Meeting the ever-increasing demands on image quality that digital photography brings, the redesigned EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM is the latest update to the acclaimed L-Series of EF optics, re-establishing a new standard for superb optics, high-end durable construction, and performance in professional zoom lenses. A standard focal length zoom lens, it features a large aperture throughout its focal length. Featuring the latest advances in optical lens design, it utilizes 1 Super UD lens element and 2 UD lens elements that help minimize chromatic aberration in the periphery at wide-angle as well as reduced colour blurring around the edges of the subject. In addition, 2 types of aspherical lenses are combined to help reduce spherical aberration over the entire image area as well as through the full zoom range. Optimized lens coatings also help ensure exceptional colour balance while minimizing ghosting. The lens is also equipped with a circular 9-blade diaphragm for beautiful, soft backgrounds. A ring-type USM and high-speed CPU with optimized AF algorithms enable silent and fast autofocusing. Built for the rigors of professional use as well as to meet the increased number of shots available with digital photography, it's constructed with improved dust sealing and water resistance while fluorine coatings on the front and rear lens surfaces help reduce soiling, smears, and fingerprints. A zoom lock lever locks the zoom position at the wide end for safe transporting while attached to an EOS DSLR camera over the shoulder.
Inner-focusing with USM
18 elements in 13 groups
Max View Angle
84 degrees - 34 degrees
Canon EF 24-70mm Lens F/2.8L II USM is rated
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Rated 5 out of
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Awesome standard zoomI shoot many fast paced events where timing is key to capture moments as they unfold in a natural way without subjects realizing I'm there. The 24-70 II fits those needs completely with fast, accurate autofocus, sharp rendering, punchy images and a reasonable zoom range that gets me just close enough to capture action as it unfolds. I've been quite pleased with the performance of this lens on the event floor and noticed an increase in my keeper rate versus my previous Sigma lens. This lens really has held its own in low light events paired with the 6D.
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of
Sharpest LensI am somewhat new to canon lens but I decided to pick this lens up for a upcoming trip. After testing this lens I can say that this is one of the sharpest lens I have ever used. The weight is not too much, not to the point where it is too heavy but it is perfect, I would take this over the 24-105 II usm any day.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of
One of the finestThe build quality of this lens is apparent the moment you hold it. It's heavier than it looks and feels refreshingly solid.
The resistance on the manual focus ring is satisfyingly smooth requiring no more or less force than you'd ever want for tuning quickly and precisely at the same time.
The heft of the lens is most apparent when zooming and becomes more obvious when it's pointed upwards (gravity and stuff). The wonderful thing is how the lens manages to hold it's place when pointed DOWNward. Although there is a zoom lock, after a year and a half of use I have yet to experience any lens drop even after traveling with the camera shouldered for long walks.
The AF is super snappy and uncanny in its accuracy especially when using center point focus. On a 6D body, it is impressively reliable in low-light situations. Only the flattest, no-contrast circumstances seem to offer any AF issues.
Image quality is superb and more likely to be bottle-necked by the camera its on rather than by the lens itself. It still blows my mind that even under the worst circumstances chromatic aberration never seems to existent.
Truly it's the Excalibur of standard zoom lenses.