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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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