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Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L vs Canon EF 24-70mm f4L IS

24-70 f2.8 vs 4 is usm

24-70 f2.8 vs 4 is usmSome time ago I had an idea of ​​replacement Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L on Canon EF 24-70mm f4 IS.


I personally use this lens in the following situations:

  • for shooting reports - with and without flash
  • for subject shooting - with and without flash
  • for macro photography - with flash
  • for studio work - with flash

I specifically mentioned the flash. Because in practice, in most cases I shoot with it at f5.6. I rarely use aperture 2.8. Moreover, for open diaphragms I have fixes... So it was tempting to replace the Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L with the Canon EF 24-70mm f4L IS.

What attracted the Canon EF 24-70mm f4L IS?

It is compact, lightweight and has a good stabilizer. This lens is generally good for shooting photo and video reports. It also has a macro mode to eliminate the need for macro rings.

So I decided to go to the store and give a quick test of this new L zoom from Canon. While the materials on the Internet on this model are rather limited.

So, first impressions from Canon EF 24-70mm f4L IS:

  • indeed, very compact and lightweight (versus the solid and bulky 24-70 f2.8)
  • the case is unconvincing (I usually don't pay attention to it, but in comparison with the 24-70 f2.8 it immediately feels cheap and plastic)
  • focusing speed, as well as the sharpness of the image during a cursory test, are the same on both models
  • bokeh in 24-70 f4 is absent - I will dwell on this a little longer

Here are pictures for comparison:


These few frames immediately discouraged me from f2.8 to f4.0. Of course, the 24-70 is mostly a reportage lens. But even during outdoor reporting, you can take portraits at 70mm f2.8. They are certainly inferior to the Canon 85mm f1.8, but still remain portraits. Another 24-70 2.8 can make high-quality macro shots with a very blurry background. The bokeh on the new 24-70 f4 IS is nothing but dull. This still significantly limits the functionality of the lens.

Conclusion for yourself I did this: despite the fact that I often shoot on my 24-70 with a flash with closed apertures, there is no desire to give up 2.8.

A used Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L now costs about the same as a new Canon EF 24-70mm f4L IS. If I were choosing which one to buy, it would be better to take a lighter lens with high-quality bokeh and pleasant color reproduction. After all, high-aperture lenses shoot better, including with closed apertures.