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Canon EF 24-70mm f/4.0L IS USM Standard Zoom Lens
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- L Series standard zoom lens delivers superb image quality in a compact, lightweightdesign
- Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 24–70mm, 1:4, Closest Focusing Distance: 1.25 ft. / 0.38m
- 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 a one touch switch at the extreme telephoto end, Image stabilization effective up to 4 shutters peed 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
|Lens Compatibility Information: Canon EF-S lenses are only compatible with APS-C sensor DSLR cameras. Canon EF lenses are compatible with Canon full-frame and APS-C DSLR cameras.
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||EW-83L|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||3.27 x 3.27 x 3.66 inches|
|Item Weight||1.32 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.38 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F4.0|
|Maximum Focal Length||70 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||15|
|Number of Groups||12|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 mm|
|Shipping Weight||2.15 pounds|
|Style Name||24-70mm f/4.0L|
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|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic||manual_only||Stepper motor||Ring-type ultrasonic||auto-focus||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||3.27 x 3.66 x 3.27 in||2 x 6 x 2 in||2.72 x 1.54 x 2.72 in||3.31 x 4.21 x 3.31 in||3.3 x 4.6 x 3.3 in||3.27 x 4.45 x 3.27 in|
|Item Weight||1.32 lbs||2.2 lbs||5.61 ounces||1.48 lbs||1.75 lbs||1.36 lbs|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens||zoom||Prime lens||Zoom lens||zoom||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||70 millimeters||105 millimeters||50 millimeters||105 millimeters||105||35 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 millimeters||24 millimeters||50 millimeters||24 millimeters||24||16 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 millimeters||77 millimeters||49 millimeters||77 millimeters||—||77 millimeters|
L Series standard zoom lens delivers superb image quality in a compact, lightweightdesign 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 a one touch switch at the extreme telephoto end Image stabilization effective up to 4 shutters peed 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
From the Manufacturer
EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM
The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM is the perfect zoom to complement full-frame DSLRs like the EOS 6D. With 2 aspheric and 2 UD elements, the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM delivers high- quality images with excellent detail throughout the entire zoom range. A 9-blade circular diaphragm delivers beautiful, 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. Compact and lightweight, it's the perfect L-series lens for photographers on the go.
- Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 24–70mm, 1:4
- Lens Construction: 15 elements in 12 groups
- Diagonal Angle of View: 84º–34º
- Focus Adjustment: Inner focusing system
- Closest Focusing Distance: 1.25 ft. / 0.38m
- Filter Size: 77mm
- Max. Diameter x Length, Weight: 3.3 x 3.7 inches, approx. 21oz. / 83.4 x 93mm, approx. 600g
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BUILD is excellent: quality plastics, weather seals, attractive semi-matte finish and sturdy metal mount. Electrical switches are beefy and nearly impossible to inadvertently change. The ribbed rubber zoom and focus rings are large and grippy, and positioned similarly to my 17- 40L and 70-200 4L IS. Appearance is similar to the 24-105L but slightly shorter and lighter. It feels solid and balanced on my 6D.
FOCUS is internal so the barrel doesn't rotate or change in length. AF is blazing fast and accurate on my 6D. Manual focus is always active (no switch flip required), smooth and finely pitched, allowing precise adjustments.
ZOOMING is accomplished via a single nested barrel. Zoom action is smooth but slightly stiff between 50 and 70. There is no zoom drift when pointed up or down so the barrel lock at 24mm seems superfluous. However, zooms tend to loosen with use so maybe I'll appreciate the lock a few years from now.
OPTICAL PERFORMANCE at F4 is sharp edge to edge. Center frame is similar to my 24-105 4L but corners are vastly improved. The best overall performance is at 24mm and 70mm, with slight deterioration at 50mm. This lens required +5 Microadjustment (MA) at 24mm for optimal sharpness (was front focusing). The long end was tack sharp at default (0). In contrast, my 24-105 4L is sharp at defaults (0) and required no MA on my 6D or 5D MKII.
There is a small amount of light falloff or corner darkening at 24mm and F4 but noticeably better in this regard than the 24-105 4L. Light falloff at 70mm is about the same as the 24-105L. Stopping down to F5.6 renders light falloff inconsequential. I don't notice light falloff unless testing on a white wall.
The most noticeable improvement over the 24-105L is the near absence of barrel distortion at 24mm. My ocean horizons are true! Chromatic Aberration (CA) is also reduced: a tiny amount of color fringing is visible via pixel peeking in corners at 24mm, but almost nothing at longer settings. It certainly bests my 24-105 4L in this regard.
Sunsets, spotlights and other bright light sources exhibit little to no flare. Flare resistant is markedly better than the 24-105L, making blazing Hawaiian sunsets a snap! However, use of the included EW-82L hood is recommended for protection from stray light, raindrops and doggie noses. This hood sports rayon flocking, matte black paint matched to the lens and petal cutouts. It has a lock release button but is a little loose and will come off with a light whack or firm rub on a beer gut. I prefer the snug fit of the EW-82H, the OEM hood for the 24-105 4L IS USM. And, yes, the EW-82H fits the 24-70 4L perfectly albeit slightly deeper. There is absolutely no vignette so it's staying on my 24-70 4L.
Macro results are impressive at .7x, making it ideal for flowers, small products and artwork. Press and hold the macro switch while turning the zoom past 70mm to engage macro range. Combined with Hybrid Image Stabilization I got sharp free standing flower shots I normally need a tripod for. I still prefer a tripod for such shots but being able to get a sharp impromptu macro is a wonderful feature for travelers.
IMAGE STABILIZATION (IS) gave me three additional stops of hand holdable range at 70mm, sometimes four on a good day (no coffee and 8 hours sleep!). The big deal is Hybrid Image Stabilization compensating for both up-and-down and swaying forward and back movements. The swaying back and forth movement often foiled my attempts at shooting museum artwork where tripods weren't allowed, so a welcome feature along with auto panning mode.
In a quiet room, I can't hear the IS mechanism while using the camera. IS is only audible if I place my ear directly on the lens. So quieter than the IS unit in the 24-105 4L USM (audible as soft grinding in quiet rooms).
LAST BLURB: I had to calibrate (MA) this lens for optimal sharpness. Once dialed in, images were satisfyingly sharp, contrasty and vivid from edge to edge. The game changer--and the main reason to pick this lens over the 24-105L--is the macro and Hybrid IS features. It's basically two lenses in one--normal zoom and macro--and lets me leave my macro lens at home when traveling light. Finally, the most frequent criticism of this lens is the high selling price ($1499). As of August 31, 2014, Canon reduced MAP to $999, making this a darn sweet deal.
My photography hobby ranges from Railroad and Industrial to Landscapes and Waterfalls. I chose this lens first over the 70-200mm f/2.8 because of a planned Wedding event, so have been taking advantage of all the waterfalls I have near me (the telephoto is more suited to my railroad hobby). Many shots are very tight and in dark places, and this Lens has performed beautifully. I have turned gloomy damp visuals into beautiful, bright and contrasty settings. When shooting my time exposure waterfalls at f/16, as long as my tripod is secure, I get sharp images corner to corner. Even at 100% on Photoshop you can see the detail in twigs and small branches on trees well out of the prime focal plane. I have had no focal or blur issues without knowing why it happened (ie shooting 1/3 Sec with tripod shake, I need to upgrade from my walmart one). A few test portraits turned out very well, sharp subject, blurred background at f/2.8. I think the wedding pictures will turn out great when it comes around. I even tried my hand at the basic macro focus range on this lens and was rather amused as I have never been able to focus on an object like this before. I have uploaded a Waterfall Scene, and a Macro shot to the images section of this lens page.
for reference, on a 5D body, 70mm is about what your eye sees for range without the camera there.
Considering the huge leap in my upgrade, my review may be very biased, but the quality is superb, and the weight of the lens is not too much at all. I love the hood this one ships with. On the 5D Mark II it is superb for 'Half' of my hobby, shots that a 1.6x body would still be too tight for. I will invest in a good Telephoto Zoom or Prime Telephoto next to re-pursue my railroad and crazy telephoto setup shots.