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The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM is a general-purpose lens released as an upgrade from the previous L-Series 28-70 f/2.8 lens.

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Pros

additional 4mm of range on the wide end of the focal spectrum over the previous generation 28-70mm f/2.8

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rain and dust-proof weathersealing

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considerably cheaper than the Nikon equivalent

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optically much nicer than the previous generation 28-70mm f/2.8

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constant f/2.8 - allows you to isolate your subject, use the lens in lower light

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like having quality 24mm f/2.8L, 28mm f/2.8L, 35mm f/2.8L, 50mm f/2.8L and 70mm f/2.8L lenses all in one, very convenient

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Cons

not truly as good as a full set of professional primes

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big and heavy

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high price point

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'boring' focal range

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The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM is a general-purpose lens released as an upgrade from the previous L-Series 28-70 f/2.8 lens. It offers an extended coverage to an ultra-wide-angle 24mm, making it ideal for digital as well as film shooters. Featured also are dual Aspherical elements, an enhanced UD glass element, and a new seal / gasket from dust and moisture. Critics say the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM is especially sharp in the center at f/2.8 at all focal lengths, and that it performs well in the corners. It does however show more barrel distortion on the wide end. But critics hail the unit for its excellent color, contrast and saturation; it’s ultra-quiet, fast and accurate AF system; and an impressive Maximum Magnification (MM).

Features
  • General-Purpose Lens/Lenses
  • Upgrade From Previous Generation
  • Extended Coverage to 24mm
  • Dual Aspherical Elements
  • Enhanced UD Glass Element
  • Dust/Moisture Protection
  • Extra Sharp Center
  • Improved Corner Performance
  • Increased Barrel Distortion
  • Superior Color/Contrast/Saturation
  • Quiet but Accurate AF
  • Impressive MM
  • Solid Build
  • Weather Sealing
Specifications
  • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture:    24-70mm 1:2.8
  • Lens Construction: 16 elements in 13 groups
  • Diagonal Angle of View: 84° - 34°
  • Focus Adjustment: Front-focusing method
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 0.38m/1.25 ft.
  • Zoom System: Rotating Type
  • Filter Size: 77mm
  • Max. Diameter x Length, Weight: 3.3" x 4.9", 2.1 lbs. / 83.2mm x 123.5mm, 950g
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