Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8L vs EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II – Is There A Difference?

Canon RF 24-70mm F/2.8L

Many Canon EOS R owner wonder if they should replace their EF lenses with RF versions, or just use the EF lenses with the adapter. Here is a RF 24-70mm f/2.8L vs EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II comparison.

Todd Dominey wanted to know if there is any difference between the Canon RF 24-70 f/2.8L and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II. He says:

Is there a qualitative difference between the RF 24-70 and the decade-old EF 24-70 II? I was curious to find out, so I photographed the world’s largest junkyard of vintage cars (~4500 rusting vehicles across six miles) using both lenses on the Canon EOS R5.

More RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS review stuff is listed here.

Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Canon DE, Canon UK

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Canon DE, Canon UK

Canon Patent: RF 24-70mm f/4-7.3 IS Lens (compact and lightweight)

Canon Patent

Here is a new Canon patent application. Once more for an RF mount lens, a compact and lightweight standard zoom lens with image stabilization.

Canon patent application 2021-196449 (Japan) discusses optical formulas for a RF 24-70mm f/4-7.3 IS lens. Not the fastest lens but according to the patent literature a lens of small size and little weight.

PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide a compact zoom lens which satisfactorily corrects aberration fluctuation at the time of image shake correction and can obtain high optical performance at the time of image shake correction over the entire zoom range.

In recent years, in digital still cameras and video cameras, there is a demand for a zoom lens having a compact size and high resolution (high optical performance). Further, it is required that the zoom lens is provided with a mechanism (vibration-proof mechanism) for compensating for image shake (image shake) that occurs when accidental vibration such as camera shake is transmitted. As a zoom lens that meets these demands, a negative lead type zoom lens in which a lens group having a negative refractive power is arranged on the most object side is known. In this negative lead type zoom lens, an anti-vibration mechanism that compensates for image shake by moving a part of the lens group (vibration-proof group, image shake correction group) so that it has a component in the direction perpendicular to the optical axis is provided.

Example 1

  • Focal length: 24.86-68.13
  • F value: 4.12-7.31
  • Half angle of view: 38.31-17.62
  • Image height: 19.64-21.64
  • Overall length: 102.91-104.95
  • Back focus: 13.00-37.46

Example 2

  • Focal length: 28.68-67.45
  • F value: 4.12-7.16
  • Half angle of view: 34.41-17.78
  • Image height: 19.64-21.64
  • Overall length: 105.26-115.51
  • Back focus: 13.00-36.88

The patent application was spotted by asobinet.com. More Canon patent applications are listed here. Some particularly interesting patent applications we think might get into production are these:

Canon Patent: 24-100mm f/2.8 And 24-70mm f/2-3.5

Canon Patent

Here is a new Canon patent application, for a 24-100mm f/2.8 and a 24-70mm f/2-3.5 lens. The design seems to be agnostic, meaning no mount type is specified.

Canon patent application 2021-189218 (Japan) discusses optical formulas for two lenses: 24-100mm f/2.8 and a 24-70mm f/2-3.5.

Example 1

  • Zoom ratio 3.92
  • Wide-angle intermediate telephoto
  • Focal length 24.72 48.69 97.00
  • F number 2.90 2.90 2.90
  • Half angle of view 37.60 23.96 12.57
  • Lens total length 119.56 132.86 152.43
  • BF 5.30 10.90 19.16

Example 2

  • Zoom ratio 2.75
  • Wide-angle intermediate telephoto
  • Focal length 24.72 40.75 67.96
  • F number 2.06 3.50 3.50
  • Half angle of view 37.60 27.97 17.66
  • Lens total length 105.84 115.84 131.74
  • BF 13.77 21.03 28.47

Example 3

  • Zoom ratio 2.75
  • Wide-angle intermediate telephoto
  • Focal length 24.72 40.96 67.96
  • F number 2.90 2.90 2.90
  • Half angle of view 37.60 27.84 17.66
  • Lens total length 93.83 105.51 121.76
  • BF 3.29 10.64 20.42

Example 4

  • Zoom ratio 3.92
  • Wide-angle intermediate telephoto
  • Focal length 24.72 48.16 97.00
  • F number 2.90 3.50 3.50
  • Half angle of view 37.60 24.19 12.57
  • Image height 19.04 21.64 21.64
  • Lens total length 98.44 114.37 139.82
  • BF 3.88 12.29 24.26

More Canon patent applications are listed here. Some particularly interesting patent applications we think might get into production are these:

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Deal: Tokina AT-X 24-70mm f/2.8 PRO FX Lens – $569 (reg. $899, today only)

Tokina AT-X 24-70mm

Today only (03/01/21) B&H Photo DealZone has a 37% discount on the Tokina AT-X 24-70mm f/2.8 PRO FX for Canon EF mount.

At a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Three Glass Molded Aspherical Elements
  • Three SD Super-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Multi-Layer Lens Coatings
  • Silent-Drive Module AF System
  • Internal Focus; One-Touch Focus Clutch
  • Nine-Blade Diaphragm

Get the Tokina AT-X 24-70mm f/2.8 PRO FX on sale at $569. Compare at $899.


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Hot: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM IF ART – $879 (reg. $1299, expires tomorrow)

Sigma 24-70mm F/2.8

Adorama has a great deal on a great lens: the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM IF ART with a 32% discount.

Get the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM IF ART on sale at $879. Compare at $1,299.

Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM IF ART at a glance:

  • Mount with dust- and splash-proof design
  • Fast AF with full-time manual focus
  • Compatible with Mount Converter MC-11
  • Available SIGMA USB DOCK
  • Available Mount Conversion Service
  • Rounded diaphragm
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
  • Evaluation with SIGMA’s own MTF measuring system “A1”
  • Made in Japan
  • The lens barrel is engraved with the year of release

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Deal: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens – $899 (reg. $1299, today only)

Sigma 24-70mm F/2.8

Only for today (12/7/20) B&H Photo has a 31% discount on the excellent Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art lens.

At a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Three SLD Elements
  • Four Aspherical Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic Motor AF System
  • OS Image Stabilization
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

Get the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art on sale at $899. Compare at $1,299. The Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 is a remarkable lens, see here for curated list of reviews.


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