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

(based on 673 reviews)

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    (80)

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    (11)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (490)
  • Consistent output (380)
  • Strong construction (349)
  • Nice bokeh (336)
  • Durable (316)

Cons

  • Heavy (140)
  • Price (20)
  • Pricey / poor value (16)
  • No IS (10)
  • Poor in low light (10)

Best Uses

  • Low light (428)
  • Weddings (387)
  • Landscape/scenery (383)
  • Night photography (208)
  • Sports/action (184)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (212), Semi-pro photographer (187), Photo enthusiast (160), Casual photographer (33), Photography student (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (560), Yes (15)

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

Finally pulled the trigger, outstanding!

By Viking

from Doha, Qatar

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    I Haven't had enough time yet to use this lens hyet. However, initial shots I've taken so far with this lens are fenomenal!
    I have other 'L' lenses such as 16-35mm f4L IS, the 70-200mm f2.8L IS II and the 100mm f2.8L IS that are anazingly sharp, contrasty and excellent color rendition. I'd never been too happy with the previous 24-70mm f2.8L, but there is a steep price difference so I had to save some money. I've been waiting in reality a couple of years until now that I pulled the trigger and purchase this gem.
    IQ and sharpness is on par with my other 'L' lenses throughout the whole focal range and picture frame.
    Its AF is faster than my old Canon 24-70/2.8L, bokeh is better and balance better on my 5D3. I also like the lock mechanism at 24mm FL to prevent extension when place downwards
    This lens it's a killer and if you plan to buy, just do it. You'll never regret it, it is money well worth invested.

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    5.0

    A great investment

    By Scott K.

    from East Petersburg, PA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Lens Creep

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Macro Photography
    • Night Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events

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

    This was one of three lenses I picked up when I moved to the 5D Mk III. So far, I've been really happy with this lens. It has worked well on my back up camera when shooting cycling events. My primary lens is the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM, and handles the need to shoot something shorter than 70 very well. Focus is pin point sharp, and the colors come through great. Mechanicals are all working very smoothly inside. So far, it has been a great lens that I look forward to using for years.

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    5.0

    Great lens

    By Jessie

    from Brooklyn

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      I have many canon products, this is a great lens. I use it a lot and it never lets me down.

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      5.0

      Outstanding lens

      By Gus

      from NJ

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        I owned the the first version, and the 24 -105/4
        This lens is amazing, it is close to perfect and lighter than the older version.
        Do not hesitate if you are considering

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        5.0

        Works as expected

        By SuperShooter

        from New York, NY

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lock At 24mm

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            Used this during a trip to Washington D.C. and it works well. No IS so you must keep it steady during night/slow shutter speed shots. I like the lock that keeps the lens from protruding when not being used. I thought it would be all metal but the plastic seems sturdy. I guess the weight savings are worth it...

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            5.0

            Great everyday lens

            By Brakker Jim

            from Roanoke Virginia

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

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

              light enough to use as a daily carry lens.

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              5.0

              Great Lens as Advertised!

              By Golden Grizzly

              from Colorado

              About Me Pro Photographer

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              Pros

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

                I love this lens, I upgraded from a 28-70 2.8L and it is really night and day, focus and speed are amazing!! A real workhorse all around lens!

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                5.0

                Wonderful Lens

                By Mike M

                from Rochester, NY

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Night Photography
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video

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

                  This is an amazing lens and is the lens I use most of the time. It's a great lens for many situations. It's extremely well made as you'd expect of an "L" lens and works really well even on my Canon 70D (crop sensor) body. I love it.

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                  5.0

                  EF 20-70MM f/2.8 ii is Amazing

                  By Seated Collector

                  from Pittsburgh, PA

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

                  I was watching this lens for a long time and the only thing holding me back was the price and lack of i,age stabilization. Given the rebate offered by Canon and my taking a chance, I just purchased this lens and have been very excited about photography ever since! I have watched a lot of user reviews and I do believe this lens will not be the best if you are shooting video, given the lack of IS (unless you are shooting with a tripod), but surprising, I am getting sweet handheld shots, even though I am sure I don't have the steadiest hands in the world! The color rendition on this lens is stunning and I encourGe those looking for this focal length to strongly consider this lens. I truly am excited bout photography again and look forward to growing with this lens.

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                  5.0

                  Dream Team work horse

                  By Tea

                  from Missoula

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

                  This is a must have for every professional portrait photographer on the block. It is my go to lens for all photoshoots. This is such a sharp and beautiful lens. I know I will be getting quality when I put this on my body.

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                  5.0

                  Surprisingly versatile and high quality

                  By Robert

                  from Berrien Springs, MI

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  Having just upgraded from my Canon 18-200mm crop kit lens, it was painful to invest in both this lens and a 70-200 f2.8 to get roughly the same range. I thought my 70-200 would get a lot more action than this one, but a couple of recent weddings have proved me wrong, as the majority of my photos came using this lens.I love the focus accuracy, its sharpness, and the 2.8 for low-light conditions. I see now why this is the bread and butter of many wedding and event photographers. A great buy!

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                  5.0

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

                  By AF

                  from Newton Center

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

                  It's perfect for my weddings

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                  5.0

                  My New "Go To Lens"

                  By BLB

                  from Atlanta

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Expensive

                  Best Uses

                  • Children
                  • Faamil
                  • Family Photography
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Life Style Photography

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

                  Yes, this is the most expensive lens I have purchased in the past ten+ years!!But Wow, what a great lens. In my opinion, it is worth every cent. Very solid Pro feel to it, ightening fast focus and tack sharp image quality. It is always on my camera. I can't image a better lens for life style, family and child photography. Great in low light as well.

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                  5.0

                  Costly, but worthwhile!

                  By Joe G.

                  from Bay Area, CA

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

                  I have only had this lens for a little over 2 weeks and I have already made it an integral part of my shooting repertoire.I used it on Thanksgiving to get some great family shots, & I was able to capture more than ever before with my 5D Mk III body. I have also already used it for some landscapes on a hillside for a commercial shoot, and its wide angles when combined with a full frame body really open up the possibilities. Also when combined with a good body, its tonal range and low light performance are incredible. Motor is nice and quiet. There's no Image Stabilization and while that knitting worried me, I haven't noticed at all. Overall, I'm very impressed.

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                  5.0

                  Love it

                  By Oneway646

                  from Allentown, PA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    Sold my original 24-70 to upgrade to the II model. Love the new design. Lighter weight. The focus and zoom rings are larger. The lens hood is smaller. I do not think that the image quality is that much better to justify trading in your old lens. I shoot sports and I do believe this lens focuses a little faster.

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                    5.0

                    Must have lens

                    By Fishman

                    from NJ

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      Took this lens on vacation in Mexico and it was my go to lens. Pairing it with my 5D Mrk 3 was awesome. I use to have the 24-70mm f/2.8L and upgraded - sure glad that I did.

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                      5.0

                      Very nice lens

                      By Probable Photo

                      from NJ

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

                      Great lens but very expensive. For me the trade off is worthwhile, you get shots you just can't with other lenses. I particularly need it for shallow DOF and low light use. Very sharp images. This replaces a 28-70 f/2.8 L that I have had for 14 years and which has been very reliable, I am anticipating the same quality experience with this one and can justify the cost on that basis.

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                      5.0

                      IMPRESSED!!

                      By Mindy

                      from Breaux Bridge, LA

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      This lens is super fast and sharp. Not much more can be said that anyone hasn't said already. Worth every penny.

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                      5.0

                      GREAT LENS!

                      By JOURNALISM ADVISER

                      from EAST BERNARD, TEXAS

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light

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

                          I AM AN ADVISER FOR A HIGH SCHOOL PHOTOJOURNALISM CLASS. WE RECEIVE THE LENS IN TIME TO COVER OUR FALL MUSICAL. THE LENS WORKED SPECTACULAR AND OUR COVERAGE WAS FANTASTIC. IT WAS THE LENS WE NEEDED AND IT HAS SERVED OUR NEEDS PERFECTLY. TO THIS POINT, WE HAVEN'T FOUND ANYTHING THAT WE DON'T LIKE ABOUT THE PRODUCT.

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                          5.0

                          My new always-with-me lens

                          By walk around

                          from Austin, Texas

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

                          Although this lens is expensive, it is a must have. It is very versatile and has become my new walk-around lens. Of course, the L glass makes a big difference in quality and price. I recommend having a tripod (or unipod) handy because this lens does not have image stabilization. I'm glad I purchased it.

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