Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
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A great stepping stone into the Canon "L" lens series
23 November 2010
Summary: Canon's most affordable "L" series telephoto lens features rugged construction, silent operation, very sharp optics, and good bokeh. It is a must-have upgrade for any photographer who has become frustrated by the mediocre image and build quality of many consumer-grade zoom lenses. A constant f/4 aperture across the zoom range, fully internal zooming and focusing, and a focus limit switch to prevent "hunting" with distant subjects, enable excellent general portraiture and...
Summary: I waffled over whether to buy this lens or go with the Sigma 2.8 non-IS. I can't compare the two, but I can say that I am not dissapointed one bit by my decision to go with the Canon. The IS has proven beneficial for some natural light zoo photos and portraits taken in my home. I take a lot of pictures of my kids, my dogs in action, football, and zoo animals and this is an excellent do-it-all lens. You won't be dissapointed.
Summary: The bad first: never did focus well. After many tests, the verdict was to send it back. [...]Now, the good: I was concerned about weight. Really easy to forget the weight, when you're having so much fun using it.
Summary: Great lens, sharp, fast AF, feels very solid and IS works great! Unfortunately, quality comes at a price and a weight. Sometimes, I wished I had bought the f/4 version in order to gain a few inches and pounds!
Pros: Durable, Quick Focus, Rugged, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
Summary: I really enjoy using this lens. The one "bad" thing is when the lens hood is in the storage position, it covers the buttons for AF/M and IS etc. I've used it outside so far into the low teens for cold with no apparent adverse effects. still works, focus quickly etc.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
Summary: I purchased this lens to go along with my Canon 40D. This was my first L lens purchase and the build quality is amazing. As others have mentioned, it is heavy but the focus mechanism is smooth and super fast and it has a rock-solid feel to it. Unfortunately, after several still life tests, I found that (at least my copy) softened substantially at around f/8 and smaller and my EF 70-300 4/5.6 IS produced better results on the 40D body.
Pros: Durable, Quick Focus, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: Sports photography, portraiture, medium length wildlife. Use on my 20D. This is a very fast lens. I was able to shoot a TKD tournament in an extremely poorly lit gymnasium without a flash. Lens is definitely heavy, however, I shot it on a monopod for 4 hours straight and other than tired feet, I felt great! I also have the Canon 24-105 f/4L IS USM and this 70-200 blows it out of the water! The f/2.8L is really a must for lower light situations.
Pros: Durable, Quick Focus, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
Summary: I purchased this lens based on rave reviews and as far as image quality goes, I wasn't disapoinetd. It focused quickly, took in a decent amount of light, and produced good results. Having said that, we returned the lens because we found that the weight was substential and the focal length wasn't ideal on a crop body. It would have been great on a full frame, but you have to get very far away to be able to take photos on a crop sensor.
Pros: Durable, Rugged, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction