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    24mm IS vs 24-70f2.8L II

    Hi Forum

    Has anyone done any tests of these two lenses at 24mm. I am looking for a 24mm and a 40 or 50mm, so the 24-70 might fit the bill.

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    Re: 24mm IS vs 24-70f2.8L II

    I don't know if this will help, much, but here is a link to some user reports:

    FM Reviews - Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM

    And another, more extensive test and review:

    Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Review

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    Re: 24mm IS vs 24-70f2.8L II

    I nmever shot the 24 is but the new 24-70 is prime lens sharp wide open

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    Re: 24mm IS vs 24-70f2.8L II

    Yes, the 24-70 2.8 version 2 that I used recently was superb. But as was discussed elsewhere, there may be variation in each copy so test it when you get it. It was sharper than all my L primes in that range even wide open.

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    Re: 24mm IS vs 24-70f2.8L II

    The 24-70 II, unless you get a poor one (and one hears of a very small number of disappointing copies out there - my first one had massive impact damage on the box and surprise surprise would not focus properly and was soft down one side), is absolutely amazing at 24mm.

    It gets little better stopped down with respect to centre performance. Its razor sharp wide open right down to pixel peeping level and the corners are somewhat weaker but still remarkable for the aperture. It gradually improves in a very subtle incredmental way up to f5.6 when everything is perfect, but even at f2.8-4 it is better in the corners than the 24-105 L ever gets. I simply could not believe the performance when I tested mine. I have a wonderful 24 1.4 L II, but the 24-70 II has a touch more contrast and slightly better resolution around the edges/corners.

    The only 24mm lens I've used that I can say definitely beats the 24-70 II is the leica-M 24 3.8 asph.

    I would be amazed if the 24m IS performs better than the 24-70 II at 24mm at any aperture and I'd venture that its considerably worse in the outer field at wide apertures.

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