Canon - EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens - Black

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Canon EF 24–70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens: Built to handle the demands of professional use, this lens is durable as well as dust- and water-resistant. Fluorine coatings on the front and rear surfaces keep smudges and fingerprints to a minimum.

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  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens
  • Owner's manual

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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (312 out of 314)


Compatible with select Canon cameras

Can be used with most Canon DSLR cameras.

24–70mm focal length

Midrange is great for many subjects from people to landscapes.

f/2.8L maximum aperture

With a fixed aperture, adjust the focal length without affecting exposure. Produce clear images even in low-light situations, including indoor settings and on overcast days.

Super-UD and 2 UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) lens elements

Effectively corrects chromatic aberration, like blurriness and color fringing, for excellent image quality throughout the zoom range. Also minimizes ghosting and helps color balance.

Zoom lock lever for easy transport

Lock the zoom position at the wide end for safe transporting while attached to a camera.

1.25' minimum focusing distance

Accommodates 82mm filters

Accessories included

Comes with lens cap, lens dust cap, lens case and lens hood.

Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast, sharp, and Image Stability


    I've had the 24-70 f4 for about 5 months now. I worried about making the wrong choice here . . .debating between several lenses. Here's what I really like about this lens. 1. It's sharp . . .I'd have to get a computer program to determine the difference in sharpness between this and my 135L. But, all camera's and lenses seem to have their own personalities. You have to build a relationship with each one before you can appreciate what they can do. 2. The size and weight . . .it simply allows me to move it around easier than the larger 24-70 2.8. However, the big plus is holding it up for a extended period of time when video taping. The less weight , the better when trying to hold a camera over your head for a while to get a shot. 3. The IS. . .honestly, I didn't think the image stabilization was going to be a big deal for me. I had the 17-40 and the 135L, the 85 , , ,,I could get the shot normally. However, this past weekend, I did several handheld video clips of Bluegrass bands. The quality was way better than I was expecting. The hand shaking is noticeable, but, a small fraction of trying the same shot with my other lenses(I tried and failed). The IS on the lens is really awesome. Not sure if I can post a youtube link, but, try this You will need to copy and paste the link. This was one of my first attempts at video. I hadn't planned this . . .just decided the opportunity was there. I found it easy to hold the camera/lens combo and move it around to create different angles . . .gives me a lot of creative possibilities. Not limited to a tripod. Overall, I do love the lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Must have pro lens

    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    As a photojournalist this is my go-to lens and the one I use for more than 50 percent of my images. The lens makes for great images and works well across the entire focal range, which encompasses virtually all of my day-to-day images. This lens allows me to make great images without a flash, even in low light, while reducing my reliance on pricy prime lenses. While I agree with others that it has significant improvements over it's predecessor, I question whether they are sufficient to justify the price tag. The lack of image stabilization is a minor point, while it might have been nice, it also would have made the lens heavier and most pros don't rely on IS, particularly at such close range. If IS is important to you, I would recommend a f4 lens that has IS (either 24-70 f4 L or 24-105 f4 L). I also point out that if you're shopping for a body, you can get a great deal on a 5D (MK II or MK III) or 6D kit, which includes the 24-105 f4 L.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Wedding Lens Extraordinaire

    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I shoot professionally and many times in the past I used prime lenses on 2 bodies because primes are sharper and faster than even 2.8 zooms. I got tired of that though and I finally made the leap of $$$$$ to get the 24-70mm f/2.8, purchased at Best Buy in Yonkers, NY. Yes, I have seen the light!!! If you're shooting professionally, especially weddings, this lens is a MUST. Weddings are chaotic and the flexibility of this zoom range will save your life. The 24-70 allows you to shoot wide open with flash and keep the ISO down between 400-800 for rich looking sharp photos. If you're a casual shooter, this might be too much lens.....price and weight wise....but if you're branching out to professional shooting, don't show up to an event with anything less than the 24-70mm f/2.8. Now I just gotta start saving up again to buy the 70-200mm f/2.8!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars


    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Just received my lens and right out of the gate am not happy. I bought this lens for use in shooting events such as comic con, where the faster F/2.8 of this lens couple with IS would allow for some great shots in what is easily some of the most horrendous lighting around. However upon opening the shipping box I was dismayed to find that the lens had been shipped without ANY kind of protective material to keep it form bouncing around, thus making the lens suspect to use due to the potential for damage to the internal lenses and their alignment. In addition the box to the lens I received was not sealed, that it looked as if someone had already opened it. Furthermore I bought this lens because I originally saw that it had IS and is shocked to discover it did not, making this lens useless to me, as I do not have the luxury of a tripod or other such aid in the areas where I am shooting. Because of these things I can not recommend this lens at this time, especially for the cost. If in the future Canon adds IS to it I might revisit it, but for now this lens is not for me.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Lens but Pricy

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Great lens with complete interchangeability between the whole canon dslr line. I bough this lens for my Rebel T3I but I decided to go for broke with this lens even though the camera isn't the top of the line like the lens. I have the intention to upgrade the camera body in the future but I had to chose one or the other, and the lens adds more quality to the photo than the camera body so I opted for that. The lens fits like it should, a lot heavier than my other lens but that's to be expected with a quality lens. Picture quality is great and the appeature is amazing the whole zoom length. My only complaint is the price. But you get what you pay for and this lens is no exeception. If you do plan on purchasing this lens I would definitely recommend purchasing a nice camera strap. Using the one you get with your camera will destroy your neck with the extra weight of this lens. Getting a over the should strap is a easy and affordable solution.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Super Sharp Lens

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Paring this lens with my 5D MK III is amazing!! 1) Glass is sharp at 24mm all the way through 70mm 2) Lens construction is built to last! 3) the Lens locking button is a feature that i didn't think i would use. But after having it and using it LOVE IT. 4) Love the RED RING around the lens! 5) Perfect walk around lens and low light concert shooting! Perfect for event photographers! 7) make sure to have a 70-200mm IS II to go along with it! *uploaded photos don't do the lens justice, just visit a Best Buy and ask the sales specialist if you can try it out for yourself!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Lens For Events/Everyday Use

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Everyone says the lens is the most important piece of the camera system. Well, now that I own this amazing standard zoom, I can honestly say this premium quality lens is a total game changer. Previously, I would switch between my 24, 50, and 85 mm primes to capture a sufficient range of images to document various conferences and events. It was quite frustrating to be fiddling constantly with taking the lens on and off. But, my primes were such better quality than the kit zoom that came with the camera body. Consequently, I sold the kit zoom and ponied up for this baby. Reluctantly, I forked over the $1699 (w300 rebate). In retrospect, it would not even be a choice today - this is my best photography investment to date.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome lens

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I think this lens is pretty awesome. Takes great pictures and good in low light and consistently at f/2.8. The thing it is missing is image stabilization. There is probably some argument about the fact that it's in the 24-70 range so why would you need IS but I guess I would just expect it from a $2300 lens. Honestly before I rip this lens up for not having IS, I should be honest that I haven't used it a ton because it's been cold out and I haven't had a chance to do much outside shooting. However, I'm planning a trip to South America and decided to take a 18-135mm and 50mm over this lovely thing. The primary reason is due to its weight when trying to carry it backpacking and lack of IS for quick on the move stuff. You might say I'm being picky about it for my specific, immediate purposes but it is what it is. So in no way am I saying this lens is bad. In fact, it's awesome and super sharp. However, it is heavy and doesn't have IS. So that's my reason for 4 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars with 7 reviews

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  • PCMagRating, 4 out of 5Jim Fisher on March 25, 2014
    Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
    The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens is the company's top-end standard zoom; it's pricey, but a solid performer.Full Review
  • popphoto.comJulia Silber on January 15, 2014
    Lens Test: Canon EF 24-70MM F/2.8L II USM Zoom
    The latest in a line of storied lenses going back to the 28–80mm f/2.8–4L of April 1989, this is Canon's fourth high-speed, full-frame, standard-range, L-series autofocus zoom. The previous 24–70mm f/2.8L was introduced in November 2002, andFull Review
  • Digital Photography ReviewRating, 4.4 out of 5March 6, 2013
    Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
    The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM was announced a year ago, in February 2012, as an update to the venerable EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM of 2002. It features an all-new optical design, designed to provide improved imaging performance right across theFull Review
  • (UK)Szymon Starczewski on November 29, 2012
    Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8L II USM
    The Canon company has always tried to offer standard, fast, professional zoom lenses. In 1993 the EF 28-70 mm f/2.8L USM was launched and in 2002 it was substituted by the EF 24–70 mm f/2.8L USM. As you can see there were nine years of differenceFull Review
  • The Imaging Resource!Rating, 3.4 out of 5November 28, 2012
    Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Review
    There's not much to add that the test results don't already show: Canon has made dramatic improvements to this lens series, which is sure to become the darling of Canon wedding shooters around the globe.Full Review
  • whatdigitalcamera.comRating, 4.8 out of 5Jon Tarrant on November 8, 2012
    Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM review
    The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM is an improved version of a respected wide-aperture lens, but how does it perform?Full Review
  • The-Digital-Picture.comRating, 5 out of 5Bryan Carnathan on September 25, 2012
    Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens
    The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens is clearly the best performing Canon full-frame-compatible general purpose zoom lens available.It is the best from both an image quality perspective and from an AF speed/accuracy perspective.This lens isFull Review

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