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About Canon 24-70mm

The Canon EOS 24-70mm f/4L IS USM is designed for full-frame DSLRs like the Canon EOS 6D. With 2 aspheric and 2 UD elements, the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM is said to deliver high- quality images with excellent detail throughout the entire zoom range. A 9-blade circular diaphragm should produce pleasingly soft backgrounds. It offers a minimum focusing distance of 1.25 ft./0.38m across the entire zoom range and has a macro mode at the telephoto end with up to 0.7x magnification (minimum focusing distance becomes 7.87 in./0.2m) and is easily accessible with a one-touch switch. It features a Hybrid IS system with up to 4 stops of stabilization, compensating for both angular and shift types of camera shake, delivering effective stabilization even in macro. Inner focusing and ring-type USM deliver, fast, quiet AF, and full-time manual focus is available for manual focusing even while in AF mode. The durable EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM is sealed for excellent dust and water resistance plus has fluorine coating on the front and rear elements reducing smears and fingerprints.

The Canon 24-70mm is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light, Macro photography, Night photography and more.The Canon 24-70mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Canon 24-70mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 24-70mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (72),Consistent output (57),Durable (44),Nice bokeh (40),Strong construction (40),Easily interchangeable (28),Lightweight (24),Rugged (21),Fast auto-focus (15),Super-sharp images (15),Superior build quality (11)
Heavy (19),Pricey / poor value (6),Lens hood (4),No image stabilization (4),Price (4),Poor in low light (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (57),Low light (55),Weddings (52),Night photography (26),Sports/action (17),Wildlife photos (12),Video (11),Macro photography (6),Portrait (3),Portraits (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (31),Semi-pro photographer (25),Pro photographer (20),Casual photographer (6),Photography student (3)

Canon 24-70mm Features

  • L-Series standard zoom lens delivers superb image quality in a compact, lightweight design.
  • 2 aspheric and 2 UD lens elements for high image quality throughout the entire zoom range.
  • Full macro shooting mode with up to 0.7x magnification, easily accessible with aone touch switch at the extreme telephoto end.
  • Image stabilization effective up to 4 shutter speed stops and Hybrid IS compensates for both angular and shift types of camera shake for macro shooting.
  • Resistant to dust and water, enabling shooting even in harsh and rigorous conditions.
  • Circular diaphragm (9 blades) delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds.
  • Inner focusing and ring USM for silent, fast autofocusing.
  • Fluorine coating on front and rear lens surfaces reduces smears and fingerprints.
  • Minimum focusing distance of 1.25 ft. / 0.38m across the entire zoom range (excluding macro).

Canon 24-70mm Specifications

12 groups /15 elements
Angle of view
84° - 34°
Closest Focusing Distance
0.38m / 1.25 ft.
Filter Size
Focus Adjustment
Inner focusing system
Dimensions (Diameter x Length)
3.3 x 3.7 in. / 83.4 x 93mm
21 oz. / 600g

Canon 24-70mm Reviews

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(based on 110 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Exactly as expected

Using on EOS 7d, but expect to have a 6d in a few months. Had the ef24-105 L, and the ef-s 17-85. This 24-70 L is lighter and more contrasty than the 24-105, and beats the ef-s hands down for colors. No distortions to speak of, and did not require any micro focus adjustments. Macro mode works very, very well, and I've always been a fan of Canon IS, which helps immensely with getting sharp pics. I also have a few fast L primes to use where the f/4 may be weak, but this is the first zoom I've f...

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Using on EOS 7d, but expect to have a 6d in a few months. Had the ef24-105 L, and the ef-s 17-85. This 24-70 L is lighter and more contrasty than the 24-105, and beats the ef-s hands down for colors. No distortions to speak of, and did not require any micro focus adjustments. Macro mode works very, very well, and I've always been a fan of Canon IS, which helps immensely with getting sharp pics. I also have a few fast L primes to use where the f/4 may be weak, but this is the first zoom I've felt like keeping on the cam instead of the primes. Good cams need good glass and this is one of the best without spending over 2g's for a 2.8 which would be bigger and heavier anyway. I actually really like the build - not plasticy at all. Hood locks solid, and new pinch cap is about time. Very pleased.


Most Liked Negative Review


Focus Shift—Be Aware

Tested this lens quite extensively and found a pretty bad focus shift.

Reviewed by 110 customers


Best in class


from Athens, OH  -  Photography Student

As a studio fashion and beauty photographer I wanted a mid range zoom for versatility and speed. With the Canon 5D S ( R ) coming onto the market I wanted the sharpest option. That's exactly what I got with this lens and I couldn't be happier. However I would have liked image stabilization, but according to an unqualified source Canon wouldn't have been able to make as sharp of a lens. Others have complained about the material it's made of and would prefer all metal construction. I don't find myself questioning wether this will last many years of studio photography where I make sure to take the best care of my equipment. Photojournalists however might find it to be too weak.


Series II L Lenses


from Oregon

I recently went on a shoot with Canon where they were allowing us to use the recently released "L" Series II lenses. While I was very happy with my series I lenses the difference in sharpness was incredible. Since I am planning on upgrading to the new Series 5ds when it is available in June I was sure that I would need to upgrade to the series II lenses. I've now made the transition to the 16-35, 24-70, 100-400 lenses in anticipation of the new 5ds body. These lenses are just INCREDIBLE. Very, very sharp! Not inexpensive, but just like computers "Garbage IN, Garbage OUT".

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Great lens. Very Sharp, ...


from Los Angeles, CA.

Great lens. Very Sharp, but over priced and no IS. I'm considering going third-party lenses. I cannot imagine the PRICE of the future 24-70 F2.8 L USM "IS" "I" or "II" when it comes out. Make the lenses more affordable so people won't go anywhere else to get them. You are loosing big time on this issue!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


First Class Lens, Simply the Best


from NYC

My review of the EF 24-70mm F/2.8 II USM. This lens is simply the best standard zoom lens on the market. When you first hold this lens in your hand, you know you are holding a powerful and valuable object of the finest digital imaging technology. The build quality is rigid, solid, and sleek. The lens filter is surprising large compared to most lenses at 82mm diameter. It has a lock switch only at 24mm, AF & MF mode switch, focus ring and focal length ring. Aside from the exterior technical details, the 24-70mm depicts some of the most beautiful, gorgeous and stunning colors that I have ever seen a lens can produce. Some may ask, can this lens really be that good and worth high price tag? Some may ask, can't I just get away with an affordable lens? It certainly depends on your photography goals, but if you want the sharpest, cleanest shots to enhance your skill to the professional grade level, this is the lens. After hemming and hawing for months over whether I should buy this lens or not, I made the leap of faith, and I must honestly say that I don't regret it. In fact, unless I'm using my super telephoto lens, this lens practically is glued to my 7D Mark II now as my all around go to standard zoom lens. The only thing I wish Canon could improve on the quality of the lens hood. It feels too 'plastic'. I really do like the quality of the older lens hoods from years ago with more solid harder plastic material. The saving grace with the new lens hood is that it has nice lock switch. In conclusion, the 24-70mm is a first class lens!


Great Lens!


from Mississippi

This lens is truly exceptional. Some may think this lens is only for the pros but any shooter can benefit from such a fast piece of glass. It is very expensive but well worth the investment.


Second to None


from Long Beach, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Events, Landscape, Travel and Portraitures.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


The best lens I have ever used.


from Atlanta, Georgia

Canons 24-70mm II, is the best lens I have ever used from the Canon line-up of lens. I am purchasing 50mm 1.2, & 85mm 1.2, and 135mm f2, s for my Wedding Photography, but I can't wait to see if these lens stack up to my copy of the new Canon lens?

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Optical Excellence


from New York, NY

Following a long back and forth debate with myself about spending the money for this lens, I decided to take the plunge after reading numerous reviews on the new 24-70mm 2.8L lens. Wow, what a lens; I use this on my Canon 5D Mark II, it's fast, sharp, quiet, versatile....everything you could want in a high quality, professional all purpose lens. This is a great lens for travel, street photography and landscape. Smooth, easy operation with great optics and color capture. I owned a 24-105mm 4.0 L prior and was quite happy with it, but this lens is a definite step up. The only issue is the price, no getting away from that, however, if you can get past cost, this is the Canon lens to own. My problem now is finding enough time to get out to shoot, as it seems I always want to be out behind this lens......


Great Lens


from Wildwood, Mo.

While not the most exciting lens it does what I need it to do. I only gave it four stars because of lack of I.S. The contrast is wonderful - I believe even better then my 70-200 2.8 IS II. It is also a sharp lens. Cant complain too much.


Quality is what counts


from Boca Raton, Fl.  -  Photo Enthusiast

Good, quality product that you'd expect from Canon. I found it much sharper in the corners compared to the less expensive Tamron competitor with both lenses at F4. Glad I spent the little bit extra on the Canon.


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Questions about this item:

Fran K  How is this lens different than the Canon EF 24-70L f4l II IS USM zoom lens?
MICHAEL O  Hi Fran, As far as I know, this is the only f/4 L lens that canon makes in the EF 24-70mm range, just recently released. There is however, a a II version of the same lens, but with f/2.8. Best Regards
Shopper  Is this lens parfocal?
Andrew R  Unfortunately Canon does not explicitly indicate whether this lens is parfocal or varifocal. Most AF zooms tend to be varifocal (less complex and less expensive) however there are exceptions.
Shopper  Will this lens be compatable with my camera body? I have a canon EOS 10D.
CRISTY M  Yes the EF 24-70 is a compatible lens for your EOS 10D. I think you will really like this lens, it's one of my favorites.
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