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

(based on 951 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (829)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (100)

  • 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.

Reviewed by 951 customers

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5.0

Best lens ever!

By Biglit

from Los Angles

Verified Buyer

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

I shoot mainly portraits and some landscape with this lens. Great for almost anything. I love how you can get a wide view with the 24mm but also shoot people with the further zoom.

 
5.0

My fav lens!

By Sam I am

from Myrtle Beach, SC

Verified Buyer

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

I am just now starting to build up my glass. I was only shooting with a 50mm 1.8 for the longest time and I am so glad I now have this lens! Wow...what an amazing piece of glass!!! SUPER STOKED!

 
5.0

Perfect Lens for MMA

By CCS Fight Shooter

from Stamford, CT

Verified Buyer

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

I shoot a lot of MMA and my 24-70 is the perfect lens for that! Crystal Clear shots that keep up with the fast action!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens

By Samuel

from Undisclosed

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

Super sharp, excellent quality Lens! Just really heavy!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens

By Samuel

from Undisclosed

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

Incredible quality lens, tack sharp! Just very heavy!

 
5.0

So far so good

By MBC

from Wilmington, NC

Verified Buyer

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

I currently use this lens with my Rebel T6i. I plan to upgrade to a FF camera very soon, but it actually takes beautiful photos with my crop. I'm used to shooting exclusively with a 50mm prime, so this is a huge adjustment for me. I'm hoping when I upgrade my camera it will be a bit better in lower light. In the right light the photos I get with this lens are almost three dimensional. Highly recommend!

 
5.0

Awesome Lens

By Rebecca M.

from Antigo, WI

Verified Buyer

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

Superb sharpness, outstanding image quality!

 
5.0

So happy!

By Sher

from California

Verified Buyer

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

I received my lens and used it the next day. It was just what I had hoped for. I needed a lens for toddler portraits. Toddlers are on the move, so this lens helped me keep up. The photos are just what I hoped for. My subject was clear and the background had a nice bokeh. My friend was pleased with the results too. I can tell this lens will be on my camera a lot!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

EF 24 - 70mm f/2 lens

By mike

from bergen county nj

Verified Buyer

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

this is a great lens. the clarity that I see between this and my other lenses is excellent.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Unbelievable

By Jeff

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

This lens is INCREDIBLE. Pics are crisp corner to corner.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wife loves this lens!

By Colonel K, USA, Retired

from Lebanon, Missouri

Verified Buyer

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

Purchased this lens as a gift for my spouse who shoots with a Canon 5D Mark IV (I'm a Nikon D5 shooter). This is her new favorite lens for portrait work after her Canon 70-200mm f/2.8. Excellent focus right out of the box!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Lens

By Timo

from Finland

Verified Buyer

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

Must have in your bag for Canon photographers!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens!

By Kaylee

from Undisclosed

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

The quality of this lens is excellent! I'm not a beginner and I'm not a professional photographer so this was a big jump for me lens purchase wise. I was looking for a lens I could keep on my camera during a vacation and still get decent landscape shots along with portraits without having to switch between my 50mm and 24mm. I'm looking forward to trying it out in Alaska in a couple of weeks!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exactly what I expect from a Canon "L" series lens

By eRegal Studio

from Phoenix, NY

Verified Buyer

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

I added this lens to my equipment list to fill the gap between my 14mm and my 70-200mm to accompany me on an upcoming photographic assignment in France. I had originally planned on taking my 50mm 1.2 prime along as well, but after working with this lens, I've decided I don't need to take the 50mm. The lens is razor sharp and produces the creamy smooth bokeh that I've come to expect from Canon lenses. I can see that this is going to be a real workhorse for me and will save me from carrying one extra lens when traveling.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Super Love It!!!!

By Lee

from Bradenton FL

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

Cannon has the best lens !!! That's all I can say. I'm new to the high end Camera and I love this cannon lens with my Black Magic

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fabulous piece of glass!

By scook8

from Undisclosed

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

This lens is incredible! Focus is fast and image quality is amazing! The construction is top notch. I will enjoy using this lens for years to come! I would definitely recommend this product for purchase!

 
5.0

Good item

By Ruben

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Good glass to add to your collection.

 
5.0

Beautiful lens

By Saud

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Must have for all wedding photographer/Cinematographers. Really nice, sharp 24-70 range.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Expensive but Worth It

By Tom

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is a superb lens. Very sharp and is recommended for the Canon 5DS-R. Process the raw images in DxO Optics Pro and achieve even better results from the lens.

 
5.0

Images look as though taken with prime

By Carlos

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I hadn't thought of purchasing this lens because primes have always seemed to have an edge over zooms and this earlier model seemed to be a boring lens but, this lens now stays mounted to my 5d iv, the 5dsr has a 70-200mm f/2.8L ii. Outstanding I Q with Canon system and durability as always.

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