|Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II lens|
The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II lens has started shipping in the US. I should be getting mine next week but unfortunately, that is too late for me because I will be on an European Photo Shoot. My photographer friend from Hong Kong has put the lens through a few shoots and is very impressed by the performance. The lens is lighter, more agile, has better bokeh and sharpness, but only incrementally. The original EF 24-70mm f/2.8L is already a great performer and topping this lens by a wide margin is a tall order.
For those who make a living in Portrait and Wedding photography and if they want to sell or keep the older lens for a backup, the choice is not that hard. For the other photographers who are thinking of choosing between the two lenses, the decision is harder. The extra $1,000 cost of the Series II lens may be hard to swallow for most. Visit my website MichaelDanielHo.com to see photos taken with the lens.