The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM is an improved version of a respected wide-aperture lens, but how does it perform?

Product Overview

Overall rating:


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

Overall score:95%
Image Quality:95%


  • Excellent sharpness, Build Quality


  • Slight colour fringing at short focal lengths


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


Price as reviewed:


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.


Minimum Aperture:f/22
Lens Mount:Canon EF
Filter Thread:82mm
Image Stabilisation:No
Minimum Focus:0.38cm
Number of Diaphragm Blades:9
Lens Construction:18 elements, 13 groups
Maximum Aperture:f/2.8
35mm Equivalent Focal Length:24-70mm
Focal Length:24-70mm
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  3. 3. Image Quality & Verdict
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