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Canon EF 24-70mm f / 2.8L USM review

Canon EF 24-70mm f / 2.8L USM - gorgeous lens. I have had it for more than 10 years and I don’t want to part with it. The review will be long. I have already mentioned this lens in the following articles:

In this review I will describe the Canon EF 24-70mm f / 2.8L USM in more detail.

What is it for?

Essentially for everything. At 24-70 f2.8 you can shoot:

  • portraits
  • reportage
  • architecture
  • subject and macro

About image quality

This L zoom produces a wonderful picture. The main thing is color rendering. It is juicy and warm. Everything is relative. For a while, I shot with a Canon 300d camera with the kit Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 lens and this wonderful zoom. The difference immediately caught my eye. contrast, volume and color of the image... By the way, with sharpness there was a problem, but more on that later. Compared to the whale, the image just came to life. Compared to this, the whale gives a faded and flat picture. And the bokeh at f2.8 and 70mm continues to delight even against the background of prime lenses. Of course, 24-70 gives less background blur than Canon 50 1.4 or Canon 85 1.8but the bokeh pattern itself is very nice. The bokeh of this lens is radically different from its L counterparts at f4 (there is essentially none).

About sharpness

At an open aperture of f2.8, the lens demonstrates very good sharpness. At f5.6, the lens is razor sharp. The resolution is slightly inferior to Canon 50 1.4 or other sharp fixes, but in practice it is hardly noticeable. Interestingly, when I was shooting with the Canon 300d, the kit Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5. gave a sharper image than the Canon EF 24-70mm f / 2.8L USM! The situation became clearer when I put this lens on the Canon 5D Mark II. It turned out to be a matter of adjustment: setting to -8 made the pictures perfectly sharp. After adjustment, the sharpness at 2.8 is very, very happy. The f2.8 aperture is now fully operational.

Test frames in full resolution at different apertures can be viewed by this link.

Vision angle

I want to say right away that this is a full frame lens. 24mm on crop it is not a wide angle. On cameras with incomplete frame, 24-70mm turns into the approximate equivalent of 38-112mm at full. 38mm is a focal one suitable for working with people, but in a small room it is already cramped. 112mm and f2.8 are pretty good for portraits given the lens' excellent bokeh. But for multifunctional zoom, the lack of a wide angle is not permissible. And in general, I consider it inappropriate to buy a lens for a crop camera, which is more expensive than the camera itself. Another thing, full frame... Here 24mm gives you a great overview. It will not be cramped anywhere. At the same time, 70mm remains the portrait focal length.


A very nice feature of this model is the minimum focusing distance of 38cm. At 70mm, this allows for pretty close-ups. Not a full-fledged macro, but very convenient for subject photography. For example, the Canon 50 1.4 fix, and especially the Canon 85 1.8, does not allow you to shoot so large.

About shortcomings

The main disadvantages of this lens are its weight and price... It weighs 950 grams. The lens is definitely not for travel. It's hard to shoot with it all day, although it replaces 3-4 fixed lenses in terms of functionality. For the price, again, for this money you can buy about 3 good prime lenses. Unsharp f2.8 spoils the experience a little too, although for portraits, again, excellent.

To take or not to take?

If you want a reportage zoom with decent image quality, beautiful bokeh and macro capabilities, and the second version of the 24-70 is beyond your budget, this is a great option. You cannot demand perfect quality from a zoom lens as from a fixture. This lens is close to this, and therefore worth the money. By the way, I didn't mention focusing before. She is perfect - very fast, tenacious and precise.

About analogues

Non-native analogues. Having rummaged a little on the net, I made the following list of analogs in focal and aperture:

  • Tamron AF SP 24-70mm f / 2.8 DI WC USD
  • Tamron AF 28-75mm f / 2.8 SP XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)
  • Sigma AF 24-70mm f / 2.8 IF EX DG HSM
  • Tokina AF 28-70mm f / 2.8 AT-X 287 PRO SV
  • Tokina AF 28-80mm f / 2.8 AT-X Pro

Here's my advice - forget about this junk... The fact that there are 24-70 and 2.8 does not make this rubbish analogous to the excellent L lens from Canon. Third-party manufacturers are playing on price and obvious lens parameters. Only native glasses from Canon are worth the money. This is the color rendition (which is simply none of the Sigma, Tamrons and others) and excellent focusing and many other parameters. The desire to save money comes out only sideways. Better to get by with inexpensive fifty kopecks from Canonthan to have on wedding photo в Registry office a green-faced bride or blurry group photos. Non-native zoom lenses can only be purchased as bayonet plugs.

Analogs from Canon. Canon has the following counterparts:

  • Canon EF 24-70mm f / 4L IS USM

I already wrote about this lens in this article... It costs the same as the Canon EF 24-70mm f / 2.8L USM, only it has no bokeh as such. On the other hand, it is small and lightweight. The price for it, in my opinion, is overpriced.

  • Canon EF 24-105 f / 4L IS USM

This lens is attractive because of its focal length range. But in the picture 24-70 f2.8 is inferior. But cheaper.

  • Canon EF 24-70mm f / 2.8L II USM

Canon EF 24-70mm f / 2.8L II USM Version XNUMX

It is devoid of the shortcomings of the first version, namely: not quite sharp f2.8 aperture and excessive weight. With closed diaphragms, they are very similar. Fully working f2.8 is nice. Although against the background of fast fixes, f2.8 is not a lot. One way or another, this lens will not replace them anyway. But the exorbitant price tag repels. After all, for this money you can buy 24-70 first version + Samyang 14mm + Canon 85mm 1.8 (in total it will be very interesting set). My opinion, the Canon EF 24-70mm f / 2.8L II USM is the lens for those who price issue just not important.

And another video review Canon EF 24-105 f4L IS USM:

If the question of the cost of the lens is acute, I advise you to pay attention to the following lens: Canon Ef 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 USM.