Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM

Last updated (20 February’12):
– Review by ePhotozine

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM features 70-200mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 23 elements in 19 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 34 degrees. Focus adjustment: Inner focusing system with USM. Full-time manual focus available, Closest focusing distance at 1.2m/3.94 ft and has a filter size of 77mm. The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM lens weighs 52.6 oz./1490g and it measures 3.5 inches in diameter and 7.8 inches long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM Reviews

ePhotozine reviews the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM and writes;
“During testing this les proved itself capable of producing sharp, contrasty images at all apertures and focal lengths. Besides that, it is built like a tank, focuses quickly and the four stop image stabiliser does a superb job of ironing out the effects of a few too many cups of coffee.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photoreview reviews the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM and writes;
“Rectilinear distortion was minimal with very slight barrel distortion at 70mm and minor pincushioning at 200mm. No distortion was evident between 100mm and 135mm. Some vignetting could be seen at the widest apertures at all four focal length settings. However it was eliminated by stopping down to f/4 and, therefore, of minimal concern to most photographers.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photozone reviews the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM and writes;
“It surpasses its predecessor easily and it did even manage to top (very slightly so) the EF 70-200mm f/4 USM L IS which is almost a legendary performer. The mk II is very sharp across the range including the critical 200mm f/2.8 setting. Lateral CAs are basically negligible and bokeh fringing is relatively well controlled. The vignetting is visible at f/2.8 albeit far from extreme within the full format scope and it’s not at issue anymore at smaller apertures. The bokeh has a high quality for a zoom lens.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

The-digital-picture reviews the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM and writes;
“I am finding the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens autofocuses fast enough for sports with either extender attached (on a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV body at least). I am especially pleased with the results from the 98-280mm f/4 IS-equivalent lens the the 1.4x extender creates..”
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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM User Reviews

Faster, Better.. | Rating: ★★★★★
“Fast Focusing – the lens focuses very fast and accurately. Whether “One Shot” or one of the two AI modes, focus is found very quickly with my EOS 5D Mark II.. Nice background blur – because of the long focal lengths and large maximum aperture, throwing things into soft focus in the background is one of the strengths of this lens. “ – by Paul Mark Provencher

one fine lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I can’t believe I paid so much but I can say it is worth every penny. The IQ is the best of any L lens I have. It is sharp and crisp. A monopod is a must for any extended work…” – by Edmond Hatfield

Fast focus, SHARP, very heavy | Rating: ★★★★★
“Every great review of this lens is accurate. Very sharp wide open, even at 200mm. With my shaky hands, the slowest I was able to shoot and get almost all non-blurry pictures was 1/25 at 200mm. It focuses very fast as well. Much faster the the first generation version that I’ve used..” – by Christian Herrera

Sharp as a tack, better than most primes.. | Rating: ★★★★★
“I purchased this lens a few weeks ago, and took sample pictures on and off the tripod, at the exact same time and conditions with those 3 primes vs. this lens at the same focal length settings. In EVERY test, at f2.8 and beyond, the 70-200mm 2.8L was a clear winner. Period. It was as sharp or sharper, more contrasty and offered greater detail and a sweeter image.” – by dbnichols

Much sharper than the MKI | Rating: ★★★★★
“The image stabilization improvement is noticeable! Before I sold the 1st version for $1,550 (June 2010), I compared the two indoors handheld. I couldn’t believe how 1 stop of IS really improved the quality and sharpness of the photos in low light.. It works great with the Canon EF 1.4X II Extender Telephoto Accessory, it brings the max aperture down to f4, but it is still pretty sharp.” – by E. Cruz

Must have lens!! | Rating: ★★★★★
“What can I say… This is a must have lens if you are a pro. The Mark II lens has the best IS system Canon has ever made. The picture quality tops all Mark I version. Buy it now before the price goes up. It will be worth the investment. Should you sell this lens in a couple years, you will not lose a penny. “ – by W. Manipol

great choice | Rating: ★★★★★
“Excelent choice. It comes with canon lens case and lens hood. The light and sharpness are unbelievable great. I am not a pro but with this lens you take pictures as a pro. “ – by gv

Love this lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“The colors, saturation, and focus are all excellent. This is my first “L” series lens and I am now a convert. I do find that I have to be careful when using the larger aperture size as the DOF causes some of the subject to be out of focus and appearing soft. Hike up the aperture somewhere between a 4 and 8 and most of the subject is in full, tack sharp focus..” – by David Ishmael

Superb telephoto zoom. | Rating: ★★★★★
“I have to admit that this lens IS expensive. But at the moment you see what it can do, you instantly forget how much you paid for it. This lens IS REALLY AWESOME. “ – by Daniel Tremblay

Best lens I’ve ever used in 40 years of photography | Rating: ★★★★★
“I’ve had this lens for some time now and continue to be amazed by the razor sharp, color perfect images it renders. I’m not going to discuss all the pros as they are numerous and the only “con” would be weight and even that is perfectly balanced. I simply wanted to pay tribute to Canon for making a superb lens. It is so much sharper than my 17-40 L series lens..” – by Historken

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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM Specifications

Improving upon one of the most celebrated lenses in the Canon EF line is no easy feat, but Canon has done just that. The all-new EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM increases the speed, performance and optical quality of the EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM while maintaining all of the characteristics that have made it a legend for professionals and advanced amateurs alike. The EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM features one fluorite and five UD elements for increased optical quality and reduced chromatic aberration. It has a minimum focusing distance of 1.2m/3.9 ft. at all zoom settings, which is useful for photographers in smaller spaces trying to get closer to a subject. It features a next-generation Optical Image Stabilizer, providing up to 4 stops of correction at all focal lengths. And as with all L-series lenses, the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is dust- and moisture-resistant and designed for use in the challenging environments typical of rigorous professional use.

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Lens Specifications

* Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 70-200mm 1:2.8
* Lens Construction: 23 elements in 19 groups (1 Fluorite and 5 UD elements)
* Diagonal Angle of View: 34° – 12°
* Focus Adjustment: Inner focusing system with USM. Full-time manual focus available.
* Closest Focusing Distance: 1.2m/3.94 ft. (maximum close-up magnification: 0.21x)
* Filter Size: 77mm
* Max. Diameter x Length, Weight: 3.5 x 7.8 in./88.8 x 199mm; 52.6 oz./1490g

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