Posted on: February 24, 2017
Posted by: kameraderie
This week the Sigma 'Art' line gained a lens many had been clamoring for: a 24-70mm F2.8 zoom, which nowadays seems a required lens for many professional shooters. This week we go back to where it started: the original Canon 24-70mm F2.8L. Look across all camera systems and you'll find that they all offer some sort of constant aperture 24-70mm or 'normal' zoom equivalent that covers this range. There's a good reason for it. This zoom range covers the wide area and the mild telephoto area, rather than all wide or all tele. It's a flexible range, and appeals to photographers of many different disciplines. The odd thing is, the 24-70 is only 15 years old. In 2002 the very first 24-70, Canon's F2.8L, replaced its already highly regarded 28-70mm F2.8L. Since then, the 28-70 zoom has faded away and is typically only seen as a variable-aperture kit zoom, or affordable constant-aperture zoom lens. Everyone since has gone crazy for the 24-70.
|Unusually, the 24-70 F2.8 was 'longest' at its wide-angle end. Photo by Cburnett.|
|The 24-70 is at its most compact at its full telephoto end. Photo by Cburnett.|
|The Mark II version of Canon's 24-70mm F2.8 arrived in 2012.|