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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens

by Canon
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • High-speed AF with optimized lens coatings
  • Highly resistant to dust and water droplets
  • Min. focusing distance of 0.38m at all focal lengths
  • Front of lens does not rotate during focusing
  • Manual focus is possible in AF mode
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EF 24-70mm F/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens EF 24-70mm F/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens 4.0 out of 5 stars (2)
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 cm ; 948 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Item model number: 8014A008AA
  • ASIN: B00007EE8M
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

Product Description

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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly excellent lens 4 Feb 2010
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This lens does not disappoint. The box does not involve a lot of pomp and ceremony; it simply contains the beast itself (with lens caps), the hood, the lens case (tote bag style), manual, and warranty. The serial number of the lens is engraved on the metal docking ring which connects to the camera, as well as a date code which tells you when and where the lens was manufactured (see The Digital Picture web site for details of how to interpret the code).

The 24-70 is built like a tank, and it is weather sealed. It feels very solid indeed, and weighty too. The weight does put some people off, but I have to say I find that oddly reassuring. Because of the ring USM system, focusing is VERY quiet and reasonably fast. It's so quiet you can actually find yourself thinking nothing has happened. Full time manual (FTM) focus is enabled. One odd feature of this lens is that it reverse zooms. Physically speaking it is shortest at the 70mm focal length, and longest at the 24mm end, with the front-most element retreating towards the camera as focal length is increased.

The front does not rotate, for those of you wishing to use polarising or graduated filters (it's a 77mm thread), and the lens hood stays static relative to the main body while the front element moves back and forth inside it. This means that at all zoom levels the lens is using a lens hood of correct depth, instead of the ridiculous "one size fits all" approach that most other zoom lenses are forced to use.

Colour reproduction and detail capture are great. I originally used this with a Canon EOS 40D, and after buying the lens I started shooting in full manual mode - it simply makes that big a difference to your shots that it is a massive confidence boost.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By Standix 13 Dec 2009
I did a lot of research before purchasing this lens, the images that were taken straight out of the box were rather disappointing, as they were noticeably inferior to those taken with my 17-40mm f4L lens. After contacting Canon UK, they suggested sending the lens to them to be checked, which I did on Thursday, on the following Wednesday I received my lens back, and it's performance exceeded all my expectations, it is now a superb lens, and to my mind, the level of service I have received from Canon UK is second to none. If you wish to purchase a superb lens, then you have no need to look further than this one.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent general purpose lens 24 Nov 2006
Superb build quality and results. OK so it is slightly on the heavy side but once you see the results you won't care.

The versatile range and superior performance make this one of my favourite wedding lens and an excellent general purpose lens.

You may however also want to consider the 24-105 which although slightly slower at f/4 has a more useful range and is a lot lighter.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Lens 12 Jan 2011
After having this lens for 2 months now, I can definitely say it's by far my best and mostly used.

From Macro to its most zoomed, this lens is amazing. The clarity in my shots has increased ten fold, I would even say at certain zooms/apeture it competes with my 50mm prime. It's very quiet, is extremely quick with its focus too.

It takes great shots in low light too, and with my new Canon 7d, I can really push the ISO up and this lens is superb.

One minor problem with it, depending on your strength etc, is the weight. If you are intending on using it all day every day for a week, you will feel it. I recently took it to New York for a week, and after 7 days, I couldn't take it out anymore because my shoulder was really hurting. I personally think its because I had it in a slingshot bag, which only uses one shoulder (which is why I am changing to a back pack soon) but if you are less than average build then you will notice the weight.

In all, the price is high, but the clarity in my shots has increased more than the price from a normal lens.

If you have the money, go out and buy it. It's worth the purchase.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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this is a very heavy lense at almost a kilogramme, and it's a really killer to carry around all day. But the images you can get from this lense are worth the shoulder strain - all of my best shots have been taken with it. Superb resolution, wonderful contrast and outstanding colour reproducton you'd expect from an L lense at this price. Sharpness is excellent - even at 2.8 it's very acceptable. It's also weather resistant. I just wish they could make it lighter. Or throw in some free physio therapy sessions.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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This is not the first Canon 24-70mm 2.8 L lens I have owned. I bought my first one back in 2006 and when I switched camera systems I sold it. I was happy with my Nikon until I switched camera systems again, back to Canon last year and I always felt my 24-105mm f4 L lens was lacking in something. Don't get me wrong, that lens is incredible. Super fine detail, razor sharp, fast, IS, etc. I think it's the best general purpose lens ever made. However, I'm a professional photographer and I needed more than just a general purpose lens. I also have the 100mm f2.8 L and the 50mm f1.4. Both great lenses. But I do a lot of wedding work and needed to be able to zoom in and out on my subjects, so fixed focal length just doesn't do it for me all the time.

I was nervous buying this lens because of all the horror stories I hear about obtaining a good copy. Well, to be fair, I have never had a bad copy of any Canon L lens. Perhaps I have and I just don't know it. But I doubt that. I inspect my images under a microscope like the best of them and I cannot fault this lens for anything. It is as sharp as my 50mm f1.4 and nearly as sharp as my 100mm f2.8 L.

The color and bokeh of this lens is just mind blowing. Gorgeous, natural colors and a wonderful blur at 2.8 with hardly any loss in clarity. Only slight vignetting at 2.8 but easily fixed.

If you are thinking about this versus the 24-105mm and are serious about photography don't give it a moments thought. This is miles above the 24-105. It is as sharp, or sharper, it is 2.8 and I think the colors pop a bit more. And anyway, if you are serious, you cannot live with f4. It limits your creativity far too much.

Do yourself a favor and buy this lens and see how you like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never leaves my side
I procastinated for some time as to whether to buy this lens or not and I am so glad that I made the leap! It is fantastic and now I can not imagine photographing with out it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Miss Samantha Key
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have lens for all Canon users.
In my opinion this is the best walk around lens for Canon Full Frame Sensor cameras. I am a Wedding and Portrait photographer and this is my go to lens during the hustle and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by J4LOM
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
This is a great lens on all aspects - honestly worth every penny you can spend on it. The wide 2.8 aperture is great in low light or at night in low iso, fantastic bokeh for... Read more
Published 17 months ago by H. Bouzillard
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the sharpest tool in the box
Not the sharpest bust certainly the most versatile. I don't think it is overly heavy but there is a bit of weight to it. Read more
Published 19 months ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars Does the image quality reflect its good reputation?
Please don't take the Amazon star rating too serious - every lens has its pros and cons that I wouldn't want to squeeze into a single one-dimensional figure... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Gil De Sousa, LensTests-com
4.0 out of 5 stars The more I use this lens the more I like it.
I purchased this lens with a canon 5dmk2 body in January 2012 to replace my 350d and sigma 17-70.
At first I doubted that I had a good copy of this lens as my results didn't... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Lewis
1.0 out of 5 stars For this much money it shouldn't be faulty
After being much impressed by the quality of a friend's photos using a Canon 5D + this lens it seemed like a no brainer when it came to upgrading the crappy 18-55 IS kit lens on my... Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2012 by Chitanous Exoskeleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Out and Get One Now!
Like many of the reviewers, I had to think long and hard before making this purchase. After a break from 'serious' picture taking for 20+ years, through buying a G9 Powershot in... Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2011 by Johhny Boy
5.0 out of 5 stars Event Lens
As a successful event/wedding photographer I alway need to know that the lens I use will perform in low light situations, with and without flash. Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2011 by David Billington
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Lens
First rate product, but then again aren't ALL Canon 'L' series lens'? Don't let the lack of IS stop your purchase.
Published on 5 Sep 2011 by Andy
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