Canon RF 28-70mm f2L USM review

Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM reviews roundup: should you buy it?

Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM reviews roundup: is it worth the price?

Developed specifically for the new RF mount and optimized for the new mirrorless cameras from Canon, the Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM is standard zoom that can be used in many situation thanks to its its constant aperture of f/2. It’s a huge lens and its dimensions seem disproportionate when mounted on an EOS R or RP.

Like other RF lenses, it has a configurable control ring that can be set to adjust aperture, exposure, ISO sensitivity or exposure compensation.

Specs: 

  • Weather sealed
  • Weight: 1,430 kg
  • Min. aperture: f/2
  • Max. aperture: f/22
  • Minimum focus distance: 39cm
  • Stabilisation: no
  • Filter size: 95 mm
  • Lens hood, case, front and back cover included in the box
Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens
  • Bright, constant f/2 USM zoom Lens
  • L-series Lens with high image quality
  • Control ring for direct setting changes

What do the critics think of the Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM?

Most reviews on the web agree that the Canon RF 28-70mm f/2 is a pro lens  which offers an extraordinary image quality, with an exceptional sharpness and low levels of distortion. Even though it’s heavy and cumbersome, it’s like having a prime lens at every focal lenght between 28 and 70mm.

Too bad it’s not a 24-70mm, a slightly more open angle of view would have been more useful.

The built quality is fantastic, with a black satin coating. Note that the lens extend when you zoom in.

If the price seems too high for you, a cheaper, smaller and lighter but still excellent alternative would be to get the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM with an adapter.

Most reviews like…

  • Stunning image quality on all the focal lenght
  • Constant opening of f/2
  • Weather sealed
  • Great built quality

Most reviews don’t like…

  • Size & Weight (handling is not easy)
  • Price
  • No stabilisation (hunt a little bit in low light)
  • Not silent when focusing (so not great for videos unless you use it with a microphone or for B-roll)
  • Not as wide as a 24-70mm…

For more infos about the positive and negatives sides of the Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM, check out the selection of reviews below:

Websites Reviews

  • Digitalcameraworld.com★★★★½ (‘can rival three or four separate prime lenses’)
  • Photographyblog.com★★★★½ (Highly recommended)
  • Cameralabs.com – ‘a truly exotic lens
  • Stevehuffphoto.com – ‘I would recommend this lens for wedding pros, portrait pros or those who just want a buttery smooth lens with outstanding color, detail, bokeh and contrast.

Youtube reviews

  • Jared Polin‘for the full time pros out there who demand the best of the best, this will fit nicely in your bag.’ ‘great for low light situation’
  • Camerahoarders‘Optically it is great but the size and weight don’t make it much fun to use’
  • Tony & Chelsea Northrup‘Ultra -pro lens… but where’s the pro body?’

Amazon users reviews

Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens
  • Bright, constant f/2 USM zoom Lens
  • L-series Lens with high image quality
  • Control ring for direct setting changes

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