The above photos are test samples from the new Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L lens I just got, while I also have a Canon 24-105mm IS L. You may be wondering why I bought the 24-70 even though the 24-105 IS is able to cover the range with Image Stabilization. Image Stabilization allows you to shoot at low shutter speed and keep the images fairly sharp. However, if you are shooting in a low light condition, the true 1-stop advantage from Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L is being able to freeze the motion of your subject while Canon 24-105mm IS L just gets you a clear background. The range of this lens is the most important range for a full frame camera user, and this is the reason I wanted to get the best lens Canon can offer at the moment.
After testing this lens for a month and comparing with 24-105mm, I found the following:
- The focus of this lens is faster
- Macro shots can be closer
- I like the Bokeh from this lens better
- Contrast is better
- I will need to get the Canon 70-200mm f2.8 to cover the 105mm range. ; )
The 24-70mm does not come with IS, which is fine with me, since I don't think I really need that function anyways. Because if I did need to shoot at a lower shutter speed, I can always use the trick I call "human image stabilization".
Below is my unboxing video, in case you wanted know what come in the package. And if you wanna give this lens a try, you can get Canon 24-70mm f2.8 here for $1370 shipped