Released back in 2002, “The Digital Picture” called it “…one of the best general purpose lenses available”, and given the Canon 24-70mm lens was still being produced up until 2012, it is still one of the best all-purpose lenses Canon have produced.
This lens has been the go to glass for both our 5D Mark II camera and PMW-F5 camera, when shooting pieces requiring the shallow depth-of-field cinematic look.
When used on a stills camera, it’s smooth autofocus operation and zoom range make it an ideal portraiture lens, covering just about all the range you’d need at most events. For professional photographers, the f/2.8 aperture is wonderfully fast, producing outstanding image quality and lovely soft backgrounds at its maximum aperture.
On a full frame cinema camera, it looks amazing, and can cover a 35mm sensor when used with an appropriate adapter. Take note however, that this is not a parfocal lens, and will not hold focus when zooming in or out from your subject.
It has seen plenty of action, shooting at coprorate events, weddings, sporting events and nightclubs, and has always performed admirably. It’s macro function allows you to take incredibly close photos of small objects, up-to 38cm away from your subject.
It weighs 950g, so isn’t a light lens, but it’s weather sealed coating and rock solid casing can survive most conditions. This kit has many superficial scratches on the surface (Not the glass!) that show just how durable this lens has been over it’s ten year lifespan with us.
This kit includes the following:
- Canon 24-70mm USM EF Mount f/2.8L series zoom lens
- Hoya HD Goldseries 77mm UV filter for protection
- Lens caps/covers for front and rear elements
- Genuine Canon EW-83F lenshood
- Tiffen 77mm variable ND filter, and Hoya 77mm circular polarizing filter (Optional)
- Canon lens soft carry case