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Category: Interchangeable Lenses
Product: Canon Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

Canon Launches Three New Lenses - Canon launch three new lenses with class-leading performance and unrivalled flexibility.

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Canon adds to its EF lens series with the launch of three new lenses for photography professionals and enthusiasts. The new EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM professional zoom lens is an update to the popular EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, while the new EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM are the world’s first (according to Canon research as of February 2012) wide-angle prime lenses to feature optical Image Stabilizer (IS) technology.

EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM key features

  • All-new optical design delivers exceptional sharpness
  • Ultra-low dispersion (UD) and super UD elements
  • Fast f/2.8 maximum aperture
  • Sealed against dust and moisture
  • Fast, silent ultrasonic autofocus
  • Manual focus override
  • Nine-bladed circular aperture
EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM
EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM

EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM key features

  • 24mm wide angle lens (38mm equivalent on APS-C sized sensors)
  • Fast f/2.8 maximum aperture
  • Up to four-stop Image Stabilizer
  • Ultrasonic autofocus mechanism
  • Circular aperture for soft background blur
  • Super Spectra coatings reduce flare
EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM
EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM

EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM key features

  • 28mm wide-angle lens (45mm equivalent on APS-C sized sensors)
  • Fast f/2.8 maximum aperture
  • Up to four-stop Image Stabilizer
  • Ultrasonic autofocus mechanism
  • Circular aperture for soft background blur
  • Super Spectra coatings reduce flare

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

The new EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM features completely redesigned optics in a compact design that makes it ideal for carrying on every shoot.

With a redesigned optical system that includes two Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) and one Super UD aspheric elements to minimise chromatic aberration and colour blurring, the lens delivers consistently sharp, high-contrast images. Each lens element also features Canon's optimised Super Spectra coatings to reduce ghosting and flare and ensure excellent colour balance. Additionally, a fluorine coating minimises the amount of dust, dirt and fingerprints that adhere to the front and rear of the lens.

The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 0.38m at all focal lengths throughout the zoom range.

The mechanical structure of the lens has been improved to offer enhanced zoom durability and greater shake and shock resistance within the lens barrel. The size of the lens has also been reduced by 10mm compared to the previous model. A new Zoom Lock lever also enables photographers to lock the zoom position at the extreme wide end to prevent damage to the lens in transit, while a water and dustproof construction (Waterproof construction around the lens mount, switch panel, zoom ring, focusing ring and zoom lock. Weatherproof when used with weatherproof EOS bodies) enables users to continue shooting in harsh conditions.

EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Canon lenses

These 24mm and 28mm fixed wide-angle lenses offer up to 4-stops over lenses without IS. Both feature a wide f/2.8 aperture the silent, high-speed AF performance is provided by the inclusion of a ring-type USM and additional features including optimized AF control. Full-time manual focusing also ensures adjustments can be made even when AF is engaged.

The EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM has a minimum focusing distance of 0.20m and the EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM features a minimum focusing distance of 0.23m.

Canon’s advanced IS technology is able to detect intentional panning movement and automatically switch from Normal IS mode to Panning IS mode – helping users to capture movement with greater accuracy.

Both the EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM feature redesigned optics to improve image quality and reduce the need for post-production. An aspherical glass moulded (GMo) lens element is incorporated to correct aberration throughout the optical system, while Canon’s optimised Super Spectra Coatings reduce ghosting and flare for stand-out image quality. Externally, both models also boast a number of design similarities with Canon’s professional L-series lenses, with a similar coating on the barrel and a similar design on the focus ring. A distance scale is also included to assist with landscape photography

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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Specifications

ManufacturerCanon
General
Lens Mounts
  • Canon EF USM
Lens
Focal Length 24mm - 70mm
Angle of View No Data
Max Aperture f/2.8
Min Aperture f/22
Filter Size 82mm
35mm equivalent No Data
Internal focusing No Data
Focusing
Min Focus 38cm
Stabilised No
Construction
Blades 9
Elements 18
Groups 13
Box Contents
Box Contents No Data
Dimensions
Weight 805g
Height 113mm

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Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Specifications

ManufacturerCanon
General
Lens Mounts
  • Canon EF USM
Lens
Focal Length 24mm
Angle of View No Data
Max Aperture f/2.8
Min Aperture f/22
Filter Size 58mm
35mm equivalent No Data
Internal focusing No Data
Focusing
Min Focus 20cm
Stabilised Yes
Construction
Blades 7
Elements 11
Groups 9
Box Contents
Box Contents No Data
Dimensions
Weight 280g
Height 55.7mm

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Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Specifications

ManufacturerCanon
General
Lens Mounts
  • Canon EF USM
Lens
Focal Length 28mm
Angle of View No Data
Max Aperture f/2.8
Min Aperture f/22
Filter Size 58mm
35mm equivalent No Data
Internal focusing No Data
Focusing
Min Focus 23cm
Stabilised Yes
Construction
Blades 7
Elements 9
Groups 7
Box Contents
Box Contents No Data
Dimensions
Weight 260g
Height 51.5mm

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Comments

DavePics
DavePics  2 Ireland
7 Feb 2012 - 4:44 PM

Disappointing upgrade to the 24-70 considering the price point. No image stabilisation is strange given that even cheap efs lenses have it. Might just be a deal breaker unless this lens is heavily discounted.

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paulashby
paulashby  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2012 - 7:51 PM

Why do people worry about image stabilisation on these short lenses, learn to hold your camera correctly.

DavePics
DavePics  2 Ireland
7 Feb 2012 - 8:24 PM

Image stabilization can offer up to four stops slower shutter speeds which in this case would be phenomenal and a great reason to buy this revision. It would also go a long way in justifying the massive price difference between the old and new models. 1000 more for rev2 (official Canon price) is insane. And yes I do know how to hold a camera.

User_Removed
7 Feb 2012 - 8:58 PM


Quote: Why do people worry about image stabilisation on these short lenses, learn to hold your camera correctly.

Correct.


Quote: Image stabilization can offer up to four stops slower shutter speeds...

Also correct. BUT... personal skill and technique is paramount. NOT technology.

Smile

(Personally, I find it hilarious that, on the day that Nikon announce the D800(x) - this is the best that Canon can come up with!!! Smile)

Grin

Last Modified By User_Removed at 7 Feb 2012 - 9:00 PM
gonzalito
gonzalito e2 Member 4gonzalito vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2012 - 4:43 PM

Guys ... really!? yes, it is important to hold the camera correctly! and yes, it is also important to have IS - why not at the end of the day! it was invented for a reason and there are situations when no matter how steady you are, having IS it simply helps!

So let's just stop this argument "IS needed vs. Holding the camera correctly" ...

The point is that these lenses are expensive and it is disapointing that, for the price tag, they do not have IS!

CraigHarris
8 Feb 2012 - 6:42 PM

IMO, anyone who thinks IS isn't needed can't be taken seriously - it can make a massive difference and there are many occasions where you don't get a second chance and a tripod is completely infeasible.

I believe in the case of the 24-70 they should offer both IS and non-IS options; it appears Tamron is going to be the only option for a stabilised 24-70 but it's unlikely to match the optical quality & AF speed of mark II L-glass.

When I saw the price the first thing I assumed was they'd accidentally missed IS out of press release title, but then I read all the details, and yes it's heading for 3k for a standard-range zoon with no IS.

And as for the 24mm prime, I'd have preferred IS added to the f/1.4L version as that would make it an amazing indoor lens - at weddings I want the 1.4 during ceremony etc, but when stopping down to deal with groups the IS would be a bonus as then I could concentrate more on the subjects.

HelenBushe
8 Feb 2012 - 7:04 PM

As you get older, IS becomes more important. I know!

gonzalito
gonzalito e2 Member 4gonzalito vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2012 - 8:35 PM

lol ... saying you don't need IS is like saying don't bother with tripod! hahaha
come'on be serious!

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