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Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8L USM

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Manufacturer Canon
Model EF 24-70 mm f/2.8L USM
Lens style Universal zoom
Focal length 24 - 70 mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Angle of view 84 - 34.3 o
Closest focusing distance 0.38 m
Maximum magnification 1:2.63
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 8
Auto focus type AF USM
Lens Construction 16 elements / 13 groups
Filter diameter 77 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Canon EF
Dimensions 83.2 x 123.5 mm
Weight 950 g
Additional information Marketed November 2002
Average rating (14 owners reviews)
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4.12 Good
Owners reviews (14)
  1. Cody
    Cody 24 March 2014, 18:53
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    IP 131.191.x.x
    Owner since: 4 years
    Price: $1500
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Weight and price.

    Pros: This is a great everyday lens. The image quality I get has improved with my experience and knowledge.

    Summary: I enjoy just enjoy using this lens because it allows me to get wide angle and some close up pictures with one lens. It may not be the greatest lens in the Canon lineup, but it is a workhorse of a lens.

  2. Ecorone
    Ecorone 16 December 2013, 20:09
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    IP 75.151.x.x
    Owner since: 4 years
    Price: $1200
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Not razor sharp at f/2.8; field curvature.

    Pros: Great colors, contrast, build quality. AF speed and accuracy. Excellent sharpness when stopped down slightly (very sharp by f/3.2, razor sharp by f/4).

    Summary: I understand that the sample variation of this lens is pretty great but if you get a good copy, it's absolutely fantastic. It's been my primary lens for 4 years (initially on a 40D and now on a 5D3) and I still love it.

  3. thomas
    thomas 2 December 2013, 16:03
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    IP 79.83.x.x
    Owner since:
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    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: could hope a bit sharper at 2.8, flare resistance, vignetting

    Pros: great homogeneity, great AF

    Summary: a used one is a real bargain

  4. thestructured
    thestructured 28 April 2013, 20:32
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    IP 96.253.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 1150
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: This lens sucks. It's extremely soft. Only when you get very close to a subject is it remotely sharp. I've sent this to canon to rebuild, calibrate, etc. and it's still terrible. It's not completely fair to compare this to a prime, but my 85mm 1.8 is MUCH sharper at f1.8 than this lens is at f2.8. It's also softer than an 18-55mm rebel kit lens. Another con is the backwards zoom, the barrel extends as you zoom OUT and retracts when you zoom in.

    Pros: Good build quality. That's about it. And that it has a red ring, some of your friends might be impressed by that.

    Summary: I do not recommend this lens. It seems that some users appear to be happy with their copies, but an equal amount are seeing the same issues that I am. I have use the NEW version II of this lens (from borrowlenses) and can tell you that it's absolutely amazing, and worth the extra price. Prime sharp at 2.8, at all focal lengths.

  5. ssmanak
    ssmanak 31 July 2012, 19:00
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    IP 117.207.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
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    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Dustbin size lens hood

    Pros: Excellent IQ, build quality

    Summary: On my camera except when outdoors

  6. KKK
    KKK 30 July 2012, 12:12
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    IP 86.188.x.x
    Owner since: 4 years
    Price: 1000
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: The outer deteriorrated after while shame for L lenses corners extremely unsharp for this level of lens

    Pros: centre performance is spectacular

    Summary: sold straight away as performance was not acceptable for my purposes

  7. lepenser
    lepenser 1 July 2012, 06:18
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    IP 98.216.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: Expensive
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: No IS, heavy slow focus. Quality varies need to check back focus.

    Pros: Overall good lens range.

    Summary: No IS, heavy slow focus. Quality varies need to check back focus. Try several lenses to get one that focuses correctly.

  8. Erik
    Erik 10 February 2012, 02:11
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    IP 63.80.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 1250 US
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: 1) Heavy - definitely noticeable on a 450D. 2) Field curvature might be an issue

    Pros: Excellent image contrast and colors. The IQ is very good

    Summary: This is my workhorse lens, which I use as a general purpose zoom. It takes excellent pictures, and I've been very happy with it. Although it's heavy, it works very well for my needs, anyway.

  9. ronald
    ronald 14 January 2012, 14:41
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    IP 91.177.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 1250€
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: too expensive

    Pros: very sharp, very good focus, 2.8

    Summary: would be a wonderfull lens if the price would be 250 less

  10. Simon
    Simon 8 January 2011, 17:48
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    IP 86.158.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: ?
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Heavy;

    Pros: Great IQ; versatile; quick;

    Summary: My go-to lens - always on the camera

  11. Dan
    Dan 26 November 2010, 15:00
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    IP 169.253.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 1250 USD
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: it is big and heavy but I'm not complaining one bit. It would be nice it is was a bit less expensivebut you do get that you pay for.

    Pros: IMAGE QUALITY! fast AF accruate AF (to me that is just as important as the speed of the AF if not ever more important) Manual AF is nice and easy to use.

    Summary: Honestly this is one very increadable lens in every aspect. Yes it is heavy, Yes it is big but those two problems pretty much just disappear when yopu are using the lens. it is a very ewasy lens to handle even for a long period of time. it remains sharp no matter the setting you are using and it is as sharp as pretty much any prime once you set to f-stop to 4.0 or over (seriously this lens is sharp) Also it has one very cool feature. the lens actually extends when you are at the widest setting. This makes the lens hood very useful as every zoom setting, not just the widest setting like most every other zoom lens. Also I know that many people find this lens expensive, but trust me that money is well spent in this lens. Note: i have been using this lens on two ASP-C cameras, a 40d and a 7d.

  12. Dan
    Dan 26 November 2010, 14:59
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    IP 169.253.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 1250 USD
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: it is big and heavy but I'm not complaining one bit. It would be nice it is was a bit less expensivebut you do get that you pay for.

    Pros: IMAGE QUALITY! fast AF accruate AF (to me that is just as important as the speed of the AF if not ever more important) Manual AF is nice and easy to use.

    Summary: Honestly this is one very increadable lens in every aspect. Yes it is heavy, Yes it is big but those two problems pretty much just disappear when yopu are using the lens. it is a very ewasy lens to handle even for a long period of time. it remains sharp no matter the setting you are using and it is as sharp as pretty much any prime once you set to f-stop to 4.0 or over (seriously this lens is sharp) Also it has one very cool feature. the lens actually extends when you are at the widest setting. This makes the lens hood very useful as every zoom setting, not just the widest setting like most every other zoom lens. Also I know that many people find this lens expensive, but trust me that money is well spent in this lens. Note: i have been using this lens on two ASP-C cameras, a 40d and a 7d.

  13. MAS1
    MAS1 13 September 2010, 04:55
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    IP 75.9.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 1400
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Big and Heavy

    Pros: Very good image quality, even wide open. works well on APS-C cameras also.

    Summary: This lens has impressed me greatly and I demand a lot from my equipment. It is pricy but worth it. Very good for portraits and weddings.

  14. Kalimero
    Kalimero 18 May 2010, 18:21
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    IP 194.185.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 1200 euros
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: weight, huge hood, price

    Pros: Image quality, silent

    Summary: It's clearly a professional lens. I got very very satisfied by image quality. It makes persons beautiful than they really are, I swear it. It's huge but it's my default lens always attached to my camera. Good also on aps-c cameras