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


UPDATE: Canon now says this lens will be shipping in June.

Canon has just announced the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens (alongside a 24mm and 28mm non-L series lenses with f/2.8 aperture and IS). This is interests me for several reasons, not the least of which is the strength of its predecessor as a portrait or landscape lens in the field and the fact.

The predecessor as also essentially parfocal, something Canon does not advertise, which has made it and the 70-200mm f/2.8L USM that I use. This has been of even greater use than expected during variable zoom timelapse and video applications. That’s why it’s a point of concern whether the newer revision will retain this important quality that has made earlier revision such a breeze to manually focus in the field (which is my preferred workflow whether shooting most stills, timelapse or video).

Another reason it is of interest is the large price difference. B & H Photo currently lists it at $2,299 vs the earlier version at around $1,369 (before rebate, a price that has not changed much over the last year). Will the difference in image quality be so great as to justify the price increase, as so many people feel that the jump from 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM to the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM was?

Canon’s listing currently contains no details but is listed below.

More details are available at B & H’s site and may well be at other retailers as well. The link follows.

What are your thoughts on the new lens? Do you think it will be parfocal or not? Chime in!

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