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Why do people bag the 24-70 L?

 
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Aug 11, 2010 12:17 |  #16

Only just sold mine.....bloody marvellous lens but as I am using a 7D just needed something a wee bit wider....still looking !

Only non-keepers were ENTIRELY my fault.....cannot fault the lens!


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Aug 11, 2010 12:23 |  #17

I think that pre-micro focus days the odds of getting a soft (front/back focus) lens were high. Mine went back to Canon twice before i was happy with it's performance. Nowdays with the ability of fine tuning a lens to perfection I've noticed that there are far fewer threads complaining about soft lenses in general.


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Aug 11, 2010 12:24 |  #18

Doctor Diesel wrote in post #10701792 (external link)
Only just sold mine.....bloody marvellous lens but as I am using a 7D just needed something a wee bit wider....still looking !!

Look at the 17-55IS. Sharper than the 24-70, lighter, has IS, and is wider. Perfect mate to the 7D.


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Aug 11, 2010 12:25 |  #19

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I've noticed a few threads giving the 24-70 a bad review, and people have even suggested they should take the lens in for repairs.

I've just bought the 24-70 L and 7D, and I'm still on the learning curve. Results so far have been 50/50. The keepers are good....very good. The other 50% are so-so, but I've put them down to user error.

In light of people giving this lens a bad wrap, is there any cause for concern?

I too am shooting the 24-70L on my 7D and yes, there is a learning curve. Actually, the whole photography thing is a learning curve for me because I've only recently started trying to get serious about it. But, I've learned seemingly simple stuff like the fact my copy of the 24-70L isn't nearly as sharp at f2.8 as it is at f/5.6 thru f/8. I do think the lens occasionally hunts for focus for no apparent reason. I also think the AF on my 7D is not quite as consitent in one-shot AF mode as the center point on my 5D Mark II. Overall however, I'm happy with my gear and I'm starting to realize that part of my problem is both inexperience and unrealistic expectation set by looking at the final, processed results of others. I suspect your lens and camera are probably fine but, reading complaints on the web screws with your head a bit.

Having spent most of my career in some form of customer service, I can tell you that nothing travels faster than bad news. You rarely get kudos for doing a great job or going above and beyond. But the one time you slip up or something gets by you, all hell breaks lose and the person who feels slighted will tell anyone who will listen that your are hell spawn and possibly the devil himself. Manufacturers suffer similar issues all the time. For example, how many people thought Toyotas were great cars until the media went ape-**** reporting runaway cars? How many people won't even entertain the idea of buying an Toyota today despite the fact we now know this was an exceedingly rare event and that at least one widely reported incident was faked? The point lurking here is, as others have said, you have to take complaints with a grain of salt because for every whiny troll, there are at least a dozen folks who are quite happy with their gear but never say a word.


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Aug 11, 2010 12:27 |  #20

"The Brick":mrgreen:


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Aug 11, 2010 13:57 |  #21

Every working professional photographer I know owns that lens.


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Aug 11, 2010 14:08 |  #22

Do a focus test on it and make sure it's good, if not it might need calibration, I did this on one of my lens and I'm glad I did, sent it back for calibration and received an awesome calibrated lens in return. But I do have to agree that most of the times user error plays a big role, no doubt.


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Aug 11, 2010 14:20 |  #23

Loved mine - never once had to worry about getting sub-par results. Absolutely fantastic zoom.

I rarely used it though, because I discovered I favored my primes. So, I sold it for another prime. IF I were to ever contemplate going all-zoom for convenience sake, the 24-70L will most certainly, undoubtedly, positively will go in my bag once again. Great lens.


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Aug 11, 2010 14:34 as a reply to  @ enrigonz's post |  #24

Love my copy. I got one to replace a 24-105 which didn't seem to do much for me.


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Aug 11, 2010 14:49 |  #25

Mine is rock solid, no complaints.


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Aug 11, 2010 14:59 |  #26

Optically the 24-70 is a very good lens and I've gotten many publishable results with it .. there are no other zooms covering that staple focal length offering as good a quality files and unless you're shooting with primes you won't get better quality. My particular copy is stellar .. very sharp at any aperture or focal length.

Cost is higher because it's weather sealed and has very sturdy build (aka ... the brick), this may not be important to some but to those earning their bred & butter it's good to know when you reach for it it will be there for you.


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Aug 11, 2010 15:07 |  #27

Bag it? Huh, I thought everyone LOVED it! Its pretty much my most used lens. I had the 24-105 first, but wanted 2.8. Returned the 24-105 and have loved the 24-70 ever since. And to be honest I have never heard of anyone disliking the 24-70.


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Aug 11, 2010 15:12 |  #28

I find a hard time making myself pay $1200 for a lens with no IS.
(If its a prime, I dont care, but in my opinion zooms can always use IS)


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Aug 11, 2010 15:22 |  #29

Viva-photography wrote in post #10702951 (external link)
I find a hard time making myself pay $1200 for a lens with no IS.
(If its a prime, I dont care, but in my opinion zooms can always use IS)

Use, sure. Need? Nah, I have NEVER once felt I NEEDED IS with my 24-70. Pairing it with a full frame body and its golden.


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Aug 11, 2010 16:29 |  #30

i've had one and its an awesome lens exept for the weight but aside from that it takes awesome pictures and it focuses super fast...
people complain because it is usually their first pro lens and they expect every picture to come out of it 100% flawless.
same thing with the 17-40 to some extenct


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