The Canon 24-70mm 2.8 Mark II, release in 2012, is the successor to the ever popular workhorse Canon 24-70mm 2.8, which was originally introduced back in 2002! Here at IEPR, we particularly like the MKII because it provides an appreciable increase in sharpness over the MKI, especially in the 24-35mm range. Image Quality has been significantly raised over the previous generation and the corner to corner details are excellent. You have to see it for yourself.
With a $2300 price tag, the MKII might not be worth the investment for some photographers but as a rental item, this lens has gained popularity over the last year. Although there is little to criticize of this lens, a deal breaker for some might be that the MKII lacks Image Stabilization. Tamron’s 24-70mm 2.8 VC is half the price and has Vibration Control. For those of you that shoot video or need a fast zoom to use in low light situations, the Tamron’s VC will provide the only feature the Canon cannot.
Overall, the MKII is the sharpest 24-70 zoom on the market that boasts the least amount of distortion and is weather sealed to be the workhorse lens of photographers worldwide for some time to come.
“This redesigned EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens from Canon ups the ante for optical performance for a professional standard zoom lens. It has one Super UD lens element and two UD lens elements that minimize chromatic aberration in the periphery at wide-angle, as well as reducing color blurring around the edges of the subject. In addition, two types of aspherical lenses are combined to help reduce spherical aberration over the entire image area, as well as through the full zoom range. Optimized lens coatings help ensure exceptional color balance while minimizing ghosting.”