Canon 24-70mm f/4 IS USM 'L' lens review with samples (Full-frame & APS-C)

I’ve been holding off covering this particular lens, because before I even tested at it I thought it was overpriced, and I /hate/ overpriced equipment. But, I’ve had a lot of comments from people wanting me to cover it, so I caved in to the pressure and…well, you’ll see what I thought of its quality.

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  • Just bought this lens for my Canon 6D mkii, i got the lens for €375!

    1 2 April 30, 2020 5:39 pm Reply
  • My only regret so far with this lens is that I didn't buy it before my last holiday. It's that good compared to all the old second hand gear I've been using. It also works remarkably well with an original EOS650. It is big however. Bigger than the 28-80mm USM it replaces, or the 50mm F1.4 that normally lives in my bag. Balances well on the old beast, mind. Tested it on a 100D for sheds and giggles and it was out-resolving the sensor

    It could read the text on a license plate from 100 metres away in 50mm, which the kit lens with the 100D just rendered as a white.

    DartzIRL April 30, 2020 5:39 pm Reply
  • Will this lens work on a canon 90D

    BIG J PRODUCTIONS April 30, 2020 5:39 pm Reply
  • canon 24-105 or 24-70 which one is better for Eos 90d?

    Sudip Bholon April 30, 2020 5:39 pm Reply
  • Why don't Canon just do a god damn 18-55 L series lens for aps-c like fuji. It's much more useable.

    TheOracle April 30, 2020 5:39 pm Reply
  • Hi Christopher, great review – what would you say for price tag of 500 euros.. still bad option for APS-c. or ?

    Tomas Heriban April 30, 2020 5:39 pm Reply
  • Do you think it is better then the 18-135? The zoom range and price doesn't bother me. ( I can't try both so I need someone's opinion)

    Someone In the world April 30, 2020 5:39 pm Reply
  • Hi Christopher. I bought tamron 24-70 f2.8 . But I gave back. Because of some af issue. And I decided to buy a canon lens. And my budget is not enough for canon 24-70 f2.8. I m thinking about these two lens, 24-70 f4 and 24-105 version 2. The most important thing is sharpness at f4 for me. I watched your 24-105 review and it was really bad about sharpness. even version 2. So what can you say to me about these?I will use it for wedding photography and also "image stabilization" is important for me. Thanks.

    ozdemir murat April 30, 2020 5:39 pm Reply
  • Im sorry, but I cant stand that accent.

    RandomTechReview - RTR April 30, 2020 5:39 pm Reply
  • Again one of the best reviews out there when it comes to DSLR lenses, thx!

    mevszach April 30, 2020 5:39 pm Reply
  • Chris, so you would better prefer EF-S 18-155 for wide angle on crop than this one?

    NMNOVIKOV April 30, 2020 5:39 pm Reply
  • If you have to choose between Sigma Art 18-35 f1.8 DC HSM and Canon EF 24-70mm f/4.0L IS USM Lens for Canon 80D, what would you choose and why?
    mainly for portrait, landscape, buildings and just everyday-stuffs.

    S. Kim April 30, 2020 5:39 pm Reply
  • I just received my 24-70mm F4L lens! Absolutely amazing!!!

    Robert Howard April 30, 2020 5:39 pm Reply
  • Would this work wi5 my canon 200d

    Joel Biggs April 30, 2020 5:39 pm Reply
  • I have this lens, i love it, but I'm looking for something lighter to replace it. which lens is a good candidate?

    Benfica é o Melhor April 30, 2020 5:39 pm Reply
  • How is 800 dollars a lot for an L lens? Lol.

    MariNate April 30, 2020 5:39 pm Reply
  • best reviews on Youtube. your videos get to the point . keep up the good work

    Harmony Trader April 30, 2020 5:39 pm Reply
  • Disagree the 24-85 is a horrible lens! Lots of CA, awkward sun-stars but first and foremost very soft corners wider than f11

    hellomyphone April 30, 2020 5:39 pm Reply
  • You didn’t mention the focus shift. Would have been nice to watch a good explanation of this problem not only reading stuff elsewhere I don’t quite understand….

    hellomyphone April 30, 2020 5:39 pm Reply
  • But, now both costs same. And this lens costs less when bundled with any Canon DSLR.

    Tanmoy Sahoo April 30, 2020 5:39 pm Reply
  • Doesn’t this leans come with the 5d mark 4

    kris johnson April 30, 2020 5:39 pm Reply
  • Thanks for the review Chris. I just bought this lens for the 5dIV and paid only 400 pounds for a new one on gray import. I think that is not a bad price for the lens like this. The lens is though not the sharpest but the Light Transmission is better than 24-105 F4 II and I which helps it keep a bit faster shutter speed at the same focal length upto 70mm

    S M Nabeel April 30, 2020 5:39 pm Reply

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