Summary: Bought this lens second hand from a shop yesterday. I wanted to buy the 4IS, but bought this lens instead. Despite reports of this lens not being sharp at 200mm, I find this lens sufficiently sharp at 2.8. Yesterday I was carrying my gear through an afternoon of shopping with wife and daughter to test the weight. I find the lens less heavy than expected. Most people complain too much? I have tested this lens against 200mm F/2.8 fixed and the 70-200mm F/4 IS.
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM review by hansdampf
9 May 2014
Summary: I don't carry many lenses for a wedding, but this thing is always in my bag. I have, like so many I suppose, thought about replacing it with primes just because they are lighter and can open even further to let in more light, but there is just no alternative to it. The image quality is just amazing, even at f/2.8. It has IS which as for now the primes don't have.
Summary: I picked up this lens used from the FM B&S forum a couple of weeks ago. Seller had lost the tripod foot, but lens was in good condition and the price was right. I used to own the 70-200 2.8 MK II, so I had something to compare this lens with. I have also owned the Tamron 70-200 on Sony A77, the Sigma 70-200 HSM II Macro on a D7000, and a Pentax 50-135mm on a K20D. I also owned, for a very short while, the Nikon 70-200 VR I on a D300.
Pros: Fast, accurate AF. Sharp throughout range. Decent used pricing now.
Cons: Not as sharp as the MK II at 200mm, MFD is only decent, weight after a while.
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM review by Ashley_Pomeroy
21 October 2011
Summary: I've had one of these for a while. As of 2011 it still costs a fortune on the used market, but it's very good at what it does, and although there are compromises they are overwhelmed by the sheer practicality of the thing. It was sickeningly painful handing over the cash for it - the same money will buy a used 85mm f/1.2, or a brand-new non-stabilised 70-200mm f/2.8, for example, and that's a tough choice - but and but and and etc.
Amazing Lens but to IS or not to IS? That is the question!
Ricardo A. Sevilla, Amazon
24 September 2010
Summary: I gathered all my non L lenses together and sold them off to purchase this lens. I must say, I am glad I did. After buying this lens I have not had the need to buy any other lens. It serves as my all purpose lens for portrait shoots, for landscapes, for sports...for anything. The images are VERY sharp...no...EXTREMELY sharp. You will be blown away by the quality this lens can produce. Downside: The lens is pretty heavy.
Stop stressing over it and jump in -- you will love it!
1 September 2010
Summary: I agonized over this one for a YEAR. I am not a professional photographer by trade, but have come to love it as my hobby. When I recently upgraded from a Rebel to my 7D, I felt it was time to take the plunge. Man oh man, am I glad I did! My daughter is in gymnastics and they perform in caves. OK, not literally, but trust me when I say the lighting is as bad as it gets. With this lens, I was able to shoot at f2.8 1/250 @ 3200 ISO and got some amazing shots.
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM review by touristguy87
12 September 2009
Summary: I had this lens for a week. It's just not all that much. Aside from the obvious stuff like the weight (it's about the weight of a freaking cinderblock) and the size (it's like carrying around your forearm, though it will fit in a backpack), it has a few sneaky cons to it. But I will sum it up by saying that if you need this lens then you will deal with the cons (and they are numerous), if you don't really need this lens, then you will happily return it.
Pros: the pros are just not all that great for the cons
Cons: the obvious: size, weight, limited focal-length range...cost...
Summary: Several months ago I finally decided to shell out the 1400.00 on this lens. Quite simply it is one of the best investments in photography that I have ever made. The lens is outstanding, both in build quality and performance. Having a constant 2.8 aperture AND IS has enabled me to capture images that would have otherwise just been impossible.
Cons: Costly, but I don't believe overly expensive. this is one good piece of glass.