Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
24 March 2012
Excerpt: Perhaps the most versatile of all moderate tele zoom focal lengths, the 70-200mm or thereabouts range is a hallmark and standard-bearer for many optical companies. Being a constant aperture (fast) zoom, this lens opens up numerous focusing, depth of field and perhaps as important low light shooting possibilities that make it a lens most Canon photographers aspire to own.
Excerpt: A year ago Canon unveiled an upgraded version of one of its crown jewels: the 70–200mm f/2.8L IS lens. The original, debuting nearly 10 years ago as one of the first f/2.8 lenses with IS, was fast, plus sharp at the wider focal lengths. It was heavy, though, and at $1,700 (street), expensive. And here’s Version II, even heavier and even more expensive ($2,300, street). What’s up with that?
Summary: 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.
Pros: Exceptional image quality, Superb build quality, including dust- and water-sealing, Highly effective image stabilization, Excellent autofocus and manual override
Cons: Relatively harsh rendition of out-of-focus areas of the image, Somewhat susceptible to flare with direct light sources in or close to the frame, Inconvenient design of tripod mount ring (can't be detached without taking lens off camera)
Excerpt: If you want to be a pro photographer, there are a number of must-have lenses. Exactly which you need depends on what you shoot, but of all the pro lenses the 70-200mm f/2.8 is probably the most popular.
Excerpt: The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens delivers impressive image quality , focuses accurately very fast and has top-of-the-line build quality , 4-stop Image Stabilization , weather sealing and a very useful focal length range . This is now my favorite and one of my most-used lens es.