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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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Total comments: 268
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GabrielZ
By GabrielZ (Feb 7, 2012)

I was excited at first on reading about the new 24-70, but then realised no IS and 2 grand plus price, big disappointment,sorry.The wideangle primes are interesting though.

I'm a Canon fan and use their kit. But over the last few years it seems Canon are playing catch up to Nikon instead of leading the field like they used too. I thought Canon would be first with a 30 MP+ DSLR but Nikon beat them to it again. I imagine the 5D Mk3/5D-X will compensate with 4K video ability and the like...

1 upvote
Tacksharp
By Tacksharp (Feb 11, 2012)

Canon's 24-70 II leap frogs over Nikon's 24-70 in resolving power.

0 upvotes
Ashley Pomeroy
By Ashley Pomeroy (Feb 7, 2012)

I used to own both of the small primes - the 28mm f/2.8 was a bit rubbish in the corners on full-frame, but the 24mm f/2.8 was very good stopped down, and sharp in the middle at f/2.8. I wondered when Canon was going to overhaul their non-L prime range. I hope they do the 35mm f/2 next.

Not too sure about the new front end (the original was flatter, without the dust trap). I guess it's aimed at the tiny number of Canon full-frame owners who don't have the 17-40mm f/4 - it's not *that* much faster or smaller - which is the main reason I bought mine.

0 upvotes
Ashley Pomeroy
By Ashley Pomeroy (Feb 7, 2012)

For £200. Which was about what it was worth (there are sharper, cheaper 24mm manual focus wide angles, e.g. the old Nikon 24mm f/2.8 AiS).

0 upvotes
Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Feb 7, 2012)

So they put IS on a 24 and a 28mm........but NOT the 24-70 that everybody has been asking for???? I don't get it. Personally I could give two $hits if the 24-70 ended up being a bit bigger and heavier with IS....I WANTED the IS!! Besides, anyone worried about kit size isn't using a full frame and Canon 24-70 anyway.

12 upvotes
audijam
By audijam (Feb 7, 2012)

cannot agree more with you~ this is going to be kit lens with 5DIII.

4 upvotes
Takahashi
By Takahashi (Feb 8, 2012)

A $2300 kit lens?!? Wouldn't that put the 5DmkIII kit in the $5000 - £6000 bracket?

1 upvote
audijam
By audijam (Feb 7, 2012)

24mm and 28mm with IS but 24-70 doesn't have IS....am i reading it wrong? a....F you canon...i am sticking with old 24-70 then

6 upvotes
Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Feb 7, 2012)

Yeah, not only did they leave the IS off of the 24-70, but I just read that the list price is going to be roughly $2300.....Ouch. To charge that much more if better be a HUGE improvement over the existing 24-70. If they would have given it IS that alone would have been worth the upgrade.

2 upvotes
audijam
By audijam (Feb 7, 2012)

$2300?! I bet you the old school 28-70L is probably as still good as this one (well...won't be as sharp but 1/3 of this one).

0 upvotes
ericsan
By ericsan (Feb 7, 2012)

IS on the 24 & 28 mm is a marketing trap to sell at higher price...we don't need IS on these light primes !
Still expecting the long awaited 35mm f/2 renewal WITHOUT IS !!!
Come on Canon move again !

0 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (Feb 7, 2012)

Realize that Canon sells a ton DSLRs to videographers. Almost every fragrance ad on TV these days is filmed with a 5D Mk II. Any lens, regardless of focal length, will be easier to hand hold with IS. An IS lens handheld or on a Glidecam will produce significantly less shaky video than a non-IS lens. We have to think outside of the tradition wide = landscape lens box. DSLRs are multimedia tools now. Marketing has nothing to do with IS or VR.

6 upvotes
Lawrence
By Lawrence (Feb 7, 2012)

I totally agree. I switched to Canon from Nikon specifically to add the video capabilities in the 5D MKII when it first came out. IS/VR is a must for shooting handheld footage. I wish it were in the 24-70 for the extra 1K premium they added to the price tag.

1 upvote
erick4x4
By erick4x4 (Feb 7, 2012)

Yes, but no professional videographer really handholds production shoots. Monopods are the minimum, but most are using tripods, jibs, steady cams, etc.

1 upvote
maxz
By maxz (Feb 7, 2012)

Canon is just catching up. Nikon's lower-end lenses have had superb build quality, nice paint finish, and weather resistant O-ring since long time ago. I don't own non-L canon lenses because they were made like garbage. Hopefully this marks a new start for Canon.

0 upvotes
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Feb 7, 2012)

I see the point of IS and small aperture, a light weight lens is definitely desirable for landscape photogs.

But why make a 28mm and 24mm? few would buy the 28mm if prices are similiar

0 upvotes
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Feb 7, 2012)

It's
$849 - 24mm
$799 - 28mm
Now I can say Canon would sell a small number of these combined.

0 upvotes
AD in KC
By AD in KC (Feb 7, 2012)

I've always preferred the way a 28 sees the world - more immediate than a 24, but not so in your face as a 50. And 35s are just a weird, zombi "non-standard"... It's not at all "wider is better".

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

If you prefer 28mm over 24mm, you could see the 24mm as a 28mm with a little safe area for cropping. Not such a strange idea if 24 or 36 megapixel really ends up being the new 12.

0 upvotes
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Feb 7, 2012)

Declaration: I am a Canon fanboy, and I really love this phrase from the PR:

"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."

Wow, thank's for your generosity, Canon!

Despite my fanboism, I HATE ALL MARKETING BS!!!!!!!

0 upvotes
audijam
By audijam (Feb 7, 2012)

YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! awesome lens
NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! @#$@#$ing expensive

0 upvotes
RaVN11
By RaVN11 (Feb 7, 2012)

Listed on the WEX and ParkCamera websites, on price tag ... £2300. Almost same as D800. Crazy stuff.

0 upvotes
oscarvdvelde
By oscarvdvelde (Feb 7, 2012)

DPReview thinks: "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."

DPreview already knows. They already have their hands on it.

It may well be possible that IS is the only way to shoot even wide angle lenses on a 35 MP camera to realize its full resolution, even at 1/250 sec, without the use of a tripod. Say bye to handheld photography without IS?

Comment edited 45 seconds after posting
1 upvote
jase
By jase (Feb 7, 2012)

Which doesn't explain why the 24-70mm which really could do with IS is released without it.

5 upvotes
Josh152
By Josh152 (Feb 7, 2012)

The reason is simple, A lot of people only buy the 24-105 because it has IS. If there was IS on the new 24-70, Many, perhaps most, 24-105 lenses would collect dust on store shelves.

0 upvotes
StaaleS
By StaaleS (Feb 7, 2012)

I don't buy that explanation, Josh152. The 24-105 has a larger zoom range, is smaller and lighter, and would be about half the price of a 24-70L IS. Can't see why it would be collecting dust on the shelves all of a sudden.

1 upvote
dcperspective
By dcperspective (Feb 8, 2012)

My guess is they eventually release a very expensive version w/ IS once this one comes out to stellar reviews and is accepted as the worthy replacement to the original. Much like the 70-200 IS II approach. Offer both, make the reputation with this one in the market first. They need to justify that this version (even sans IS) outshines the original first- once that's done they can charge anything they want when they release the IS version in a year or 2.

I've sworn by IS since the 28-235 and currently;y benefit from it with the 17-55 and the 70-200 F4 IS.

It's great technology for stills but as High ISO quality develops(and what we've seen in 10 yrs has been amazing) it will slowly be a tool essential for video.

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Joseph S Wisniewski
By Joseph S Wisniewski (Feb 7, 2012)

"almost as if something likely to test the quality of its existing versions was in the offing."

That has to be one of the best "you would not believe what we've got in the lab" teasers of all time...

Comment edited 17 seconds after posting
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Olgierd
By Olgierd (Feb 7, 2012)

Has anyone noticed 82mm front filter thread?

1 upvote
xsimplyjosh
By xsimplyjosh (Feb 7, 2012)

bad... 82mm filter thread, is so rare to find. they should have kept it at 77mm standard since most professional lenses use that filter size (except the 16-35mm f2.8)

0 upvotes
Olgierd
By Olgierd (Feb 7, 2012)

Yup. I'll cost me extra to get new CP-L :-(

0 upvotes
Petka
By Petka (Feb 7, 2012)

New slow primes are for the supermegapixel 5DIII, so that there are at least some lenses that actually resolve over 30 something MPix.

Just my guess...

1 upvote
Le Kilt
By Le Kilt (Feb 7, 2012)

This new 24-70 will be great on the new 36 MP sensor...
what? ...darn, the D800 is a Nikon...:-(

Hmmmm, has Canon got a nice surprise up its sleeve...?
;-)

1 upvote
Nitewalker
By Nitewalker (Feb 7, 2012)

The Canon 24-70 II is listed on the WEX website:
http://www.warehouseexpress.com/buy-canon-ef-24-70mm-f2-8l-ii-usm-lens/p1529492

I gotta admit, I feel the price is WAY too high; I expected circa £1,200 but over 2K is a tough pill to swallow. Crazy...and for just a little more you could buy a D800, also listed on WEX for £2,399:
http://www.warehouseexpress.com/buy-nikon-d800-digital-slr-camera-body/p1529485?go=kits_bundles

0 upvotes
Juraj Lacko
By Juraj Lacko (Feb 7, 2012)

i like wide rings on that new zoom and also fact its gonna be lighter and sure better IQ then first version. its been long waiting for that, but worth waiting. May wait for year or so for more reasonable price still.

Comment edited 55 seconds after posting
2 upvotes
carlosdelbianco
By carlosdelbianco (Feb 7, 2012)

800/850 dollars for these primes is a joke.

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

Depends on how thick that plastic is and how well they perform at all apertures. But i agree that at least the 28mm should be cheaper. Nobody was asking for IS on wide-angles in the first place so paying for it shucks indeed.

1 upvote
carlosdelbianco
By carlosdelbianco (Feb 13, 2012)

Indeed, IS is not that useful for photographers. A 28mm f/2.8 is not a fast lens. A f/2 lens for both focal lenghts would be more reasonable with this price tag - Carl Zeiss 28mm f/2.0 ZE costs 1283 dollars and might last more than any of us...

1 upvote
BeanyPic
By BeanyPic (Feb 7, 2012)

Nice :o)

0 upvotes
Narcosynthesis
By Narcosynthesis (Feb 7, 2012)

I am surprised the new 24-70 doesn't have IS built in, which is the main upgrade users have been shouting for over the last few years.
At the same time, higher IQ and a smaller size do make for a pretty awesome lens with a modern high ISO body, so perhaps the IS is not as necessary as many think, especially if it comes with other tradeoffs in size, weight and potential IQ effects.

The two primes I am not overly excited about - an upgraded 28mm f1.8 USM IS would have been more what I would be looking for, with f2.8 being just a bit too slow for me to use as a standard fast prime on 1.6 (especially considering that the 18-55mm isn't much larger if size is an issue), but then again they could be ideal lenses for the video crowd - a medium I don't work with and couldn't really comment on.

So a bit of an odd release as far as I (the 1.6 crop shooting generic photographer) see it, but at the same time not really aimed at me in the first place...

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

Probably has to to with size, weight and retaining maximum quality.

0 upvotes
carlosdelbianco
By carlosdelbianco (Feb 7, 2012)

Finally, Canon! I though you gave up on primes and my only option would be those nice little Nikkors... The 20mm, 24m, 28mm and 35mm were disgusting. Well, the 20mm and 35mm still are.

2 upvotes
CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Feb 7, 2012)

Very interesting operation of the zoom barrel.

The zooming is the normal way unlike the previous version which has the wide angle focal length at the longest extension!

For that alone, it is an improvement.

But there is also disappointment... the lens hood is mounted on the moving lens barrel unlike the old version where it is fixed on the lens exterior housing.

Overall, it's looking to be a really feel good lens to use.

3 upvotes
Sloppy
By Sloppy (Feb 7, 2012)

Actually the "inverted" operation of the zooming barrel was the clue of the 28-70 L as well as the 24-70 L because only this way the lens hood provided the best protection against unwanted light throughout the whole zoom range. In contrast to that, lens hoods that sit fixed at the front element of zoom lenses like in the 24-105 L IS are designed for the widest focal length of the particular lens and are way less effective at the long focal lengths. Plus, they also provide less protection against mechanical damage compared to the "old" 24/28-70 lens hood with the lens retracted.

So, on one hand the new, more conventional design makes the lens more compact with a mounted hood but at the same time you loose two important aspects that were quite unique.

2 upvotes
StORM48
By StORM48 (Feb 7, 2012)

That's correct!
It's really strange that people don't recognize the superiority of the old inverted-zoom design.

@CameraLab Tester
It's impossible to mount lens hood onto the exterior housing. The reason is rather simple - in that case, hood will have to be as deep as the old one, and at the same time - it can't be that deep because of the absence of inverted zoom design, which provided that unique feature! Lens hood, deep enough to provide functionality to at longest focal lenght (70mm) would cause extreme viggneting at widest 24mm.

Old design is pure reference...

1 upvote
CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Feb 8, 2012)

The classic design of the old 24-70 (now called Mark 1) really shines compared to the new "like everybody else" zoom function.

With the release of this "Mark 2", I get to appreciate "Mark 1" better and better!

@StORM48 yes the old design is a true classic

1 upvote
rondhamalam
By rondhamalam (Feb 7, 2012)

New Pricing.

This is a good reason for new pricing with minimum effort

:)

0 upvotes
fmian
By fmian (Feb 7, 2012)

Someone please just make a 24-35mm F/2.0 and be done with it. With or without IS it would be awesome. Hell, I wouldn't mind even if it was manual focus/aperture only.

2 upvotes
Dafffid
By Dafffid (Feb 7, 2012)

The 24-70 we expected, and no surprises, I'm sure it will be lovely.
But I've been waiting for a really good 28mm for years: a 28L would have been nice (although unlikely), a 28mm f1.4 would do, or even just an improved 28mm f1.8, one as relatively good as the 85mm f1.8... but no.

I started to agree with DPreview, who are those two primes for? I use my primes for photographing moving people in low light with as shallow DOF as possible, IS is of no use to me whatsoever. But then I read the other comments - of course, video, makes sense now. Still a bummer for an old stills man, but there we go, can't have everything you want in life!

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
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Goodmeme
By Goodmeme (Feb 7, 2012)

They're also good for the hiker / landscape phtgr without a tripod. Plus C. has to respond to other small options with IS like micro four thirds kits.

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healer81
By healer81 (Feb 7, 2012)

smart move for canon to develop a new 24-70mm mark II because its such a popular lens, however they should have put IS in it

I dont get the primes either.. They should have at least made it 2.0

2 upvotes
Henry Schobin
By Henry Schobin (Feb 7, 2012)

I agree, they put IS on the two primes but NOT the Wedding Photogs "go-to" lens?

1 upvote
MysticX
By MysticX (Feb 7, 2012)

Hahaha, interesting lenses for handholding general photography

but it was the 35mm f/2 IS USM that I've been dreaming for.

2 upvotes
Ignat Solovey
By Ignat Solovey (Feb 7, 2012)

Mitsuoka - I have only one IS lens and it is 70-200/2.8 first version. And I don't have kit lens since my camera (1DmkIV) comes without any bundles ;) I use 17-40 or 28/1.8 as "permanent on-camera lens".

And THERE ARE issues in my photojournalist practice, when wideangle+IS would be a blessing, even considering working ISO6400 on my body and that my carbon tripod weighs only 1 kilogram being capable of holding 8 kgs. It's just not always possible to use tripod. And even with moving subjects which I follow (IS mode 2 designed right for that, though I don't think they added this switch on new primes). That's why I'm quite envious to Nikon users who have fullframe 16-35/4VR (24-105 is too narrow for me even on short end). So if Canon ever does revamped 17-40/4 with IS, I'll be first to buy that, and if they ever do 20/2.8 with IS, I'll do the same, just run to the store as soon as it becomes available.

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Feb 7, 2012)

Ooh Wow!

My current lens suddenly developed a new name!

EF 24-70mm F2.8L Mark 1 !!!

1 upvote
Henry Schobin
By Henry Schobin (Feb 7, 2012)

I still call mine Fred.

0 upvotes
Kreitmann
By Kreitmann (Feb 7, 2012)

Wait for the first EF 24-70mm F2.8L classic. The discussion will be endless...

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Feb 7, 2012)

does anyone remember the Tamron 17-50 non VC and 17-50 VC?
The VC version is way worse..

I really think they hold back the IS for some solid reasons, such as weight/IQ/size

1 upvote
photo nuts
By photo nuts (Feb 7, 2012)

Why are there more comments on the release of these lenses than the D800? Isn't the latter a far more interesting product? ;)

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B64
By B64 (Feb 7, 2012)

These lenses are a surprise, the D800 not so much - that's why.

1 upvote
Le Kilt
By Le Kilt (Feb 7, 2012)

What's a D800?

3 upvotes
Henry Schobin
By Henry Schobin (Feb 7, 2012)

Maybe there is more interest in lens that will fit the camera bodies they already have.......Cannon!

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Feb 7, 2012)

IS is not the only factor, at this price point I will be considering IQ more.
Seriously if you use this lens to shoot people or anything that moves how slow do you wanna go?
(@70mm 1/80 + 2 stops = 1/20 => subject motion blur!)

Those who prefer the Tamron because of the IS I wish you all the best (remember the Tamron 17-50 VC vs non VC?) and I think a wise man will not make any conclusions before the IQ test was done

or perhaps if you choose your main lens just because of the presence of IS then you should stick with your kit lens....

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wischmopp
By wischmopp (Feb 7, 2012)

The new Tamron 24-70 is nothing like the 17-50 (VC) and seems to be targeted as a direct competitor to the Canon 24-70L.

It has better glass than the older Tamrons, ultrasound drive, rounded aperture blades for better bokeh and is moisture resistant.

I think the new Tamron will probably outperform the older ones.

Wheter it will hold up against the either the old or even the new Canon 24-70L, of course, has to be seen.

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Le Kilt
By Le Kilt (Feb 7, 2012)

Of course IQ is important,but some of us shoot a lot in low light, so if we can worry more about how the subject moves and less about our hands shaking, so much the better.
Why do we buy fast lenses? Erm, shallower depth of field AND low light advantages, so yes, conditions when IS helps.
PS These are not made by Tamron.

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Ignat Solovey
By Ignat Solovey (Feb 7, 2012)

tommy leong - there was 24/1.4 L II not so long ago. 35/1.4 L II would be more interesting, and, frankly speaking, I expected new 35/1.4 rather than 24/2.8 and 28/2.8. IS in wide primes seems strange (I thought it would be in 24-70), but nevertheless it is quite useful. APS-C users will find 28/2.8 IS pretty nice as a standard prime.

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GeezerBeatz
By GeezerBeatz (Feb 7, 2012)

Sorry KAllen, I have to disagree. The 24-70mm, as with any standard/wide angle zoom lens doesn't really need to have IS. Its the same with the cheaper 18-55mm IS. At the wide end, you won't notice it, and it you need IS at the top end, then you would already have a 70-200mm IS to back you up.
The f2.8 aperture means it is fast enough to take slightly longer exposed images without the use of a tripod or IS controls.
What Canon have done is improved the glass, made it lighter (which they needed to) and made it a little more portable which will be ideal for any possible (sic!) new camera to come out such as the 5D Mk II replacement which is more likely to be a smaller body than its predecessor.
I think this lens will take off if they can promise the quality and reliability of the first generation of this range.
The other new lenses are not only going to be good protrait for APS-C bodies, but handy, cheap video lenses.

Comment edited 5 minutes after posting
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ManuelRaposo
By ManuelRaposo (Feb 7, 2012)

You clearly don't take pictures inside churches...

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Le Kilt
By Le Kilt (Feb 7, 2012)

Not another one who doesn't shoot in low light without a flash?
So I zoom out to 70mm, frame my shot, then think darn, no IS, so I whisk off the 24-70 and attach my 70-200 IS, take the shot, then zoom back out to 24mm, argh, no, darn, whisk off the 70-200mm and attach the 24-70 back on and take the shot...
;-)
What? Bump up the iso instead? I'm already shooting at 3200iso, higher and the noise does intrude a bit too much...

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tommy leong
By tommy leong (Feb 7, 2012)

24mm f2.8 ?
huh .....f1.4 would be most welcome
but f2.8 , man.

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Feb 7, 2012)

Seriously ? *Would* be most welcome ?

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oscarvdvelde
By oscarvdvelde (Feb 7, 2012)

Canon already has a 24mm f/1.4. Not satisfied??
Samyang has just released a 24mm f/1.4 (manual focus) at €599 and it looks good.

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tommy leong
By tommy leong (Feb 17, 2012)

sorry I meant f1.8

I forgotten the very good f1.4 hahahaa

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KAllen
By KAllen (Feb 7, 2012)

I do not have a 24- 70mm, I thought when the new one arrives with no doubt IS I would be in the market. Just for a moment I thought it was here, but no. A new lens yes but no IS. No doubt another example of Canon wanting you buy this then next years upgrade that does have it.
No doubt a good lens but with the now usual Canon brakes of features.
Besides that new Nikon is looking very tempting as a replacement for my 1Ds mk III's.

Kevin.

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Calvin Chann
By Calvin Chann (Feb 7, 2012)

All well and good, but pricing? availability?

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neatnclean
By neatnclean (Feb 7, 2012)

the Tamron 24-70 VC came out at the perfect moment ... Canon will live to regret the omission of IS on its new 24-70!

24/2.8 and 28/2.8 at the suggested prices will also not be hot sellers ... thats for sure!

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Feb 7, 2012)

I don't think the Tamron is a competitor for Canon, given the price. the are clearly targeting different user group

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Franka T.L.
By Franka T.L. (Feb 7, 2012)

Applaud to renewal of the good old 24 & 28mm f/2.8 Canon do know the part about being a system for sure.

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h2k
By h2k (Feb 7, 2012)

QUOTE:
"...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."
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Cute wording.

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KWEnz
By KWEnz (Feb 7, 2012)

Agreed, I am sure dpreview knows something that we don't hence their "coded" message. They are possibly even writing their hands-on preview of the 5D Mk III right now.

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jenbenn
By jenbenn (Feb 7, 2012)

now please update the 50mm 1.4 , the 35 f/2 and the 28/1.8
I would buy a 50 1.4 with improved build quality and ring USM in heart beat ( IS would be nice but not necessary). The current version is just not robust enough to stand some abuse.

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tommy leong
By tommy leong (Feb 7, 2012)

EXACTLY
these are the lens that needed updating
not 24mmf2.8 or 28mmf2.8
Whats going Canon?

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WaleedEssam
By WaleedEssam (Feb 7, 2012)

One question:

Does the new 24-70 extend when zooming or has internal zoom?

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candleJack
By candleJack (Feb 7, 2012)

Looks like it extends. The rim looks just like the 24-105.

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CraigHarris
By CraigHarris (Feb 7, 2012)

Yes it extends - the spec says there's a lock switch to keep it at 24mm instead of it sliding itself to 70 while walking around.
I really wanted an internally zooming version as then I could put it in a waterproof housing.

Comment edited 16 seconds after posting
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WaleedEssam
By WaleedEssam (Feb 8, 2012)

Well, that is stupid of them! coz I can see the hood mount is on the internal (moving) part as well!!!! I'm never upgrading! In fact I can go as far as assuming my current 24-70 price will increase.

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bamsan
By bamsan (Feb 7, 2012)

Unless those two primes are capable of reaching their optimum performance at 2.8 on ff; they won't be attractive at all

Judging from the looks -- with the silver band, it seems they're targeted at apsc users

What I'm waiting for is update of 35mm either L II or f/2 USM

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StaaleS
By StaaleS (Feb 7, 2012)

The silver band has nothing to do with APS-C. It seems that Canon's current policy is to slap a silver ring on anything that isn't actually L. The gold "USM" ring is no longer used on new lenses.

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HetFotoAtelier
By HetFotoAtelier (Feb 7, 2012)

But this lens won't fit on the new body for the canonshooters : D800 :-(

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canon6188
By canon6188 (Feb 7, 2012)

yahoo, this is the perfect lens I have been waiting for almost three years... un-match combination using with 5D mark II...

Nikon user should dump their heavy new D800 with super noisy 36MP resolution and keep thing light and simple for traveling and take more photo with this versatile zoom lens.

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marike6
By marike6 (Feb 7, 2012)

Wow, the D800 sensor is already "super noisy" and very few have seen images from this camera.

When Sony release the NEX-7 at 24mp, everybody was calling it a mistake and predicting super noisy images. The reality is the NEX-7 produces better high ISO files than the 18mp 7D.

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Blaise06a
By Blaise06a (Feb 7, 2012)

Very strange choices...

- Release 2 consumer primes with IS - why not the 28 1.8 or the L prime lenses?
- release your flagship 24-70 without IS
- both primes are USM yet they do not feature the gold ring present in other non L USM. They look like kit lenses.

nothing that gets me excited...

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suedezu
By suedezu (Feb 7, 2012)

This looks like a winner for Canon: HIGHLY improved image quality according to the resolution charts, improved weather sealing, lighter than the original 24-70. Can't wait to see some reviews!

I use the 24-70 on my 5D Mark II and I don't mind the lack of IS. I also have a sharp copy with good image quality at all focal lengths.

One question: does the new version extend when zoomed?

PS If I'm not mistaken the launch price is identical to the original 24-70 MSRP price. Can anyone confirm this?

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Vibrio
By Vibrio (Feb 7, 2012)

the fact that the zoom is retracted at 24mm in the picture kinda gives the anwer away lol

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Peter KT Lim
By Peter KT Lim (Feb 7, 2012)

Must check the 2470 LII @ 24mm, the old version is very blur and soft ! Especially zoom @ 24mm for group photo !

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samhain
By samhain (Feb 7, 2012)

Tamron timed their announcement for their new stabilized 24-70mm perfectly.
Blows me away that companies who chose in-lens stabilization over in-body are putting out non-stabilized lenses, especially the most important ones, like 24-70mm f2.8.
If I shot with canon FF...oh I'd be p*ssed off right now.

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artnaz
By artnaz (Feb 7, 2012)

Why is everybody complaining about IS? This f/2.8 lens is especially handy for portrait, wedding and journalism photographers. There you need shorter shutter speeds (minimum 1/80th) to freeze movement of the people, and at that shutter speed you don't need VR/IS.

Yes VR/IS as an extra is always good, but that would make the lens bulkier and maybe even less sharp.

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neatnclean
By neatnclean (Feb 7, 2012)

IS is NOT bulky and NOT heavy. Latest generation 4-stop IS adds exactly 55grams to the 70-200/4 L IS vs. the NON-IS version of the lens.

There is NO EXCUSE whatsoever for Canon to not include IS in the 24-70 II - especially at the ridiculously high price. I hope Canon gets clobbered over the head by the new Tamron 24-70 VC.

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vpera
By vpera (Feb 7, 2012)

You can't compare the size/weight increase caused by IS in 70-200/4 and 24-70/2.8.

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candleJack
By candleJack (Feb 7, 2012)

When I suggested a 24-105/4 without IS, priced as the 70-200/4 everyone jumped at me that without IS that lens would be useless... so I dunno, seems like it would apply to the 24/70/2.8 as well.

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vpts
By vpts (Feb 7, 2012)

I thought that Canon will release new Canon 35mm f/1.4 L Mark II
But then, nothing happens!

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