Meeting the ever-increasing demands on image quality that digital photography brings, the redesigned EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM is thelatest update to the acclaimed L-Series of EF optics, re-establishing a new standard for superb optics, high-end durable construction and performance in professional zoom lenses. A standard focal length zoom lens, it features a large aperture throughout its focal length.
Featuring the latest advances in optical lens design, it utilizes 1 Super UD lens element and 2 UD lens elements that help minimize chromatic aberration in the periphery at wide-angle as well as reduced color blurring around the edges of the subject. In addition, 2 types of aspherical lenses are combined to help reduce spherical aberration over the entire image area as well as through the full zoom range. Optimized lens coatings also help ensure exceptional color balance while minimizing ghosting. The lens is also equipped with a circular 9-blade diaphragm for beautiful, soft backgrounds. A ring-type USM and high-speed CPU with optimized AF algorithms enable silent and fast autofocusing.
Built for the rigors of professional use as well as to meet the increased number of shots available with digital photography, it's constructed with improved dust sealing and water resistance while fluorine coatings on the front and rear lens surfaces help reduce soiling, smears and fingerprints. A zoom lock lever locks the zoom position at the wide end for safe transporting while attached to an EOS DSLR camera over the shoulder.
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.
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".
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!
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!
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.
Events, Landscape, Travel and Portraitures.
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?
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......
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.
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.