Friday, June 01, 2012

The New Canon L Lens: 24-70 f/2.8L USM

      Canon has released its new L lens a few months ago, the Canon 24-70 f/2.8L II which has a new design and improved optics, giving its users better quality photos and a more durable lens. This lens was released together with two more lenses, the EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM.

      Canon has made a more compact, smaller lens, making it easier for photographers to go on photo-walks and photo shoots without carrying a heavy load on their neck. To reduce the chromatic aberration and colour blurring the previous EF 24-70 model had, they added two Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) and one Super UD aspherical elements with the new design. The minimum focusing distance was also cut down to 0.38 meters, giving photographers even a closer space to the subject.

    This is the latest entry in the L- Series lenses of Canon. This lens provides an Ultrasonic Motor, for a more silent and faster focusing speeds. It allows full-time manual focus like most of the USM lenses offer in the Canon line-up. It features a weather-sealing protecting it from bad weather, rain, dust ,etc., that may enter and harm your camera.

     The only drawback is that although Canon made significant changes and new designs on the lens, they still weren't able to add an Image Stabilization. Tamron has also released it's new 24-70mm in their lens line-up, but this time it already had VC (Vibration Compensation) which is the first 24-70 to have an image stabilization.

     This is a great lens for full-frame cameras in the market today. But for a lesser price you can get a Tamron with Vibration Compensation to lessen camera shakes and to stabilize the image. As for me, if I had the money, I would definitely go for the Canon lens. The Tamron is no match for its new design and durability. On the other hand, If I want a good enough lens with good quality photos with the price of $700 less than the Canon's $2200, I would go for the new Tamron.

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