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Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8 L II


After years of reading all the talking, complaining and countless rumors, Canon will be releasing a replacement to the Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L lense sometime in April 2012.   We all know the current price tag on the old version at about $1400.   I am hearing that the new version will be MSRP $2300.   That is insane!!!

Here’s some of the new features that I know of.

1) less heavier then the old version
2) filter size increase from 77mm to 82mm
3) fully extended to 70mm
4) NO Image Stabilization.

I personal do not see myself upgrading to the new version.   Mainly because I cant afford it.   I like my old 24-70mm.   Yes its a little on the heavy side.  I just need a reason to eat more and hit the gym.   If they have added the Image Stabilization, I would have consider.   But right now I just do not see myself making the upgrade. Especially not at that price tag. 

In additional to the new 24-70, Canon also announced two new Non-L Prime lenses, the 24mm f2.8 IS and 24mm f2.8 IS.  I always LOVE prime lenses.  Something about them that just make you go WOW.   Unfortunately I cant afford any of the L Prime lenses.  I have always like the 24mm range.  Maybe I might consider this new one.  I am hearing the price tag will be around $850 range.  Canon is claiming 4 stops on Image Stabilization.  That’s impressive if it is true.  I guess time will tell if any of these lenses are worth getting.    I love to hear your opinion.


You can read more from Canon Press Release here.

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Karlo - February 7, 2012 - 11:57 am

Price tag is nuts, yes. Don’t think it needs IS though considering the rule of thumb is that your minimum shutter speed should be the inverse of the focal length (for example at 200mm you should be shooting at 1/200, for a max focal length of 70mm the min shutter speed should be 1/70, which doesn’t exist, lol, so I guess 1/60 or 1/80 should suffice). Handheld at 1/60 to 1/80 is sufficient. Borderline, but sufficient. I don’t find myself in a lot of slow shutter speed situations with the 24-70. Then again I shoot Sigma so what do I know?

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