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Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8 L USM II Review By The Phoblographer

Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8 L USM II Review By The Phoblographer

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The Phoblographer posted an interesting review of Canon’s much discussed EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens. A great, sharp lens with no IS (why?) and a rather hefty price tag ($2,299). They had two copies of the lens and found some inconsistencies (one sharper than the other). This is was known (unfortunately). There have been other reviews (Lensrentals and The Digital Picture) that reported variations in optical performance among copies if this lens. That’s a pity, given the price tag. And they clearly recommend the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 SP VC over the EF 24-70mm f2.8 L USM II. Don’t get it wrong: the EF 24-70mm f2.8 L USM II is a great lens, maybe a must for professional photographers, but the Tamron costs less and still delivers outstanding performance.

If the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II is in your mind you should have a look at The Phoblographer’s informative review. Sample images are provided. Quoting the verdict:

What’s Awesome: Extremely versatile lens with excellent performance overall for a photographer that needs it versatility.

What’s Not So Awesome: Prime lenses are still sharper, more reliable, and faster to focus. Copies of the lens vary; we tested three different ones. Lack of image stabilization shows that Canon’s corporate philosophy still hasn’t changed and does not realize that sometimes they need to cannibalize their own work to improve.

Verdict: This lens is quite expensive. Tamron’s 24-70mm f2.8 with VC is a better choice for the money.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM price check: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, Canon USA

Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8 L USM II Review By The Phoblographer


  • Bob B.

    Hmmm….I sold my 24-105mm back in April in anticipation of buying this lens..even bought a B&W MRC 82mm….Then ALL of the delays, Then the ridiculous price tag ..and now all of the mixed reviews and reported variation of quality in the lenses…
    I an TOTALLy on the fence about this lens. Tell you one thing…I am definitely not paying $2300 for it. My Canon 5DIII has dropped $700 in price sine I bought it…I think this lens needs to do the same….It also needs consistency in production as well. Guess my new 82mm filter is going to be collecting some MORE dust! :-(

  • Sean


    I think waiting is a smart move. I suspect this will drop in price faster than the 5D3 did.

    • Bob B.

      I am hoping!!!…If I can get a good copy it is definitely more lens than the Tamron IMHO…I HAVE A 50mm , 85mm and the 16-35mm 2.8II and a 21mm Zeiss…so I can just wait awhile …wish I had had that patience with the 5dIII…But I got a lot more back then when I sold my 5 DII than I could get it offsets the pain a little! LOL!

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