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

(based on 198 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (103)
  • Strong construction (74)
  • Durable (73)
  • Lightweight (67)
  • Consistent output (65)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (11)
  • Heavy (8)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (95)
  • Macro photography (53)
  • Weddings (50)
  • Low light (35)
  • Video (34)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (46), Semi-pro photographer (46), Pro photographer (24), Photography student (5), Casual photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (123), 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

 

Nice lens, except ergonomically

I am pleased with this lens overall, upgrading from old 28-135 lens I've used for over a decade. The 24-70 is sharp and color is brighter and I like the...Read complete review

I am pleased with this lens overall, upgrading from old 28-135 lens I've used for over a decade. The 24-70 is sharp and color is brighter and I like the "macro" ability and lens lock-up. The only thing which really frustrates me and makes me gnash my teeth is that the zoom ring is so skinny and ridiculously close to the camera body that it is really hard to zoom. Very awkward and slow to use. Why couldn't the zoom ring be the further out ring and the manual focus ring be closer to the body as in my old 28-135?!?! I can't zoom and support the lens with my hand effectively.

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5.0

A lot of versatility

By Rodrigo

from Undisclosed

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

I bought this lens because of its versatility and really recommend if you also look for it. I like to shoo amateur photos during trips and this lens is perfect for that. You can get wide for landscapes and streetscapes or close for portraits or closeups. Matches really well with the 70-200 mm.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better than I expected and light weight

By John

from undisclosed

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

I purchased this lens to replace my EF 24-70mm f/2.8 V1 in advance of an eight day trip to Europe. I am getting old and my f/2.8 lens with my EOS-1Ds Mk III was just too much to hang around my neck. This new lens weighs 600 grams compared to 950 for the old one and I can really feel the difference. It's nice and short and balances well. I am very satisfied with the sharpness and color, the IS works great and makes up most of the difference in speed, the focus and zoom controls are quite smooth and the build quality is quite good. It seems to have higher contrast than my old 2.8 which kind of hit me the first time I saw some images. I got tempted to to buy the 24-105 but weight was my objective. My 70-200mm f/2.8 L Mk II is still my standard for image quality but its weight prevents me from carrying it on all backpack type trips now.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would buy this product again...great walk around lens.

By TravelMrJ

from Alberta, Canada

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

I purchased the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens for my 5D Mark IV as a replacement for my 24-105mm f/4L II lens. I preferred the extra focal length of the new 24-105 but the portability of the 24-70 and sharpness across the focal range sold me on it. The ergonomics are good and the L designation reflects weather sealing and build quality that matches my camera. For the price, I can live with the f/4 which on the 5D Mark IV works fine in all but the darkest scenarios. I have faster lenses in my kit if required. A good walk around lens.

 
4.0

I would buy this product again.

By Rene

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is a great lens, if you don't need the extra stop of light, this is a great choice.
As an added bonus, it has a macro mode. If you've ever wanted to explore the macro world, this lens would serve great as an "all purpose" lens.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bought to use with an MC-11 on Sony A II

By SetterGuy

from Grand Rapids, MI

Verified Buyer

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

This power packed lens was purchased to use on my Sony AII and even with the Sigma MC-11 it is relatively compact and works very well with this combination. The lens works effectively with the AF of the Sony and provides beautiful pictures and its Macro feature is a wonderful plus.

 
5.0

Excellen

By Richard

from undisclosed

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

Love this lens. Perfect size and my vacation lens

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Another quality lens from Canon

By Richard

from undisclosed

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

I'm using this lens on my Canon M5 with the adapter in place. Completely satisfied to date. This lens has the features important to me: full-frame format available for the crop sensor, IS, image quality, and build quality. I will be pairing this lens with the Canon 70-300mm IS DO lens to give me 24 - 300mm coverage in a small, compact package that does not draw too much attention to me out in public.

 
5.0

Great all purpose lens!

By Scott

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Whether shooting portraits, events or street shooting this lens is usually my first choice. It offers a macro setting, which I haven't used so I can't speak to that feature. At 77mm it does add some weight to the camera so if you use it with a battery pack, flash, and other ancillaries it can get heavy. Otherwise, this is a great all purpose lens that delivers the kind of sharp images you expect from the L series.

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

very sharp lens

By dahai

from Washington DC

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

This lens is sharp and the price is reasonable. The downside is when you shoot indoor with high ISO the noise can be obvious. You may need to use a flash in that situation.

 
5.0

Small and great for video. Tested at Walt Disney World.

By Sherwin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Perfect companion for run and gun with my Canon 1DX Mark II. It's light and small. Also that macro feature is handy. And best of all is the IS (image stabilization) on this. So helpful when filming and handholding. I shot an entire day at Walt Disney World in Orlando with just this lens and it came out, in my opinion - great. I'm not sure if B&H allows YouTube links but here it is filmed in 4K: youtu.be/FVJpnwGTpQc. No monopods or tripods or any support. Just handheld and the IS working here.

 
5.0

Macro was unexpected

By yooper john

from Escanaba mi

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

I never even thought about buying this lens for Macro applications, now i just can't wait till summer to get here. When i can get clear up close pictures from 2" away it opens up many things to do. I think i will have some interesting flowers and bug pictures up close and not have to worry about the focus issues. As a walking around lens i always came across things i wished i had a macro lens with me, now i do.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Sharper edges than 24-105

By stever

from San Jose, CA

Verified Buyer

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

Sharper across image wide open at 70mm than 24-105 (or 24-105ii) and at least as good at 24mm where it is really sharp across the image at all apertures. Slightly less sharp than others at 50mm. If you micro adjust autofocus at f4 (as you normally would), you will not get sharpest focus at the autofocus point at f5.6 + as a result of focus shift. I spent some time fiddling with microadjustment to get very good results at 24 and 70 with good to acceptable sharpness at 35 and 50 at all apertures. In good light, the 5D4 liveview contrast detection autofocus gave excellent results but in low light frequently indicated focus was achieved when it was not. If you limit macro to .5x the DOF is more of an issue than resolution (which is about 85% 100 macro is). The size and feel in a bit nicer than the 24--105 (doesn't seem to need the zoom lock now, but that may change with use). It's going to replace my 24-105 - most of the time. Unfortunately neither the 24-70 or either of the 24-105s is the IS zoom that Canon needs for the 5D4 and 5Ds

 
5.0

My go-to lens

By Simi Pro Photographer

from Ut

Verified Buyer

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

I use this lens more than I thought I would. I have some prime lenses that are a bit sharper but when time is a factor "like in wedding photography" this is the lens.
I like how the lens shade locks in place.
Dislikes? None really. Actually this lens replaces a knockoff brand that didn't holdup. Should have bought Canon to start with. Lesson learned.

 
5.0

I would buy it again

By Robert

from undisclosed

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

Superb lens!

 
5.0

Awesome Lens

By Robert

from undisclosed

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

This lens takes awesome photos, would recommend!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great walk around lens

By Anthony

from undisclosed

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

Perfect partner for the 70-200 2.8 or 4.0. Great walk around lens. Sharp images, macro option nice addition.

 
4.0

Good lens, manual focus is especially good.

By Syringe

from Portland, OR

Verified Buyer

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

This is a nice lens - used mostly for indoor photography in laboratory settings where some depth of field is required, and a macro just isn't quite cutting it. Both the auto & manual focus work well, but I've been particularly impressed by how much of the frame is in focus when I use the manual function onto a specific object. Virtually no blurring at the frame edges.

Zoom is good, autofocus quick and sure. Even shooting in lower light levels than optimal has been decent. Definitely worth a try.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sharp carry around lens.

By Antonio

from undisclosed

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

Sharp lens. I use it on my Canon 6D along with the Canon 70-200 lens.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A very fine lens for landscape photography

By FotomanVA

from Arlington, Virginia

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

I purchased this lens to take to Patagonia for an excursion. I did my due diligence and looked around and finally decided to buy this full-frame lens even though I was taking a Canon D70 with me. After shooting several thousand images in a little over two weeks, I DO NOT REGRET MY DECISION. I know what I see, not what the technical specs tell this non-engineer. Look at the photos below as proof. This lens is sharp from corner to corner and it responded very well to my Circular Polarizing filter, which I kept on the lens at all times. Yes, it's more expensive than most but the money is well worth it. I would have felt very badly if I had saved a couple hundred dollars and found that my photos were not what I expected. The photos have been processed in Photoshop Elements 14.

(5 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Excellent day light but very poor low light photos

By Vivek

from Undisclosed

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

I bought this lens almost a month ago. This has excellent day light photos. I am using it a my walk around lens and have excellent results. However, I am not that happy with the photos in the room. I get better result that 18-200 lens than this one. I do need to use flash a lot Macro feature is great and does come vary handy. Overall, good lens.

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