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

(based on 586 reviews)

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    (73)

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    (3)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (430)
  • Consistent output (332)
  • Strong construction (312)
  • Nice bokeh (306)
  • Durable (278)

Cons

  • Heavy (122)
  • Price (19)
  • Pricey / poor value (14)
  • No IS (10)
  • Poor in low light (10)

Best Uses

  • Low light (379)
  • Weddings (349)
  • Landscape/scenery (341)
  • Night photography (184)
  • Sports/action (159)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (188), Semi-pro photographer (160), Photo enthusiast (146), Casual photographer (30), Photography student (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (495), 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

Sharp lens bt is it worth it

By Joe K

from Elkton MD

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Price

Best Uses

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

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

I share the lens with my son. He shoots video and I shoot stills. We both agree it is the sharpest lens we have ever used. He swears by it for video because of the 2.8 f stop plus the sharpness of the video.
I can see it's image quality is superior to my Sigma 17-70 but I am not sure that at over three times the price it is worth it for the stills. We compared shots set up with a canon 7D on a tripod. We took stills with both lenses at f 2.8 and at f 8. Everyone picked the canon shots over the sigma shots. You just have to ask yourself the question can I live without the extra image quality or can I live without the extra $1600. We are keeping the lens based upon the extra speed for DSLR video.

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5.0

Great lens

By mkphoto

from Pittsburgh, PA

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      I use it for Macros, portraits, and general shooting. I have had it for just a few weeks, but it is a great improvement over the previous USM that I had. I would recommend it to anyone.

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      5.0

      Love it

      By Renee

      from Buffalo

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

      Completely satisfied with quality and technical control.

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      5.0

      LOVE IT!

      By Arae

      from Minnesota

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      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Sharp
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits

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

        I am an hobbyist photographer that wanted to improve the quality of images I was producing. This lens does just that...sharper, great color, and versatile. Would recommend to anyone...nothing that isn't so great about it yet that I can find...unless a lower apeture?

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        5.0

        Well worth it!

        By syozturk

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          I own a 24mm, 35mm, and a 50mm that are all prime L glass lenses. When I purchased this, I was able to save a ton of time switching lenses when on work opportunities and was also able to get more shots quickly never losing a moment. I'd recommend this lens to everybody, professionals and beginners.

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          5.0

          A serious upgrade in resolution

          By markimage

          from San Rafael, CA

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          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery

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

            I shoot Landscape Architecture and Architecture. I've used the 24-70 I for many years...with some trepidation as it's resolution was relatively poor on the edges of the frame. After acquiring the 24-70 II, I did careful testing of a resolution target in the studio and was surprised to find a marked improvement. The edge to edge sharpness and lack of chromatic aberration rivals that of my best prime focus lenses.

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            4.0

            Excellent but Pricey

            By hab

            from Oroville WA

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            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

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

                I own several Canon lenses and this one was to compliment the 35-70 focal range. All lenses are good but all pricey. All my camera equipment has been purchased through B&H who I find very reliable.

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                5.0

                Awsome Lense

                By KIRIT PATEL

                from CHICAGO USA

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output

                Cons

                • Costlier

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light

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

                Very good lense for low light conditions

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                • Yes

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                5.0

                Marked improvement

                By Dan Dill

                from Boston, MA, USA

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                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery

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

                    I have used Version I of this lens for a decade, and always appreciated its image quality, so much so that I was dubious version II could be significantly better. The detailed comparative review at http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-24-70mm-f-2.8-L-II-USM-Lens-Review.aspx, particularly the MTF chart comparison, and http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2012/09/canon-24-70-f2-8-ii-resolution-tests, pushed me to upgrade. From the first image, clarity, color and contrast seemed markedly improved.

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                    5.0

                    #Canon #BestLensEver #EF 24-70mm f/2.8L

                    By the12thchild

                    from SAN LUIS OBISPO

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

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

                      I read several reviews about this lens, all gave outstanding remarks. I have lens mounted on my Canon 5D Mark III and the results are stunning. The sharpness of the lens is only equaled by my EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens. The 24-70 is a super fast and super sharp exciting lens. The detail in photos is fantastic. Even my black fur Pug who never photographs well looks like she just won Westminster Dog Show. A bonus I did not expect was the quality of the jpeg files. I always use the raw file for post edit, but the jpegs in many cases were near perfect in color and overall appearance. Excellent for social media as is. This lens has become my favorite for versatility and speed. The zoom range is really nice as well. This lens will not disappoint any level of photographer.

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                      5.0

                      Worth Every Penny!

                      By Cedaine

                      from Philadelphia

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        I use this lens for in a variety of ways. I use it for all kinds of events (Weddings, parties, engagement shoots, gallery openings, performances, etc.) and to shoot short videos. In all of the situations I have used the lens, it has performed superbly. I love how fast it focuses and the sharp images it produces. For video, it performs just as well. I love the lock feature to keep it from sliding out when you are walking around with it attached to the camera.

                        The only thing I would like to have as an improvement is to have a better lens hood to prevent lens flairs. The one that comes with the lens is too small for certain situations.

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                        5.0

                        Caution: Sharp

                        By FStopper

                        from Franklin, TN

                        About Me Pro Photographer

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Weddings/Events

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

                          This is possibly one of the most versatile and beautiful lenses in my bag. A go-to lens that you won't regret investing in!

                          I've shot with the Version 1, and love how much sharper and lighter this lens is. Also, and this is minor, zooming from wide to telephoto actually pushes the elements apart; unlike Version 1. On V1, what drove me crazy was that the elements actually compressed when the focal length was at 70mm.

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                          5.0

                          My new go-to lens

                          By Charlie

                          from Alabama

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • 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:

                            I've had this lens now for two weeks and taken it on one large shoot. I have no idea how I got along without it for this long. I use it mainly for outdoor portrait style photography. The clarity is unbelievable. Eyes are crystal clear even from a distance. Depth of field is good and the background drops out of focus perfectly. Believe me, you need this lens!

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                            5.0

                            Excelent Lense

                            By KIRIT

                            from CHICAGO USA

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                            Pros

                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light

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

                              No Negative sides

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                              • Yes

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                              5.0

                              Excellent Lens

                              By David Y

                              from Castro Valley, CA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Nice Bokeh

                              Cons

                              • Filter Size

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Weddings/Events

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

                              I have been shooting with prime lenses, but when I read the reviews of this lens I had to give it a shot.

                              - Sharpness is great, I could be happier.
                              - Distortion is minimal (correctable)
                              - F2.8 isn't as fast as my 24mm f1.4L II, but then again I was willing to give that up for the range.
                              - I wasn't to thrilled about 82mm Filter.
                              - Lock is a neat option, but don't really see the need (yet?)

                              I would have given it 4.5 Stars, but could figure out how to minus the 1/2 Start. 1/2 deduction due to the 82mm filter.

                              Canon 5D III, Canon 7D and Canon 20D

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                              4.0

                              Yes it's sharp, but not THAT sharp

                              By MinAZ

                              from Phoenix, AZ

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                              Pros

                              • Durable

                              Cons

                              • Blurry Focus

                              Best Uses

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

                                If this lens cost half as much as it does, I would have given it 5 stars. That pretty much sums up this lens in a nutshell. It's a good lens, but it isn't as sharp as say the 100mm f/2.8 Macro. You won't confuse this with a bargain/economy lens for sure, just don't necessarily expect to be blown away.

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                                5.0

                                Buy this product

                                By Vasdom

                                from Detroit, MI

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                                  Cons

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

                                      Good Lens.

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                                      4.0

                                      Excellent All Around Lens

                                      By Gbm

                                      from New Paltz, NY

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Indoors/Low Light
                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Sports/Action

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

                                        The only negative is the price (I'd have given it 5 stars if it was more reasonbly priced). This is my second copy of this lens. The first one was stolen, which made me ralize just how much I relied on it. You'd expect a lens at this price to focus fast, be sharp at all focal lengths and apertures, so it goes without saying, this lens excels on all of those points. While it may be missing IS, I didn't miss it on the first copy I owned, and doubt I'll miss it on this one. Image quality is superb, which is what matters most to me.

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                                        5.0

                                        Fantastic!

                                        By vangogh1889

                                        from Houston, TX

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                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Children
                                          • Indoors/Low Light
                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Sports/Action

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

                                          Crisp images. Beautiful bokeh. An investment worth the money.

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                                          5.0

                                          Worth the money?

                                          By Colonel H

                                          from Boise, Idaho

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                                          Pros

                                          • Controlled Vignette
                                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                          • Nice Bokeh
                                          • Strong Construction

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

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

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

                                            I am a hobbyist that recently upgraded to 5D MkIII from Canon 7D w/ EF-S 17-55mm f2.8, so I thought i'd save a nickel and get the Tamron 24-70MM f/2.8 but when I got it on the camera it had really bad vignetting. I was used to the previous set up that had almost no vignetting. So back to the brick & mortar store it went. Got my refund and ordered this lens from B&H. Usual fast delivery! After two days of test shots I am convinced that this lens far and away out performs the Tamron (at least for someone with my skill set). I believe that great pros can make a coke bottle work as a lens but amateurs need a great piece of glass like this lens to help us compensate. The first test I did was directly at the sun on a very bright sunny day and man what a difference over my old setup. I have attached that picture (Un-edited except for conversion to jpeg). Canon got this right and this lens makes a great combo with the 70-200mm f2.8 IS II. The UV filter seems quite good in this deal but I was not overly impressed with the C-PL filter with first test shots.

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