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

(based on 913 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (792)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (99)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (557)
  • Consistent output (434)
  • Strong construction (405)
  • Nice bokeh (388)
  • Durable (358)

Cons

  • Heavy (161)
  • Price (21)
  • Pricey / poor value (19)
  • Weak casing (12)
  • Poor in low light (11)

Best Uses

  • Low light (489)
  • Weddings (443)
  • Landscape/scenery (434)
  • Night photography (242)
  • Sports/action (212)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (241), Semi-pro photographer (219), Photo enthusiast (176), Casual photographer (35), Photography student (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (636), Yes (18)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Super sharp lens if used properly

This has become my most used lens. Great for portraits, great for landscaping, even took it to the zoo and shot some fantastic photos. Crops at 100 percent look great with this...Read complete review

This has become my most used lens. Great for portraits, great for landscaping, even took it to the zoo and shot some fantastic photos. Crops at 100 percent look great with this lens. This lens is about as heavy as the 24-105 but much sharper. Outstanding in low light and razor sharp. The great thing about this lens, when traveling my backpack weighs a lot less. The only down side to this lens is the price. Price along will keep it out of reach of many folks. Don't forget, a great camera like the Canon 5D Mark III, requires good glass if you want your photographs to stand apart from the average photo. If you want to take snapshots, use your phone. If you want to take outstanding photographs that will be praised, save your money and get this lens.

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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

Love it! You Can't Go Wrong with this Lens

By Kevin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Incredible... though, I realliy wish that I waited for the newer 24-105mm II or III; not sure at this moment. Never the less... pure quality as in every L series lens.

 
5.0

Great!

By Scott

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Love it. Still wish there was an IS version.

 
3.0

Maybe it's just too hyped

By Steve

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I rented this lens to see if it's really something worth buying.  Based on all the hype and reviews I've read, I half expected a shaft of golden light to come down from heaven with an angelic choir when I opened the case. 

I tested it out on landscapes in the desert during the recent "superbloom" of wildflowers in Southern California.  There are some soft photos and some sharp ones.  I expected to gasp in amazement and bow to the lens that is the 24-70 f2.8 ii. I didn't. Are the photos good? Yes. Spectacular? No.

I compared this to the photos I took with the Canon 16-35 f4 (a truely great lens) and the Canon 24-105 f4 (mark i) that came with my Canon 6D.

I'd say the 16-35 is at least equal. It is slightly better than the 24-105. I compared similar focal lengths at f11 and f8.

For me, it's not almost double the price of the other lenses.  It's a very good lens. Just not the best lens ever made.

 
5.0

What can I say !

By Don

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

AWESOME !!

 
5.0

Fantastic lens by Canon

By Kyle

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I use the lens for video and photo and its is fantastic. A must have lens from Canon.
Fast, sharp and reliable. enough said.

 
5.0

Very sharp glass, fast focus. Reduced lens flare vs. V1.

By DL from Phoenix

from Phoenix, AZ

Verified Buyer

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

I have happily owned and shot with my EF24-70mm f2.8L USM lens daily for about 10 years. I saw some examples recently on DP Review showing the differences in pics between v1 and v2 with regards to lens flare and sharper details. I'm shooting a lot of outdoor portraits lately and flare can be an issue in certain situations when living/shooting in AZ. I bought the v2 when on sale to see how true were the claims I saw in the review. I can tell you at least with the copy I received, the claims are true. Focus was indeed a little faster, details are clearer, and lens flare is significantly reduced/eliminated. If you have the extra money and can afford v2 I'd recommend it. If you don't have the extra money, the v1 is still a fantastic option.

 
5.0

I would recommend to a Friend!

By Nathan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great quality Lens, I use with C100 mkii

 
5.0

Love this lens

By Joan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I will be using this lens for landscape, portrait and anything else I care to photograph. It has great colors. Love it!

 
5.0

Very sharp lens, no IS is just fine

By Wenqing

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I am very happy with this lens. It is definitely sharper than 24-104 f/4. Somehow this lens is even sharper than my 70-200 f/2.8 II. It works very well in most occasions even without IS. It is now the everyday walk-around lens on my 5d3. I have traveled a lot with this lens, very satisfied.

 
5.0

Great lens

By Dave

from Central Florida

Verified Buyer

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

I use this lens for events and parties. It is an extremely versatile lens and is my essential go to lens. It is very sharp, focuses fast and is lighter than the original version.

 
5.0

Excellent lens

By David

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I use this lens to cover parties and events. It is my primary go to lens for many occasions. It is very sharp and focuses fast.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great and awesome lens

By Jeanmarie

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

What a gem this lens? It's heavy but it delivers in terms of focus speed and image quality. It's a fast lens and very reliable. It's pricy but worth the investment for the serious photographer doing portrait and events.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great range!

By Noelle

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Best lense out there!

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yes

By Craig

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great sharp lens!

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would buy this again.

By Niroop

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I use this for shooting video events mainly. Excellent choice for low light shooting. Came in a nice package and contains lens hood.

(0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

a must have lens

By Anthony

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

a pros lens a must have if ya serious bout photography and or making money with pics

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best lens ever!

By Jr

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

My favorite lens! My school yearbook staff uses this lens for everything.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would highly recommend this lens!

By Lori

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Purchased this lens to replace my kit "everyday" lens following a photog trip to Yellowstone in the winter. I've become more picky about the clarity of my photos and rented the Canon EF 24-105 mm f/4L IS II USM lens for the trip which I used 80% of the time. Again, I wanted the ability to shoot lower light and preferred the f/2.8 over the f/4 so went with this lens instead of the 24-105. I also have a great 70-200 so I'm not concerned about the loss of reach from the 105 lens.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Must-have standard zoom lens

By Yu

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Nice image quality!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome lens

By David

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Solid lens. This thing takes beautiful images with wonderful bokeh and great color/contrast. It's a bit big, but it is totally worth it. I think this will be my go-to lens for most situations. Very happy!

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