A new era of standard zoom performance
No-compromise design and technology result in a constant F2.8 zoom lens that can fully utilize the potential of current and future high-resolution camera bodies. This peerless standard zoom covers a 24 mm to 70 mm focal length range, and is an ideal choice when ultimate image quality is required for portraits, scenery, snapshots and more.
Extraordinary resolution and bokeh
A newly developed XA (extreme aspherical) lens element with superlative surface precision not only contributes to stunning corner-to-corner resolution and detail throughout the zoom range, but also plays a vital role in achieving smooth, soft bokeh that can be a powerful expressive tool in a wide range of photographic situations.
Natural rendering and color
One ED (Extra-low-Dispersion) and one Super ED glass element in an optical path that has been designed to the highest standards help to achieve lifelike, natural imagery without unnatural coloration by keeping axial and lateral chromatic aberration in check while maximizing subjective resolution for breathtaking texture and detail.
Precise focus at blazing speed
In addition to positioning large-aperture lenses with extremely high precision for spot-on focusing, the Direct Drive SSM (DDSSM) system minimizes spurious motion while an advanced control system and refined algorithms enhance AF operation speed. DDSSM is also smooth and quiet, making it advantageous for movies as well as stills.
9-blade aperture enhances bokeh beauty
The remarkable beauty of this lens’s bokeh is further enhanced by a 9-blade circular aperture design that contributes not only to smoothness, but to natural highlights as well.