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Canon EF 24-70 mm f/4L IS USM

Manufacturer Canon
Model EF 24-70 mm f/4L IS USM
Lens style Universal zoom
Focal length 24 - 70 mm
Maximum aperture f/4
Angle of view 84 - 34.3 o
Closest focusing distance 0.38 m
Maximum magnification 1:1.4
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Auto focus type USM
Lens Construction 15 elements / 12 groups
Filter diameter 77 mm
Macro Yes
Available mounts Canon EF
Dimensions 83 x 93 mm
Weight 600 g
Additional information Announced: 06.11.2012
2 aspherical lenses
2 UD lenses
Average rating (5 owners reviews)
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4.67 Good
Owners reviews (5)
  1. Chris
    Chris 31 May 2018, 12:44
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    IP 124.171.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: $AUD 1040
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Not 2.8

    Pros: Excellent sharpness, very effective IS for handholding in low light situations.

    Summary: Being a wildlife telephoto shooter this was going to be a general travel lens. The reviews noted considerable variation between copies so I put off purchase, especially as I had been disappointed with my 16-35 f2.8 L II. But finally relented after an hour testing a copy at the lens suppliers before putting my hand in my pocket. So glad I did! This is a lovely telephoto-sharp lens.

  2. T
    T 20 October 2015, 05:27
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    IP 82.217.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 550 EUR
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: There is significant barrel distortion at the 24mm end ... but less than in other zooms covering a similar range, and there is not much working distance in macro mode. As the lens that this replaced was a 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 I find that I miss the reach at the long end. 70mm is a little bit short for a general purpose zoom. If only it went to 85mm. But on balance the gain of the wider 24mm, the latest IS, macro capability, weather-sealing and slightly better IQ are worth giving up the extra reach from 70mm to 105mm. To be honest I am "scraping the barrel" to find anything to complain about!

    Pros: Relatively light and compact. Versatile. Excellent Image Stabilisation, good resolution and sharpness ... and very similar over the whole frame. Well controlled distortion at most focal lengths. Very little CA ... and only at wide apertures and wide focal lengths ... and well within the range that LightRoom fixes perfectly with a single mouse click. The Macro mode is very useful. at 0.7x it is almost a genuine macro. It is not ideal, but it is a lot better than carrying a separate macro lens on the off-chance that an opportunity for a Macro shot will present itself. Water and dust resistant. Nice-to-use controls (well placed, well sized, smooth operation).

    Summary: For the sort of photography I do this lens stays almost permanently on my main camera, and accounts for 80% or more of my shots. It just works, whatever the conditions, is a joy to use, and delivers great results. I'd recommend it to anyone that wants a general purpose zoom, likes to hand-hold their camera, and does not need a wider, action-stopping, aperture. I have given a 4 for build quality, which might seem unfair. Excellent as it is, it could be even better. Ten lenses that are in a different class for materials fit and finish (I am thinking of Zeiss Otus here, but the silver Nikkors from the 1960's also set a standard that has seldom been matched.

  3. Kesowa
    Kesowa 31 May 2015, 16:24
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    IP 84.105.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 700
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: None

    Pros: Image quality Macro mode Weather sealed Handling Size Wright L lens quality Price! Nog zo expensive anymore

    Summary: As of now, very good value for money! Basicly same image quality as 24_70 f2.8 (from f4) smaller lighter weather dwaling. I LOVE this lens! Macro mode is very usable.

  4. Alex Petrovetz
    Alex Petrovetz 24 March 2015, 23:26
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    IP 159.148.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 620 EUR
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: Overpriced, High vignetting at 24 mm,

    Pros: Excellent image quality at any aperture and focal lengths in the frame centre and corners of a full frame, Useful macro mode, No contrast drop working against bright light, Lightweight and compact, NO FOCUS SHIFT in latest exemplars, the bug was FIXED. Very good image stabilazer.

    Summary: Like many photographers I was using EF 24-105 F4 L as a universal zoom for many years. But my lens become quite old, and I decide to sell it and buy something new. I choose the new 24-70 F4, may be 24-70 F2.8 is better but price is to high for me. I found that someone in my town wants to sell new lens in the white box for 620 Euros only ! It was a great chance and immediately buy it. I would recommend Canon EF 24-70 f4 to everyone ! Any photographer will notice the difference compared to the 24-105 f4. You will lost additional 35 mm of focus range, but will get much more. More image quality in centre and corners, more contrast, more stabilization, less vignetting and distortion, more autofocus speed, better work against bright light and real macro mode. The lens is quite new and its price to high now, but same situation was with 24-105 F4. After year or two price becomes normal, but now search lenses in white boxes, OEM versions in the web or local stores.

  5. Patrick
    Patrick 24 March 2015, 21:50
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    IP 217.84.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 800 Euro
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: - No inside Focus - Fluctuations in the Finishing: some differences in the resolution values at the edge area of focus is not always balanced (first copies) - Setting rings may have minimal play: do not sit so professionally accurate as for example in the Canon 70-200 zooma

    Pros: - considered as a whole a very good detail resolution at all focal lengths - extremely good resolution in the center + very good resolution at the edges: absolutely suitable for wide-angle shots - Typical Canon L color rendition and contrast - Excellent noiseless + very effective image stabilization - Very handy: easy compact - Dust + splash protection - No easy to use but effective macro mode

    Summary: With the Canon cashback probably a real bargain! Effective for about 600 euros offers objectively almost everything you need to be supplied for most all-round photo experience. It owned a lot of positive qualities: in particular, the strong performance resolution similar to the 24-70 2.8 L II version. Taking into account that it is much easier to handle, is used universel and of course has a much lower price! However, note are still some existing production fluctuations. Thus, it is necessary to inspect at least two lenses and to test for Focusing problems and weaknesses in the image representation. Sometimes there are objectives in which an edge portion of the image does not dissolve so high. The feel is very good. Unfortunately I had with several copies of the feeling that the adjustment rings were not matched as professional as it should be with other professional lenses. In addition, there were also two lenses in which minimal dust was to recognize from the factory or after a week in the lens system. Nevertheless, if you consider one can expect a relatively low price a balanced high-performance lens these factors! The buyer must not let this disturb you! Especially not part of the one-sided test results of some magazines and the direct comparison to the 24-70 2.8 L II ...

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