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CanonEF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens
 
4.7

(based on 161 reviews)

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    (114)

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    (42)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (101)
  • Strong construction (72)
  • Durable (70)
  • Lightweight (65)
  • Consistent output (63)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (10)
  • Heavy (8)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (93)
  • Macro photography (52)
  • Weddings (49)
  • Low light (35)
  • Video (33)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (45), Photo enthusiast (44), Pro photographer (23), Photography student (5), Casual photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (119), Yes (3)

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

 

Good sharp lens, Canon quality. F-Stop fluctuates.

Overall solid lens with macro. When using a MetaBones Speedbooster, this becomes an F2.8. Although sharp and colors looks great on an FS7, the light from the lens changes when you zoom....Read complete review

Overall solid lens with macro. When using a MetaBones Speedbooster, this becomes an F2.8. Although sharp and colors looks great on an FS7, the light from the lens changes when you zoom. Darker on tight (70mm) and lighter on wide (24mm), I'd say it's more like 3.5-5.6.

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5.0

Great buy

By Milton

from Fort Lauderdale

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

This lens was one of my wish list for long time. I was happy to see it here on B&H on sale and with a $100 rebate. I didn't wast a minute buying it. It's a great lens for a macro shots and close up. Love Canon and their products.

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5.0

Exceptional Peformance in a Small Package

By Cam Man

from San Francisco, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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

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

    I've only had this lens for a couple of days but I have been thoroughly impressed with it. I've used it for landscape, street and macro photography. The lens is SHARP and the colors and contrast are stunning. In low light I can shoot hand held at ridiculously slow shutter speeds and end up with no blur. It is one of the best lenses I have ever owned and cannot recommend it highly enough.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Awesome lens

    By Joe Wedding Cinematographer

    from Ohio

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Rugged

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      Using a canon 6d, this lens is incredible, i toyed with the idea of 2.8 or 4.0, with the low light capability of the 6d, it made sense to go from f2.8 to f4.0 for half the cost.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Best; Qulity/prices

      By RemyRemus

      from Bucharest Romania

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        I use this lens on night and day are performing very well over the entire length of Zoom even ends ... aperture 4.0.
        Happily recommend to all professionals.

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        As good as

        By Bruce

        from West Marin

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

        This zoom is as good as a fixed 50mm f:1.4! I did a side by side test with my old standby for sharpness. The 24-70 zoom was a bit better than the 50 for color at the frame corner and in the same place the 50 was ever so slightly better at fine B&H lines.

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        5.0

        very nice

        By randymaxhr

        from oregon

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          I have only used it once, but am very pleased with the detail and clarity. I have the 70-200 L also. The L series certainly live up to their reputation. Worth the money.

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          5.0

          Great Buy!

          By ToriaPhoto

          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            I have had this lens for a few weeks now, and it is my first "L" lens. The quality of the photos that I'm getting is even better than expected. Amazing clarity, and range. You can tell it is built durable and very consistent. Absolutely recommend.

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            5.0

            Sometimes you don't have time or space for prime lenses

            By Photo Dreamer

            from Ut.

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              I use this lens mostly for landscape and indoor photography.
              I have Prime lenses that are tack sharp but sometimes their is not time to swap lenses. This lens is almost as sharp and the color is incredible. With the "IS" low light in not a problem on my 5dII.
              This has become my goto lens. Very convenient.
              I like the lens hood that locks on and doesn't fall off.

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              4.0

              Macro feature makes the difference

              By The Engineer

              from Covington, LA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

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

                Not the best canon lens, but the macro feature is a plus.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Sharp as a tack

                By Photo Bob

                from Clearwater, FL

                Verified Buyer

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

                I've been giving this lens a lot of thought. I'm old school and really don't shoot anything wide open, therefore, I really didn't need the 2.8 version of this lens...or need to pay the difference between the two lenses. I've used it everyday since it arrived Fed Ex.. It's very sharp, light in weight. I like the new locking ability. It's a great lens, and with B&H's new price...it should be in every photographer's camera bag....

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                • No

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                5.0

                Travel lense

                By The next travel expert

                from California

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

                A ton of blogs recommend this as one of the best, versatile lenses for travel. I don't want to bring a backpack full of lenses on my trip just one camera, one lense and a small case. I'll be hiking in whistler so I wanted something that could give me landscape, portraits, macro (plants and insects), and most importantly I.S. (Have you tried taking video without it?...it's pretty bad) This lense does it all, sure there are slightly better individual lenses at each of these points but, who wants to carry all that weight up a mountain?

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                5.0

                Love this lens

                By Hydie

                from Virginia

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  I have wanted this range zoom in the L glass for a while. The f2.8 would've been great, but my budget could not stretch that far, so I order this one instead. I'm so happy I did! I do not see myself missing the extra stop, and the IS makes up for it. It has proven to be sharp as a tack and the colors and contrast are great. This lens has been on my camera since its arrival, and I foresee it becoming my go to lens. Very happy I decided to go for it.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Best lens by Canon !!! Price/quality

                  By Remy Remus

                  from Bucharest Romania

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    I tested in Makro super picture quality.
                    It seems to be a product of the backpack should not miss photographer ...

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                    • No

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Good sharp lens, Canon quality. F-Stop fluctuates.

                    By dangerh33

                    from Easton, MA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Not Consistent F4

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    Overall solid lens with macro. When using a MetaBones Speedbooster, this becomes an F2.8. Although sharp and colors looks great on an FS7, the light from the lens changes when you zoom. Darker on tight (70mm) and lighter on wide (24mm), I'd say it's more like 3.5-5.6.

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                    • No

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    My new walk about lens

                    By Psion1

                    from Benton, AR

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Quality Utility Lens

                    Cons

                    • Not That I Have Encounted

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography

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

                    As with all glass purchases I do a lot of research before I make a purchase. I had a 17-40 earlier that I "lent" to a friend and have not seen it again. I that lens as my primary lens and have missing an option for my everyday lens. It is even better because it is a higher quality lens, it has a longer reach and the macro feature is a very nice added feature. While I have only had it for a couple of weeks I am very impressed. The locking feature is also a plus for wondering around the paths and trails. I hope to compliment this with the addition of a 70-200 in the future.

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                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L

                    By MGS

                    from Washington, D.C,

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      this is a great all around wide angle to standard zoom, very quiet, w/ crisp L series definition - A good addition to any serious photographer's toolbox.

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                      5.0

                      Awesome glass

                      By Enriquieto

                      from El Paso Texas

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

                      The focus and the image quality are great. Now is always on my cameras, full and crop frames

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                      5.0

                      Great all around lens

                      By Benji

                      from Saint Paul, MN

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Poor in Low Light

                      Best Uses

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

                        This is a great lens for an all-purpose studio lens—which is exactly what I bought it for. It is sharp, and has an excellent autofocus. It seems to be solidly built, and there is little to no creep, even when mounted on a copy stand for a long period of time.

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                        5.0

                        Totally worth the price, especially B&H has th best price!

                        By John

                        from Westport, CT

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Night Photography
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife Photos

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

                          I used it most frequently almost all other lenses. The color & contrast are very satisfying the out of focus as well. It can focus as a bit more than a foot, very ideal for close-ups. Weight just over 2 pounds, perfect to carry wherever you go photographying.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          My General purpose lens

                          By Rod

                          from Roseville, Ca

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

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

                            excellent image quality,
                            good value
                            excellent build quality
                            great focal length range
                            image stabilization
                            weather sealing

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                            • No

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