Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM EF Review Round-Up


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Photo Zone

The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 USM L proved to be a worthy representative of the pro-grade lens league … if you can get a good sample. During the last two years four lenses has seen the lab with only one within specs – this is disappointing especially for a lens of this price class. If you ┬┤re lucky enough to get a decent sample you can expect a very high performance level, especially when stopped down a bit. Distortions, vignetting and CAs are well-controlled. The build quality is superb with only the reverse zoom extension as a minor downside. Even so the 24-70mm range is not all that attractive on APS-C DSLRs (39-112mm) – the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 USM IS is a better and cheaper bet except regarding build quality. READ FULL REVIEW

Other Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM EF Reviews

SLR Gear

The Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens is just an exceptional optic. On the sub-frame EOS-20D, the lens was tack sharp across the entire frame wide open, from 24-50mm. At 70mm, it softened slightly at f/2.8, but stopping down just to f/4.0 it was again excellent, and at f/5.6 it was superb. Spending a lot of money on a lens isn’t always a guarantee of good performance, but in the case of the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8, every penny of its price is more than justified. READ FULL REVIEW

Digital Picture

The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens is an impressively high performing zoom lens. … Sporting a red Canon L Series Lens ring, the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens’ build and mechanical quality are top of the line. The solid 24-70 L focuses quietly and very fast thanks to Ring USM (Ultrasonic Motor) that also facilitates FTM (Full-Time Manual) focusing. Focus and zoom rings are nicely-sized and operate smoothly. Weather sealing (when attached to a weather sealed body) completes the physical quality package. The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens is very sharp for a zoom lens. The biggest downside of the 24-70 L (in my opinion) is it’s size and weight. With its large lens hood, this lens is not small or light when used as a walk-around lens. All that said, I think the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens is one of the best Canon walk-around/all-purpose lens made. READ FULL REVIEW

The Canon 24-70/2.8L lens is Canon’s fastest and highest quality mid-range zoom lens. It is designed for full-frame digital SLRs such as the Canon EOS 5D. Producing a high quality high speed zoom lens that goes as wide as 24mm is challenging, but the “L” in “Canon 24-70L” assures you of professional quality images, rugged construction, and substantial weather-proofing. The 24mm wide end is wide enough to be dramatic, but the 70mm long end is not long enough for flattering portraits. The bulk and weight of this lens make it a poor choice for travel; we recommend the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM as an alternative. READ FULL REVIEW

Pop Photo

While its high distortion levels at 24- and 70mm may compromise its usefulness for architectural photography, this lens provides extremely high image quality for general shooting. Extending its wide end to 24mm will undoubtedly broaden its appeal, especially among digital SLR shooters. READ FULL REVIEW

Luminous Landscape

We were surprised though when we saw little apparent vignetting by the new lens when used at the same aperture. Score one – and a big one – for the new lens. Given that the old 28-70mm has long been considered a stellar performer – one of the most highly regarded mid-range fast zooms – to have it trumped so decisively by the new 24-70mm is quite a surprise. READ FULL REVIEW

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  1. I have this awesome lens the EF 24-70 2.8 L I was lucky to get a very good copy about 3 years ago from Sammys Camera in Hollywood, Ca. This lens is very heavy & it does take some getting used to! I found it quite sharp @ 2.8 & @ 70 but gets sharper by f/4, trick is to keep you shutter speeds up to get good results. It practically lives on my 5D Mk I had the EF 24-105 f/4 IS that I purchased from B&H. It is a great lens, I returned it as I could not live with out the 2.8 aperture. I use this lens from weddings to candids & portraits & I love it!

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