Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Last updated (25 May’11):
- Review by ePhotozine

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM is a standard zoom lens. The lens features 24-70mm at focal length with maximum aperture of 1:2.8. The lens construction has 16 elements in 13 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 74 to 29 degrees. Focus adjustment: Front-focusing method, Closest focusing distance at 1.25 feet with zoom Rotating type and has a filter size of 77mm. The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens weighs 2.1 pounds and it measures 3.3 inches in diameter and 4.9 inches long.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info: sold start from $1,275.00


Expert Reviews

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

ePhotozine reviews the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM and writes;
“Despite its age, Canon’s 24-70mm f/2.8L is still able to hold its own, producing images with very good to excellent sharpness, especially in the centre of the frame. The price tag of just under £1000 seems very reasonable to me, especially as its a lens that’s built to last. It should prove a worthwhile investment for any Canon user looking for a lens in this range.”
Rating: ★★★★½

SLRGear.com reviews the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM and writes;
“This new lens does what many pros thought couldn’t be done – replace the previous L-series 28-70 f/2.8 lens with something even better. Extended coverage to an ultra-wide-angle 24mm makes it ideal for digital as well as film shooters, and the optics are even better than before with two Aspherical elements and a totally new UD glass element. It’s now sealed and gasketed against dust and moisture, and a new processing unit makes the AF faster than ever.”
Rating: ★★★★½

WhatDigitalCamera.com reviews the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM and writes;
“Overall, there is little to fault about Canon’s EF 24-70mm in isolation but when compared against the brand-new Nikkor design it perhaps falls slightly behind in terms of both focusing speed and image quality. “
Rating: ★★★★½

Wlcastleman.com compares the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM to Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM and writes;
“Very sharp, high contrast images were produced over the widest aperture range. The 24-70 noticeably outperforms the 24-105 at 24mm.”
rating: N/A

Photozone.de reviews the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM and writes;
“Distortions, vignetting and CAs are well controlled. The build quality is superb with only the reverse zoom extension as a minor downside. Even so the 24-70mm range is not all that attractive on APS-C DSLRs (39-112mm) – the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 USM IS is a better and cheaper bet except regarding build quality. “
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Photo.net reviews the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM and writes;
“Producing a high quality high speed zoom lens that goes as wide as 24mm is challenging, but the “L” in “Canon 24-70L” assures you of professional quality images, rugged construction, and substantial weather-proofing. The 24mm wide end is wide enough to be dramatic, but the 70mm long end is not long enough for flattering portraits.”
rating: N/A

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User Opinions

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM User Reviews

Absolutely Essential | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens is Canon’s workhorse and can be used to produce stunning portraits in low light situations and marvelous landscape shots on a Full Frame sensor. Have not had a single issue with this lens. Highly Recommended! “ – by Nathan Lanier

Buy this lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I based my decision to purchase this lens because I tend to shoot primarily in low light and indoors, where using an f4 lens is a little tough without a flash or tripod. I don’t like using either, so that extra f-stop makes all the difference. This lens is tack sharp, even at f2.8. It gets even better down to f5.6., Excellent color and contrast, The bokeh in portraits is very smooth, Full time manual focus is available, which is nice to have, Lightning fast auto focus, Versatile zoom range (at least for my needs – your mileage may vary), Solid construction. It’s built like a tank. A huge leap from the 18-55mm kit lens that came with the camera. Overall, this is probably one of the best all-purpose lenses that you can buy. It’s very versatile and useful, with very high quality pictures, which is why so many professionals use this lens. “ – by E. Burd

Buy this lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I can’t speak for the 24-105, but you will NOT be disappointed if you decide to go with this lens. I put it on my camera and drained the battery in a hour b/c i could not stop shooting random things around the house. The weight isn’t really that big of an issue on my 40d, you won’t care how heavy it is once you see the results. If you can afford it, dont hesitate in buying it.” – by Anthony J. Poggi

The Perfect Lens, | Rating: ★★★★★
“I’ve had this lens for almost two years now and I have to say, I have never once regretted purchasing it. It’s the perfect all-purpose lens. I use it for weddings, portrait sessions, and personal use. It’s the one lens I can attach and go with knowing that it will give me anything I need. The focal length is versatile, and wide enough for landscapes but the glass is awesome and gives you a great, sharp portrait for up close use as well. Plus, the macro setting is amazing. Definitely one of my top two lenses and I would buy it over and over again. I could never live without it professionally or personally. “ – by Heather C. Ward

Happily Mounted on my 1Ds Mark III | Rating: ★★★★★
“I got a Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III late last year and the EF 24-70mm 2.8L USM lens for Christmas.I got the camera for shooting weddings.It was suggested to me that I get a camera that holds two memory cards for weddings in case one card fails.I got the 24-70 mainly for use in weddings,portraits,low light,and landscapes.It is a great multipurpose lens and can be used on just about any subject.It has a large aperture(2.8)for great low light and bokeh(blurred background)shots.It does a great job on all of these photo types.” – by Alan

Love this Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens is tack sharp even shooting wide open @ f2.8 really good color satuation and contrast,focus speed is good,and quiet.The lens is a very good portrait lens,with a beutiful bokeh smooth as butter!!If you can afford this lens you should buy it, I don’t feel you will regret it, I sure don’t!! Love my L Glass!!!!” – by Glenn A. Yearout

This is the one | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens is simply the best lens at this focal length. Its sharp corner to corner on a 5D Mk II Full Frame Camera. Its not as versatile as the 24-105 f4, but it is sharper at 24mm than the 24-105 f4. (I own both). If you want a top notch studio lens, this is the one. If you are looking for more of a walk around lens when you don’t need the extra stop, save $300 and get the 24-105. Either lens is fantastic and you won’t be disappointed in either. If I had to say one BAD thing about the 24-70 F2.8, is that it is a pretty sizable and ROBUST lens. Its not light and will not fit as well on a camera body in a smaller camera bag as the 24-105. With all that said, the 24-70 is a top of class lens. You will feel like you own something special when you own this lens. “ – by F. Roberts

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Samples

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Manual

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM User Manual

- Download Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM User Manual (PDF – 1.2Mb)

Features

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

The Canon EF 24-70mm standard zoom lens does what many pros thought couldn’t be done–it replaces the L-series 28-70mm f/2.8 lens with something even better. The lens offers extended coverage to an ultra-wide-angle 24mm, making it ideal for digital as well as film shooters. The new processing unit, meanwhile, makes the autofocus (AF) faster than ever. And thanks to the two aspherical elements and a totally new UD glass element, the optics are far superior to the earlier lens. Sealed and gasketed against dust and moisture, the EF 24-70mm lens carries a one-year warranty.

* Focal length: 24-70mm
* Maximum aperture: 1:2.8
* Lens construction: 16 elements in 13 groups
* Diagonal angle of view: 74 to 29 degrees
* Focus adjustment: Front-focusing method
* Closest focusing distance: 1.25 feet
* Zoom system: Rotating type
* Filter size: 77mm
* Dimensions: 3.3 inches in diameter, 4.9 inches long
* Weight: 2.1 pounds


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