Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Standard Zoom

CanonI thought I would review my experience with the Canon  EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Standard Zoom. I totally understand that every lens has a purpose and every image requires a certain lens to get the look that the photographer wants. I’m a stock photographer who is self taught and mostly learns through trial and error. I chose to use Canon brand because the photographers around me all shot Canon and I figured I could borrow gear if needed. In the early days I owned most lens’ and carried them around with me. The more gear you carry the more tired you will be at the end of the day. Some shooters just like fixed widths because they have better quality.

Canon ef 24-70mm f2.8 usmWanting to reduce my gear, I did a lot of research and it looked like a good all around lens would be the 24-70mm range. The Tamron version came highly recommended to me and for the price difference from the Canon brand, it was a no brainer. I bought the Tamron version and used it for about a year. In this year I really grew as a photographer. I started to really understand the relationship of light/aperature/shutter speed. When I compared my images to other photographers shooting with the Canon version, their images just looked better. I borrowed the Canon version and did an A/B comparison against my Tamron version.

I sold the Tamron 2 days later. While to the average eye the Tamron was fine, in my quest to become a fantastic shooter, I want crisp and you could see the difference. The Canon  EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Standard Zoom is the main lens that I use. My copy of the lens is very sharp. The lens is a little heavy, but very solid! It focuses very quickly. If you are starting out and are learning or your budget is tight, I’d say get the Tamron version, but if you want quality, sharp images, the the Canon  EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Standard Zoom rocks my world.

Information from the Canon Site:

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 24-70mm 1:2.8
Lens Construction 16 elements in 13 groups
Diagonal Angle of View 84° – 34°
Focus Adjustment Front-focusing method
Closest Focusing Distance 0.38m/1.25 ft.
Zoom System Rotating Type
Filter Size 77mm
Max. Diameter x Length, Weight 3.3″ x 4.9″, 2.1 lbs. / 83.2mm x 123.5mm, 950g
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