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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 USM L review roundup
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news posted on January 04, 2007

 
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Canon EF 24-70mm USM L lensThe EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens provides weather-resistant construction in the mount area, switch panel, zoom ring and focusing ring to prevent water and dust from reaching the inside of the lens. This design philosophy matches the performance of the EOS-1v 35mm, EOS-1D and EOS-1Ds digital professional cameras.

PhotoZone has reviewed Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 USM L lens and wrote:
"The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 USM L proved to be a worthy representative of the pro grade lens league ... if you can get a good sample. During the last half year three lenses has seen the lab and all exhibited some kind of optical flaws which is disappointing especially for a lens of this price class. Assuming you get a good sample there're really few things to complain about - the relatively high chromatic aberrations at 24mm maybe. Other than that the quality is very high. The build quality is superb with only the reverse zoom extension as a minor downside."
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Wlcastleman has reviewed Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 USM L lens and wrote:
"The EF 28-70mm f/2.8L and EF 24-70mm f/2.8L are high quality professional zoom lenses that perform better in most cases than non-L prime lenses in their range in producing sharp, contrasty images with excellent color. The L-primes (e.g., EF 35mm f/1.4L) still offer a slightly higher level of performance. The EF 24-70mm offers the advantages of wider perspective at 24mm and generally higher MTF at wide angles than the EF 28-70mm f/2.8L. This better wide angle performance of the EF 24-70 comes at the cost of slightly lower 70mm MTF performance at wide aperture and slightly greater linear distortion and chromatic aberration."
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Fred Miranda has reviewed Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 USM L lens and wrote:
"For the landscape photographer who believes that every little detail counts, primes are still the way to go. The same is not true for photojournalism where getting the picture is more important than the small image quality edge. The differences between the 28-70L and 24-70L in the 50-70mm range are marginal and make their images virtually indistinguishable. However, from my tests, the new 24-70L has the image quality edge in the 28-35mm range when shooting wide-open. The extra four millimeters in the wide angle range provide even greater flexibility but makes the lens more prone to flare. The lens hood should be used with both lenses at all times. From my preliminary test shots, I ended up with more flare in shots from the 24-70L than the 28-70L. This could be attributed to the almost identical lens hood design and extra wide angle range."
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The Digital Picture has reviewed Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 USM L lens and wrote:
"The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens focuses close enough to take close-to-macro pictures. It will not take a 1:1 macro shot, but capturing the flowers around your house is one of this lens' capabilities. The biggest downside of the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens (in my opinion) is it's size and weight. With its large lens hood, this lens is not small or light when used as a walk-around lens. I quickly got over this downside after reviewing my results."
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Luminous Landscape has reviewed Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 USM L lens and wrote:
"The new 24-70mm f/2.8L is, unfortunately, not an inexpensive lens. Early in 2003 online dealers are selling it at something under U.S. $1,400. The older 28-70mm f/2.8L is still available at about $900. By way of comparison, the consumer grade Canon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 sells for about $250. And, before Nikon owners become too smug about Canon's high prices for their high-end lenses it should be noted that Nikon's 28-70mm f2.8 D AF Zoom sells for about $1,300. As for me, the day I returned from my trip I went to my local dealer and purchased the new 24-70mm f/2.8L, and Steve Kossack did the same the day after he returned to Arizona. It's that good."
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Canon EF 24-70 USM L lens

Canon continues to provide professional photographers and enthusiasts with the widest selection of autofocus lenses found in any SLR camera system with the introduction of the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens. The EF 24-70mm f2.8L: USM replaced the current EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM lens and incorporates many advanced and exclusive Canon lens technologies to provide improved performance including the use of two different types of aspherical lens elements and a UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) glass element for obtaining sharper image quality. Its weather-resistant construction makes it extremely durable and reliable even in harsh weather conditions, such as rain or snow, and matches the weather-resistant construction of the EOS-1v 35mm film camera, EOS-1D and newly introduced EOS-1Ds digital models.

"Canon continues to provide photographers with the widest selection of high-quality lenses of any SLR camera system in the industry - analog or digital," said Yukiaki Hashimoto, vice president and general manager, Photographic Products Group, Canon U.S.A. "Our customers now have several choices in the wide angle zoom lens range, which allows them to select a lens or series of lenses that is ideal to their style of photography," added Mr. Hashimoto.

The EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens provides weather-resistant construction in the mount area, switch panel, zoom ring and focusing ring to prevent water and dust from reaching the inside of the lens. This design philosophy matches the performance of the EOS-1v 35mm, EOS-1D and EOS-1Ds digital professional cameras. Revised multi-layer optical coatings were added to minimize ghosting, especially when used with a digital SLR. When used in conjunction with any of these camera models, the system is virtually impervious to moisture, giving photographers the confidence to use it anywhere under almost any condition.

Similar to the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM and EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM, the new lens uses an electromagnetically controlled automatic diaphragm designed to maintain nearly circular apertures between f/2.8 and f/5.6. A circular aperture makes blurred points of light appear round and makes the background blur more pleasing for greater effect.

Autofocusing is fast, accurate and silent, thanks to Canon's original ring USM (Ultrasonic Motor). Minimum focusing distance has been reduced to just 15 inches/0.38m. This was achieved through a strengthened optical formula, featuring internal focusing which also enhances focusing speed, durability and handling. Moreover, the lens provides fast and smooth manual focusing in the AF mode through its built-in, full-time mechanical manual focus override.

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