My review and experiences using the original Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L series lens. My favorite lens for a long time, and definitely the most versatile.
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Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM Review
The Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L is my main work horse lens. Most of my best prints have come from this photo. It's not the sharpest lens in my kit but still has excellent clarity and contrast.
It has a very useful and versatile range from 24-70 making this Canons most popular professional zoom lens. With a full frame camera sensor you get excellent landscape capabilities at the 24mm end of the lens, and wonderful portraits at the long 70mm end of the lens.
It's pretty fast at f2.8 and the bokeh looks very good and clean. I was very impressed with how good the bokeh looked when I first purchased my copy.
Copy to copy this lens has been know to have sharpness issues, so make sure you get one that is acceptably sharp or you might have to exchange it or get it calibrated at a Canon service center. My lens was very sharp when I first bought it three years ago but is now in need of a tuning. This could be because I take it everywhere and have dropped it several times. Which brings me to the next point. The lens is very durable, slightly on the heavy side though. The weight can make it slightly more difficult to hold still so I've found I need to shoot at a slightly faster shutter than with my light weight primes.
Canon has discontinued this lens to replace it with something they promise to be sharper and lighter. They've also worked a few other minor things out of it. The new lens will have a 82mm thread vs the current 77mm threads.
Because it's been discontinued the price has gone up a bit. You can check current prices for new and used lenses at Amazon.
Here are some samples of several photos I've taken with the Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM