Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
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Troy, B&H Photo
9 June 2014
Excerpt: That was money that was "easier gone, than, easier came". Am I glad I bought it? No; but I'm content. I'm not wealthy, and I spend wisely, perhaps this was not a good purchase. I am holding out hope that with a lot of practice I'll get some good use from it. Is it fast? Yes. Are the pic's sharp? Yes. Will it get used much? Jury is out.
Excerpt: The EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens appears to have a much steeper learning curve than my other two Canon L lenses. Please note that I am using this lens on a T4I (Canon seems to be delaying replacing the 7D with a units that is more representative of current technology, so I decided to wait, but play with a T4I since I liked the T2I, even though both are entry-level EOS products.
Excerpt: I have used this lens to replace a 55-250mm non-L I borrowed from a friend. I use the lens primarily for higher speed sporting events such as football, baseball and basketball. The 2.8 is nice, but not needed outdoors. And it is still not fast enough to keep a reasonable ISO setting indoors in a gymnasium. The extreme cost as compared to the 55-250mm provides almost no value to me as a dad shooting my sons in random activities.
Pros: 28 aperture
Cons: Bulky Design, expensive, Heavy, No Increase In Performance
Conclusion: I bought this lens along with the EOS 7D and I have not been impressed by any means. I'm hoping i just have a fualty lens. I struggle to get crisp pictures and shooting in low light is even worse. I like to do a lot of birthday parties and I've had to go to my cheap little 50mm lens because i just don't trust this lens. I ahve gotten some good pictures with it but I don't find it reliable..I really hope it either me doing something wrong or a faulty lens!!!
Summary: The Filter lumped together with the camera is cheap: A Zeikos UV protecotor costs only $3. The filter is overpriced here in this package. This filter is of bad quality and will ruin the good quality this camera supposed to bring. You are better off by just shopping for the camera alone.
Excerpt: I sold my orginal Canon 70mm-200mm IS to get this one on all the reviews I have read on how great this II version is. For this new II version, at the 70mm end, it is disappointing soft. At the 200mm end, it is tack sharp. I have a choice to return this lens to B&H for another one, or I can send it to Canon Service Center for recalibration. [...
Excerpt: I have been engaged in photography for more than 40 years with a statistical process improvement background. So I was more than interested to see if the 70-200 f-2.8 L II was significantly better than the L I. After 2 days of intensive testing my findings using both an EOS 1DS and 20D body are as follows. Contrast for the L II was slightly better.