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

(based on 762 reviews)

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    (652)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (91)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (546)
  • Consistent output (425)
  • Strong construction (396)
  • Nice bokeh (380)
  • Durable (352)

Cons

  • Heavy (158)
  • Price (21)
  • Pricey / poor value (18)
  • Weak casing (12)
  • Cost (10)

Best Uses

  • Low light (478)
  • Weddings (432)
  • Landscape/scenery (424)
  • Night photography (235)
  • Sports/action (208)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (234), Semi-pro photographer (214), Photo enthusiast (174), Casual photographer (35), Photography student (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (623), Yes (17)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Super sharp lens if used properly

This has become my most used lens. Great for portraits, great for landscaping, even took it to the zoo and shot some fantastic photos. Crops at 100 percent look great with this...Read complete review

This has become my most used lens. Great for portraits, great for landscaping, even took it to the zoo and shot some fantastic photos. Crops at 100 percent look great with this lens. This lens is about as heavy as the 24-105 but much sharper. Outstanding in low light and razor sharp. The great thing about this lens, when traveling my backpack weighs a lot less. The only down side to this lens is the price. Price along will keep it out of reach of many folks. Don't forget, a great camera like the Canon 5D Mark III, requires good glass if you want your photographs to stand apart from the average photo. If you want to take snapshots, use your phone. If you want to take outstanding photographs that will be praised, save your money and get this lens.

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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

Canon EF 24-7-mm series 2

By Greeneggs

from So Cal

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Price

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:

I stepped up from the old 28-70mm f/2.8 to this new 24-70mm. I can't believe how awesome this lens is compared to the "original". There really is no comparison. It is a top grade lens. There simply is nothing bad to say about it other than the price. It is expensive but I believe 100% worth it. Go buy one and see for yourself.

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5.0

Great lens!

By Hpetrone

from Tampa

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

Exactly what I needed. You can't go wrong with having this one in your tool kit!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing!

By Emily

from Oregon

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

I have rented this lens many times, but finally decided to purchase it! It's a great lens. I have been enjoying it for portaits! I have no complaints and would highly recommend this lens to all.

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4.0

It is what we thought it was

By Nick

from Nashville

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

Very good. Sharp, wide, wonderful focal length. Only complaint is no IS

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5.0

Must have lens

By GAMA

from Melrose Park

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

A little bit over priced. But I think is a must have for any wedding photographer, I use 70-200mm most of the time. But when it's time to the formal group photos nothing beats it, specially for large groups, is sharp from the bride and groom to the last person in the edge of the frame, also when the ceremony takes place in a small venue, 24 to 70 is what you need.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing zoom lens that beats most prime lens!

By Soultaker

from Sacramento Ca

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    This is an amazing zoom lens that beats most if not all of Canon's prime lens. If it wasn't for using faster primes for my wedding work, I would use this lens all the time. This lens is tack sharp. I've been looking at this lens for years and I'm so glad that I finally purchased it! It's a million times better than the mark 1 version of this lens, which I just sold to buy this one. It basically has no lens chromatic aberration at all. I have a 24F/1.4 and it has really bad lens chromatic aberration, so now I use the 24-70 instead of that lens in most all situations. If you're on the fence of buying this lens, you should just buy and you won't be sorry at all.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing Lens

    By Marion

    from San Francisco

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • 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:

      This Lens is a huge upgrade from my 24-105 F4

      the images are so much sharper, and the 2.8 F stop makes such a difference.

      would recommend this lens to anyone!

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      (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Not for use in Auto Mode

      By Refinery Joe

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

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

          This is probably a great lens but not the best one for me. This is not a hey-lets-set-the-camera-to-auto-and-get-some-great-shots type of lens. It is a manual mode lens so you control all aspects of the shot.
          The issue is that since this lens has 2.8 aperture, Auto will tend to drop down to this aperture if the lighting is low (unless your camera lets you set a limit on this which mine doesn't). So when the lighting gets low, all your shots are at 2.8 which has a very short depth of field and you will get a lot of blur. I have a picture on a picnic table with everyone sitting on it long ways. Only the first two people are in focus. And the puny LCD on my camera was too small for me to pick up that 80% of the people were blurry.
          So you say, Well set the darn thing to Aperture Priority. Okay, so now you run into another problem, this lens does not have image stabilization (IS) that allows you to shoot at 1/30 with no problem. So you set your aperture, and again you hit some low light, and BAM, you're under 1/40sec shutter speed, and BAM BAM, blurry shoots!! So if you are used to your IS lens, you really need to be careful shooting in aperture priority.

          Bottom line: only use this lens in manual mode. Which is fine, but can be a hard lesson to learn.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Versatile Lens

          By Jordyn

          from Brentwood, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • 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 lens has not left my camera since I got it. It is extremely versatile, sharp, and fast. Well worth the money.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          nice and sharp lens

          By erik francisco ruiz delgado

          from san bruno, CA

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

          Great lens. It produce sharp images

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          5.0

          Amazing Lens!

          By Mike A.

          from Los Angeles, CA

          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
            • Macro Photography
            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            Love this Lens!! A Must Have for any Lens Package!

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Worth It!

            By Paco

            from San Juan, PR

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

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

            The indispensable lens! Very sharp, good contrast, minimal flare, compact and well built!

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            4.0

            Very versatile

            By Blurboy59

            from Tulsa, OK

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

            This lens gets me through 70% of most any shoot I have. Sharp and fast, it has never let me down be it editorial, studio or corporate shoots.

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            5.0

            Fantastic sharp lens!

            By Joe

            from San Jose, CA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

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

              I use this product on my Canon c100 Mark II and it does an awesome job. It's crazy sharp. I absolutely love it. If you're planning on using the c100 Mark II with this lens on the DJI Ronin, make sure you buy the arm extensions for the DJI Ronin.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Makes you feel like a king

              By Glengrixti

              from Dubai

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

              This lens is magnificent! I'm still an amateur photographer and this lens makes me feel like a king of photography! Loved it straight away and easy to use. This is the lens I'll be using the most without a doubt!

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Sharper

              By Chief Photographer

              from Atlanta, GA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Night Photography
              • Weddings/Events

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

              Traded my original 24-70mm in for the newer II version. Much sharper pictures. We worth my efforts.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Lens! Perfect for everyday use

              By Orbitseller

              from Edgewater, NJ

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                This is the perfect lens for everyday use and also professional use. I'm using this lens with my mark iii and I don't have any complaints. I highly recommend this lens to any beginners and also experts.

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Wonderful lens

                By Jenna

                from Kansas

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

                I love this lens so far! I use for portraits mainly. Came in perfect condition.

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Oh Yeah!

                By clickman

                from Katy, TX

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Brilliant Resolution
                • Exceptional Contrast
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Great Mtf Performance
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

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

                Advanced amateur with 5DMkIII and landscape architecture interests

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great Lens!

                By CloverFilmWorks

                from Salt Lake City, Utah

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                  Love this lens! I do quite a bit of filming and love Canon L Lenses. The 24-70 2.8 II lens is incredible - If you are in the market and looking for a good L lens - I'd highly recommend this one. I use it quite a bit with the 1DC and C100 Mk II. This lens give great results. Very sharp and fast!

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