Friday, January 4, 2013

Canon 24-70mm f/4.0L IS USM Now Shipping

The 24-105mm f/4L IS USM has finally been replaced with a sharper replacement

The Canon 24-105mm lens is an excellent lens. I still own mine because I find it really hard to let go of my IS and the extra reach of the 105mm. Sadly Canon chose to shorten this lens to a 24-70mm version and give us IS on a f/4 lens instead of the f/2.8 where we really wanted it.

I’ve reviewed the Canon 24-70 f/2.8L II USM lens and it was the sharp lens that we were all hoping it would be, but it’s lack of IS has proved to be a challenge in the real world. As a result, I’m going to give this new f/4 lens a try to see if I should forgo 2.8 in favor of getting IS back.

I’ve got the Canon 24-70mm f/4L IS USM in my hands and am reviewing it now, so stay tuned to see which one I end up with!

In the meantime, you can purchase either lens from B&H:

and don’t forget to check out my article entitled Comparison: Canon 24-70 f/2.8L II vs 24-105mm f/4L IS vs 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II–70mm Test.


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Peter said...

Was this even announced by Canon? I was surprised to see it shipping without any major fanfare... I look forward to your reviews, and like you I am surprised at their design choice, it certainly would seem this is neither a direct update to their old 24-105mm, nor to the newly release 24-70mm.
PS. I think a typo snuck in to your post, since it references a Canon 24-70 f/2.8L IS II USM lens.

Ron Martinsen said...

Hi Peter,

Yes, Canon announced it but it was during the holiday season. They also did something they haven't done very well lately - they actually got it in customers hands quickly after announcing it.

RE: The 24-70 2.8 II - that was no typo. The new 24-70 2.8 II is a lens that this one will be compared against because they are both new Canon lenses that are super sharp, but the question becomes - is the IS improvement worth the 2.8 -> 4.0 difference?

I'm still asking myself this question and have this new lens on the way to compare to my Canon 24-70 2.8 II and 24-105.


Amit said...

Ron, there is a typo in your post. It should NOT have IS in
"Canon 24-70 f/2.8L IS II USM lens".

It confused the heck out of me as you were talking about the lack of IS.

Thank you for your work. I love reading your blog.

Ron Martinsen said...


Grrr, thanks for pointing that out. I missed that and when Peter pointed it out I missed the IS in his reply. Thanks for speaking up!

I've corrected the article.

I have the 24-70 f/4L IS in hand and like it. I'm still upset it's not a 24-105 though!!! ;-)