Canon has a new EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM professional zoom lens, an update to the popular EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM. It provides the highest levels of performance for modern digital photographers, combining premium image quality with durable, user friendly designs.
Canon says that the new EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM features completely redesigned optics to provide outstanding clarity, image quality and durability. Lens construction is now made of 18 in relate to previous 16 elements in 13 groups.
With a redesigned optical system that includes two Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) and one Super UD aspheric elements to minimize chromatic aberration and color blurring, the lens delivers consistently sharp, high-contrast images. Additionally, a fluorine coating minimizes the amount of dust, dirt and fingerprints that adhere to the front and rear of the lens, helping to maintain superior image quality.
Canon brags that the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM also enables you to capture their subjects up close, with a minimum focusing distance of 0.38m at all focal lengths throughout the zoom range. That ain’t some news as the old one could do the exact same thing. A ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM) works in combination with a high-performance CPU and advanced AF algorithms for accurate autofocus. For those who prefer to maintain full control in every shot, fulltime manual focusing allows photographers to precisely tweak or alter the focus of their shot at any time, even when AF is engaged. Angle of view remains the same but the filter size has increased to 82mm. Yes, you won’t be able to use your popular 77mm that you use on your 24-105, 70-200, etc. You’ll need to reach deeper in your pockets and buy some new, more expensive filters.
The mechanical structure of the lens has been improved to offer enhanced zoom durability and greater shake and shock resistance within the lens barrel. The size of the lens has also been reduced by 10mm compared to the previous model, providing enhanced portability and greater convenience in everyday use. A new Zoom Lock lever also enables photographers to lock the zoom position at the extreme wide end to prevent damage to the lens in transit, while a water and dustproof construction enables users to continue shooting in harsh conditions.
Canon USA pricing is now official, and it looks like a significant price bump for the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II. Judging by the price it is one of the best built, best focusing and best optical quality zoom-lens in the Canon gamma. For the price of around $2300 you’ll get smaller, faster, and sharper lens available on April the 17th.