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Pros: My trusty 24-105 which I've had since Oct 2010 is a hefty 670g but the new 24-70 f/2.8L II is even heavier at 805 grams! I've been lugging around the 24-105 so what's another 135 grams right?!? :) The exterior is beautiful. The black matte like finish blends nicely with the 7D's body. I love their new hoods that now uses a "button" that locks the hood in place and needs to be pressed to remove. Compared to the mark I 24-70, I'm glad they redesigned the barrel extension and the way the hoods look and works. I LOVE the new "lock" button which my 24-105 did not have. The extension barrel of the 24-70 is still pretty tight but over time it'll get loose so that lock button will be very helpful in preventing the barrel from sagging when I'm carrying it. The new lens has a larger lens opening at 82mm. My old 24-105 and even the 70-200 is the standard 77mm. So I had to buy a whole new 82mm UV haze filter. I decided to go with Bryan's (of the-digital-picture.com) recommendation and get the B+W MRC filter. It's pretty reasonable about $80 and what's another $79 when I just dropped $2000 for a lens right?!?
From what I've read, everyone was right, the autofocus on my 24-70II is smokin fast! Noticeably faster than my old 24-105 even in the low light indoors. I would say the focusing speed on the 24-70 f/2.8L II is even a tad faster than my 70-200 f/2.8L IS mark I!
But the one biggest factor that I wanted w/ this new 24-70II was the bokeh and the 24-70II did not let me down. Depth of field is just so easy to achieve with this glass compared to my 24-105. I can't wait to take some outside portrait shots. So far I'm very pleased with the bokeh... maybe not $2000 pleased, but still happy :) I keep telling myself it's an investment right?
I filled out the rebate stuff online which was easy to do. You just have to wait till you get your lens because you need to have the serial # of the lens for the rebate.
So far I'm very impressed with this glass. The price point is still very steep but as many others have mentioned, you get what you pay for. The 24-70 f/4IS and the 24-105 f/4IS is about $1000 cheaper right now. I've only really taken pics indoors without using a flash. Tomorrow I'm going to wedding and I'm going to use this lens on my stroboframe w/ my 430ex flash (my mainstay setup for event shooting in the past w/ my 24-105) at the reception. I'll also be bringing my 70-200 I to the church ceremony so I'll see what opportunities present themselves.
Cons: see comments in Pros
Reviewed By:Qball,11/22/2013 9:21:26 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
Other Thoughts: I use this lens for 75% of my shots. It's a fantastic portrait lens. It lets you get a little distance between you and the model to help keep them at ease. f2.8 lets you throw the background out of focus, but lacks a nice round Bokeh. If you use this lens on an aps-c sensor camera it stretches it to a 112-320mm
Reviewed By:Bobzilla,10/30/2013 7:02:58 PM
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Pros: This is the BEST option for someone not wanting to invest a lot of $$ on a lens in this zoom range. It has excellent image quality. The VC works excellent for 300mm hand held shots.
Cons: Not a macro, but then again I did not purchase for that use.
Other Thoughts: I've owned 2 of the canon version of this lens & was extremely disappointed in them past 150mm. This Tamron that replaced my Canon lens simply blows them away in sharpness.
Reviewed By:N/A,10/28/2013 3:34:49 PM
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Pros: I have a Canon Rebel EOS XTi Digital camera and I've been using a 28 - 90 lens that came with my wife's Canon 35mm film camera. This lens is great not only because of the telephoto capacity but the IS makes it even easier to take shots on the fly without getting blurry images.
Reviewed By:Ezrway,10/26/2013 9:00:11 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
Cons: ..none....only fits on it's include case..not a deal breaker. if you are using your phone for photography or movie making, you are not Steven Speilberg.
Other Thoughts: ...it's for a cell phone. it's no replacement for a nikkon oe cannon.... I got this for a fun curiosity for my wife's phone. lense is surprisingly good. you can tell it's kinda cheaply made, but hey for less than $20, what can you expect. Clever little tripod stand is handy and included.
Reviewed By:N/A,10/20/2013 9:55:52 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.