Canon EF 70–200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens This telephoto zoom lens is an essential tool for professional photographers and skilled amateurs. The variable focal length makes it useful for photographing a broad range of subjects, and the 2.8 maximum aperture functions well in low-light situations. Snap candid portraits, stop the action at sporting events or compose wedding photos with exceptional blurred backgrounds.
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Arguably the most versatile lens
Posted by: ocabj from: Riverside, CA on
I've owned this lens since February 2010 when it first hit US retailers. In the 200mm range, I had owned the Canon EF 70-200 f/4L (non-IS) and the Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II. I also had the opportunity to use a friend's Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS (original v1).
The 200mm f/2.8L II is incredibly sharp wide open @ f/2.8 and for the price is an incredible value if you need f/2.8 at 200mm.
The 70-200 f/2.8L IS (1) has noticeable chromatic aberration wide-open.
But the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II is significantly improved over the original, and in my opinion (controlled testing), has sharpness wide open at 200mm that rivals Canon's 200mm f/2.8L II prime.
This lens is incredibly sharp and the 70-200mm focal range is so versatile. I shoot lots of portraits, and this is my go to lens (even over my 85mm f/1.2L II). While the 85L is considered the top portrait lens by most, I like the ability to shoot a photo session at various focal ranges / perspectives without having to change lenses.
If I was only allowed one lens in my kit, it would be this lens.
Some will find it heavy. Others will debate the price.
If either worry you, I assure you the superb quality of this lens far outweighs the price and weight.
50 out of 50 found this review helpful.
Noticeable improvement over previous 70-200mm 2.8
Posted by: SullyC5er from: Greenville, SC on
Firstly, I wish Best Buy would use the correct nomenclature; this is a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM.
I bought this to replace my EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. This 2nd generation is sharper, especially at 2.8 and the AF seems even faster. I use it on my Canon 1DIV for sports, and on my Canon 5DII for indoor events. I am very pleased with the upgrade!
43 out of 44 found this review helpful.
Posted by: photoken from: CA on
This lens is excellent and easily becomes my favorite lens. Super sharp even at f2.8. Quiet and quick focus. I directly compared it with my Canon 100-400mm 4.5 - 5.6L lens and it trumps the 100-400 by a big margin in terms of sharpness and auto focus. I also attached the Canon 1.4x II extender to the 70-200 2.8 IS II and the sharpness of this combo still outperforms the 100-400mm.
Although it is pricey and heavy, you will forget all about it after you see the images taken by this lens.
Highly recommended. Job well done, Canon.
28 out of 28 found this review helpful.
A definite must have for any Canon owner!
Posted by: jrbstorm from: Lincoln, NE on
Excellent lens to the Canon lineup and I must say one of the sharpest lenses I've ever had the opportunity to use period. The new formula Canon has used for this lens makes the images very sharp and the image crops are amazing to look at. About the only thing getting use to is the heaviness of the lens. Some owners of the 1st edition will have a difficult justifying the current jump in price to its current $2500 price tag. If you're quite content with the first version, I say stay with it for the time being and wait for the lens to come down in price over the course of the next year.
25 out of 27 found this review helpful.
Sweet Mother of Pearl!
Posted by: WomackDaddy from: Sycamore, IL on
This is the sweetest, most optically brilliant lens I have ever owned in my 35 years of photographing. It's tack sharp and so forgiving with the IS. You can get shots that you only dreamt about before. The boket is awesome and it doesn't lack anything. It's hefty as good glass needs to be. Be prepared for a bit of a workout. This lens will not disappoint you in every other respect.
19 out of 19 found this review helpful.
Posted by: TucsonMama from: tucson, az on
IS is super quiet on this lens...easy to hand hold even though this is a heavy lens. Images are fantastic and super sharp. Glad I spent the extra $$ for this lens. I tried the older model and for $2K it wasn't as sharp as I thought it should be at that price. If you can get this lens with the fantastic 36 mth financing, DO IT!
18 out of 19 found this review helpful.
Posted by: ChasL from: California on
I really love this lens and am growing to love it more and more after each and every photo shoot. First it is really sharp, even at f2.8 and the auto focus is fast. Colors are rich and saturated and a great bokeh even at f5.6. I have taken several hundred photos in varying light conditions and the IS is top notch as I am handheld over 95% of the time. Recently while photographing the Pride Parade in SF, I used the IS setting that allows for panning/tracking with an EF Teleconvert III at f5.6 and was really excited about the results. Many more sharp shots than I expected under difficult lighting! I have taken enough portraits to know it will be a go to lens for indoor low light work as well. Also, the zoom ring is very smooth and relatively short throw and the on demand manual focus is a nice touch for critical work. The only down side to this beast is that it is a beast, heavy, large and intimidating with the hood on (lol). But so what, I would gladly carry this lens around than the 3 or 4 primes you would have to lug to replace it! Oh, and I love the "lens envy" comments I get from other photographers when out in public and on the street.
13 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Practical? That depends. Excellent lens? Yes.
Posted by: Zekemtu from: Michigan on
This is not a technical review, if you want that check out other resources on the web that can get into the details.
What I offer is an impression of how this lens behaves in the hands of a "serious" amateur, and why such a person would consider buying this lens.
Simply put the lens performs.
The image quality is second to none. It's wide f/2.8 aperture throughout the entire zoom range allows you to use a fast shutter speed in low light conditions.
For me this means being able to get bright blur free images of my 4 year old's dance recital in a dark auditorium without using a flash (at higher ISO settings). The image stabilization help this even further be allowing you to hand hold the camera at shutter speeds that stop the action, but would normally be blurry from camera shake at a focal length of 200 mm.
It also means that you can choose to have very narrow depth of field when shooting outdoors, say to blur out the trees/fence/other people in the background at a soccer or t-ball game.
This lens is HEAVY. But any f/2.8 lens with this zoom range will be. I do not see this a a drawback. I've used this lens for 1-2 hours at a time (handheld) without issue. However, I'd imagine trying to carry it around your neck for several hours would be impractical/tiring. Mount it on a mono-pod (using the included tripod ring) and it's no strain to use while standing around the ball field for hours.
The non-IS f/4.0 lens is significantly lighter. So, If you don't shoot in the low light conditions you will get nearly the same image quality and your arms won't be a tired. It's also lighter on the pocket book at 1/4 the price.
This is a no compromise 70-200 mm zoom lens. It comes with higher weight and higher cost. However, If your budget allows you wont be be disappointed.
23 out of 29 found this review helpful.
best lens ever
Posted by: Rogerwilco897 from: Detroit,MI on
Well that being said I can say this is my go to lens it never fails me . Simply said it will replace alot of the primes you may have from the 135mm to 200mm. Awesome for portraits and all around use.The bokeh produced is almost 3D. Only the 85Lmk2 gets more use for portrait shots.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Worth Every Penny!
Posted by: solat44 from: Minneapolis, MN on
This is the lens to get. Great for wedding photography, portraits, sports, and capturing precious family moments! The image quality is tack sharp, AF speed is amazing and spot on, and the bokeh it produces is outstanding. Great in low light. Paired it with a 1.4x extender for airshows and wildlife and it produced great images. This is my go-to lens and is worth every penny!