Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L II USM


The all-purpose Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L II USM lens is a pro-spec, fast aperture zoom suitable for all areas of photography. The lens features a new, redesigned optical system that includes two ultra-low dispersion (UD) and super UD aspheric elements to minimise colour aberration and ensure exceptional sharpness, even at the maximum focal length (70mm). Each lens element also features Canon’s optimised Super Spectra coatings to reduce ghosting and flare and ensure excellent colour balance. This compact zoom features a tough L series construction to protect the lens from knocks, bumps, dust and moisture. The fast maximum f/2.8 aperture and USM (Ultrasonic Motor) allows for fast, low light shooting and near-silent focusing with full-time manual override


Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L II USM Key Features:

  • As this lens features a Canon EF (Electro-Focus) lens mount, you can use this lens on a Canon full-frame camera (Such as the 1D X, 5D Mk III, 6D etc.) and a cropped sensor (APS-C) camera with EF-S mount (EG. 350D, 7D, 550D, 60D etc.).
  • Next-generation optical design, featuring ultra-low dispersion (UD) and super UD elements for exceptional sharpness.
  • Fast f/2.8 maximum aperture for low-light shooting and control over depth of field.
  • Aspherical lens elements combat chromatic aberration.
  • L-series build quality; sealed against dust and moisture.
  • Tough construction protects against knocks and bumps.
  • Fluorine coated front and rear elements for easy cleaning.
  • Ultrasonic AF for fast, near-silent focusing with full-time manual override.
  • Minimum focus distance of 0.38m.
  • Nine-bladed circular aperture diaphragm for smooth natural bokeh.


  • The original EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens was introduced in 2002 to replace the EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM.
  • The EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM is a very popular lens noted for its versatility and image quality.
  • With the progression of the digital camera age, Canon has listened to users’ demands for a version of this lens that offers higher image quality and a reduction of performance loss resulting from long-term use in harsh environments.
  • As a response, Canon has developed and released the EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, offering extremely high image quality.

In Comparison: Canon 24-70mm f2.8L II USM vs Canon 24-70mm f2.8L USM

Model Canon 24-70mm f2.8L II USM Canon 24-70mm f2.8L USM
Date introduced Feb 2012 Nov 2002
Weather sealing Yes Yes
Aspherical element 3 2
Ultra low dispersion element (UD) 1x super UD & 2 x UD 1x UD
Circular aperture 9 blades 8 blades
Min. focusing distance 0.38m 0.38m
Fluorine coating Yes No
Image Stabiliser No No
Filter diameter 82mm 77mm
Full Time Manual Focus Yes Yes
Zoom ring lock Yes No
Length 113mm 123.5mm
Weight Aprox 805g Aprox 950g


Technical Section

The main advantages of the new EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM are:

  • Higher contrast and definition
  • Reduced chromatic aberration
  • Improved bokeh



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