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Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L

Review Date: Mar 8, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,999.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very sharp, flare resistant, well built
Heavy, expensive, vignetting obvious until f11, but f8 is acceptable.

This replaces my 16-35 f2.8 mk2 and Samyang 14 f2.8 and to some degree my 17TSE which I will keep.

I have already seen that it is so close in sharpness to the 17TSE and my 24-70 f2.8 mk2 at 24mm that it can be my primary lens in that focal length. I can have a 2 lens solution, the 11-24 and 24-70 for my landscape needs.

It has better flare resistance than the 17TSE, probably because of the built in hood, but perhaps because of the coatings.

In early tests, I am not seeing any field curvature effects. I can focus dead center about 10 feet out and get near total DOF from 11-24 at aperatures of f8 and above.

The lack of filters does not concern me since I have had bad luck with filters and now shoot bare lens, brackting in place of ND grads.

I may not need the 11-16 range often, but it is probably the best 16-24 available in Canon mount, and with AF.

And when I visit Zion, the 11-16 range will be valuable.

Edit: I have a running comentary about filters and focusing om the Canon forum. Be sure to read the later comments, it was a learning thing for me. I really like this lens. Had some live view focus issues at first, now I don't.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

Review Date: Oct 6, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,299.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Pros. Well made, very sharp in prime territory.
Cons: Expensive, distortion, vignetting.

I just finished my test of the 24-70 f2.8 mk2. It is a landscape oriented test with 100% corner crop comparisons with the 24TSEmk2, 35f1.4L Ziess 50 f1.4 and the 70-200 f2,8IS V1.

Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II

Review Date: Aug 15, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,199.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Image quality, lack of distortion and vignetting
bit hard to get used to the controls, requires new filter., Need to learn to manual focus without focus confirm when in tilit or shift mode.

Very sharp corner to corner. Great build quality. Compared to my 17-40, it is much sharper, especially in the corners and edges, and has no noticeable distortion or vignetting (above f5.6) or CA. These were my main reasons to get this lens. I use this on a 1DS-mk3.

Going to take some time to learn how to focus this when tilt or shift is required because focus confirmation is inaccurate when shifted or tilted. Also going to take some time to memorize all the movements. I rotated for side to side tilt and it took a while to get everything back for up down tilt and up down shift.

After taking a few ultra deep dof shots using tilt, I suspect I will not need it often on a 24 used mostly for landscapes. Stopping down to f8 or f11 provided very deep dof without tilt. But the shift function means no more pointing the camera up or down for composition, or getting on these old hands and knees to get the shot.

I strongly considered the 24 f1.4mk2 but I wanted to get some experience with a tilt shift lens with the thought of adding a 17 and 90 in the future.

Personal difficulties aside, this is fantastic lens, highly recommended.