fplstudio wrote in post #18568714
I plan to replace the 24-105 v.1 with a newer lens with more resolution power. Since I use mainly primes in this range and a zoom would be in any case a "good to have" backup, I have excluded the investment for the 24-70 2.8 ii.
I am basically tossing up between the 24-70 f/4 L IS and the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC G2 and would be interested in your opinion.
After purchasing my first full frame 5D Mark III, the 24-105 showed its ugly head at 24mm distortion. So I figured I would grab the 24-70, but which one. You know f/2.8 vs. f/4 IS. A year or so later for a trip to Rome upgraded my newly aired as well 17-40 f/4 L to the new 16-35 f/4 L IS. Improved color and sharpness through out.
IS allowed me to capture Hand Held crisp images at 1/10" in the Basilica's where tripods are not permitted.
So with another spontaneous trip back to Italy, this time Venice and Florence, I followed my "When in Rome" experience and went with the smaller, lighter 24-70 f/4 L IS. Improved wide angle distortion right off the bat. Color was in the ballpark with the 16-35 f/4 L IS and both of my 70-200's, the f/4 L IS and f/2.8 L IS Mark II.
Yes I have heard about less sharp at say 50mm, but the Wide and long, 24, 70 are sharper than my old 24-105. I like the quite a bit. Better than I thought.
I have used and rented a few times the 24-70 f/2.8 L Mark II. While it does produce great images, the lack of IS does concern me for reasons above. Of course many would love to see the 24-70 f/2.8 L IS......
I did check out the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC as well. While not as quick to achieve AF, the real stickler was the backwards zooming. Small thing for some, but why throw a different wrench into my workflow.
Canon 5D Mark III (x2), BG-E11 Grips, 7D (x2) BG-E7 Grips, Canon Lenses 16-35 f/4 L IS, 17-40 f/4 L, 24-70 f/4 L IS, 24-105 f/4 L IS, 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II, 70-200 f/4 L IS, 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS, TS-E 24 f/3.5 L II, 100 f/2.8 L Macro IS, 10-22 f3.5-4.5, 17-55 f/2.8 L IS, 50 f/1.4, 85 f/1.8, Canon 1.4 Extender III, 5 Canon 600 EX-RT, 2 Canon ST-E3 Transmitters, Canon Pixma PRO-10 Printer