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Compact and lightweight compared to the Canon 24-70 f/2.8 II lens, the f/4 offers a 4-stop hybrid IS system (Canon’s best IS), 2 aspheric and 2 UD elements, a 9-blade circular diaphragm for beautiful, soft backgrounds, weather sealing, and fingerprint and smudge resistant fluorine coating on both front and rear elements.
Its most interesting feature is a macro mode that is accessed through a one-touch switch, allowing the lens to give 0.7x magnification focusing as close as 8 inches from the front element (normal close focusing distance is 1.25 feet). Compact and lightweight, it’s a great standard-range travel lens, with the added bonus of being a macro lens, too.
This is an interesting lens. Obviously, it is one stop of light slower than the Canon 24-70 f/2.8 Mk II, but it does have Image Stabilization and is a lot smaller. This lens has a bit less range than the Canon 24-105 f/4 IS, but has less distortion at the wide end and a more advanced stabilization system. The Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC is another competitor with similar image quality and price, but that one is a bit slower to autofocus.
There are a lot of choices, obviously, so why would you choose this one? Honestly, the macro feature is very nice to have for those who like to shoot close up, and it works very well. The size and weight are a plus, especially when travelling. That’s where I see the place of this one — a nice, small, high quality walk-around lens with the option of shooting macro. One thing I would note: the weak point of the lens is at 50mm, it actually is a bit sharper zoomed out fully to 70mm.
- Filter Size
- 77mm (nonrotating front element)
- 1.32 lb
- Minimum Focusing Distance
- 1.25 feet
- Maximum Magnification
- Angle of view: (full frame)
- 84° – 34°
- Zoom method
- barrel extending, zoom-lock switch
- Image Stabilization
- Hybrid IS, 4-stop
- Focusing System
- Inner focusing with ring-type USM motor,full-time manual
- Aperture Blades
- 9, curved
- Low Dispersion Elements
- Fluorite Elements
- Aspherical Elements
- Weather Resistant
- Yes, and front and rear element have fluorine coating
- Flare resistance
- All elements have Canon’s Super Spectra coating
- Canon EF
- Crop, Full frame
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