Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM Lens

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Key Features

  • 24-70mm focal length
  • 38.4-112mm equivalent focal length on Canon APS-C cameras
  • F4.0 constant maximum aperture; F22 minimum
  • Ring-type ultrasonic-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing
  • Image stabilization
  • 77mm filters
  • 0.38m/14.96" minimum focus
  • Canon EF mount for full frame, APS-H and APS-C DSLRs

Product Description

The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM is a relatively compact standard zoom in Canon's premium 'L' series. It's primarily designed for full frame cameras such as the EOS 6D, but also works on APS-C. It includes a macro mode offering up to 0.7x magnification, complemented by Canon's 'Hybrid IS' that's specifically designed to give better performance for close-up work than conventional IS systems. The lens is dust- and splash-resistant, including a rubber seal around the mount, and incorporates a ring-type ultrasonic motor for fast, silent autofocusing.


Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 24–70 mm
Image stabilisation Yes
Lens mount Canon EF
Maximum aperture F4.0
Minimum aperture F22.0
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Elements 15
Groups 12
Minimum focus 0.38 m (14.96)
Maximum magnification 0.7×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ring-type ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale Yes
Weight 600 g (1.32 lb)
Diameter 83 mm (3.27)
Length 93 mm (3.66)
Sealing Yes
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Power zoom No
Zoom lock Yes
Filter thread 77 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Hood product code EW-83L
Tripod collar No
Optional accessories Soft Case LP1219


User Reviews

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  • Andy Dan, May 17, 2014 GMT:
    Full-frame standard zoom versatility

    Three months ago I've decided that I want to go full-frame. I took the decision after analysing for almost a year the best options for my next step in photography. After testing three mirrorless cameras (the E-M1, the X-E2 and the A7) and the 6D, I've come to the conclusion that the latter would suit me best. I've bought the 6D coupled with the new "kit" L glass...the 24-70 f4L IS USM. Beforehand I've read all the reviews and watched all the movies regarding the lens and the final impresion ...

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Questions & Answers


How Does In-Mail Rebate Work?

Good day everyone, I am interested to buy Canon 24-70 f/4 lens. Today, I found Amazon offers the lens for $1,199. $300 post-purchase rebate form must be completed to get money back. Since I am unfamiliar with this kind of rebate, how does it work? I am going to buy this lens from Amazon and ship it to Saudi Arabia through my friend who lives in the US. Thank you...

Salah asked
2 months ago


Often the company or retailer will include a rebate form after purchase. Follow the instructions but it generally goes like this - Make a copy of the receipt for your records if you have to send in the original with the form. You'll probably have to include the actual UPC bar code on the side of the box as well, either carefully peal it off or cut it out. (I'd make a copy of that as well). Send them to the address provided and you should be getting a $300 check within 4-6 weeks........ Continue Reading

Hank3152 answered
2 months ago


Security of photo gear in Madagascar

I'm travelling to east of Madagascar (Masoala, Andasibe, Berenty) in near future and wondering how about security when taking photo gear with me (backpack, tripod etc.). I have read about robberies in this country, especially in the cities, in the night and on main roads between cities in the southern part of the country. Does anyone have (recently) experience with Madagascar? How big is the risk of beeing attacked? And how to avoid / minimize risks?

caneos asked
3 days ago



Perfect Range for Weddings

I wanted to get some other opinions but it seems to me that I would only need 2 lenses to cover the perfect range for wedding photography. I'm looking at the 24-70mm and 70-200mm and this is for my 1.6x crop T4i/650D. I don't plan to get a FF body anytime soon because I want to save up for the lenses first. I also plan to pair this with a 430EX II so I dont have to worry about the f/4 vs f/2.8... So I guess my question is "Is this a sufficient for beginner event/wedding photography? Am I missing anything?" I appreciate any and all advice!

bokehburger asked
1 year ago


Canon 15-85 mm maybe? That is if you decide to remain on a crop body. Paired with a 70-200 or 70-300. 24 mm on a crop body is not wide enough. I would go either with the 10-22 paired with the 24-70 or the 15-85mm. You can also take a look at the 24-105mm f4. I prefer it to the 24-70 as a zoom lens ( on a FF body) because of the range. But you might find 70mm on crop long enough. I use the wide angles a lot in weddings. Also I use primes for candid shots: 50mm f1.4, 85 mm f1.8 and now looking to buy the 135mm f2 also. What you will also need is lights. I use 2-4 430ex flashes paired with wireless transmitters. I am looking to upgrade to the new 600 ex system so if you are now doing your investment look into it. Normally you can get away with not very bright lens if you use multiple flashes. But be aware that for a crop body the candid look is almos imposible to aquire with a f4 lens. So you will need primes. Rent some gear in the begining and see what suits you. Good luck. Continue Reading

Muresan Bogdan answered
1 year ago

+1 to others that 24mm is not wide enough on 1.6x crop bodies.  You'll want to cover 17mm-20mm for group/family shots.  Maybe even wider for interior/exterior location shots. Since you're not going full frame, don't handicap yourself with full frame lenses like the 24-70L or 17-40/4L:    Choose one of the 17-50ish f/2.8 zooms (EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM, Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM, Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 XR Di II VC) or even the wider ranging EF-S 15-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS USM. Even if you're only going with 1 body to start, I'd look to get at least 2 speedlites so that you can alternate between them to avoid overheating.  Once the thermal protection circuits kick in you'll have to wait several minutes for it to cool before continuing. IMHO YMMV Continue Reading

Lemming51 answered
1 year ago

I could be a mistake to buy expensive full frame lenses that are too long on your current camera. You could buy the lenses you need now and then sell them when you buy a full frame camera. Used lenses in high demand can be sold for a large percentage of their original price. If you buy used and then sell, the cost of owning lenses can be very low. Continue Reading

sssanti answered
1 year ago

Warranty Information

"A Product, when delivered to you in new condition in its original container, is warranted against defects in materials or workmanship as follows: for a period of one (1) year from the date of original purchase, defective parts or a defective Product returned to Canon, or its authorized service providers, and proven to be defective upon inspection, will be repaired with new or comparable rebuilt parts or exchanged for a refurbished Product, as determined by Canon or the authorized service provider n their sole discretion. Replaced parts and exchanged Products will become the property of Canon."

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