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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM AutoFocus Wide Angle Telephoto Zoom Lens with Case & Hood - USA

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About Canon

Incorporates many advanced and exclusive Canon Lens Technologies to provide improved performance, including the use of two different types of Aspherical lens elements, and a totally new UD (Ultra-Low Dispersion) glass element for obtaining sharper image quality. Canon's original ring USM (Ultrasonic Motor) makes autofocusing fast, accurate and silent, down to a reduced minimum focusing distance of just 15 inches. The Lens is now sealed against dust and moisture

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (237),Strong construction (212),Durable (170),Consistent output (158),Rugged (144),Easily interchangeable (110),Nice bokeh (87),Superior build quality (44),Fast auto-focus (36),Super-sharp images (34),Lightweight (22),Clear glass (10) Easily mounted (9),Easy to clean (8),Simple controls (8),Sharp (6),Quiet (4),Well built / quality (4),Fast (3),Good in low light (3),Sharpness (3) View All
Cons:
Heavy (133),Blurry focus (11),Semi-sharp images (9),Pricey / poor value (8),No IS (6),Lens creep (5),Price (5),No image stabilization (4),Soft images (3),Weight (3)
Best Uses:
Weddings (131),Low light (118),Landscape/scenery (107),Night photography (93),General purpose (66),Portraits (57),Sports/action (57),Professional (31),Wildlife photos (31),Macro photography (28),Video (25),Travel (18) Landscape photography (16),Upgrade (15),Photojournalism (8),Professional work (8),Wildlife (8),Art (7),Special effects (7),Fun (5),Documentary (4),Back-up (3),Wedding photography (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (75),Photo enthusiast (51),Pro photographer (37),Enthusiast (29),Semi-professional (25),Casual photographer (5),Photography student (3)

Canon Specifications

Construction
13 groups /16 elements
Angle of view
74° - 29°
F stop range
2.8-22
Closest Focusing Distance
0..38m / 1.25 ft.
Filter Size
77mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
4.9" x 3.3" / 123.5 x 83.2mm
Weight
2.1 lbs./ 950g
Notes
Front Focusing method, UD (Ultra Low Dispersion) Glass,

Reviews about this item

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4.5

(based on 335 reviews)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (238)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (67)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

You'll Fall In Love

Almost every serious Canon enthusiast goes through the 24-70 f/2.8L vs. 24-105 f/4L IS debate before buying. As a freelance photographer, the 24-70 gives my clients the best possible images in dynamic situations, and gives me artistic satisfaction, along with a significant competitive advantage. Even though I use this lens on a 7D and not a full-frame camera, the range is walk-around perfect for me. I use the 24-70 (38-112 on the 7D,) for candid client photos, events and certain landscapes; s...

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Almost every serious Canon enthusiast goes through the 24-70 f/2.8L vs. 24-105 f/4L IS debate before buying. As a freelance photographer, the 24-70 gives my clients the best possible images in dynamic situations, and gives me artistic satisfaction, along with a significant competitive advantage. Even though I use this lens on a 7D and not a full-frame camera, the range is walk-around perfect for me. I use the 24-70 (38-112 on the 7D,) for candid client photos, events and certain landscapes; situations where a 'normal' zoom really excels. The zoom mechanism is fast and moves like silk, and the USM is virtually silent: attributes I really appreciate. The color and contrast that this lens produces are nothing short of stunning. The first time you see the results, you'll be floored by the look: I even find myself sacrificing the wide angle of my 17-40 for landscapes when possible (it's that nice.) My copy came very sharp out of the box, the sharpest zoom I own. It's well known that some of these lenses ship with factory settings that are a bit off, causing their owners call it soft. If your camera body doesn't have focus micro-adjustment, return your lens for a new one: the 24-70 is definately NOT SOFT. One thing you don't hear a lot of people say about the 24-70, is that it has fantastic macro capability--they may just not know. Make sure you try it out! All things small look amazing through this glass. Speaking of glass, a beautifully engineered zoom like this requires a bunch of elements to make its magic, so this lens isn't exactly lightweight. But that kind of heavy--the weight of quality--seems natural. If you're a more casual photographer, your vacation shots will be better than good with the 24-105. Hey, it's a great lens, and your neck and wrist will thank you. The 24-105's 3-stop IS will help steady your shots in almost every situation, except in low light with moving subjects. Still, the only way I'd own the 24-105, is if I could afford both; the 24-70 has been well worth the extra coin for me: this lens never disappoints.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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I have the Canon EF 24-105mm F/4L Is Usm that came with my canon 5d mkii kit. So i was wondering whether or not to replace the lens with 24-70mm f/2.8 lens for the extra stop and better low light. I have found my answer and it is no... I was able to rent the 24-70 for about 3 days, i took about a good 500 picks over a 2 day span. I carefully compared both lenses on tripod, daytime, sunset, and at night. It seemed that the 24-70 was definitely sharper then the 24-105, but not really earth shat...

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I have the Canon EF 24-105mm F/4L Is Usm that came with my canon 5d mkii kit. So i was wondering whether or not to replace the lens with 24-70mm f/2.8 lens for the extra stop and better low light. I have found my answer and it is no... I was able to rent the 24-70 for about 3 days, i took about a good 500 picks over a 2 day span. I carefully compared both lenses on tripod, daytime, sunset, and at night. It seemed that the 24-70 was definitely sharper then the 24-105, but not really earth shattering sharper. You noticed that colors are more vibrant with the 24-70 . After shooting some pictures with both lenses on a tripod about over F/10 i notice that the 24-105 was a lot sharper then the 24-70 lens. The reasons why i chose my 24-105 over the 24-70 was that, i really do enjoy the extra 35 focal length. Its so much more convenient trust me. The 24-70 was extremely bulkier and heavier then 24-105 which didnt bother me at first, but ended later. The price for this lens is pretty ridiculous considering the fact that its not significantly sharper then the 24-105 and is a lot heavier. This lens is extremely sharp and good, but not the best standard zoom for its price. I believe that canon can definitely make a better version, like maybe add IS to but not changing the size. My advice is that if you have a 24-105 looking to replace with a 24-70 my answer is dont. This lens isnt a huge upgrade.

Reviewed by 335 customers

 
4.0

great old lens

By

from georgia, atl  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use this for personal use this is great for portrait photography Cons F 2.8 is great and the focal length is great as well, great image quality Pros Heavy

 
4.0

Versatile Lens!

By

from Brooklyn, Ny  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I bought this lens refurbished and it was in top condition. I use it for video and it is highly functional and versatile. Great in low light and for interviews.

 
5.0

Love this lens - great condition

By

from Lancaster, PA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use it for theater and low-light photography and when I want good bokeh. Good clarity. Great lens to have on all the time. I haven't done many portraits, but I think I'll do more now. Used lens is in fantastic condition and includes all parts.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good but not great

By

from Maine

This is a good lens and it serves its purpose but it could be a great lens. It desperately needs IS. The corners are not very sharp and noticable vignetting at 24mm, especially on a FF, like teh 5D3. It is really sharp at 70mm. Nothing so bad that it cannot be corrected on PP, but out of all my Canon lenses and time using Canon products, this lens is not one of my favorites, It gets used but not as much as my 24-105 f4 IS.

 
5.0

A Great Everyday Lens

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from New Brunswick, NJ  -  Photo Enthusiast

This lens has replaced 3 lenses in my bag. It is simply a great, all-purpose lens. Build quality is tops, photo results over the entire aperture range are excellent and the lens just does such a great job (as to be expected from a "L"). If your dollars are important, choose this lens over the Version II and save yourself $800. Just keep in mind the lens is not a lightweight.

 
5.0

A few bumps but GREAT results

By

from New Brunswick, NJ  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is the 1st version of the 24-70 "L" f2.8. I have been using it for a week and am thrilled with the quality and performance - particularly knowing the Version II is roughly $1200 more than what I paid for this used Version I. The lens is very clean with virtually no wear visible. Optics are clean. Pictures are great - sharp with good contrast. The only bumps that my headline refers to were minimal considering the final result. Adorama is intent on satisfying their customers.

 
5.0

Great condition!

By

from Alabama  -  Photography Student

This lens is all I was hoping it would be. I was nervous about buying used, but the lens was in near perfect condition. This is my first L series lens that I've purchased so I was surprised by the weight of it. That took a little getting used to, but was not insurmountable. The picture quality is amazing with this lens. So far, I have mainly used this as a walk around lens and for some portraits. It is very sharp and has great color. I will have to experiment more to find out what else I can do with it.

 
4.0

Great lens

By

from Dallas,Texas  -  Pro Photographer

Lens box arrived a bit banged up during shipping but it was well wrapped with bubble wrap to protect it from bumps. The lens works great and seems to be the quality it was rated. The lens hood has a few marks on it but otherwise in great shape.

 
5.0

Canon 24-70 "Perfect"

By

from Arlington, TX  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Great product, I love it. Superb quality

 
4.0

3rd Used Pro Canon Product

By

from Portland, OR  -  Pro Photographer

The is the lens I've needed to bridge the other Canon "L" lenses I use. This is the 3rd Canon Pro product I've purchased used from Adorama and like the previous 2 (EOS 1Ds MkII and an EF70-200 f/2.8L IS USM) it came exactly as advertised. The only issue was the omission of the Canon lens pouch that was advertised as one of the accessories.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
TERESA C  this is the best lense ever
Shopper  I have a Canon 40D. Is this lens a bad choice for this camera since it is not a full frame camera? Will it give any better pictures? The lens that came on the camera is a 28-135mm f/3.5. I like to do early morning landscape photography.
MICHAL M  28-135mm f/3.5 was one of my first lenses, but when I got 24-70mm f/2.8L USM I found out how much better quality of pictures I can get with same camera what I have . It is just so much sharper and faster. I using this lens a lot for wedding. I am sure it will work great for early morning landscape photography. Personally I just prefer using for landscape photography 10-22mm f/3.5 and for details 50mm f/1.4 and 100mm f/2. But If you will buy that lens you can't make mistake.
Doug A  Is this the new ii version?
JOE K  The lens I bought was not the newest version, no. I read news about the release of the new version about a month after I bought this, so you can imagine my surprise ... but it would also explain the instant rebate offered on the version I bought. Still, it's been a very good acquisition -- it's gotten me good quality pictures, and I prefer it to my previous walk-around, the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8, which also recently has been upgraded to INCLUDE vibration compensation. The new version of the Canon is almost $1,000 more than the one I bought. I can't speak to what all they supposedly improved in the upgrade -- I think I read that the ultrasonic motor and auto-focus are both improved, dust sealing and water resistance were added, spherical aberration was reduced, color balance was improved and there is supposed to be a greater minimization of ghosting -- all things that, to me, aren't worth the extra grand but, perhaps, might be to top-flight professional photographers to whom, I'm guessing, the upgrade was particularly aimed. The big thing that stuck out for me in the Canon "upgrade" to this lens is that the 24-70mm is still NOT equipped with imagine stabilization.
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