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Dec 20, 2014 18:58 |  #1

This lens ROCKS! It's really that simple. The first copy I purchased required an insane amount of MFA to even come close to being sharp, without actually hitting the mark. I returned it, and was very discouraged. I read all I could on it, and saw that the common consensus was that this lens is one of the sharpest available. I made the decision to order one directly from Canon, a refurb, and when that arrived, it was sharp out of the box, no MFA, nothing. It performs well and is pretty much married to my 5D3 and will now be shared with my 1D IV. No regrets.



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Dec 20, 2014 21:45 |  #2

Jay,

I couldn't agree more. It's a bit large for everyday use, but for anything "special", it is top notch.


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Jan 04, 2015 01:40 |  #3

My favorite lens for most of the shoots that I do. I usually have it mounted on my 1DX. That combo is like working with a cinderblock in your hands (heavy!!!) but the results are well worth it. The thing is just fantastic. I see you didn't give your copy a 10 for AF but mine is the fastest AF of all my L glass.

Good review, thanks!


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Jan 04, 2015 07:37 |  #4

My copy compares well against my friend's Zeiss primes both in sharpness and contrast. There is a very good reason people call it a bag of primes. Very good AF, excellent image quality. It even has decent bokeh for a zoom (sometimes you can see some onion rings but that seems to be true for any lens with aspherical elements). My only gripe is the size and weight; it isn't small, light, or inconspicuous. I don't like using it as a walk-around lens for that reason. I wouldn't mind having IS but was willing to give that up for the quality.


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Jan 04, 2015 13:19 |  #5

texaskev wrote in post #17365035 (external link)
My favorite lens for most of the shoots that I do. I usually have it mounted on my 1DX. That combo is like working with a cinderblock in your hands (heavy!!!) but the results are well worth it. The thing is just fantastic. I see you didn't give your copy a 10 for AF but mine is the fastest AF of all my L glass.

Good review, thanks!

The only reason I didn't was because my 100-400 II is actually faster at focusing. After that, the 24-70 is a very close 2nd.



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Jan 15, 2015 20:39 |  #6

I use it for parties and weddings on my 1Dx and also as a walk around lens.


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May 01, 2015 17:23 |  #7

I have only recently purchased this lens to replace my 24-105.
My intial thoughts are VERY positive! I was expecting a lot due to it's price and it is certainly delivering. Whist I think the 24-105 is a great lens, especially at it's current pricing, there are compromises in this lens althogh many can be fixed in PP.
Now I have the 24-70 F2.8 V2 I am getting sharper images with less distortion and even better colour rendition. Many make the point that this lens lacks IS, personally I am glad! I don't want a dead piece of glass in the focal path that serves no purpose for my uses.

Is it worth the extra money over the 24-105 or the 24-70 F2.8 V1? To me it is but both of the others are still very good lenses.


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Dec 26, 2015 21:39 |  #8

Is the lack of IS ever a problem for you?




  
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Dec 27, 2015 13:26 as a reply to  @ kanecvl's post |  #9

Never had an issue with lack is IS. 2.8 is fast enough for anything I shoot. It mostly lives in my 5D3 which handles ISO extremely well, so as part of my kit, it's an outstanding lens.



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Jan 30, 2016 15:01 |  #10

Is it worth the upgraded price over II version if you already have verison I?




  
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Feb 01, 2016 16:39 |  #11

supert wrote in post #17879412 (external link)
Is it worth the upgraded price over II version if you already have verison I?

Version 1 is a beast of a lens, built like a tank with a metal barrel and carries some significant weight and from what I see, a very nice lens, however version II is remarkably sharper, but more plastic. I think if version 1 is doing it for you, by all means, stick with it. If you need/want/desire sharper images, then you'll want II, but at about $1000.00 more? Personally, I've never had the I, and the II is simply excellent in it's performance.



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Feb 02, 2016 12:53 |  #12

Glad to see it's highly reviewed. I'm looking to get one soon also




  
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Feb 02, 2016 22:38 |  #13

I just recently got this lens. It is tack sharp and really fast.




  
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Feb 08, 2016 18:58 as a reply to  @ johnf3f's post |  #14

I recently picked one up also when Canon was having a refurbed sale. Hasn't see a lot of use yet but so far quite happy with the results. The 24-105 might be expendale now ...




  
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Feb 09, 2016 20:36 |  #15

Anandnra wrote in post #17890865 (external link)
I recently picked one up also when Canon was having a refurbed sale. Hasn't see a lot of use yet but so far quite happy with the results. The 24-105 might be expendale now ...

I thought the same thing about the 24-105, but ended up keeping it as a walk around lens for my 1DIV. Every time I think about letting it go, I shoot a few off and that changes my mind.



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