Since the launch of the Canon EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera and RF lenses line-up, Canon has shown its commitment to the full-frame mirrorless camera market over the years with the launch of the Canon EOS RP, followed by Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6, along with a suite of new RF lenses to their lineup. Canon’s full-frame mirrorless cameras and lenses ecosystem are getting bigger and wider and we are expecting more to come from Canon. One of the RF lenses that was launched earlier is the Canon RF24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM lens, the 24-70mm focal length range is one of my favourite lenses. I recently got the opportunity to review the RF24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM lens along my Canon EOS RP, followed by testing it with the Canon EOS R6 review camera.
Canon’s 24-70mm L range is built on a legacy and strong standing from the EF24-70mm series, both f/2.8L and f/4L models. They are well loved by professionals and serious amateurs alike, for its accuracy, sharpness, optics and versatility. The RF24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM lens is built upon those strong foundations and it got even better with the modern RF lens mount and EOS R technology.
During my review of the Canon RF4-70mm f/2.8L IS USM lens, I shot a wide range of photography genres from portraiture, landscapes, product, street, cats. This lens was a breeze to use, fast and accurate, sharp and clear photographs, sweet bokeh at f/2.8 too! For those photographers who regularly use the 24-70mm focal length range especially Canon users who have the EF24-70m f/2.8L or EF24-70mm f/4L lenses, this would be a very familiar lens to you when you use it. I personally own the EF24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens and I can attest to its quality and versatility.
Here are some of my content creation articles shot with the Canon RF24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM lens:
Using the RF24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM lens, I am also considering whether to make the switch from EF to the RF model even though I am using both EF mount (with my Canon EOS-1DX Mark II) and RF mount lenses (with my Canon EOS RP) in my current setup.
Shooting videos with the RF24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM was pretty good, with the lens IS and paired with the 5-axis In-Body Image Stabiliser inside the EOS R6 or EOS R5, they make handheld videography smooth, stable and easy to use. I shot two videos using Canon EOS R6 with RF24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM lens. Both videos were shot by me, editing was by fellow photographer Isaac Ong.
Cute and Friendly Neighbourhood Cats
BBQ with Chef Keith
Thoughts and Views
The 24-70mm focal length lens is well loved by professionals. It’s a very versatile lens that can cover many photography genres, wide at 24mm and a bit of telephoto at 70mm. The photographs shot with this lens are sharp, detailed and beautiful. Bokeh at f/2.8 is creamy, smooth and beautiful.
The Canon RF24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM is most welcomed by professionals, part of the RF holy trinity lenses setup from the Canon RF family (add the RF15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM and RF70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM lenses to complete the setup).
With the lens image stabilisation up to 5 stops and paired with the EOS R5 or EOS R6 with the 5-axis In-Body Image Stabiliser feature, this powerful function and features helps us photographers and videographers in our shoots that we sometimes don’t realise about the two features in action when using the Canon EOS R6 or EOS R5 that would be most welcomed by photographers.
Key information on Canon RF24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM
- Filter size: 82mm
- Max aperture: f/2.8
- Weight: 900g
- Image Stabilisation: up to 5 stops
- Nano USM
- Additional Control Ring
- Dust and Drip Resistant
For working professionals who wish to switch to Canon EOS R and RF lenses setup, the RF24-70mm f/2.8 L IS USM is one of the lenses that you would definitely be getting (or you want to have) for your professional photography setup.
More photographs shot with Canon RF24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM lens can viewed inside this Flickr photo album. Do check out my Canon EOS R6 review article and Canon EOS R5 review article and photos shot with the EOS R6 and EOS R5 in this Flickr photography collections.
I would like to thank Canon Singapore for the opportunity to review the Canon RF24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM lens.