The EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is Canon’s professional fast telephoto zoom. It may look much the same as its predecessor on the outside, but internally it's been updated to give image quality that's quite simply the best in its class. Effective autofocus and image stabilization systems, plus full weather sealing, round off a compelling package.
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens
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“ Its combination of exceptional optics and quirk-free design even manages to steal the crown of 'Best in Class.'”
- 70-200mm focal length
- 112-320mm equivalent focal length on Canon APS-C cameras
- F2.8 constant maximum aperture; F32 minimum
- Ring-type ultrasonic-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing
- Image stabilization, 4 stops
- 77mm filters
- 1.20m/47.24" minimum focus
- Canon EF mount for full frame, APS-H and APS-C DSLRs
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|Lens type||Zoom lens|
|Max Format size||35mm FF|
|Focal length||70–200 mm|
|Image stabilisation||Yes (4 stops)|
|Lens mount||Canon EF|
|Number of diaphragm blades||8|
|Special elements / coatings||Fluorite and UD lens elements|
|Minimum focus||1.20 m (47.24″)|
|Motor type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Full time manual||Yes|
|Weight||1490 g (3.28 lb)|
|Diameter||89 mm (3.5″)|
|Length||199 mm (7.83″)|
|Materials||Metal barrel, metal mount|
|Colour||Grey and Black|
|Zoom method||Rotary (internal)|
|Filter thread||77 mm|
|Hood product code||ET-87|
|Optional accessories||Soft Case LZ1326|
Scoring is relative only to the other lenses in the same category at the time of review.
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Canon's update to its professional fast telezoom may look much the same on the outside, but internally it's been updated to give image quality that's quite simply the best in its class. Effective autofocus and image stabilization systems, plus full weather sealing, round off a compelling package.
Professionals and advanced amateurs demanding the very finest image quality from a telephoto zoom
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Applications for which portability or discretion is more valuable than outright image quality
Best zoom ever. It fulfills all my tele needs.
the best lens I've ever used
This is optically absolutely incredible lens. There is no better general range tele - this is it. Yes it is $2400, but this is one lens that you will keep for a long time. And if you dislike it, you'll resell it in few years and maybe lose $200-300 on it. Wedding photogs would eat it alive. The only con is its heavy and the weight might get to some people. 135L is half the weight.... but I sold 135L when I got 70-200..... it is just much more versatile. And 4-stop IS helps with ...
Realy the best zoon lens!...short to mediun telephoto, but, is more; excellent for creativity. One lens for many subjets. The quality is just SUPERB!!!...more or less as prime lens. Problems: Heavy per excellence.
Wonderful Lens i get it before a few days ago, The first image i take for the Full Moon, It's wonderful, Heavy lens :)
Using BMPCC with Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS II
Hi, I recently purchased a BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera, and I love it. I mostly work with Canon gear though and am trying to get my 70-200 working with the BMPCC. I have an adapter with a manual aperture ring, but I get heavy vignetting when I use it past f/8 or so. Instead I have tried to set my aperture on my Canon T3i, then remove the lens without turning off the camera to get the iris stuck at my desired f-stop. Then I put the lens on the convertor (which I have wide open). Trouble is, my images are extremely soft. Close-ups of small objects seem to work fine, but videos of distant objects are very soft with an extremely shallow depth of field, even up to f/22. Any advice on how to use the 70-200 on the BMPCC?? Thanks!
x3 crop means you have a 210-600mm lens equivalent and you are using a very small center portion of the lens elements, the rest. You are really pushing the lens in a way it was not designed for, go for native m43 Continue Reading
Thanks for your response. I am not sure I understand though- the t3i has a x1.6 crop, and with a x2 teleconverter I am pushed past a x3 crop. I am still able to get clean shots with that setup. So I think there must be an issue somewhere in the conversion process. Thanks! Continue Reading
70-200 IS usm Mk 1 v Mk 2
Hi, i am looking at buying a 70-200 and i want to know if the mk1 is so much worse than the mk2 I'm hearing mixed reviews so I'm not sure. if i get the Mk1 I'm buying it off my friends but if the Mk2 is so much better i will save up more and get the mk2 now. i have used my friends mk1 and i thought the results were good. i am starting however to doubt the lens because of some reviews. Advice and picture comparisons would be stella
I had the mk1 many years ago, and i was never really happy with it, though it may have just been the copy i had, but focus seemed to be a bit off - though the mf adjustment available on modern bodies should help any front or back focusing problems. I now have the mk2 and it is a steller lens, i totally love it, and the colour saturation, sharpness are brilliant on my 5d mk2 and 5d mk3 Continue Reading
I'm a photojournalist and still use my 70-200 f/2.8L IS version 1 all the time. While version II is indeed superior, I have never been overly tempted to sell my old version 1. Like Canon's entire 70-200 line, it is incredibly sharp, versatile with good color and decent flare resistance. If you can get a decent deal on it, I can just about guarantee you will love it. Continue Reading
Tele converters or a new camera?
I have a Canon EOS 6D FF camera and I am going to buy Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM in the near future. And while 70-200mm would cover most of my needs when it comes to reach, I do think of getting more reach for occasional use. So I think of Canon Extender 1.4x and 2.0x (version 3) or a Canon EOS 70D which will give the 1.6x factor. With teleconverters I'll get 280mm and 400mm but with cost of the IQ, focus speed and aperture, with the crop camera I will get 320mm but of the cost of the weight and size of another camera. The price of two teleconverters is more or less the same as the 70D. After writing this and reading it afterwards, it seems maybe stupid to not buy the camera instead. I think of getting more reach mainly because of a future safari tour (not planned anything, but one time it will happen). Would 200mm be enough, or should I focus on more reach, anyone with experience on that field? You may come up with other ideas and combinations, but it has to be Canon stuff ...
If the only time you will be needing more than 200mm is for the safari you might be better off renting a really long lens for a couple of weeks. Continue Reading
It was more like an example, I would probably use it for other things as well. But it's not like I'm dedicated to that sort of lengths. Look at it like it's nice to have some extra reach, it's a nice feature, but nothing which I really need and must use very often. And I also like to own the item, no risk or hassle, and also that I know I have the equipment I need very close at "all times" Continue Reading
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