A Review of the Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens

The Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM lens is an absolute monster in both size and ambition, blowing past the traditional professional zoom aperture of f/2.8 by a full stop and offering photographers a uniquely capable piece of equipment. Is it worth the size and the price? This excellent review takes a look at the lens to help answer that question.

Coming to you from Christopher Frost Photography, this great video review takes a look at the Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM lens. This lens is massive in size, which is unsurprising given its very fast f/2 aperture, and it offers a very useful zoom range as well, making it a very tempting option for many events, wedding, portrait photographers, and more. What I find particularly interesting is that while it is quite the bulky lens, it could potentially actually save photographers a fair amount of bulk. With its very wide (for a zoom) maximum aperture and image quality, it can conceivably replace a bag of primes for some photographers, taking the roles that used to be held by three or so lenses and rolling them into one. This would certainly life easier for some photographers, making it an interesting option. Check out the video above for Frost's full thoughts. 

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David Pavlich's picture

Chris is one of the good guy reviewers. The one reason that I would switch to an R from my 5DIV is the RF/L lens lineup.

He’s one of the best imo

Michael Comeau's picture

This lens is comically large. You have to see it up close to believe it.

Looks awesome. I don't have $3,000 for a lens. End of story.

Clay Wegrzynowicz's picture

This is the reason I've stuck around with Canon even through the Sony revolution. I could care less how my camera performs, give me some good lenses and I'm a happy photographer.

Steven Hille's picture

I love this lens, but do agree that it's heavy! I took this lens to Japan this last August as a test to see how much self inflicted pain I could subject myself to. In the end it felt like walking around with a five pound brick tied around your neck all day. However the photo quality, and the fact you have f/2 all the way through 28-70mm is awesome. It's also not in anyway a discreet lens and sometimes you feel like your aiming a howitzer at people before you press the shutter button. Picture taken in Nayoro, Hokkaido Japan. (f/7.1 / 31mm / 1/400th)

Ryan Davis's picture

I'd like to see a review of the 24-70 f2.8, and how it stacks up against the EF version. This, I'm sure is a very fine lens. I'm also pretty sure that it's going to be wedding, event, and studio use only. It's too physically obvious and big for street and travel, and its too heavy (1400+ grams, or 3 lb round about) for anything that involves hiking to get the shot, such as landscape and wildlife. Especially if you consider that you won't likely be carrying just this lens.

I'm not sure what the philosophy behind the RF mount is.