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

(based on 177 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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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

superb

By mm

from sao paulo, brazil

Verified Buyer

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

A good combination of wide angle and short tele, lightweight and excellent image quality, amazing macro

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5.0

Simply an amazing lens.

By Eleazer

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

This is a superb lens for outdoor photography. The lens is extremely sharp all the way to the corners. The IS compensates for about 3 stops of lights allowing a full frame camera to capture really good shots in low light situations with ISO 800. This also lens serves as an ideal tool for handheld video due to the IS. A true professional lens that performs really well all around.

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5.0

Excellent lens

By Paul

from Palo Alto, CA

Verified Buyer

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

I bought lens prior to visit to my 2 month old granddaughter. The lens is very sharp, images wonderful. I previously had the Canon 28-135 which is not nearly as sharp although, for its size, I relatively light is relatively light in weight. I anticipate using this as my main lens for travel and photos of friends/family.

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5.0

Outstanding Lens!!

By Ronald

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I've been slowly working my way up to the "L" lenses. I've been using the EF-S 17-55mm on my 70D which I find to be a very good lens. Now this "L" lens seems to have taken my photo's to another level. On vacation to Costa Rica, my images were EXTREMELY sharp, bright and colorful .. just beautiful! The focusing was quick, quiet and I made only a few changes in lightroom .. I'm very impressed with this lens. Although it's not as good in low light (if I wanted that I'd shell out another grand and get the 2.8) but 90% of my photo's are outdoors anyway. It's much lighter than the 2.8 and the pictures are outstanding! Now I'm far from being a pro, but for the price, the build quality and the images it produces .. I couldn't be happier. Now if Canon will finally update the 6D so I can move to full frame .. I'd be thrilled!

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5.0

Great wide-angle zoom for the $$

By Delito5126

from Miami, FL

Verified Buyer

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

The image quality, build, and performance of this lens is fantastic! Almost an every day carry around lens.

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5.0

Macro built-in is awesome

By Tony

from Philadelphia

Verified Buyer

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

The picture quality is stunning. Distortion is acceptable. The ability to quickly switch to macro makes this lens a definite winner. I am beyond impressed with the quality of photos, as well as completely satisfied with the video image quality. I use it on a new Canon 80D.

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5.0

Awesome lens for events + portraits =]

By JaimeChanPhoto

from Los Angeles, CA

Verified Buyer

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

• I bought this lens to replace my Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens after many years of use. This is my go-to lens for events and for portraits when I'm roaming about on location. =]

• What I like about this lens is that is more compact, lighter, and although it shoots a full stop closed-down from f/2.8, having the IS really helps in low-light situations, probably more than having an 2.8 opening with a shallow depth of field. I have primes that will help me produce that blurry background look when it is absolutely necessary, so this works out perfectly. It also has a lock to prevent lens creep (flick that switch up with it's at 24mm focal length) and macro (flick it down when it's at 70mm). Very nice additions. AF is on point, it's ninja (quick/silent/accurate), and it produces sharp, quality images from my experience. Definitely "L' glass.

• What I don't like about this lens? Not much really! Would've loved to see a 2.8 version of this with IS and such, but that's probably an advancement in the near future that I'm not gonna die for.

• Overall? Definitely a good pickup. It's an affordable "L"! =]

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5.0

I would by this lens again!

By Gene

from West Palm Beach, FL

Verified Buyer

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

A looked at a number of similar lenses and was going to buy a cheaper one but after reviewing the specs of each, I came back to Canon. Although the f2.8s from other companies are attractive but realized that most of my shots were taken at f4.0 and above. This a quality lens on just about every count and compliments my Canon f4.0 70 - 200mm. After about 10 days of shooting, I was once again reminded about the photog's mantra: "its all about the glass."

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5.0

Perfect choice

By TJ

from Ohio

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is fantastic...wonderful clear pictures...

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4.0

Emergency Purchase Now Regretting

By Raptor Stan

from Vandalia, Ohio

Verified Buyer

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

I purchased this lens last minute when I was to shoot a wedding and found my old 24-105mm wasn't focusing after getting it back from the Canon repair center. I shot most of the outdoor wedding with the 70-200mm f/2.8 and that seemed to go well. With the threat of rain, everyone spent most of the reception under a large tent. That's where I had to use the 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens.
Post processing from Raw to JPG revealed nearly every shot with this lens was out of focus with nearly every shot focused well beyond the intended (and indicated) focus point or focus area (multiple focus points.) This was the same problem I was having with the 24-105mm. $400 later, I still had the problem with that lens. Now, with the 24-70 having the same issue, I'm dreading that the problem in in the camera and not the lens.
At this point, that makes a truely accurate review rather difficult. I like the macro feature though you have to be practically touching the subject to focus in macro mode. The f/4 aperture isn't great for indoor shooting but forking out twice as much money for the same range to gain a single f/stop is ridiculous (as are the prices of pretty much every f/2.8 lens Canon sells.
So now I have to determine if I'm willing to pay through the nose to get my camera to a Canon repair facility, for a third time, while I can still return the 24-70mm that I may not have even needed to begin with. I thought it had to be the 24-105, and now the 24-70, because the 70-200mm seemed to work fine. But shooting the 24-70mm at the Air Force Museum today convinced me that the camera is the likely culprit and I don't really have an alternative other than "paying through the nose" for a new camera. Nearing retirement, that just isn't a viable option any longer.
So no details are left out, the camera is the Canon 1D Mark IV. I also own the 5D Mark II, 180mm macro lens, 70-200mm f/2.8, 800mm f/5.6, and the Canon XL-H1 video camera. A lot of time and money sunk into Canon-not happy!

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5.0

Excellent !!!

By Ev

from New York

Verified Buyer

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

I love my new lens!!!

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5.0

I Like It

By Tobin

from California

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

I purchased this lens as a general purpose zoom lens to take with me on a trip to South Africa. The image quality (and build quality) is definitely a huge step up from the kit lenses I was using previously on my Canon 550D, and I would recommend it solely for that reason. But it also has the added benefit of being a full-frame lens, so when I decide to upgrade to an APS sensor (probably a 6D, sometime in the next year), I will already have a great lens to go with it. Almost identical to the f2.8 (only one stop slower, which has yet to make any difference at all for me), but much lighter weight and much cheaper.

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2.0

Not gonna recommend it

By Minhaz

from New York, NY

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Poor in Low Light

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery

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

This lens came with faults out of the box. It had back-focusing issues. The zoom lock did not even work. It was only sharp at around f8. But really liked the macro focus feature.

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5.0

Excellent lens for a very useful focal length range

By SD

from New York, NY

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      This lens offers a smaller, lighter, less-expensive alternative to the 24-70 f/2.8L, while offering better quality than the non-L comparables, and better T-stop performance than the 24-105 f/4L IS.

      The image stabilization performance is great, enabling hand held shooting at low shutter speeds.

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      5.0

      Excellent Versatile Lens

      By UK Cowboy

      from La Veta CO

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        I use this for landscape and wildlife photography (in magnificent surroundings) at focal lengths at or less than the lowest of my 70-200mm f/2.8 L. I use it on a Canon 7D Mark II, so while it is not lightweight.
        The zoom ring is firm but smooth, does not creep at all, and is essentially immune to being moved inadvertently.
        So far I am very satisfied with the resolution.
        See attached image

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        5.0

        Tack Sharp!

        By BRJ415

        from San Francisco

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

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

          I use this lens on a Panasonic GH4 with a .64x metabones speedbooster. It becomes an F2.5 lens with the speedbooster. Tack sharp at wide open aperture. I bought this lens solely for video work and the IS is amazing. You cant go wrong buying this lens.

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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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            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

              Verified Reviewer

              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.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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