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if you can afford this lens-buy it.
i had read lots of reviews about this lens,all positive.i use a crop sensor camera and using this lens is fantastic for portrait work.very fast and quiet focussing.really sharp images.mostly use it for landscape/seascape work.faultless.extremeley happy with this.it is a "l" series lens from canon and this is reflected in the price.balance this up against the qaulity and feel,it is well worth the outlay.one slight downside is the weight,thought this has to be expected with the build quality.overall,delighted i took the (financial) plunge and secured this lens for myself.there is always the canon "l" series envy amongst my photographic friends.a nice bit of kudos.
I bought this lens primarily for wedding photoggraphy. I use it on a Canon EOS 7D. Many reviews I have read mention the weight of this lens as a negative and yes it is heavier than most at this foacl length range. However I think that the lens feels very well made and strong with fantastic image quality. I have this lens and camera in hand all day the only time it really feels heavy is when round my neck not when I'm shooting. I am very very pleased with it and would definitely make the same purchase again.
Good, solid, reliable lens with a useful range of focal lengths
Recently bought a Canon 5DMk3 and was after this lens for a while. It's just a perfect desert island lens for this camera and at f2.8 stills achieves a shallow depth of field on the large sensor of the 5D. Prefer this lens over the new version as is slightly softer and nicer for video purposes.
The 'It Lens' for all Canon DSLR users
The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Lens is actually the most functional all-range zoom lens, and possibly the best upgrade from normal DSLR kit lens. Be it for landscape, portrait, wildlife, indoor or fine art photography, the image quality of Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Lens is excellent, bringing superb colour saturation and sharpness. If you are wondering whether you should upgrade a Canon Camera body or a Canon L-series lens, I will say the latter - the lens determines better image quality, whereas the camera determines image capture/processing. In fact, I am still using my Canon 400D and Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Lens is a huge upgrade itself. Try this lens at your nearest photography stores for a personal shooting experience. The drawback of this lens is that it can be heavy (990g) and quite expensive. However, the image quality boost, zoom range, flexibility and solid build easily overcomes all negative points. If I have only one lens, this will be the one - although some may prefer Canon EF 24-104mm f/4L USM Lens for even bigger zoom range but smaller aperture range. Verdict? You will not regret buying one.Read full review