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Would you Buy the 24-70L f2.8 Lens

David ­ Arbogast
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Sep 16, 2013 14:47 |  #16

phantelope wrote in post #16301355 (external link)
Tamron 24-70, no contest. Fantastic lens, IS, and with cash you save over the WAY too expensive Canon you can buy a couple more toys or go on a vacation. I've read every test and review I could find, there's nothing the Canon does better that would be worth that much cash, at least nothing I can imagine. For the money saved you can buy a great flash or two or a Sigma 85 and a flash and so on. Canon missed the boat here IMO and not adding IS is almost rude. Yes, you can crank up ISO, but you can't crank up ISO on the fly, I prefer my lenses to help out here :-)

Go see if you can try it at a store somewhere, I could not be happier. It's my first non Canon lens, but probably won't be my last (Siggi 85...)

Great suggestion. The Canon 24-70 II is sharper and has less distortion at 24mm than the Tamron, but the Tamron is still excellent at 24mm and outperforms the Canon at 70mm (in the corners). It all depends on what you need. For my needs, I wanted maximum performance in the 24-35mm range, so I went with the Canon 24-70 II. The Tamron, though, is an excellent value; well-worth the OP's consideration.

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Sep 16, 2013 14:48 |  #17

I recently upgraded from a 24-105L to a 24-70/2.8L II. I decided to keep my 24-105L because it is noticeably smaller and lighter than the 24-70 and has a bit more reach.

Hard to say if you will miss the 70-105mm range. I personally found that I love the image quality of the 24-70/2.8L that i couldn't get with the 24-105L so much, I make adjustments to always bring it over the 24-105L. So my 24-105L usually ends up on my 5D2 while the 24-70L is on my 5D3.

If cost is a major driver, I recommend trying to get a 24-105L for cheap --- either used or on eBay.

The Tamron 24-70/2.8 is a great value, but, there's been a number of posters who complain about its slightly slower (less accurate?) AF. One guy went through five copies of the Tamron before he found one to his liking (de-centering issues). OTOH, the Tamron has a long warranty and I haven't heard of anyone who sent their lens into Tamron for repairs complain about the results.

If you want to stick with Canon and not spend over $2000 for a 24-70/2.8L II, look into the 24-70/4L IS. Much better optically than the 24-105L and has some interesting features like an improved IS and a macro mode.

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Sep 16, 2013 15:20 |  #18

It really depends on your budget and needs. I owned the 24-105 for years before getting the 24-70 MKII. I only bought the MKII because I was shooting more events and needed the F/ 2.8. (by the way the 24-105 is an F/4) Before that I was perfectly happy with the 24-105.....I still miss the 71-105mm sometimes but its really just a step forward...

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Sep 16, 2013 16:01 as a reply to  @ Kronie's post |  #19

Man, too bad the 24-70 2.8 v.1 isn't is.

Canon 70D/70-200 f4/17-55 2.8/BG-E9/430EZ I like DSLR's. It makes a distinction between photo fans and normal people who don't give a damn how a picture could look like

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Sep 16, 2013 16:38 |  #20

The 24-70mm has less lens aberration. It is built better so that it could take a hit and keep working. And at 70mm@f/2.8, has roughly the same amount of background blur as 105mm@f/4 (slightly more I think). The f/2.8 let's your camera use the high-precision AF point too.

The 24-105mm give about 50% more magnification at the narrow end. It has IS which the 24-70mm doesn't.

You can look at the differences, think about what and how you shoot, and make a decision based on your experience.

To answer your question, yes I'd buy it.

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Sep 16, 2013 16:45 |  #21

Canon's 24-70L is a great lens, on a FF camera it's sharp, great for landscape and portrait use.

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Sep 16, 2013 17:42 |  #22

+1 For the Tamron 24-70 /f2.8 VC !!

To say that it is sooo much less then Canon ?
Thats not true !! I own the Tamron, and i would never pay the price from Canon !
And.... the build quality from the Tamron ? Isn't sooo much less as Canon !
If this would NOT be true ? I would NEVER write it here........ Thanx....

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Sep 16, 2013 17:57 |  #23

I'm going to re-iterate what I said in an earlier thread. I've had bad luck with the Tammy f2.8 VC, but I'd still recommend it. The price and VC are clear winners. However, if one is looking for a Tammy, I STRONGLY suggest buying local, brand new, and from a reputable source. Know the return/exchange policy of the store before buying. The big scratch on the Tammy is its quality control. Yes, you can get bad copies with the Canon f2.8, but from what I've been reading it's not as bad as Tammy owners. If you got a good copy Tammy, then good for you - you lucked out. In my opinion, the Canon f2.8 mk2 is worth the money also if you're debating about its price point.

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Sep 16, 2013 18:26 |  #24

pophoto wrote in post #16300557 (external link)
I dropped and damaged (beyond repair) my kit lens (25-105L f2.8 lens).

If I had a 25-105/2.8, I would have tried to repair it, even if it doesn't go as wide as 24mm. ;)

Kidding aside. I now own a 24-70/2.8L II and I still keep my 24-105L. I used to own a 24-70/2.8L I, but I didn't like it as much. There are situations that I still prefer to have IS, especially when I have to make it very very compact and about to shoot low light with no tripod.

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Sep 18, 2013 04:56 |  #25

I wanted the 24-70l mk i, but heard it has an issue with af shift after long period of use, the mk ii probably had solved this issue. Now im still wandering if the improvement over mk worth the $$.

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Sep 18, 2013 11:10 |  #26

newcomer to the forum - hi everyone - was surprised to see on the first post the lens in question 24-105 2.8? was not aware this was available i have the f4
i find it a great holiday lens or non serious photography lens
you can not argue with 24-70 2.8

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Sep 18, 2013 15:30 |  #27

24-70 - absolutely love mine! My 'goto' lens!

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Sep 18, 2013 18:37 |  #28

forcefed wrote in post #16301605 (external link)
Man, too bad the 24-70 2.8 v.1 isn't is.

24-70 MK II is on my camera 80% of the time. I don't miss IS at all. In fact, I'm glad it doesn't have it. It's taught me how to hold my camera better, or at least think about it, and I get some good clear shots at 1/40.

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Sep 18, 2013 20:07 as a reply to  @ manderson's post |  #29

Just got my 24-70 MK II today. I'm looking forward to putting it to work. I got it refurbished from Canon.

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Sep 18, 2013 21:40 as a reply to  @ shuter113's post |  #30

I'm biased since its currently the only lens I own :p

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