Canon - The New Sensible Shoes Lens
Whenever I use the phrase " sensible shoes " I get glared at by sturdy ladies. I don't know why, but they do glare - and they growl at me. It hardly seems fair as it is a very good description for a class of product - the sort of thing that Canon has just introduced.
The specs say it all - 24-70 L series lens means it covers a full frame. IS says it has an image stabilization system fitted. f:4 means that it will be light to carry, and with that IS system and the increased capability of the modern Canon camera, you will be able to shoot in light levels that formerly needed an f:2.8 lens.
This will be a kit companion for the coming Canon 6D camera. Perfect for most general purpose people and travel shots - I suspect many photographers will go no further than this lens for their vacation - unless they pair it with an equally light Canon 70-200 f:4 IS lens - and then they can smile and wave at their less fortunate companions who might be struggling with far heavier bodies and lenses as they slog through the swamps or up the mountain sides. The really unlucky ones will take their vacations in swamps at the top of mountains...with the children.
I can already hear the arguments of people who say that the out of focus areas will be more so with the 2.8 than the 4 - yes, but not all that much. If you are dedicated to out of focus, buy a 50mm f1.2 and go fuzzy big time.
For me, were I to use the Canon system, and were I to want general pictures on the full-frame sensor, I would sieze upon this lens. We hope to be able to put it within your grasp in the next lttle bit. We'll blog them when they arrive.