Super Informal Lens Test: Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L II vs Canon 35mm f1.4 L and Canon 50mm f1.4

At the moment, we have the Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L USM II in for review. As an owner of the Canon 35mm f1.4 L and 50mm f1.4, I decided to put the lenses in a test against one another to provide some insight into whether or not someone should spring for the all in one zoom or some nice primes. Also, this test is an informal measure of just how far the optical technology has come.

Gear Used

For this test, the Canon 5D Mk II was the primary camera. The new 24-70mm f2.8 USM L, 35mm f1.4 L, and 50mm f1.4 were used along with the Canon 580 EX II and large Rogue Flash Bender.

Testing Conditions

The 24-70mm f2.8 USM L was set to 35mm and then 50mm accordingly for each lens challenge. The 580 EX II was mounted tot he 5D Mk II with the flash aimed at a 75 degree angle and the large Rogue Flashbender attached to the flash to add specular highlights to the subject.

The camera was set to 1/80th for each image and the flash was set to TTL in order to compensate with enough light. The ISO was set to 400. The white balance was set to flash.

For each lens, photos were shot at f2.8, f4, f5.6, and f8. This informal test was done to compare sharpness, bokeh, and overall lens image quality. Considerations were taken to try to ensure that the images matched up nearly perfectly and that the focusing was nearly spot on.

The images were shot in RAW, taken into Lightroom 4 and resized to 1.7MB at 72DPI.

24-70mm f2.8 USM L vs 35mm f1.4 L

f2.8

24-70mm f2.8 at 35mm

35mm f1.4 L

f4

24-70mm f2.8 at 35mm

35mm f1.4 L

f5.6

24-70mm f2.8 at 35mm

35mm f1.4 L

f8

24-70mm f2.8 at 35mm

35mm f1.4 L

24-70mm f2.8 USM L vs 50mm f1.4

f2.8

24-70mm f2.8 at 50mm

Canon 50mm f1.4

f4

24-70mm f2.8 at 50mm

Canon 50mm f1.4

f5.6

24-70mm f2.8 at 50mm

Canon 50mm f1.4

f8

24-70mm f2.8 at 50mm

Canon 50mm f1.4

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