Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II Impresses in Early Reviews

Could the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM really be the sharpest zoom lens Canon has ever made? According to initial test results highlighted by Canon Rumors this appears to be the case. When it comes to resolution, test results show the new zoom even beats the TS-E 24mm prime at 24mm.

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

Not only is the updated 24-70mm II lighter and more compact, it improves on the first version across the board. Besides stunning sharpness, the lens provides better autofocus, nicer bokeh and a warmer image all around. Unlike its predecessor, the 24-70mm II utilizes 82mm filters and has a different focal length at 70mm.

With completely redesigned optics, the EF 24-70mm II includes two Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) and one Super UD aspheric elements to minimize chromatic aberration and color blurring. Super Spectra coating reduces ghosting and flare, and additional fluorine coating minimizes the amount of dust and finger prints adhering to the lens surface.

See the world's first review comparing the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II to its predecessor here:

Some retailers have received shipments of Canon's EF 24-70mm II, however quantities may be limited as the first round of pre-orders is fulfilled. Thanks to the incredible performance of this USM zoom lens, demand is sure to increase in the short term. The following retailers are currently accepting pre-orders and will deliver as soon as more stock becomes available:

UPDATE: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM zoom lens is currently in stock at for a retail price of $2,599 plus shipping.

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