The skate park at Boston’s North Point Park
I feel like the luckiest guy in the world. For our anniversary last week, Maria surprised me with a new Canon 24-70 f2.8 L II. According to the lens review sites, the 24-70 II is one of the finest optics ever manufactured. It’s reported to be as sharp as a high quality prime lens at all of its focal lengths. I can’t wait to get to know it better.
Since September 2007, I shot primarily with the original Canon 24-70 f2.8 L. I estimate that 85% of the photos posted on this blog were taken with my old 24-70. I always liked that lens, but never loved it. It was sharp, not crispy like my primes, but good enough. I could’ve whined about the old 24-70’s size, but I’m a big guy, and I don’t mind suffering a little for my art. I was totally happy with the results of that old lens, and was only moderately interested in it’s replacement, until I got my Canon 16-35 f4 L for Christmas 2014. The 16-35 was my first new L lens in many years and I was amazed at how much better the pictures looked coming from a more modern lens. The new lens had better contrast, better colors, better sharpness edge to edge, and it handled flare brilliantly. Suddenly I found myself reading reviews of the 24-70 f2.8 L II. Could the new zoom live up to the hype? Was it worth the extreme price? I started saving my iStock pennies. I had to have the II. But life got in the way and I spent my stock photo horde several times. It seemed like I would never accumulate enough money for Canon’s ultimate lens.
Busy Saturday Evening in Boston’s North Point
I’ve only had the new lens for a week now and I was sick in bed with the flu for three of those days, so other than a short photo-walk in Boston and a trip to the park with Holden, I haven’t had a chance to thoroughly test it out. My initial impression is positive. The 24-70 II focuses faster than the old version. More specifically, the focus motor feels like it packs more horsepower than an average lens. When the II focuses, it feels like a fat perch grabbing your line. It really tugs. I’ve also already noticed that this lens is extremely sharp. I haven’t had the opportunity to try it in interesting light, but the images I’ve taken with it so far all look very prime-like. The details really pop out. And you have to love evolution, even with these performance enhancements, the new lens is much lighter than the old version and it feels better on the camera. Maybe someday I’ll write a longer review, but probably not. I enjoy taking pictures and writing about images more than writing a lens review. I can’t wait to take this lens out again.
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