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Thread started 11 Nov 2008 (Tuesday) 12:47
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POLL: "Did you have to send your Canon 24-70L in for service?"
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cheson74
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Nov 11, 2008 12:47 |  #1

I just sold my 17-40L. I'm debating on the 24-70L but some of the focus issues I've read on POTN and FM makes me hesitate.

Did you get a perfect copy new? Did you have to send it in for calibration? Did you have to send it in multiple times?

I could buy a used one and trust the seller's word on it's quality. With the rebate, B&H has it for $1110 new. Used ones are roughly $150-200 cheaper.


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Nov 11, 2008 12:51 |  #2

My favourite "walkabout" lens, no problems at all.


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Nov 11, 2008 13:14 |  #3

I had one I picked up used. It was OK but nothing spectacular, certainly not any better than the tamron 28-75 or 17-55 IS. I sold it mainly because of the weight and the guy who bought it said it was the worst of 4 copies he had had and was sending it in for calibration. I felt bad but he said this is the norm with this lens. He had had 3 bad ones and one really good one. For that price and build quality the image quality sould be second to none.




  
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Nov 11, 2008 13:43 as a reply to  @ twistedlim's post |  #4

After trying three 24-70's I must admit I was ready to abandon all hope of ever getting a good copy but, rather than send the third one back from whence it came, I decided instead to send it to Canon in the firm belief that they would reinforce my now rapidly forming suspicion that this particular lens was both overpriced and overrated. Well I have to say when the lens came back the difference was amazing. Gone was the general softness (which was not a focusing issue) and gone was the harsh purple fringing that seemed to plague all the copies I'd tried. Personally I'm still not totally convinced the lens is quite as good as some would have you believe but given the price and obvious build quality it ain't half bad either.


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cheson74
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Nov 11, 2008 13:49 |  #5

I'm definitely prefer primes but I wanted to get a lens that my wife would be happy using. She loves playing around with DSLR. The 24-105L Is would be a logical choice except we shoot a lot indoors. Otherwise, it'd be the ideal lens for her. I figured the 24-70 would be a good match with the 5D for indoor photography.

I could say forget the wife and match up a 50L with my 35L :D


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Nov 11, 2008 13:52 |  #6

getting a copy that performs to specification of this potentially amazing lens is incredibly hit and miss...not a lens i would reccomend buying online,. but froma store where it can be returned.


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Nov 11, 2008 13:53 |  #7

Think I've had 3, all have been perfect, if I need a walkaround zoom, the Brick is my choice.


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Nov 11, 2008 13:56 |  #8

The 24-70L is Canon's flashship lens and many will comment on bad copies and such. Some will convince themselves that its the best because of the $$$ they've spent on this zoom.

It appears most people comment on softness wideopen. Otherwise the lens works phenominal 2 stops from f/2.8. If you buy the lens new you have the option of swapping from copy to copy to get a "brick" with good sharpness wideopen. Thing is when you buy such an expensive lens you'd want to have excellent performance at f/2.8 wideopen.

My copy is soft wideopen due to front focussing. Both XTI and 5D I'd get hit and miss sharp images at f/2.8. I tried my brothers new copy of the 24-70L and I'm envious because he lucked out and got a phenominal tack sharp copy with no real world focussing isusses. My copy is at canon and I'm hoping it'll perform like my brothers copy.

Othewise this lens is excellent in other aspects. No lens is perfect but I think the 24-70L has more issues than other zooms out there. I dont think its amplified internet rants either.

The 24-70L has been a phenominal lens on my 5D. The brick has transformed into a killer "almost prime" lens zoom on a full frame for me. Its been wide enough for me on my xti.

Fast silent/accurate AF is the bonus characteritics compared to 3rd party lenses that are comparible in sharpness. You buy the brick for the all round "L" package not just IQ.


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Nov 11, 2008 13:59 |  #9

Hey Alan, you got a 5D....nice....If the Brick isn't spot on....send it in Bro


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Nov 11, 2008 14:07 |  #10

thatkatmat wrote in post #6666933 (external link)
Hey Alan, you got a 5D....nice....If the Brick isn't spot on....send it in Bro

The 5D is a fabulous body and the 24-70L really compliments it. At f/2.8 -f/4 the images "pops" effortlessly.

I must thank you again for your input you've given me!!!

Cheson, make your wife happy......it'll give you brownie points in the long run ;)


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Nov 11, 2008 14:16 |  #11

cheson74 wrote in post #6666867 (external link)
I'm definitely prefer primes but I wanted to get a lens that my wife would be happy using. She loves playing around with DSLR. The 24-105L Is would be a logical choice except we shoot a lot indoors. Otherwise, it'd be the ideal lens for her. I figured the 24-70 would be a good match with the 5D for indoor photography.

I could say forget the wife and match up a 50L with my 35L :D

if you want to make her happy get a lighter lens :D.

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Nov 11, 2008 14:19 |  #12

bluefox9er wrote in post #6666887 (external link)
getting a copy that performs to specification of this potentially amazing lens is incredibly hit and miss...not a lens i would reccomend buying online,. but froma store where it can be returned.

You can spend more locally for return privileges but you still have your time & fuel out getting it back there. You may as well save a couple hundred bucks & take the chance of having to slap it in a box with postage later on. You save a bunch of cash whether you have to send it in or not.

Returning it to the store means you walk away with a replacement that may or may not be faulty as well.

If an exchange isn't viable, you're just burning gasoline and wasting time going to the store to do what you could have done yourself - ie pack it up and send it off to the mother ship. The wait for it to be returned happens regardless.


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Nov 11, 2008 14:40 as a reply to  @ cdifoto's post |  #13

i just got mine yesterday and its perfect no issues.


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Nov 11, 2008 14:46 |  #14

The first time I kept this lens I went through a few copies before realizing I may have been expecting too much from it. The current copy I have now I bought used and it's better than my first and I'm quite happy with it.


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Natural ­ Imagez
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Nov 11, 2008 15:29 |  #15

this lens seemed pretty good out of the box, but eventually just seemed a little soft for some reason. i figured why not and sent it to canon while it is under warranty. yup it was soft, and the rear focus motor was faulty. replaced and calibrated and works like a gem now. and took a week total including shipping both ways. i love this lens now


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