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

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  • 24-70mm focal length
  • Macro mode for up to 0.7x magnification
  • Minimum aperture: 22
  • AF actuator: Ring USM¹
  • Two aspherical and two UD lens elements, Fast ultrasonic AF
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DPReview Gold Award March 2013
The 24-70mm II follows its big brother, the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM, in being a lens that's so good we've found it difficult to pick out any significant flaws. It's superbly sharp, even wide open, but manages to combine this with lovely bokeh.
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The EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM is a near-flawless lens with optics that come very close to matching a set of top-quality primes. With fast, accurate autofocus and weathersealed construction, it's difficult to find any really serious faults at all.

Reasons to buy

  • Superb, almost flawless optics
  • Impressive flare resistance
  • Fast, silent, and accurate autofocus
  • Excellent build quality including weathersealing

Things to consider

  • Vignetting from 50-70mm at F2.8 on full frame
  • Noticeably lower image quality at close focus distances
  • No image stabilization
  • Very expensive

Suggested for

Professional and serious enthusiast photographers looking for the best possible optics in an 'everyday' standard zoom lens.

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Photographers who shoot a lot at close focus distances.
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Canon 24 mm - 70 mm f/2.8 Zoom Lens for Canon EF/EF-S 5175B002 Lenses & Filters

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EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

Meeting the ever-increasing demands on image quality that digital photography brings, the redesigned EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM isCanon EF24-70mm f/2.8 at the latest 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.

  • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 24–70mm, 1:2.8
  • Lens Construction: 18 elements in 13 groups
  • Diagonal Angle of View: 84°–34°
  • Focus Adjustment: Inner-focusing with USM
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 0.38m/1.25 ft.
  • Zoom System: Rotating Type
  • Filter Size: 82mm
  • Max. Diameter x Length, Weight: 3.5 x 4.4 in., 28.4 oz. / 88.5 x 113mm, 805g
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  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches ; 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0076BNK30
  • Item model number: 5175B002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at February 6, 2012

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143 of 155 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Stuart Gitlow VINE VOICE on October 17, 2012
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After several years of use of the prior iteration of this lens, I've now had about a month of use with the II. This lens is beautifully sharp - absolutely no question as to it being an improvement of what was already a wonderful lens. Generally speaking, I've found that I do not sharpen images in post to the extent that I used to, if at all, with no changes to camera settings. I've been using this with a full frame (5D III) and this is definitely my standard lens that I walk around with now. While this model is still heavy, it's significantly lighter than the last model. Though I don't particularly notice that around my neck, I find that the camera sits better against my chest with a standard neck strap than it did with the earlier lens, which tended to pull down on the camera body. That said, you may find in a full day of walking that a lighter weight lens is preferable. There are definitely days when I feel like just putting a 50mm prime on the camera and calling it a day.

Controls on the lens body operate smoothly - perhaps not quite so smoothly as on the earlier model, but close enough - the lens barrel itself may be where some of the weight savings come into play, but this is mere speculation on my part. Don't forget that this lens has an 82mm filter diameter, so all your filters for the last model will need to be replaced. The 82mm size is a little large for smaller hands to manipulate as easily, but this won't be a significant issue for most. Neither this nor its predecessor has image stabilization. That is truly a non-issue with Canon's current line of cameras where your shooting ISO can be increased quite reasonably to the point where a handheld shutter speed is attained with almost any aperture.
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90 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Pierre Exantus on November 25, 2012
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Lets start there. This is probably the greatest lens I've ever used... challenged only by the Canon 70-200mm L IS II. It is unbelievably sharp throughout the zoom range. I've taken shots that would rival the most expensive primes. Focusing is almost instantaneous. You target it, and it focuses... Don't blink. The build is solid and strong. It is not nearly as heavy though as the previous model which seemed to be more of a metal body. In addition to being lighter, this lens is also shorter making it easier to travel with and more fun to shoot with. This EF lens features a zoom lock which prevents the barrel from zooming out while hanging from the neckstrap and also has full-time manual focusing (like most Canon lenses).

A few things I didn't love... The lens diameter is 82mm which I HATE actually. The previous version of this lens was 77mm. This change forces you to purchase new filters (if you use filters). 82mm filters are a bit more expensive than the smaller ones. I'm going to assume there was a functional reason for this change and not that this was an attempt by Canon to jumpstart the economy. The other thing is the lens hood. The newer lenses seem to come with a hood lock. No fun and uneccesary. I can't remember my hood ever falling off accidentally. Anyway, those are small gripes. Canon has done what some thought impossible...they've improved on the legendary 24-70. It costs an arm and a leg, but definitely worth saving appendages here and there for a big purchase at the end of the year.

To speak to the one reviewer that touts an IS version in the works for 2013, there is an IS version of the 24-70 lens but it is the f4.0 version.
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144 of 167 people found the following review helpful By NINJAZERO on January 22, 2014
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I'm going to compare this along with the other lens I have.

Comparison to my 24-105L.
I find the value of 24-105L to be much better. Sharpness is not noticeable unless you pixel peep, the 24-105L is lighter, has IS, and you get more tele, which is a great plus if you only had one lens. The 24-70L advantages is that it has better flare control, CA, and less distortion at the wide end. Focus speed, build quality seems to be equal, both weather seal with filter. The 24-105 feels better in my hand and during use. I don't care much about vignetting from both lens since it's easily fixable in post. I just feel like I got my money worth from my 24-105L and not so much from my 24-70L, but I'll keep both since i have more than one body, and the bokeh from the f2.8 is nice compared to f4. the 24-70L and my 70-200L is a good combo if I had to choose two lens to take on a trip, but i can not share filter with the 2 lens, which bums me out. I would need to buy a more expensive set up like a Lee system.

Comparing to my mid range prime setup.(24L, 35mm sigma, 50f1.4 canon, 85L )
I would never choose the 24-70L over my prime setup. If i have room to take these prime setup with me, I would. If I know I'm shooting in doors or dim lit areas, I would take my prime for sure. I don't care what people say, at f2.8, do not expect your pics to be sharp and nice looking in low light situation. I have to bump up my iso so high that even in post, it's still hard to bring out the dynamic range to be any useful. If I were to use my 24-70L in low light, I will be bringing multiple flash with trigger. There's no doubt that the 24-70L is more versatile than having a prime, but what you can do with a prime, you will not be able to find in the 24-70L.

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