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

The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens falls in the middle of the “Holy Trinity” of lenses most pros use, especially wedding & event photographers. With a constant f/2.8 aperture throughout the nearly 3x zoom range, this lens is quite versatile for low light or shallow depth of field applications. This is the second generation of the 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens for Canon. I was very surprised that Canon did not add Image Stabilization to this lens, especially in light of the 82mm filter thread.

What I Like

  • Constant f/2.8 Aperture
  • Great Build Quality
  • Excellent Image Quality

What I Don’t Like

  • 82mm Filters (the first generation used 77mm filters)
  • No Image Stabilization
  • Lens Hood – I liked the first generation version better with it’s unique reversed zoom. This allowed Canon to make the lens hood extremely efficient at all focal lengths.


  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM - $1899.00

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Overall User Rating

4.80 out of 5

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Focal Length 24 - 70 mm
Max Aperture f/2.8
Minimum Aperture f/22
Minimum Focus distance 16 inches
Maximum Magnification 0.21x
Number of Elements 18
Number of Groups 13
Aperture Blade Design Rounded
Number of Aperture Blades 9
Filter Size 82 mm
Diameter 3.48 in.
Length 4.45 in.
Weight 1.78 lbs.
Lens Mount Construction Metal
Tripod Collar Included
Weather Sealed Yes
Distance Scale Yes - No Hyper Focal Markings
Image Stabilization No
Lens Shade Included

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