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by Brad Soo on February 7 2012

Canon EF 24-70 f2.8L II USM

In addition to the various interesting compact cameras announced today, Canon has also three new lenses to show off. The first of which is the much awaited EF 24-70 mm f2.8L II USM lens with improved sharpness and reduced chromatic aberration (color fringing), as well as a new more compact design. The 24-70 Mark II does NOT have optical image stabilization.

Compared to the EF 24-70 mm f2.8 I, the Mark II version also has weathersealing but changes the lens extension to design to a more conventional ‘lens barrel moves out when zoomed in, retracts when zoomed out’ (being a Canon EF 24-70 mm f2.8 version 1 owner myself, I must say the old ‘reverse extension’ design is more practical)… but I’m sure we’ll see plenty of 24-70 mm f2.8 I owners jump to this new lens once it proved itself in terms of image quality.

The lens ships in April for a whopping $2300.

The other two lenses Canon announced today are non-L prime (means no zoom) lenses, which make them quite a bit more affordable than the 24-70 we’ve talked about. The EF 24 mm f2.8 IS USM and EF 28 mm f2.8 IS USM have seven aperture blades, USM motor for silent autofocus (important for movie recording) and have optical image stabilization. They will both retail in June for $850 and $800 respectively.

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