"The Canon 24 - 70 f2..8L - Check out below for the pros and cons of this awesome lens"
The Canon 24 – 70 f2.8L is a popular lens used by many photographers, and considered a workhorse for many. I have owned and used the Canon 24 – 70 lens for a few years now so I thought I would share what I consider to be the pros and cons of this lens.
Pros of the Canon 24 – 70 f2.8 lens
1) It has awesome build quality. The Canon 24-70 f2.8L lens is an L series professional spec lens, and as such it is made out of top quality materials. This means that this lens is tough, durable and basically bullet proof. The build quality of this lens is second to none, which is good because it has been a workhorse of mine for a few years now.
2) It has awesome image quality. Canon L series lenses are known for their image quality and this is the same with this lens. The image quality of this lens is great and it is super sharp, which is perfect.
3) It has a fast f2.8 maximum aperture. The maximum f2.8 aperture makes is easy to capture photos of a sharp subject against a nicely blurred out background, which is a popular and sought after look.
4) It is versatile. This is a versatile lens you can use for a lot of different subjects. Most photographers use it as a portrait lens and the 24mm – 70mm range is perfect for both head shots and full body shots. As well as portraits you can use this lens for landscapes and seascapes, where you will be able to get a lot in the frame at the 24mm wide end. If you mount this lens on a tripod it is also great for still life and product photography, however you need to make sure you have a strong tripod head to deal with the weight.
Cons of the Canon 24 -70 f2.8 lens
1) It’s big and heavy. There’s no getting away from the fact that the Canon 24 – 70 is a beast of a lens that is weighty. Because its size this lens is not discreet and in the past I have found some people get a little intimated when I have moved in close to take portrait shots with it, especially when the lens hood is attached.
2) It’s expensive. The Canon 24 – 70 f2.8L lens is damn expensive and you will have to dig deep to buy one. That said, the price of the lens is well worth it and my lens has paid for itself many times over with the photos I have captured with it and subsequently sold on.
3) There’s no image stabilisation. Many photographers argue that image stabilisation is not needed when shooting at short focal lengths, and that lenses like the Canon 24 – 70 doesn’t warrant image IS technology. If the 24 – 70 was a small and light lens I would agree with this, but because of its size and weight I have to say that I totally disagree, and I think the 24 – 70 would be a much better lens if Canon had used IS technology in it. Okay, this would make the lens heavier still, but only slightly and I think the benefit of IS would be well worth the little extra weight.
Why I bought the Canon 24- 70 f2.8L lens
When I was taking my photography diploma I had some portrait photography modules and I needed a lens I could use for portrait photography. At the time I had a Canon 50mm f1.8, which is a cracking lens that is suitable for portraits but I needed a portrait lens that was more versatile and could cover a wider range of focal lengths. After a bit (make that a lot) of internet research, hunting around photography forums and going to the local camera shop I made the decision to buy the Canon 24 – 70 f2.8L lens, and I definitely made a good decision there.
Even though I bought the Canon 24-70 f2.8L lens for portraits it also doubles up as a good landscape lens. When I get a five minute break from shooting people out on location I can put the camera on a tripod and have a go a capturing some landscapes because 24mm wide end is more than enough to get some wide angle landscape shots. Okay, I can’t get ultra-wide angle shots with it but I can squeeze quite a lot in the frame at 24mm.
The 24 – 70 focal range is a useful walkabout lens range but since the Canon 24 – 70 is a big and heavy lens I don’t think it is best suited to this. That said, there are plenty of photographers out there who seem to disagree with me and happily use the 24 – 70 as a walkabout lens.
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If you found the above useful/informative below are some other posts detailing the pros and cons (from my personal experience) of other Canon lenses that may be of interest to you. Please do feel free to take a look.
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“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 70 – 200 F4L IS LENS” This is not Canon’s top end flag ship 70 – 200 zoom lens however it is the best value for money and gives the biggest bang for the buck. If you want a 70 – 200 zoom lens and can live without the f2.8 aperture this is the lens for you. A truly excellent lens.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 16 – 35 F4L IS LENS” This lens is, without a doubt, the best wide angle lens for Canon cameras. It is cheaper than the f2.8 version, it is smaller than the f2.8L version and the image quality is better than the f2.8L version. If you want a wide angle lens for you Canon camera look no further than this.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 100 – 400L IS LENS” This is an affordable and versatile super zoom lens, and if you want a long reach this lens is right up your street. You may have to spend a few pounds to get one of these but is the best value for money super zoom lens around. Get one of these and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 100 F2.8L IS MACRO LENS” This is Canon’s flagship macro lens and when you see it, feel it and use it you will soon see why. If macro and close up are your thing you need this lens. If products and still life subjects are your thing this is your lens. This is the sharpest lens I own and when I use it I have to watch my fingers.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 28 – 300L IS F3.5 – 5.6 LENS” Many photographers give this lens a hard time and I struggle to see why. Okay, it is expensive but you get an L series lens that is bullet proof, has image stabilization, has excellent build quality and has the ability to capture a huge range of different shots. This is the perfect walkabout and travel lens, and one I carry around on my 6d all the time.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 35MM F2 IS LENS” If you want an affordable 35mm prime lens that is as good as a Canon L series lens (but doesn’t carry the red ring) this is the lens for you. The image quality is great, the build quality is good and the image stabilization technology is superb. All in all this is a cracking lens and one every photographer should have in their collection.
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