First Sample Photos Shot Using the New Canon 24-70mm f/4 IS and 35mm f/2 IS

Canon UK has released a handful of sample photographs shot using the company’s new image stabilized lenses: the 24-70mm f/4 IS an 35mm f/2 IS.

Click on any of these sample photographs to see higher-resolution versions.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM

The 24-70mm sample photographs are pretty standard. The slowest shutter speed used was 1/60 for the cactus shot, so the images don’t give us a very good sense of how well the four-stop IS system works.

Canon 5D Mark III | 1/160 | f/5.6 | 400 | 70mm

This photo shows the lens’ 0.7x magnification for macro photographs:

Canon 5D Mark III | 1/60 | f/4 | 100 | 70mm

Canon 5D Mark III | 1/320 | f/8 | 200 | 24mm

Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM

The 35mm sample shots are a bit more interesting. These photos were shot with shutter speeds of 0.5 seconds and 1/25s, respectively, providing a glimpse into how well the stabilization works at reducing hand shake (we’re assuming the images weren’t shot using a tripod).

Canon 5D Mark III | 1/2 | f/2.8 | 100 | 35mm

Canon 5D Mark III | 1/25 | f/5.6 | 800 | 35mm

As with all official sample photographs, these photos are meant to demonstrate the strengths of the lenses and provide a taste of their optics. For flaws we’ll simply have to wait until real-world samples begin to emerge.

(via Canon UK [2] via Canon Rumors)

Image credits: Photographs by Canon

  • Alexander Petricca

    I may be wrong here but does the picture of the girl look retouched? (Enlarge and look at her face)

    If so, surely that is misleading of Canon to be manipulating and editing sample images?

  • Samuel

    If she has been its a terrible terrible job. I wouldnt put it past them.

  • wade

    Doesn’t the second-to-last photo say it was shot at 1/2 second? That’s slower than 1/60. It shows off the IS on the stationary objects quite well.

  • ma_w

    Does anybody else think that the photo of the woman is not really as sharp as it could be?

    We don’t know if the 35 mm shots were handheld though.

  • Michal Rosa

    You may be. What exactly looks retouched to you – her skin pores?

  • OmniMode

    The shot looks good but the eyes look softened.
    Can’t trust the image…it’s not a straight out of the cam jpeg….exif indicates it’s been processed by “Microsoft Windows Photo Gallery 6.0.6001.18000″.
    Oooh, only the good stuff. :D

  • heize

    If it’s not retouched, theres some serious focus issues here. Hair is tack sharp, skin looks like someone went ballistic with photoshop.

  • Guest

    that with 1/60 was in regards to the 24-70 f4, the photo you mention is from the 35 f2.

  • Jeff Reynolds

    I agree about the eyes. Maybe the focus was off slightly? Or isn’t there a picture style that applies blur to skin in-camera?

  • Alexander Petricca

    Yeh the first thing I noticed was the skin- looks like a poor skin retouch removing some (not all!) of the pores etc.

  • Pramanaya Prema Tjokronegoro

    Okay, i had to ask this.. why is some of the lights in the f/2.8 photo from the 35mm (the night market) comes out with slight “star” effect. i know f/2.8 is one stop down from the lens’ max aperture, but in my 15 years of shooting i’ve never once encountered such effect with only one stop stop-down.

  • Alex

    Would be good to see a head and shoulders portrait with the 35mm wide open or 2.8 to see what the DoF is like. Would also be good to see what the distortion is like – it should be quite true to life given the focal length.