Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L Mark II Review (SLR Lounge)

SLR Lounge reviewed the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L Mark II (price & specs). Not everything gets a positive opinion, but the auto focus:

The Mark II is now boasts a faster and more importantly, more accurate autofocus compared to the Mark I. The AF snaps almost instantaneously and there were no back-focus issues that I felt plagued my Mark I. Photojournalists, wedding photographers, and event photographers, will benefit tremendously from the near-instant and accurate AF speed.

Quoting from the conclusion:

The new 24-70mm Mark II is such big improvement over the Mark I that I now shoot over 25% of my portrait and engagement session images with this lens. I have come to prefer it to the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L whenever I do not need the extra wide angle. There are even times, and it is crazy that I am saying this, I preferred it to the Canon 50mm f/1.2L because the bokeh was good enough and gave me the extra flexibility in zoom.

The Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L Mark II gets a rating of 5 out of 5.

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  • Bob B.

    Meaningful reviews with solid, real meaningful and comparable photography. Nice.

  • MJB

    “There are even times, and it is crazy that I am saying this, I preferred it to the Canon 50mm f/1.2L because the bokeh was good enough and gave me the extra flexibility in zoom.” WHAT?

    – Please, this is pure and simple puffery, which I am afraid completely altered my opinion of the credibility of this review, which is I now see is clearly ‘marketing’ and not a meaningful technical/creative review of a product. Sorry – a 1.2 aperture and a 2.8 aperture are equal at many things, but the quality of bokeh is not one of them despite the extraordinary inconvenience of zooming “with your feet” or changing to a more appropriate focal length lens.

    And please support my site by clicking on the link below to buy yet another product which you do not need nor will make you a successful professional photographer.

    • Bob B.

      He doesn’t say that the bokey was as good as the 50mm. He says it was good enough in some situations. He also said he enjoyed the flexibility of the zoom, which the 50mm does not offer?
      The lenses are two different animals and I think he makes that clear…he said he only uses the new zoom 25% of the time.

      • MJB

        Maybe you should re-read the blurb: “I preferred (the zoom) to the Canon 50mm f/1.2L because the bokeh was good enough” – Sorry, that’s meretricious hucksterism.

        And please support my site by clicking on the link below to buy yet another product which you do not need nor will make you a successful professional photographer.