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Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 372 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast, sharp, and Image Stability

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    Scott

    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 https://youtu.be/_nLiu4IdJII 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

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    MAHNYC
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    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

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    tommybass40
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    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Lens but Pricy

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    Jason
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    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: 1 out of 5 stars

    Unusable

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    RangerChris61
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    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

    Super Sharp Lens

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    sladerade
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    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

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    Transformancer
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    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

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    JCfromPA
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Lens performs well

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    jennifer
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    I researched lenses for months before purchasing this lens, and after reading reviews from other amateur and semi-pro photographers, I decided to purchase. I took this lens along on a trip overseas, thinking it would replace my need to switch wide angle and 50 mm lenses. It did a phenomenal job -- I was really impressed with how sharp the photos are, despite there not being IS. The only drawback is that this lens is HEAVY and, along with my 70-200mm lens, really weighed me down.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    New standard work horse

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    Waterslide
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    I really didn't want to buy this lens because I had the range already covered and was able to buy some length on a 100-400, When talking to other photographers about everything from a great portrait lens to candid hobby photography, EVERYONE said this was the glass for the job. I ended up selling my 100-400 and the kit lens18-135 that came with the 80D and purchased it. Wow the larger aperture really has made a huge difference, it makes everything looks SOOOOOO clean and professional. I took a couple random shots of my wife before a date and WOW it looks like a model ad. Purchased additional protection and keeping this forever.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Definitely a great improvement over the first one

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    boyds
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    I had the 24-70mm L 2.8 Ultrasonic before for 4 years. An excellent lens on its own it was a bit large and heavy but I got over that for the qualtiy of the shots. The odd thing about the first one was that the zoom seemed backwards (or maybe I am backwards) at 70mm it was all tucked in as small as it could be, at 24mm the lens extended all the way out to its largest configuration. I did have an issue where fast shots of my kids would come up out of focus. For posed shots and not-so-fast action, focus was fine. New Mark II has greatly improved focus speed. It is a bit lighter and does not have the giant hood. The new hood is a smaller flower-petal shaped one making it look less like a weapon. The lens also zooms in what I consider to be the correct direction, at 70mm the lens is fully extended and at 24mm it is all tucked in.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great lens!

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    shirleyc
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    Personally, I love this lens, I am amateur photographer, learning and improving steadily. I own a 7D and will soon be buying a 6D. I'm not great at writing reviews but here's a summary of my friend's view on the lens (he is a professional photographer, a real one, haha): Pros - smaller, lighter lens with improved weight distribution. Flare resistance, sharpness and color accuracy comparable to Canon L Prime lenses. New center pinch-style lens cap and button-release hood. Cons - No more internal zooming, camera can't stand face down on hood, expensive, doesn't hold focus after changing focal length. Exposure is affected slightly throughout zoom range.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Nice lens

    Posted
    Robby123
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    I didn't get the results for me that I expected from this lens at the price range. It's not a bad lens, but after all the hype, I thought it would be instant AWE, and it just wasn't. That's just my personal view. All my equipment is Canon and I've owned 5 L series lenses. My best experience came from the 35mm f4L ll which I bought from Amazon and still have and love. Next after that is the 135mm f4L which I still own and bought at half the cost of this (in my opinion) over rated lens. My last experience at Best Buy was a horrible one which will keep me from returning there for any new purchase. They need to learn customer respect and quality service. I'm done with the run around trying to get a live person on the phone to discuss a new purchase. NEXT!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is the greatest lens I've used so far . . .

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    WillieBrake
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    This is probably the greatest lens I've ever used... with the only exception being the Canon 70-200mm L IS II. Still, it is unbelievably sharp throughout the zoom range. I've taken shots that would rival the most expensive primes. Focusing is just about instantaneous because when you choose your target and it instantly appears crisp and sharp! The build is solid and strong. It is not nearly as heavy though as the previous model which seemed to be more of a metal body. In addition to being lighter, this lens is also shorter making it easier to travel with and more fun to shoot with. This EF lens features a zoom lock which prevents the barrel from zooming out while hanging from the neckstrap and also has full-time manual focusing. I say give it a try and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Industry standard.

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    PhotoguyColorado
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    When comparing images taken with a lower level lens, you can see a substantial difference in image quality. With this lens, you get tack sharp images, and the focal speed of this lens is insane and very accurate. I had the generation before this series and There is a noticeable difference on how fast the lens gets into focus when shooting a moving subject like an athlete or a young squirmy child. Collects a ton of light with very little noise. It's worth the price because you'll be able to charge more for the quality of your prints. If you're looking to get into stock photography, any L Series lens will greatly assist you in getting images accepted.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Lens Ever

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    KKCNIck
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    This lens is way better than my 24-105 f4 I sold. It meets and exceeds my expectations. I always wanted the 24-70 mk I but hated the weight and reverse zoom. now I have a lens that looks like a normal zoom but is extremely light and sharp. Yeah there is not IS but if you hold your camera steady I have not had an issue. The AF is so fast on my Canon 5d Mark III. This is now my favorite travel lens. Goes great with the 70-200 2.8 II. Really this setup covers everything. Definetly buy it you will be glad you did.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    FANTASTIC lens!

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    KDFrosty
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    There are some Canon L series lenses that leave users underwhelmed at the quality and wanting more, but for an everyday lens this Canon 24-70mm L cannot be beat. I was thoroughly impressed at the image quality and sharpness that this lens produced over a wide series of f stops with adequate light. The lens focuses lightning fast. The only SMALL complaint I had was that it's bulky and heavy, but that's expected when you're getting such high quality optics, workmanship, and parts.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best 24-70mm Period

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    Uvnivek
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    I don't really have much to review about this other than it is the best 24-70mm in the market right now, hands down. It is actually so good at F2.8 with a high ISO camera (6D), I sold my 50mm F1.4 because that range is covered. Unless you need the shallow DOF or the 16-24mm range, you don't need any other lens It is significantly better than the version I. If you can't get good quality picture with this lens something is wrong with your photography or camera. I also really appreciate the lock mechanism on the lens. The filter size might be a pain to purchase and expensive but you can always buy step down adapter. It could be lighter but i can't complain here because it is an 82mm size.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Ideal lens for in-door low light fast action photo

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    Mjar53
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    This is the third Cannon zoom lens that I've used to shoot high quality, fast action in-door pictures for my daughter volleyball games. The other lens were f3.5, results were ok but frequently the players or other action was blurred. This lens produce high quality, super clarity and brilliant color in low light conditions found in gyms. The lens is very expensive for the average photography work but if you want great pictures is fast action, low light settings this is the one. Their only this age once!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    one of the best all around lenses

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    dare2makebelieve
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    This lens should be your first big glass buy... I know the $ tag is a lot to take in, but if your just starting out, this Lens with 24-70mm and a Fixed 2.8 Aperture will allow you to basically do all types of photography from outdoors to low light like weddings etc. If I need to run "light" and can't choose this is my goto lens.. I have the Entire canon L Series Line of lenses and this one and the 70-200mm f/2.8L can literally be your only 2 lenses if you need to travel light and want to shoot video or still images!

    I would recommend this to a friend