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

B&H # CA247028LII Mfr # 5175B002
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Product Highlights
  • EF Mount L-Series Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-22
  • UD, Super UD and Aspherical Elements
  • Ultrasonic Focus Motor
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Lens Coatings Minimize Ghosting
  • Highly Resistant to Dust and Water
  • Fluorine Coating Reduces Smears
  • 9-Blade Circular Diaphragm
  • Zoom Lock Lever For Safe Transporting

This redesigned EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens from Canon ups the ante for optical performance for a professional standard zoom lens. It has one Super UD lens element and two UD lens elements that minimize chromatic aberrations in the periphery at wide-angle, as well as reducing color blurring around the edges of the subject. In addition, two types of aspherical lenses are combined to help reduce spherical aberration over the entire image area, as well as through the full zoom range. Optimized lens coatings help ensure exceptional color balance while minimizing ghosting.

A ring-type USM and high-speed CPU with optimized AF algorithms ensure silent, fast autofocusing. The lens is constructed with improved dust sealing and water resistance, while fluorine coatings on the front and rear lens reduce fingerprints and smearing. A circular 9-blade diaphragm gives beautiful, soft backgrounds. A zoom lock lever locks the zoom position at the wide end for safe transporting while attached to an EOS DSLR camera over the shoulder.

Large aperture L-Series standard zoom lens that combines high image quality and enhanced durability. Constant f/2.8 maximum aperture for effective imaging in low light and shallow depth of field.
New optical design utilizes one Super UD lens element and two UD lens elements to minimize chromatic aberration in the outer area at wide-angle; as well as eliminates color blurring around the edges of the subject, for images with high resolution and contrast.
Combines two types of aspherical elements to reduce spherical aberration, and achieve high image quality across the entire screen area and throughout the full zoom range.
Highly resistant to dust and water, enabling shooting even in harsh and rigorous conditions.
Nine-blade circular diaphragm delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds.
Ring USM, high-speed CPU, and optimized AF algorithms for fast autofocusing.
Manual focus override in One Shot AF mode allows precise manual focus even in AF mode.
Optimized lens coatings ensure exceptional color balance while minimizing ghosting.
Fluorine coating on front and rear lens surfaces reduces smears and fingerprints.
Zoom lock lever locks the zoom position at the wide end for safe transporting.
Performance
Focal Length 24 - 70mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 84° - 34°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.25' (38 cm)
Magnification 0.21x
Elements/Groups 18/13
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:82 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.48 x 4.45" (88.5 x 113 mm)
Weight 28.40 oz (805 g)

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CanonEF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
 
4.8

(based on 616 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (525)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (75)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (453)
  • Consistent output (352)
  • Strong construction (323)
  • Nice bokeh (316)
  • Durable (289)

Cons

  • Heavy (128)
  • Price (19)
  • Pricey / poor value (14)
  • No IS (10)
  • Poor in low light (10)

Best Uses

  • Low light (392)
  • Weddings (367)
  • Landscape/scenery (356)
  • Night photography (191)
  • Sports/action (166)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (200), Semi-pro photographer (170), Photo enthusiast (150), Casual photographer (30), Photography student (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (518), Yes (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

So far, so good.

Haven't had a lot of time yet to use this lens yet. However, initial shots I've taken so far with this lens does NOT disappoint at all! I have the Zeiss 35...Read complete review

Haven't had a lot of time yet to use this lens yet. However, initial shots I've taken so far with this lens does NOT disappoint at all! I have the Zeiss 35 F/1.4 Distagon prime which is no slouch when it comes to 35mm. I also have the 16-35mm Canon ii. I've never been too happy with the 16-35 ii in terms of IQ (although it will "hit" sometimes.) ... I've always found myself falling back on the Zeiss 35mm, but there is a problem with that lens--manual focus only. So forget about action shots. The Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 beats Canon's prime 35mm hands down, so this is why I never got the Canon 35mm prime. I've been waiting in reality a couple of years for a solution at the mid-range zoom, because I also was not at fan of the original 24-70mm lens.

I have great news. This lens at least to my eye is as sharp as the Zeiss 35mm prime F1/1.4, and that's saying a lot! Others are reporting at 24mm, it's the sharpest of them all including canon's prime. Pretty much from 24-50 you are looking at stellar results, which is perfect. At 70mm, folks are reporting some loss of sharpness in the corners. To that I say, there are always compromises, and I would much have it sharp corner to corner at the wider focal. (Think about it, you are probably doing portrait at 70mm, so a little less sharp in corners is not a deal breaker!)

I'll write more when I have some more time to really put this lens through its paces. But I did attach one shot I got already with the lens (Canon 5d Mark iii) for which I am very happy with (and impossible with the Zeiss manual focus)

2 Thumbs up! ... wish it had IS like everyone else is whining about... BUT this lens I don't think should be underestimated.... it's a killer!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great, but not Spectacular

I am a wedding photographer and pre-ordered this lens with a specific need; I wanted a wide lens that had the equivalent quality and sharpness that my 70-200 IS II produces. After months...Read complete review

I am a wedding photographer and pre-ordered this lens with a specific need; I wanted a wide lens that had the equivalent quality and sharpness that my 70-200 IS II produces. After months of staring at the amazing MTF charts & waiting for the lens to be available, I was under the impression that this lens was the "messiah" & that IF it produced images equally as breathtaking as my 70-200 IS II, then it would be worth every penny. (You'll have to pardon my fixation with the Canon 70-200 2.8 IS II; it is the best lens I have ever owned. If I was able to shoot an entire wedding with it, I WOULD. If you don't own it, I highly recommend purchasing one.) So far I've shot 2 weddings with the 24-70 II & have come to the conclusion that it is a GREAT lens. Great- NOT spectacular. It has fast & accurate focus, bokeh is beautiful, it feels well made & heavy, but it did not give me the "quality" that I was personally looking for. There is nothing wrong with this lens. The only negative things I could say about it is 1) the lack of protection from the redesigned hood and 2) price. At the full, introductory price, I see no reason to rush and buy one. If you can wait, THEN WAIT. If you have a perfectly working 24-70 mark 1, THEN WAIT. For the money, I had high expectations. Again, this lens is great, but was not impressive enough for me to keep (based on picture quality vs price). I previously owned the original 24-70, and do not notice a vast difference between them. My needs may be very different than yours; that's why I tried to describe mine specifically. I plan to return the 24-70 II and replace it with the Canon 24mm 1.4 II. I recently had the opportunity to shoot a wedding with the 24mm 1.4 & was very impressed with it; but I already had the 24-70 II on pre-order. I plan to "possibly" purchase the 24-70 II in 1-2 years, when the price equates the quality it produces.

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5.0

Perfect

By Maurofilms

from REVIEW_NUMBER_FIELD

Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

I love everything about this lens I've been using it for every possible thing from wedding cars and landscapes

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5.0

awesome lens

By Tom

from Toccoa, GA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

    Being a faster lens reduces the need for indoor flash.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Great addition to my camera bag

    By jeff the overly committed hobbiest

    from Texas

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

      I mainly shoot landscapes with a 17-40 and 70-200. This lens was the perfect addition to my camera bag, partially for landscapes, but more so for family and group photos. It replaces a 24-70 Tamron that did not match up well with a full frame sensor. The only downsides are the price and the lack of image stabilization, which the Tamron had, but if you mostly use a tripod, the IS is more of a hinderance than a help.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great Lens

      By Pop Pop Pro

      from Richmond, va

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action

        Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

        Love this lens, works well on Canon 1DX

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Best lens I have ever bought...

        By Monk

        from Georgia

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

          Very sharp lens...

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          • No

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          5.0

          Well worth the mony

          By FXtras

          from Cranston, RI

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

            Wow what a lens I don't have to switch to primes at night anymore!

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            2.0

            Not worth the money

            By sanibelbeachbum

            from sanibel fl

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Blurry Focus

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                Not as sharp as i had hoped.

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                5.0

                Better than expected

                By Will

                from Bloomsburg, PA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                  After years of torture with (4 copies) the first version of this lens, finally a winner! The copy of this lens that I received is super-sharp at all apertures. It is as sharp as my 70-200 2.8IS v2. I am, however, baffled as to why it is not an IS lens - especially considering the price.

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                  5.0

                  Best decision buying this

                  By Bjorn Bauer Photo

                  from Vail, CO

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video

                  Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                  Super sharp
                  Burly, durable construction

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Must Have Lens!

                  By Natascha

                  from Atlanta, GA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                    I love the Canon 24-70mm, f/2.8! This lens is so multi purpose and as a wedding photographer, is an absolute must have for me. I shoot most of my weddings using a Canon 50mm, f/1.2 but having the 24-70 on hand is great for capturing shots that I can't get with my 50mm. I would recommend this lens to anyone!

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Sickening color and sharpness!

                    By Josh

                    from Ohio

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                      Really struggled initially pulling the trigger on this expensive beauty but soooo glad I did. I was initially leaning towards buying a used version 1 but after reading tons of reviews I decided to go with this one. The sharpness and color contrast is simply amazing! No IS is no biggie for me, not a deal breaker. Has some weight to it but not overly heavy. Don't mind the lighter weight body (plastic) as it saves on weight but do wish the filter threads were metal versus plastic.

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                      5.0

                      Think I'm going to love it!

                      By dmrowland

                      from Iowa

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light

                        Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                        I've only used this lens for one photo session so far, but I think I'm going to love it! I've used prime lenses in the past, so having the zoom capability will take some getting used to, but I think I'll really like that flexibility. The images I've taken so far seem really crisp. I bought this primarly for studio work, but will use it for some outdoor sessions as well. Great lens!

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        love it

                        By karen

                        from naperville il

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                          I am now using this lens for all my family sessions and loving it!

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Very pleased

                          By Nancy

                          from Vestal

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Photography

                            Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                            I use the lens for street photography and formal group portraits. For me noticeable improvements of this lens over its predecessor, which I traded into B&H, concern greater contrast and richer color tones. I edit in Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop, but with street photography, which I find to be difficult, I wanted as good a base from which to work as possible. I have to be careful about putting on the lens cover so that I do not scratch the front of the lens. IS would be nice, but most of my pictures without using a tri- or monopod have been sharp.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great Lens

                            By ericbottger

                            from Schererville, IN

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                            Cons

                            • No image stabalization
                            • Plastic Lens

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                            I have tested this lens and it seems to take even clearer pictures than my 85mm f1.8 USM Prime lens. It's a wonderfully versatile and functional lens. Some people complain about the weight, but I find that it makes the camera easier to hold since I can balance it on my left hand (cradling the lens) instead of tightly clutching the camera on the right-handed grip. My only complaint, is the lack of an image stabalization function, but I haven't seen my pictures suffer for it yet.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            This lens is amazing

                            By Kris

                            from Ohio

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                                The reason this lens is expensive is that it's worth it. Very sharp across the whole range and a big improvement over the original 24-70 f/2.8L.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Great Lens

                                By Motorgod

                                from Orange County California

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Video
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                                  I bought this lens to replace my 24-105 f4. I like this lens much better. I used this lens on vacation for a variety of applications. I love the f2.8 which allows for great low level lighting situations!

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Love it

                                  By Ty

                                  from Phoenix, AZ

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Nice Bokeh

                                  Cons

                                  • Heavy

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Video
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                                  So far, I've been using this lens for a lot of landscape photography while traveling. It gives crystal clear shots. I absolutely love the lens and I haven't changed it out since first putting on my camera.
                                  Haven't had an opportunity to use it for any shoots, but I can't wait to see what this lens does in a wedding or even portraiture.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Lens!

                                  By MS

                                  from Los Angeles, CA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Durable
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Rugged
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                  • Heavy

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                                  This is an excellent lens! It focuses fast, has great color and contrast. Only wish that I would have purchased it sooner!

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  excellent lens

                                  By photophoto

                                  from New York

                                  Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                                  beautiful color, sharp, fast.

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