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CanonEF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens
 
4.6

(based on 88 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (51)
  • Strong construction (36)
  • Durable (34)
  • Easily interchangeable (29)
  • Lightweight (29)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (5)
  • Heavy (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (47)
  • Weddings (23)
  • Macro photography (21)
  • Low light (18)
  • Video (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (26), Semi-pro photographer (21), Pro photographer (8), Casual photographer (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very Happy

I know this has been the "why did Canon make this particular lens" of the year but here is my experience and take: (shooting on the Canon 5D Mark lll)...Read complete review

I know this has been the "why did Canon make this particular lens" of the year but here is my experience and take: (shooting on the Canon 5D Mark lll)
I have had a 24-105 F4L since it first came out and have used it for most of my landscape work along with my 17-40L and my longer L series telephotos zooms. It has always been my go to lens for landscapes and my normal walk around lens. I decided to try the 24-70F2.8 ll first . Shot it against the 24-105 and did not find it any sharper in real life tests using the same test subjects I use for all of my new lenses. I also did not like losing the Image stabilization since it would be a go to walk around lens. I also do not need to go to f2.8 for landscapes but it would have been nice for inside low light photos where flash would be a pain or not allowable. But for me I decided I was paying way too much for a stop of light I did not need that much plus losing IS on a go to walk around lens was not that good- especially when the IQ was not any better for me then my 24-105.
So, I decided to give the new 24-70's one more try, sent back the f2.8 and exchanged it for the 24-70 F4. It has now replaced the 24-105 F4 as my primary landscape and walk around lens. It does shoot sharper edge to edge then the 24-105, does not have the barrel distortion at 24mm and shoots a slightly brighter image. It is also a little shorter and lighter. Although I have a dedicated Macro lens, having the "kinda" macro feature is also handy for a close up you were not prepared for. Do I miss the extra stretch from 70- 105 mm sometimes? Yes, but I have plenty of L zooms from 70 + with me at the same time. Just have to change lenses a little more frequently now.
My advice to anyone contemplating the 24-70 F4L over the 24-70 F2.8Lll or the 24-105F4L is this: If you shoot primarily outside and have another good quality zoom that goes over 70mm, get the 24-70 F4L. If you shoot primarily outside but do not have a good zoom over 70mm, go with the 24-105. If you shoot primarily indoors and do not need IS and do not mind spending the extra bucks, then the F2.8

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor luck with my copies of this lens

I've ordered this lens twice now, and had to return it both times due to disappointing image quality.The first copy was definitely better than my existing 24-105 at 24mm, but had serious focus-shift...Read complete review

I've ordered this lens twice now, and had to return it both times due to disappointing image quality.The first copy was definitely better than my existing 24-105 at 24mm, but had serious focus-shift issues at medium to long focal lengths and all distances. If i'd been willing to take the Canon warranty service gamble, it might've turned into a good lens in the end. But that's a real big gamble there.The second copy was noticeably worse than the first copy, and slightly worse than my 24-105 on average. And in several test shots, it was real soft away from the center. I think it probably had some correctable calibration issues, but again i decided not to risk the Canon service gamble. The IS was slightly better than my 24-105.I still haven't given up on this lens, but due to the excessive IQ variation i've been seeing here, i'll probably have to bite the bullet, pay the $[$]salestax hit, and buy locally instead, where i can test the lens copy out before buying.Maybe part of my trouble is with the local UPS gorillas who really trash the brown boxes out here. The 24-70 f/4 just isn't packaged well enough by Canon to handle the sort of rough treatment UPS gives it.

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5.0

Sharp and Clear

By Chillie Willie

from Albany, NY

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

    This is an all around lens and takes great pictures. Do not get hung up on some of the reviews because I have not had the same experiences with my lens. For example, my lens hood sits tightly on the lens and the quality and clarity of the shots are super. If you want to spend another grand for 1 more f-stop then get the 2.8 but for me and my needs it was not worth it. I have had the lens for two weeks and so far, so good.

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    5.0

    Sharp, good contrast, quick

    By Coastal Photography

    from Santa Cruz

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

        Excellent build quality, beautiful contrast and great performance, even wide open. Very pleased with the lens thus far.

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        5.0

        One great lens

        By Wiley

        from Hollywood, Ca.

        Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

        I purchased this lens to compliment my 70-200 IS USM Canon lens. I am very happy with this new purchase and the performance of this lens.

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        4.0

        Great lens

        By CAP60

        from Wisconsin

        Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

        Previously used the 24-105mm. I was thrilled that one of the features on this lens included a lock to keep it from extending when carrying on a strap! Good quality lens all around!

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        5.0

        very lightweight and easy to use

        By Hongtao Sun

        from Kirkland, WA

        About Me Casual Photographer

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

          super lightweight, tach sharp, useful

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          5.0

          Fantastic Lens

          By Cam

          from Dallas, TX

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

              This lens is superb in so many ways. Besides being an all around great lens, the macro feature is one of my favorites. Some people have complained that it's not useful, but I found it to work extremely well.

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              5.0

              If You Could Only Buy One Lens

              By Curt Savage Media

              from New Castle, PA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Macro Setting
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Price
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Limited in Low Light

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

              With limited funds and limited space, I needed one lens that could do as much of "It all" as I could find. Yes - a "do all" lens omes with compromises when compared to prime or specialty "art" lenses. That notwithstanding, the Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS USM lens is a GREAT lens! Why the f/4 and not the f/2.8. 1) the 2.8 is much heavier and double the price. 2) the f/2.8 does not has IS wereas Image Stabilization in the f/4 allows for lowlight hand held shots by giving you 3 full stops of compensation 3) it has less distortion than the 2.8 and 4) it has a mcro setting allowing shots from 8 inches. The bokeh this lens creats if gorgeous and if you have a crop camera like the older 20-60D's or a 7d, this lens gives you a fantastic portrait lens when set at 50mm at f/8! I will buy a prime 1.8 portrat lens and a telephoto lens when I hit the lottery, but as for this working guy, if I can only have one lens, this one NEVER disappoints me.

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              5.0

              Walking around lens

              By PhotoMom

              from Rochester NY

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                I upgraded my camera to a 7D Mark 2 and decided to purchase this lens as my main lens for it instead of getting the kit. I know many people opt for the 24-105mm as a walk around lens but I felt that would be too heavy to carry all the time.

                I already had the EF-S 11-22mm lens for wide angles, and the 24-70mm range (38-112mm effective) is a nice mid range. I shoot landscapes and architecture mostly, and so far I'm very happy with my images.

                I haven't found the f/4 to be a limitation as I mostly shoot outdoors between sunrise and sunset.

                I make and sell handicrafts, and the macro option works well for photographing my work so I can get away without a dedicated macro lens.

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                4.0

                Typical "Solid-Build" Canon Lens

                By Deryk South F.L.A.

                from Fort Lauderdale FL

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                    I've recently purchased this lens but have also used one in the past. I have primarily shot landscapes and buildings using a 6D and 7D MII.I've always been impressed with the fit, finish and tightness surrounding the Canon L lenses. This one is no exception. It feels solid in your hands. The lens focuses quickly, quietly and will produce photos as you remember the scene. I've heard the f/2.8 version is supposedly a better piece of glass but I have not verified if so or to what degree. Regarding the comparison of the f/4 to the f/2.8 speed issue - IMO - This alone is not worth the extra $.

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                    5.0

                    Great Lens

                    By Jim S

                    from Rockville MD

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                      My first L Series Love it!

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                      5.0

                      Great Lens

                      By Jim S

                      from Rockville MD

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                        Super sharp. Top notch lens.

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                        4.0

                        Good lens, not great

                        By dangerh33

                        from South Easton, MA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

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                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Poor in Low Light

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Video

                        Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                        I wanted a catch-most lens to go with my 70-200mm. For years, I've seen people shooting with their 24-70's on all the time and swearing by them. Usually I run and gun with a 14mm, 16-35mm, 50mm and 70-200mm. The focal ranges are obvious in that by replacing the 14 and 16-35 I would be losing some wide angle shots. I gave it ago anyway. Here's what I found: This lens is acceptable sharp, not wow sharp. The colors reproduced are on point with all my other lenses (including the 85 and 100mm). Form factor is great as it's compact and easy to use. Macro is a nice touch, but I've yet to use it professionally. The IS is a huge plus. Keeps things stable, especially at 70mm. The bad: This lens is not f4 all the way through, no way. Noticeably darker at 70mm, maybe a stop or two. A little soft at 50mm, not unusable, but a significant difference from the 50mm. I found myself wanting to be wider, I guess I'm just used to the 16-35. In the end, the jury is still deliberating whether or not I'll keep it. It does cover a good focal range and produces a decent image. It is "L" glass, but like the 24-105mm, I just found it not as tack sharp as the 2.8's and lower. I know this has nothing to do with it, as my 70-200mm f4 is one of my favorite lenses. I'm using this lens on a Sony FS700 with a MetaBones Speedbooster, bringing down to a 2.8. Even at this f stop, it seems very standard to me, maybe I need more hours with it. For the price, you really can't complain. You get what you pay for. Is it worth $-$ ? Yes. Is it as sharp as the 2.8 or other "L" glass? No. Is it sharper than the 24-105? Just a little.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Lens

                        By James

                        from Silver Spring, MD

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                          I bought this lens after a lot of thought and I am very happy with this. This lens is ridiculously sharp and is a good size and weight. I bought this because I'm in the process of upgrading to full-frame equipment. The difference between this and the EF-S equivalents is amazing. The tough decision was between this one and the f2.8. I feel that for my needs, the image stabilization was more important than the extra stops. This lens more than meets my needs.

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                          4.0

                          A good buy

                          By Chorlton M/c

                          from New York NY

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                            I considered 3 lenses namely Sigma 24-105 f4 DG OS HSM and the Canon 24-105 f3.5 to 5.6 IS STM. I read mixed reviews of the Sigma added to which it has not been available at B&H for some weeks, the Canon 24-105 had little written about it (today there is an article in the UK magazine Amateur Photographer which gives it an average review.

                            I therefore opted for the Canon 24-70.

                            It has so far proved very good and extremely quiet.

                            The loss of one stop on the 2.8 is offset by the difference in cost. As I will use the lens for landscape work I am unlikely to shoot with it wide open and there should be little disadvantage. It is also lighter to carry around which is a benefit.

                            So far I have not found fault with the lens and hope that remains the case.

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                            5.0

                            Great lens

                            By Buck

                            from Holly Springs, NC

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                            Pros

                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                              I bought this lens and the 24-105. I sent the 24-105 back. This lens is very sharp, the image stabilization works incredibly well, and the macro mode is very nice. The lens also seems a bit brighter than the 24-105 in testing on my 6D.

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                              5.0

                              Great Lens

                              By Harry

                              from Andrews, NC

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight
                              • Macro

                              Cons

                              • Lens hood

                              Best Uses

                              • Macro Photography
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                              This is a great walk-around lens. It's lighter and smaller than the 24-105 and its big brother the f2.8. It's super sharp and just a great lens. And the macro takes it to the next level, this lens is extremely versatile! There is a lock on the lens hood that is weird just because I'm not used to it. I have used this for photography and video and it does great at both.

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                              4.0

                              Sharp, minimal distortion, but heavy

                              By GEG

                              from Santa Clarita, CA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Heavy

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                              Useful for parties, scenery where frequent changes of prime lenses would be necessary. Sharpness is comparable to prime lenses at f/4.
                              Weight is a problem for hiking trips.
                              F/4 is generally sufficient.

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                              4.0

                              A wonderful lens!

                              By Kiah

                              from Traverse City, MI

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Macro Photography
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                                I bought this lens to replace my much older (from 2002) Canon 28-70mm f/2.8L Lens. You are probably wondering why, well my old lens took beautiful pictures, but it didn't have IS and my flash unit could not read the lens so I was constantly struggling with proper exposure adjustments when shooting at special events. I love my new lens!!! It also takes sharp beautiful pictures and my flash and it work perfectly together so less headaches for me! The only reason I gave it 4 stars is because it is an f/4.0.....obviously not the fault of the lens I just couldn't justify spending the extra $$ for the f/2.8 when I would mainly use a higher f-stop anyway for group shots. If you don't have to have a f2.8 I definitely recommend this lens!!

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                                5.0

                                Really sharp lens

                                By ralphsurf

                                from Ft. Worth, Texas

                                About Me Pro Photographer

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                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight
                                • Sharp

                                Cons

                                • Lens Creep

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                                Great lens, an improvement over the 24 to 105 f-4 in both sharpness and pin cushion distortion. With the image stabilization you can save on the weight of the f-2.8 version and still maintain sharpness in fairly low light situations. I would still prefer an internal zoom lens but the extension is minimal and the zoom is very smooth.

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                                5.0

                                Sharp all purpose lens

                                By ff100-550

                                from Boston, MA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Zoom Ring Location

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                                I use this lens on a cropped sensor camera, Canon 7D. It's much sharper than the best EF-S lens at all zooms. Although an f/4 lens, I was surprised at the amount of light it gets through the glass. As an all purpose lens, I use it indoors as well. For group shots in a large dim lit room with a 430EX Canon flash I can shoot at f/8 and 1/100 exposure and I get better results than an EF-S lens at comparable focal length. Landscape detail, and oddly enough saturation, is much better as well. I do no intend to use the macro function, the Canon EF 100mm does a much better job. For portraits it does a decent job, however a 85mm or 70-200mm would be a better choice in this case. The lens is not bulky or heavy. The only complaint I have is that the zoom ring in on the inner side of the barrel and my fingers hit the camera body while zooming. The lens construction seems to be very sturdy, I would say much better than the EF-S lenses.

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