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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Review

The EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM is surprisingly pricey ($2400) so everyone wants to know how well this lens performs (previously featured reviews here and here). Now it's slrgear's turn to review this Canon lens. Some excerpts from their test:

    • The Canon 24-70mm ƒ/2.8L II USM is one of the sharpest lenses Canon has produced
    • The Canon 24-70mm ƒ/2.8L II USM keeps chromatic aberration very well under control
    • Going from infinity to close-focus takes well less than one second, and point-to-point focusing is lightning quick

From slrgear's conclusion:

Canon has made dramatic improvements to this lens series, which is sure to become the darling of Canon wedding shooters around the globe. The price tag is significantly steep, but there are enough improvements over the previous lens to more than justify the price.


    Large aperture L-Series standard zoom lens that combines high image quality and enhanced durability.

    New optical design utilizes one Super UD lens element and two UD lens elements to minimize chromatic aberration in the outer area at wide-angle; as well as eliminates color blurring around the edges of the subject, for images with high resolution and contrast.

    Combines 2 types of aspherical lenses to reduce spherical aberration,and achieve high image quality across the entire screen area and throughout the full zoom range.

    Highly resistant to dust and water, enabling shooting even in harsh and rigorous conditions.

    Circular diaphragm (9 blades) delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds.

    Ring USM, high-speed CPU, and optimized AF algorithms for fast autofocusing.

    Optimized lens coatings ensure exceptional color balance while minimizing ghosting.

    Fluorine coating on front and rear lens surfaces reduces smears and fingerprints.

    Zoom lock lever locks the zoom position at the wide end for safe transporting.

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

[via slrgear]


  • Bob B.

    I took delivery of this lens on Fri. morning. Although my back account is still gasping from the loss of funds…that being said…after testing the lens out over the weekend I have to pretty much agree with every thing that SLR Gear has to say about the was worth the long delay for the enhancement of this tried and true workhorse. Feels really good in the hands, too!

  • CanonEOSPunk

    This lens is a no brainer…

    It’s part of the holy trinity of zooms that every photographer must own.

    Great lens and worth every penny over the long haul.

    Simply stated: It’s the best in the mid zoom range, period.

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