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

Image Quality & Verdict

Technical testing revealed slight colour fringing at the shortest
focal lengths, which was a disappointment, but in all other respects the
results were outstanding. Resolution peaked above 0.4 cycles-per-pixel
and the MTF curves never once fell below the critical 0.25
cycles-per-pixel threshold.

Overall this is a superb lens. Yes,
there was some chromatic aberration detected but this showed-up only
during technical testing and could not be spotted in real-world pictures
unless it was actively sought. Similarly, there is no escaping the fact
that Canon's new 24-70mm zoom lens is twice the price of the model it
replaces but it offers a genuine and significant step upwards in terms
of image quality. In short, this is the standard zoom that many Canon
users will aspire to own.

Jon Tarrant

Jon Tarrant

Former professional photographer and photography journalist, Jon has now put his physics degree to good use by becoming a physics teacher. He contributes technical features to WDC and is our primary lens tester, where his science background comes in very handy. He is the author of eight photography books on topics ranging from portraiture and lighting to Understanding Digital Cameras.

Price as reviewed



Features 19/20
Design 19/20
Image Quality 19/20
Performance 19/20
Value 19/20
Overall Score 95%