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

Looking to find more information regarding the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM? Read our latest review to learn more about the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, its specifications, and if it’s a good camera lens for you. 

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

The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM was first announced in 2002 with a Canon EF mount type. Below is a summary of this lens’s specifications: 

Indicative Price: $2300

Focal Range: 24-70

Aperture: F/ 2.8

Filter Diameter (millimeters): 82

Maximum Diameter (millimeters): 88.5

Number Of Lenses: 18

Length (millimeters): 113

AF Motor: USM

Stabilization: None

Zoom Type: Ring

Tripod Mount: None Available

Colors Available: Black Only

Manual Focus: Yes

Weight (grams): 805

How Does Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Score? 

Below are the lens metric scores we’ve measured for this specific lens: 

  • Sharpness: 4.7/10
  • Transmission: 4.6/10
  • Vignetting: 3/10
  • Chromatic Aberration: 4/10
  • Distortion: 5.6/10

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

The focus is their fastest, but it’s not ultrasonic. It’s compatible with all Canon cameras that have a EF mount. The noise levels are well controlled, however the chromatic aberration is average compared to other lenses in this range.

The image stabilization is missing, which means that you will need really good light conditions for sharp images. Canon’s EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM is good for shooting portraits, landscapes, and wildlife photography.

The AF speed is  good for Canon’s latest USM driven lenses. Auto focus is really fast and silent.

The front of the lens doesn’t rotate, so it’s great for shooting in diverse conditions when you need to use a circular polarizing filter or gel filters on your lenses.

Something to keep in mind is the bokeh quality of this lens, which is  not really great. In this lens, the bokeh quality seems to be somewhat harsh, especially when you use a wide aperture of f/2.8. The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM is not great for shooting objects near your camera due to its small minimum focusing distance of 0.38 meters.

Another area to note is the ergonomics of the lens. It’s  quite comfortable to hold, even though it’s relatively heavy for a lens of its size, weighing 805 grams.

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

Below are the pros and cons of the Canon EF 24-70mm lens.


The redesigned optical configuration and more durable outer barrel and zoom mechanism of the new lens were created to compensate for some of the flaws of the previous model, ensuring that it continues to perform well over time. In addition, water-and-dustproof seals have been added around the zoom and focus rings, switches, extending barrel, and lens mount.


The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens suffers from strong vignetting issues, with a maximum volume of more than 0.7 stops at the wide end and 2 stops on its telephoto end.

After taking a look at everything, we can come to the conclusion that, although it is a bit pricey, the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM is a great lens to have with you when photographing landscapes or portraits, and it’s capable of focusing quickly on moving objects in most situations.

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