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

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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
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  • Fluorine-coated front and rear elements
  • Ultra-low dispersion (UD) and super UD glass
  • Sealed against dust and moisture
  • 9 Blades (Rounded diaphragm)
  • Metal mount
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
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Overview

Description by Canon:

A professional-quality standard zoom that offers superlative image quality and a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture throughout its zoom range. The perfect companion to any full-frame EOS camera.

Features

  • Versatile 24-70mm zoom range.
  • All-new optical design.
  • Ultra-low dispersion (UD) and super UD elements.
  • Fast f/2.8 max. aperture.
  • 0.38m close focus
  • Sealed against dust and moisture.
  • Fast, quiet autofocus.
  • Manual-focus override.
  • Nine-bladed circular aperture.


The professional’s standard zoom lens.

Next-generation optical design
The EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM delivers superb image quality throughout its zoom range, thanks to aspherical lens elements and ultra-low dispersion (UD) and super UD glass. Redesigned optics ensure sharpness is maximised across the frame. 

Versatile 24-70mm zoom range
The ideal companion for any full-frame EOS camera. Perfect for applications ranging from landscape and travel photography to portraiture and photojournalism.

Shoot in low light conditions
A fast f/2.8 maximum aperture is maintained throughout the zoom range, enabling hand-held low-light shooting in a variety of situations.

L-series build quality
The EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM is robust enough for daily professional use. Weather sealing protects against dust and moisture, while a fluorine-coated front and rear elements are easy to clean.

USM autofocus
Aring-type ultrasonic AF motor achieves focus quickly, quietly and accurately. Full-time manual override is available, making it possible to adjust focus without changing focus modes. 

Close focusing
A 0.38m closest-focus distance adds to the versatility of the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, providing a maximum magnification of 0.21x.

Beautiful background blur
A nine-bladed circular aperture provides superb bokeh, ideal for portraiture.

 

Reviews

"With an DxOMark score of 26, the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 MkII is the highest scoring professional fixed-aperture mid-range kit zoom of any brand in the DxO Mark database and comfortably outperforms rivals as well as the firm’s earlier Mark I version, particularly with regard to the sharpness levels across the frame. We’re used to seeing a noticeable deterioration in performance in the outer fields at longer focal lengths even with high-quality optics from the big-name marques but the new Canon bucks that trend.

Post date: 27/01/2013 - 09:48

"I admit that, while writing a summary of this test, my feelings are mixed. On the one hand I am pleased that the new lens is much better than its predecessor in almost all categories. Its high build quality and good optical properties are exactly those features professional photographers are looking for. In regard to that aspect the lens won’t disappoint you for sure.

On the other hand the competitors also didn’t let the grass grow under their feet and their new 24-70 mm f/2.8 products

Post date: 04/12/2012 - 16:21

"Obviously on a sub-frame camera the corners of the lens are not examined by the sensor, so it's not surprising that we see a bit worse performance in the corners with the lens mounted on the full-frame Canon 1Ds mkIII. Performance is still very good when used at the ƒ/2.8 setting; from 24mm to 70mm, we see a sharp central region with some corner softness in each focal length. The lens never shows the tack-sharp results it does when mounted on a sub-frame camera, but the corners are only slightly soft. When diffraction limiting sets in at ƒ/11, it also serves to equalize the corners with the center

Post date: 29/11/2012 - 21:21

"All-in-all, this is a worthy upgrade of a pretty classic lens. Is it $1000 better than the previous version? No, I don’t think it is. When it starts to fall below $2000 in a year or so, I think it’s a good value lens. If you’re budget minded, go grab yourself a used version 1 and be happy, it’s still a great lens. If you want the best 24-70 on the market and don’t mind paying for the privilege, you won’t be disappointed with the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II. "

Post date: 10/11/2012 - 21:44

"When I tested that first small batch of 24-70 Mk II lenses I said they were a bit sharper at 70mm than even the legendary Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS II lens was. The 24-70 resolved 950 Line pairs / Image height at the center, and 810 overall, compared to the 70-200′s 885 / 765.

Post date: 06/11/2012 - 21:28

Canon has gone completely wild with the pricing of this one. It demands more than twice  of what the previous 24-70mm lens used to cost, and a good 1000 $/£/€ more than the excellent Nikkor equivalent. So, is it worth the premium? (Spoiler: no, of course not).

"Sharpness in the centre of the frame is very good to outstanding throughout the zoom range. At 24mm and f/2.8 sharpness

Post date: 31/10/2012 - 12:38

"I am overall very pleased with the 24-70mm and from now on it will certainly be my workhorse lens. Perhaps though during speeches when things have calmed down a little I may prefer the 35mm 1.4 and 85mm 1.8 little combo a little more but only if the light is failing and my ISO needs to be ramped up beyond about 6400. I will still however be using only a 35mm f2 for my travel photography because it is small, insconspicuous and since I shoot largely at F8 or so sharpness is not an issue. What Id really like though is a 24-85mm F1.4 that weighs less and has image stabilisation — I wont hold my breath though."

Post date: 29/10/2012 - 00:00

After more than untold years in waiting we can finally behold the 'wedding master' EF 24-70 F/2.8L II USM . Here's what's new:

A Super UD lens element, and two standard UD elements, 9 blade diaphragm, better weather proofing, and fluorite coating on the front lens. Also, a zoom lock switch. As expected, there's no image stabilization, and the usual price hike.  I mean, what's the freaking point in including stabilization in a 24mm prime, and not in a 24-70mm super expensive zoom lens?

Post date: 07/02/2012 - 10:35

"Weighing 1490g, this lens has a fair bit of heft to it and you certainly notice its there when being carried about for long periods. Still it balances extremely well on the EOS 5D MkII used for testing with the controls all being in very natural positions for operating the lens and supporting the weight at the same time. High quality materials have been used throughout and a rubber gasket is located around

Post date: 25/08/2011 - 00:00

Specifications

DXO Mark Score
Resolution: 
16.0 P-Mpix
Transmission: 
3.0 TStop
Distortion: 
0.40%
Vignetting: 
-1.6 EV
Chr. aberration: 
15.00µm
Specifications
Lens type: 
Zoom
Lens Mount: 
Canon EF mount
Canon EFS mount
AF Motor type: 
Inner-focusing with USM
Optical characteristics
Focal Length: 
24 - 70mm
Internal zooming: 
No
Angle of view: 
84° - 34°
Zoom Ratio: 
2.9x
Max Magnification: 
0.2x
Lens construction: 
18 elements in 13 groups (Fluorine-coated front and rear elements, Ultra-low dispersion (UD) and super UD glass)
Diaphragm Blades: 
9 aperture blades circular opening
Maximum Aperture: 
f/2.8
Minimum Aperture: 
f/22.0
Aperture ring: 
No
Internal Focusing: 
Yes
Front lens element rotating: 
No
Minimum Focusing Distance: 
0.38m
Distance Scale: 
Yes
Full-Time manual focus: 
Yes
Auto Focus / Manual Focus switch: 
Yes
Physical characteristics
Diameter: 
88.0mm
Length: 
113.0mm
Body material: 
Metal
Weather sealing details: 
Dust and moisture resistant
Filter Diameter: 
82mm
Lens Hood included: 
Yes

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