Push Your Lens to the Limit – Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS USM


My favourite lens is my Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS USM but I always operate well within in it’s capabilities. I rarely

In this video I try to get the most out of my lens by pushing it to it’s limits.

With the weather forecast not looking brilliant I decided to head to Grizedale Forest and set myself a little challenge.

In this challenge I set out to push my lens to the max getting:
– 1 shop at it’s widest focal length
– 1 shot at it’s longest focal length
– 1 shot at it’s closest focusing distance
– 1 shot at it’s widest aperture

This challenge helped me to be more creative and to try shots that I wouldn’t normally have attempted. Better than staying at home!

If you would like to take part in this challenge please head over to my website for details…

Check out my favourite lens…

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  1. Hi everyone. If you would like to take part in this challenge and send me your images please head over to my website for details. https://chrissale.co.uk/wp/push-your-lens-to-the-limit/

  2. The one man miracle! Nice one and greetings from Australia! I fell off my chair the last 15 secs of your video .. that was hilarious! Must say, you are an inspiration for budding photographers. If that last shot was taken at 70mm FL then clearly from where you were standing (the focussing distance) F/4 was not good enough to give you that narrow DOF you were after. So you'd have to move away a bit more from the subject for a more narrow DOF. Also, remember there are tables to calculate DOF (front and back) given FL, FD and camera/lens type. One other interesting point is that usually there is more DOF behind the subject as opposed to in front of the focussed subject, generally 2/3rds behind and 1/3rd in front. It is very interesting to create DOF based on several factors that one must take into consideration. I enjoyed your video and the peaceful atmosphere. Nice one man production .. no doubt clever!

  3. Hi Chris, just got the same lens this Xmas. Have the same 6D, 16-35 f4 and 70-200 f2.8 II. GReat setup for landscape photography. Love your vlogs, watch them all. Please keep up the great work.

  4. Damn, the effort put into creating this video. I'm guessing you use tripod the entire shooting eh, and it's kinda Nat geo style narration as well. Kudos for the One Man Show.

  5. I'm in the market to pick up a 24/70 lens. I'm debating to pick up the f/4 or spend more money on the f/2.8 any pointers

  6. I'd say over all a great video. Good content, About that last shot, it depend. What did you intent the viewer to see? My eyes were drawn to the vibrant bright bracken.

  7. Profound. I like your honest approach which echoes probably what a lot of us feel. A firm yet gentle motivational push is what we all need from time to time. Thank you.

  8. You walk like Sasquatch but then again, what do you expect from the public? Useful video that I watched to the end. Thanks.

  9. Hi Chris,
    I have the same lens and i can focus in macro mode about 4-5 cm to the subject from the front element.
    The best feature of the lens (in my opinion), thanks for the video, ALL the Best*

  10. If you had to choose 1 lens to use which would it be, the 16-35 or the 24-70? Reason im asking im thinking of dropping to a single lens i as rarely use my 70-200 or my 14mm prime, i mainly use my 24-85. I will be getting the 2.8 version as i shoot the stars, i use a 6d aswell as its superb at night.

  11. Hi Chris,
    As promised I checked out my minimal focus distance o. Macro setting on canon 24/70 lens, mine is about 25cm and pin sharp.

  12. Nice exercise! I did something akin to this last Wednesday while exploring a garden only I had a 100mm f/2.8 macro on most of the time so I have pinhead sized ants crawling across a peony bud that more than fills the frame and plants in focus that are bracketed between others that are blurred to nearly recognizable.

  13. Nice vlog Chris, well thought out and executed I thought. Matching the weather conditions with the location is half the battle with photography I am finding out..plus having these little personal challenges keeps up the motivation and helps you learn..i would be definitely up for the challenge..

  14. What a beautiful place! Each video frame, a photo! Loved the photo of the bridge and of the bench, although you are right, it didn't work as planned, it needed a wider aperture for a more blurry background. I also liked this idea (challenge) and although I don't participate ( 😥 ), you are always giving me new ideas to practice with!

  15. Video has a nice pace, a very cool style… and I love the forest. I have that 24-70 and love the macro function. It focuses very close, don't know the numbers, but it's clooooooose! LOL

  16. It's in the eye of the beholder. You didn't feel the background was out of focus enough. I found my eyes traveling from the foreground to the background and right back to the foreground over and over. To me the background was just the right amount of "out of focus" for that particular image. That's the beauty of art !!!

  17. Hi from New Zealand. Great Vlog Chris, and great idea 👍 I’m up for the challenge. I recently started my own photography Vlog here in NZ. I will respond to this challenge in my own blog, hopefully this weekend 😊

  18. I don't have this lens (I have a Tamron 24-70 F/2.8 instead). But the specs listed in B&H show a minimum focus of 20 cm (7.87 inches) and a macro reproduction of 1:1.4. So, pretty good.

    Re the fern image, IMO the bench is too close to the fern to get much blur, especially given the distance you were from both. Had you moved closer to the fern, the bench's distance from you would farther away relative to the fern's distance from you. This would narrow the depth of field when focusing on the fern, so the bench would be blurrier.

  19. Great Video Chris. Regarding the last image I thought you got DOF just right – the bench was blurred but one could still appreciate the detail of the carving on it. And the fern popped due to it being sharp. But the bottom left diagonal of the image is dark and ugly. I wonder if it could be shot straight on, masked in PS and Gaussian Blur the parts you want out of focus. Hindsight is a wonderful thing – as they say. PS your car looked great. Oh, and the preening rehearsal bit at the end of the video – Hilarious 👍

  20. You have a fantastic attitude towards vlogging Chris that I inspire to. I really enjoyed watching this vlog and the challenge is a great one. I'm still working on a location for your last challenge but will give this a go, however I feel I might be cheating as my preferred lens is 18-135mm on a crop sensor!! Thanks for sharing Mate and take care 👍📸

  21. Great video! Love the images as well….you know me and macro! The images of the bench and ferns is great but there needed to be more separation between them for the bench to be blurred more than the ferns. I would love to try this with my new 12-100mm f4 PRO lens I just got. Sounds fun….

  22. Great idea for a video Chris. Certainly some simple techniques but I’ve never seen it posed as an exercise in “pushing the limits” as you call it. Well done. I would like to give it a go and I’ll try to find some time. Very busy here in my last remaining days in London.

    Always nice to get that annual run in so early in the calendar. 😉Cheers, Jeff

  23. The forest looked very lush, especially after the rain and a very nice place for your 'annual run' lol, good selfi mind. Cheers Alan

  24. Great video Chris. If you wanted more bokeh from the F4 shot, you could have moved back a few meters and zoomed in more. The increased focal length exaggerates the background blur. Love the outtake at the end by the way.

  25. Great video Chris and what a good idea your last image was great but in my opinion the background subject did not have enough separation from the foreground if it did I think it may have been more out of focus 👍🤓

  26. Great challenge Chris, not had time to try the first challenge yet! Shoot a Triptych. – P.S Loved the clip at the end "haha"

  27. Hi, Chris,
    I see the point of pushing what you can do with you're lenses i personally look back to my Fuji HS30 EXR days when there was only one fixed lens and i had the camera down pat and i had some beautiful images.
    But jumping forward two and a half years and my new Nikon set up and five lenses the creative choices are countless.
    I will admit i don't own the Nikon equivalent lens to yours but i have seen lots of your work and think it's brilliant you run yourself down too much.
    So to the vlog, I love the piece of b-roll with the key stuck in the tree for me that would have made a great short depth of field shot.
    Love that bridge shot and wide view though skelwith bridge is a more pretty bridge there's a hint for you !!!.
    Have you seen the pixl TW 283 an infa red shutter release with an 80 mtr range Rachel Lerch fellow vlogger is going to review it soon?.
    Shot 3 the fern this is for me where my dedicated 105mm macro lens comes in i have a 70-300mm sigma but you can only start macro at 200mm so getting macro shots from about six feet away always bothered me.
    Shot 4 a lovely composition though i do agree with you the background could have been a bit more blurred out but if that's the limit of the lens used then fair enough.
    Phew, that's enough waffle from me see you in the comments box next time cheers Miike.

    Don't you just hate the one line comments LOL !!! Boscastle eek 10 sleeps !!!

  28. Was you lens broken? I had no idea! lol Seriously though mate, what a great idea for a video. It was really interesting how you used the extremes of your lens to get those shots. I liked the shot at the end as well…it worked well. Nice one mate.👍


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