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

(based on 46 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (21)
  • Lightweight (15)
  • Strong construction (14)
  • Durable (11)
  • Easily interchangeable (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (22)
    • Weddings (9)
    • Macro photography (8)
    • Low light (7)
    • Video (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (14), Semi-pro photographer (8), Pro photographer (4)
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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

     

    Not as sharp as expected. Dark at 70mm

    Pros: Light, portable, and beautiful colors compared to 24-70mm I or 24-105mmCons: A tad bit sharper than 24-70mm I or 24-105mm but still not sharp at all. (expect...Read complete review

    Pros: Light, portable, and beautiful colors compared to 24-70mm I or 24-105mmCons: A tad bit sharper than 24-70mm I or 24-105mm but still not sharp at all. (expect almost same blurriness as 24-70mm I)IS is barely usable and is not as effective as that on other IS lenses.Expect 1-stop less light at 70mm. Not nice for video.Macro is a bit limited.Don't listen to all the hypes from Canon saying that this lens is the second sharpest lens after 24-70mm f/2.8 II. If this is the second sharpest, then third and fourth are sheer garbage. I reget I paid $[$] when it first came out. I keep it for the video use but I wouldn't recommend for photography.

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    5.0

    Great lens

    By Hadley

    from Asheville, NC

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

    A perfect complement to the 70-200

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    4.0

    Good all-purpose lens

    By JT

    from Annapolis, MD

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

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

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

    This is a good all-purpose lens, combining a useful zoom range, macro and IS

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    5.0

    Quality lens

    By knifeedge55

    from Salisbury, MA

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    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

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

      I recently used the 24-70mm for shooting lobster boats in a harbor, it gave me the perfect range to work with. The feel and movement of the lens is excellent.

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      5.0

      Great alternative

      By Brad

      from Greenville, NC

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events

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

        Great sharpness, superb IS, lightweight. Much more reasonably priced than the 2.8 version and higher quality than the Tamron. Distortion is well controlled. Macro mode is OK, but not something that is a big deal to me.

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        5.0

        color is incredible

        By totallykev

        from san francisco

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Color Rendition
        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Sharpness

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

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

          sharp as a tack. color rendition is incredible. 24-70mm is the perfect range. small enough for easy travel.

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          4.0

          an excellent addition

          By John G.

          from New York City

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events

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

            An excellent addition. Great lens, super sharp images, well made. Compact, and not the heavy monster that is the 24-70mm F/ 2.8, which makes the f/4 a great all around lens to carry and capture life.

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            5.0

            Excellent Lens!

            By CR5502

            from Lancaster, PA

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            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              I replaced the 24-105 F4 IS L lens with this one and I am so glad that I did. If you have the 70-200 lens, this is the perfect compliment to it. Anything over 70mm I would rather use the 70-200 F2.8 II, so this fills the standard zoom range perfectly. Images are SHARP, much sharper than the 24-105. The color is amazing on my Canon 5D Mark III. This camera and lens combination feel just right. The images are great. The lens is light enough to carry around for the day. Love this lens!

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              5.0

              perfect zoom

              By ozzy efe

              from atlanta georgia USA

              About Me Casual Photographer

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography

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

                very easy use and this zoom is available specialy clouds day

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                4.0

                Great lens!

                By Steve

                from Reston, VA

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

                      Got this lens (and the 70-200mm f4L) for my 60D as a replacement for my Tamron 18-270, which I found to be so-so, especially at the telephoto end. I have been looking at the L lenses for quite a while and finally took the plunge. Glad I did. Much sharper than the Tamron. I use this lens as my primary "walk about" lens and have been very happy with it. Only complaint is that I'm using it with an APS-C "cropped sensor" camera, hence it gives me a slightly narrower field of view. I've had it for about a month and have been extremely satisfied with it.

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                      5.0

                      Very versatile lens.

                      By Big Sundog

                      from Portland, OR

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Not A

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      I use this lens for every day,walk around purposes. It is quite good for event photography and handles low light well on my 6D. It is part of a two/three lens combination that I typically take on shoots depending on the nature of the activity. While a 24-105 might be more versatile as a travel lens, I generally pair the 24-70 with my 70-300L and do not mind having to swap lenses. I like the pinch lens cap and find the included hood acceptable for most purposes. The image sharpness, contrast and color rendition are superb. The macro feature is easy to use and seems quite effective; the IS works as advertised. Overall I am very pleased with this lens and would recommend it to a friend if it fits their specific requirements.

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                      4.0

                      Reasonably Pleased So Far

                      By StatMan

                      from Anchorage, AK

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Macro Difficult

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      I was considering the purchase of the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, but grudgingly concluded that image stabilization was more important than a stop of speed and purchased the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM instead. So far, I am reasonably pleased with the lens. The auto-focus is fast and accurate, and the zoom and focus rings operate very smoothly with just enough resistance. I like that the lens locks at 24mm for carry. I have not formally tested the IS, but recently used the lens to take hand-held photos at a high school graduation in a dimly lit sports arena, without flash (as a test) and at an ISO setting of 1000. The photos looked fine printed at 4x6, though some graininess was noticeable when I zoomed in on the photos in Lightroom (as expected). I have found the macro function difficult to use so far. One needs to turn the zoom ring past 70mm while simultaneously engaging the macro switch (easy) and then set the focus ring within a specified range. If one is not within an apparently narrow range of distance from the subject, the lens will not focus automatically. I hope to get better at this with practice, but do not buy this lens for its macro capability. I have the EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, which I absolutely love. Overall, I think this lens will work out fine for me, but still would have preferred a F2.8L with IS, or, even better, a 18-70mm F2.8L with IS!

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                      4.0

                      Very well put together

                      By desert lizard

                      from Tucson, Az.

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                          The lens was well put together. It had a nice feel to it. I didn't care for the macro because I already have the 100mm lens which performs much better. I felt the lens was rather limited in reach. If you don't already have the macro lens this lens might be a very nice addition.

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                          4.0

                          Nice lens...

                          By SK

                          from Alabama

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel Photography
                            • Wildlife Photos

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

                            I just purchased the lens and havent used it much yet (reason for 4 stars).
                            Out of the box and on the camera (Canon 5D Mark III) - the lens has some heft, but it's solidly built; the "lock" feature is great (no lens extending when in the down position); image quality appears to be very good.
                            With today's high ISO's available and processing software the f4 has not been an issue thus far.
                            After more use I'll do an update.

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                            4.0

                            Great Investment

                            By Jim

                            from De Pere, WI

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Weddings/Events

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

                              Great compliment to the 70-200 F 2.8 lense - full spectrum from 24mm - 200mm

                              Quick and precise lense

                              Excellent low light capabilities with IS

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                              4.0

                              So far so good

                              By Splash

                              from Kansas City

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Macro Photography
                                • Weddings/Events
                                • Wildlife Photos

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

                                Used mainly for landscape, wildlife, sightseeing photography. Still too expensive but best option for size, weight, quality and features. Concern for f/4 shooting inside did not pan out since raising iso even to max)gave satisfactory results.

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                                5.0

                                Awesome Lens

                                By Auricus

                                from Chicago

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Pros

                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

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

                                  This lens is the perfect one for my 5D MkIII , not to heavy and very sharp . Great lens to travel with .

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                                  5.0

                                  Excellent

                                  By BHNick

                                  from Palo Alto, CA

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

                                        Nice lens, a bit sharper than my 70-200mm f/2.8 (not II) at 70mm. Good carry lens, with less distortion/vignetting than the 24-105 but with arguably a shorter range in exchange. For me a perfect size/weight for carrying on the 6D as an all-purpose lens.

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                                        5.0

                                        Very nice lens

                                        By PeterJ

                                        from Phoenix, AZ

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                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Video

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

                                          This is my first "L" lens from Canon. I was looking at this and the f/2.8 24-70mm lens for quite some time. After careful review of my photographic style I decided the f/4 24-70 IS would be a better fit for me, not to mention the cost savings. I am completely happy so far. Yes, another stop would be nice but that is the only real benefit that I could see with the f/2.8 lens. I find this lens to be very sharp and it has very good color rendition. The lens is very tolerant to shooting into a light source, flare has not been much of an issue. Image Stabilization is a real plus for me and weighed heavily in my decision. Having a macro capability is an added feature of this lens. I have not been a macro photographer but I have used macro to allow me to get in extra close to my subject a time or two. Bokeh has a pleasing appearance. All in all I am very happy with the lens and have no reservations in giving it my highest recommendation.

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                                          5.0

                                          Awesome lens

                                          By Auricus

                                          from Niles%20Il

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

                                          I chose this lens over the just because it has IS and not as big, A Love and goes awesome with my 5DII..

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                                          4.0

                                          Nice Lens

                                          By mballak

                                          from Denver

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                          Pros

                                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                          • Strong Construction

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Indoors/Low Light
                                            • Landscape/Scenery
                                            • Young Kids

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

                                            I basically traded the older EF 24-70 2.8L for this lens. For me the IS is worth more than the extra stop of light when photographing my young kids. So far my pics are crisp and sharp. Autofocus is fast. Also like the the macro feature. For someone with no macro experience it allows me to dabble in macro photography without buying another lens.

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