they have the best equipment. yes for you micro4/3's is the feature for you. please non pros dont complain about pro equipment. is on the 2.8 primes are for video. chill you dont need it just cuz its new. if you dont need it dont complain. all i hear is complaints because its not right for me.

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AD in KC
By AD in KC (Feb 24, 2012)

I've been waiting for a great new 28mm, but $800?! It's not even an "L" for $800. I bought my 17-40 f4 L for $640! I'm going to have to stick with it for good now. In a perfect world, these would be non-IS and $360, and there would be an IS f2.0 L for $800.

1 upvote
Gasman66
By Gasman66 (Feb 14, 2012)

A few comments in no particular order.

- The 24mm is an awesome unit. It's optically sharp across the range, great for street photography and for people phtography, it enables you to get close and interact with your subject. I tried a 24mm 2.8 prime on a full frame (film) SLR and was instantly hooked. It became my "standard" lens. But great as it is, Canon's EF version was outdated, slow, and noisy. Optically fine, but it needed an update. This makes perfect sense.

- Optically, the 28mm is less preferable to the 24mm, because the 28' is really just a stretched 35mm design. Produces far less exciting images. Although 28's are usually a lot cheaper than 24's - they don't cut it in terms of excitement. Recycle bin for me.

- I have no idea why they failed to put IS on the zoom - the only lens out of the three that justifies it, in my opinion. This lens needed an update too; its role became vague once the lighter, cheaper, IS positive 24-105L f4 was relaesed. Now at least it's lighter!

0 upvotes
Deorum
By Deorum (Feb 13, 2012)

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Ross Becker
By Ross Becker (Feb 13, 2012)

I've never had IS on any lens so never miss it. And I almost always have the minimum shutter speed set to faster than the longest FL. I use 2 x 1D4s with a super wide on one (12-22mm) & an 80-200mmL on the other Both cameras set to Av & auto ISO. Perfect images every time. Who needs IS? Not me.

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Deorum
By Deorum (Feb 13, 2012)

Ross, you have such beatifull bodies with the 80-200? It was good for its era, but nowhere near 70-200 (all versions)!

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dwill23
By dwill23 (Apr 2, 2012)

I was thinking the same thing. however, only two of canon's 70-200's were made in the 'digital area'. The latest F4 IS and latest F2.8 IS II.

All others were made in 2001 or earlier, before film. For me, I own the F4 L IS 70-200, as the 5 copies (some IS some not) were too soft and slow AF. I haven't tired the 70-200 F2.8 IS II, however, but I assume it has the same AF speed as the F4 and same IS, (or better).

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Peter Dumont
By Peter Dumont (Apr 12, 2012)

I own a sharp canon 70-200mm IS USM f/4 L and still I am going to sell it and buy me an old 80-200mm f/2.8L again, for I love the look of pics made with that lens.

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q8mc
By q8mc (Feb 12, 2012)

nice lens
keep going canon

0 upvotes
Eyesometry
By Eyesometry (Feb 11, 2012)

Over 2k for a lens that doesn't even have IS? Really?!?!? And then they went and put IS on two prime lenses? WTF!!!

3 upvotes
Gnaeus48
By Gnaeus48 (Feb 12, 2012)

I agree, but Nikon's 24-70 is also 2k and no VR!

1 upvote
matt canon
By matt canon (Mar 23, 2012)

primes with IS are for video. duh.

0 upvotes
Howard
By Howard (Feb 11, 2012)

I think Canon has become complacent in recent years. They think they can release whatever product, charge whatever exuberant price and shove them down our throat. A 24-70 "upgrade" without IS just isn't good enough. The technology is there (see the Tamron lens). And what's with the two wide angle lenses with IS? I understand IS is still useful (I think over time all lenses, maybe with the exception of TS-E lenses, should be equipped with IS), but I just don't see these two lenses having the highest priority. The 400 f/5.6L, 180 macro or the 50 f/1.4 are in more dare need of IS.

5 upvotes
matt canon
By matt canon (Mar 23, 2012)

the 24-70 isnt an upgrade its just the new model. everything will be ok.

0 upvotes
abi170845
By abi170845 (Feb 10, 2012)

WTF? isn't the market in the 1.6x format? how many Canon's cropped body outsells its own FF cameras? Why not provide cropped body advanced amateurs or pros a weather sealed built like a tank "L" like construction EF-S 24-135 I.S F4 so I only have to carry three zooms the 10mmzoom the 17mmzoom and the 24-135? Canon listen to us and stop making lenses that of little use like the 8mmzoom and the 70-300L.

1 upvote
Vladik
By Vladik (Feb 9, 2012)

People have you seen that you can preorder 24-70 on B&H for $$2300 ?????? Have they gone out of their mind? They haven't done anything extra ordinary with that lense, the only difference is new Lens body coating that is finger print resistant :))))))))))) That is Insanium in the Cranium!

1 upvote
jesseclee
By jesseclee (Feb 9, 2012)

It's great that they've finally added IS to their primer lenses... but what's up with the f/2.8? The previous 28mm prime lens had a f/1.8 if I recall. 1 step foward 2 steps back?

1 upvote
tastop07
By tastop07 (Feb 9, 2012)

There are particular moments i 've regret for my Canon purchases
e.g.:
1) Pay extra for lens hood,
2) Expensive non L-lenses (these ones 24mm=850$ &
28mm=800$??? WTF !!!) &
3) A IS in the body & not in the lens...

I 'm not suggesting something but HEY CANON....take some lessons from other firms like Olympus-Zuiko (e.g lens 12-60mm starting from f2.0 now that's a lens worth the extra money !!!) & from Nikon lenses the inexpensive series !!!
(Kudos for the marketing team of Nikon as it seems the know the pulse of the people...)
Get some SENSE & stop being so BI**H CANON...!!!

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tastop07
By tastop07 (Feb 9, 2012)

...curse on you Canon !!!
All this time were waiting with anticipation for a prime for crop cameras (better than e.g. Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM) and you built a 24mm & a 28mm with a f2.8??????????????
And you put a IS??????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
F**k you Canon...................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A f1.8 would be so much preferable !!!

IDIOTS......

4 upvotes
Michael Knight
By Michael Knight (Feb 9, 2012)

true true...

1 upvote
abi170845
By abi170845 (Feb 9, 2012)

Why no 14mmzoom f2.8 FF like Nikon? or high End EF-S weather seal as an L zoom in the 24-150 I.S f4?

0 upvotes
oselimg
By oselimg (Feb 9, 2012)

I would even be happy with 24-135 with constant f4.

0 upvotes
abi170845
By abi170845 (Feb 10, 2012)

Yes, and isn't the market in the 1.6x format? how many Canon's cropped body outsells its own FF cameras? Why not provide cropped body advanced amateurs or pros a weather sealed built like a tank "L" like construction EF-S 24-135 I.S F4 so I only have to carry three zooms the 10mmzoom the 17mmzoom and the 24-135? Canon listen to us and stop making lenses that of little use like the 8mmzoom and the 70-300L.

1 upvote
bennito42
By bennito42 (Jun 3, 2012)

"Stop making lenses that of little use.... and the 70-300 "
Why is everyone so negative these days ....if you don't lkke the new lens then don't buy them....ther are other compatable lens on the market. Anyway for what it's worth , apart from a couple of L series lens I've also got the 70 - 300USM IS Canon lens, and I think it's great.... so there..... it's horses for courses you know !!!

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Michael Knight
By Michael Knight (Feb 9, 2012)

I'm glad the lots of you are complaining that the new 24-70mm L II doesn't have IS. that 82mm filter thread is gonna cost you extra too, to upgrade.

why Canon (and Nikon) can't do in-body IS, my guess it is because of Minolta and Pentax patent. AND, they make more money by selling the same technology over and over again on different lenses (as opposed to buy one-time on the body).

there's an alternative tho'. move to Sony.
Zeiss 24-70mm F2.8 is a highly regarded optics (as good or better than 24-70mm L mark 1) and IS stabilized (by the body).

:)

1 upvote
oselimg
By oselimg (Feb 8, 2012)

With sky high price tags...Has the world gone mad or I am completely unaware of what's going on in the photographic equipment market. I think Canon is saying, sorry guys 35mm format only for those who are working professionals or the rich..And I always had used canon cameras, lenses.meanwhile the rest of you will have to be content with cropped cameras. I don't like the perspective and the look of the cropped camera pictures as someone who had so many happy years with 35mm film cameras. It ain't the same thing. It's a crying shame... Anyone who will bring to the market 35mm camera with a sane price tag will win. After all DSLR's are bought by enthusiasts who are after certain "things".

2 upvotes
mediokre
By mediokre (Feb 8, 2012)

Tamron has made a stabilized 24-70mm f/2.8. Good job Canon

2 upvotes
Bosman Photography
By Bosman Photography (Feb 8, 2012)

Nothing to motivate me to upgrade here. At least when the 70-200 IS II came out last year it focussed closer and had better stabilization and iQ, and it was priced around $500 more. This one they give you better iQ at a $1000 premium...seriously Canon...Even if this had Is it isn't $1000 better.

The last couple years Canon has jacked up prices so now their Instant rebates now come close to the prices then.
Annoyed.

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (Feb 8, 2012)

wow a 24mm with image stabilisation ^^

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birdbrain
By birdbrain (Feb 8, 2012)

How much for the 24-70?

Duck me said the fuchess!

0 upvotes
flymodel
By flymodel (Feb 8, 2012)

In body IS is the right way and since the digital came it always was. And I'm not only talking about stabilized every lens, including old manual lenses, or 2cm thick pancakes. Pentax introduced few years back rotational correction, something that in-lens IS can never correct for and today, Oly also included in the OM-D IS correcting for shift as well as rotational shaking.
Canon and Nikon are still clinging on their in-lens IS but they will give up eventually. Unfortunately, we have to pay for their lack of vision (and greediness) till then. And carry unnecessary inferior and oversized lenses :(

1 upvote
mungozan
By mungozan (Feb 8, 2012)

For some reason I get the feeling that all the cool action is happening on mirrorless front these days.

1 upvote
VivaLasVegas
By VivaLasVegas (Feb 8, 2012)

$2300 without IS, 24&28 with IS, I guess the earth quake really had an inverse effect on Canon Headquarters.

11 upvotes
Delta6326
By Delta6326 (Feb 8, 2012)

Need to get this EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM with the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM. That should cover most shots.

1 upvote
aluxious
By aluxious (Feb 8, 2012)

Reading through the comments, I don't notice any current 24-70 owner planning to upgrade to the mark II. I wonder how this lens will sell when it gets released...

0 upvotes
njb311
By njb311 (Feb 13, 2012)

As a current 24-70 owner, it's my walk-around lens on FF, and I love it for that. An update of this lens has been talked about for a couple of years now, and so I was quite excited when I first saw the headline.

But the price hike certainly is an unwelcome surprise, and means that I won't be replacing my Mk I any time soon, better optics or not. IS wasn't a priority for me, so I don't mind that it's not there, but Canon has left very little incentive for existing or new users.

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ttnewton
By ttnewton (Mar 6, 2012)

Another current 24-70 owner here. The new lens has a 9-blade instead of 8-blade diaphragm, for smoother OOF areas, purportedly. But it appears to be compact at wide-angle, whereas the Mk1 extended. So the Mk1 lens hood better ameliorates flare and loss of contrast across the entire zoom range. So one IQ point up, one down. It's lighter & smaller, but hardly.

I find IS effects distracting when photographing moving subjects. Without a panning mode, the IS causes the image to be blurred in a 'jumpy' way instead of a smooth way, but still blurred. With a panning mode, you only get half the IS you paid for, on the other hand. They need a smarter IS that still fully stabilizes while panning. Yeah, I know, that would be really tough to design/build. But THAT would be worth the price of their new 24-70!

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GeorgeMD
By GeorgeMD (Mar 11, 2012)

I am a 24-70 L user on a 7D and it rarely comes off. But I have always had some gripes with it.
#1. It is way too heavy.
#2. On a crop sensor camera, it is not wide enough.
#3. Missing IS.

More than a new 24-70, I have been really hoping for an L replacement to the EFS 17-55IS, with L build quality and dust protection. So here was my reaction to this announcement.

1. Denial: Canon wouldn't make a new 24-70L without IS, wouldn't make any sense. They're asking $2300? No F..in way!
2. Anger: WTF! Canon doesn't care about us users!
3. Bargaining: If I sell my current 24-70L, 20D, 85 1.8, museum film cameras (Canon A1 and Nikon FM2) with their legacy lenses, I could be 1/2 way there.
4. Depression: Even if I sold everything, I'd still be $1000 short and it doesn't solve my crop sensor problem.
5. Finally, after seeing that they took 1/8 off the weight and getting a look at those incredible MTF charts, Acceptance.

I have to have this lens. Now, does anyone here want to buy my 24-70L?

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FRANK MABRY SR
By FRANK MABRY SR (Feb 8, 2012)

Ok I recant my first post I miss read the print.It does not have IS .Now I see what I missed.

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Feb 8, 2012)

This new 24-70 Mark 2 lens will really bring true value, classic status, appreciation, and precious ownership to... the old 24-70 Mark 1

8 upvotes
Tacksharp
By Tacksharp (Feb 11, 2012)

...which started life at $2100.00

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Lantern
By Lantern (Feb 14, 2012)

Just like the 50mm 1.8 mk 1

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Anfernee Cheang
By Anfernee Cheang (Feb 8, 2012)

That's the point of having in-body anti-shake: You don't need to care about if the manufacturer adds IS/VR/VC/OS/SR/SSS into the new lenses or not...

3 upvotes
tastop07
By tastop07 (Feb 9, 2012)

There are particular moments i 've regret for my Canon purchases
e.g.:
1) Pay extra for lens hood,
2) Expensive non L-lenses (these ones 24mm=850$ &
28mm=800$??? WTF !!!) &
3) The reason that you 've just mentioned

I 'm not suggesting something but HEY CANON....take some lessons from the olympus-zuiko 12-60mm starting from f2.0
(now that's a lens worth the extra money !!!) & from Nikon lenses the inexpensive series !!!
Get some sense & stop being so bi**h CANON...

0 upvotes
Superka
By Superka (Feb 8, 2012)

We expect more from you, Canon.

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PhilPreston3072
By PhilPreston3072 (Feb 8, 2012)

This is very unusual for Canon to introduce a new lens without IS (apart from Fish eyes and tilt shifts). IS is one of their big marketing features.

I suspect the improved 24-70L has been rushed out without IS to satisfy the growing commercial DSLR cinematographer market, where optical corrections in Post aren't practical, and IS isn't as critical.

For the rest of us, we should demand that Canon release an IS version soon as no modern standard lens should be without it. Canon will lose customers if they take too long to release an IS version.

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njb311
By njb311 (Feb 13, 2012)

Given how long talk of the Mk II has been going on, I don't think there is anything "rushed out" about the new 24-70.

I wouldn't say IS is any more of a marketing feature for Canon than it is any manufacturer these days. I can't say I agree with the price point they've chosen for the lens though; for the higher price, sure people might have expected the inclusion of IS. Alternatively, a same-price upgrade concentrating on optics without IS would have satisfied me a lot more.

0 upvotes
f64Craft
By f64Craft (Feb 8, 2012)

24-70mm would be great with IS for Stills and Video Work.... "I hate you canon. LOL"

2 upvotes
fahrenhyde
By fahrenhyde (Feb 8, 2012)

IS is one thing, but when I look at the lens I notice the sun shade is attached to the moving part of the lens, which means it doesn't give maximum protection against counter light in tele position. The sun shade actually moves with the lens, which, to me, makes the lens halfway useless.
I really liked the system with the "old" 24-70. Though it makes the lens very fragile, I had to send it to repair 3 times already because the ring holding the lens hood would break.

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Nisso91
By Nisso91 (Feb 10, 2012)

Unless It moves the other way, like some lenses do. With the tele at the shortest length and wide at the longest..(?)!

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M DeNero
By M DeNero (Feb 7, 2012)

It's about time these lenses were updated. As long as they are sharper than the old ones it's a good move redesigning with IS. Of course DPR misses the point by saying that most full frame users use L glass. Where image quality is of vital importance, such as landscapes and large fine art prints, either of these will offer superior performance to a $2000 wide-angle zoom at the wide end. And IS makes them just a little more flexible.

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audijam
By audijam (Feb 7, 2012)

$2300........i am looking at my piggy bank and 24-70L. no~ i am not going to replace it with 24-70L II since it's missing IS between the L and II. damn you canon~~

10 upvotes
FRANK MABRY SR
By FRANK MABRY SR (Feb 7, 2012)

Did I miss something ?I keep seeing post stating that the new 24-70 does not have IS.All three of the new lenses have IS. I knew that it was coming because they were redoing their whole L line.I am fine with my 24-70 and 24-105 L lenses 2300 bucks is a lot of money in 2012 but so was 1399 back in 2004 but you have to decide if the lens will set you apart from your competition and make money for you. I came to that conclusion in 2004 and I have never regretted that decision .I was doing more wore back then. If the work picks up again I would not hesitate to purchase the lens because I could sell my lens for a good price and my jobs would pay for the new lens.If I was shooting as much as I was then I could not allow my competition to have the equipment edge on me.My camera equipment ,each piece is a tool to make money for me.

0 upvotes
Almeida
By Almeida (Feb 7, 2012)

The 24-70mm II doesn't have IS. There I've said it!

1 upvote
JackM
By JackM (Feb 7, 2012)

yes FRANK, you did.

1 upvote
Bill Dusterwald
By Bill Dusterwald (Feb 7, 2012)

IS on a wideangle? Maybe if you parkinsons disease. I hand hold 24 down to 1/10 a second with no problem.

5 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Feb 7, 2012)

Of course, which is why Canon didn't bother to add it to any of their other wide standard zooms. Oh wait.....

0 upvotes
M DeNero
By M DeNero (Feb 7, 2012)

If you hand hold down to 1/10th you either have no standards or never make big prints.

6 upvotes
aluxious
By aluxious (Feb 8, 2012)

IS on wide is more targeted to video people.

2 upvotes
jedinstvo
By jedinstvo (Feb 8, 2012)

I can hand hold a 24 for a second or longer. Every image isn't sharp, but some are. But what is the big deal with sharpness? Plenty of great photos aren't sharp. And who makes prints? I don't think I've made a print in 10 years. These days all my photos run 469 pixels wide.

0 upvotes
mediokre
By mediokre (Feb 8, 2012)

If most of your photos are 469 pixels wide, just shoot with your phone.

3 upvotes
Eyesometry
By Eyesometry (Feb 11, 2012)

you have never shot a wedding reception in a wine cave.

0 upvotes
Conrad567
By Conrad567 (Feb 7, 2012)

$2300...wow that feels like a lot of coin for two more elements of glass. This lens must perform amazingly.

1 upvote
Tacksharp
By Tacksharp (Feb 11, 2012)

the MTF resolution charts bear this out.

0 upvotes
CraigHarris
By CraigHarris (Feb 7, 2012)

Why didn't they just put IS on the 24-70? it would render both those primes pointless and would justify the otherwise insane price tag on the new glass ... I'm utterly disappointed. Having to buy a 24-105 f/4 just to get a sensible zoom with IS is really annoying.

4 upvotes
Conrad567
By Conrad567 (Feb 7, 2012)

AMEN!

0 upvotes
thx1138
By thx1138 (Feb 7, 2012)

Well you now the choice of the Tamron 24-70 VC. Given how well my 28-75 f/2.8 performed, I know which one of these new 24-70's I'll be buying and no doubt for a lot less than $2300.

3 upvotes
photoshopuser
By photoshopuser (Feb 8, 2012)

That new tamron 24-0mm rocks big time and the quality is just as good as the L glass, only the feel of the lens will be a draw back but who cares its cheaper and just as as good.

1 upvote
Tacksharp
By Tacksharp (Feb 11, 2012)

i wanted IS too. but the lighter weight will be nice.

0 upvotes
JackM
By JackM (Feb 7, 2012)

Look on the bright side... you are paying for $2300 worth of glass!!

I went from the 40D + 17-55/2.8IS to the 5DII + 24-70L. I never missed the IS. I thought I would.

3 upvotes
treepop
By treepop (Feb 7, 2012)

Growl....$2300 and no IS. I grow very irritated at Canon. Irritated indeed...

8 upvotes
ALEXADNDROS
By ALEXADNDROS (Feb 7, 2012)

disappointed too, no IS!!!! . I was so much hopping for 24-70 IS version
the 17-55 2.8 IS on 1,6 crop sensor work so well.The problem is that i have I have full frame sensor at the moment.

1 upvote
AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Feb 7, 2012)

It's funny that when Nikon came out with their 16-35 VR all the "pros" said who needs IS/VR in a wide angle? I can hand hold for 20 seconds with no problem. I agree, it's a mystery why you wouldn't want it in a 24-70. I also wonder how much worse IS would be if it was in the body, which would address the size, cost and weight issues.

1 upvote
Gerard Hoffnung
By Gerard Hoffnung (Feb 7, 2012)

Are you saying you can hand hold a shot with the shutter open for 20 seconds and still get acceptable images?

0 upvotes
CanonLoyalty
By CanonLoyalty (Feb 7, 2012)

Use tripod. Can you handhold a 20sec shot with IS? lol

1 upvote
Almeida
By Almeida (Feb 7, 2012)

Zing!

2 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Feb 7, 2012)

His wording is a bit off but he's just using an exaggeration of "what the pro's said". Which anyone with a little sense in them could have figured out rather than replying like a pedantic idiot.

2 upvotes
aluxious
By aluxious (Feb 8, 2012)

I can also handhold for 20 seconds, have no problem, have no usable picture either!

2 upvotes
Takahashi
By Takahashi (Feb 8, 2012)

M Jesper, agreed. As much as the OP should have used quote marks, some folks need to take a course in interpretation. :)

0 upvotes
bigbill25
By bigbill25 (Feb 7, 2012)

How glad am I that I sold my 24-70 f/2.8 L and bought the 17-55 f/2.8 IS? Very!

1 upvote
john reiff williams
By john reiff williams (Feb 7, 2012)

canon L lenses have suffered for a long time in optical aberratons, spherical, chromatic, and resolving power. The evidence is exaggerated the larger the sensor and MP. After running tests with a 5Dmk2 and using some Hasselblad V primes, the evidence could be seen on the camera's jpged screen image. Needless to say I have been saying to myself for a long time that another round of high end lenses EF-L is in order. This long overdue announcement is welcome news and evidence that Canon has known this fact for some time. I would expect most of the line to be overhauled in the very near future. At least that is my hope. To regain their status as king of the hill this change must come. And certainly every pro that reads this knows is aware of the problem and this is nothing new. Perhaps the greatest dilemma is that sensor and optical technology and production have not progressed at the same rate and hence the differences in capacity are now glaring.

5 upvotes
M DeNero
By M DeNero (Feb 7, 2012)

Pretty ridiculous commentary. You can see it on the camera's screen??? Doesn't sound very scientific. Besides that, nobody has ever said that L-series are comparable to any Hasselblad lens, let alone V primes. They are, however, very competitive compared to their AF competitors.

Comment edited 8 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
jedinstvo
By jedinstvo (Feb 8, 2012)

A razor sharp analysis of why you never see a professional photographer using Canon gear.

0 upvotes
Josh152
By Josh152 (Feb 7, 2012)

Considering it is at best a minor update, the price list of the new 24-70 is quite ridiculous. Now if it had IS then it would be slightly more reasonable.

5 upvotes
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