Canon - EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens - White

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: 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.

47 out of 47 found this review helpful.

Awesome lens! Posted by: 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.

Fantastic Lens Posted by: 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.

This should have been my first piece of photograph Posted by: from: Arkansas on I have used the Canon EF 70-200 f4L non IS for a good while, with great results, but I also deleted a lot of shots thanks to not having an IS. I broke down and decided to go with the 70-200mm f2.8L II lens. Yes the price is kind of steep and it's a little heavy, but you get what you pay for, and it's a very well built piece of camera equipment. For people just starting out spend your money on this lens first, before you even by a camera, then buy you an inexpensive camera that fits this lens. A camera can't make most lenses give you good photos, but this lens will make most cameras give you nice photos. Now most of my deleted photos are due to something i did wrong, not the fault of my lens. Easy auto focus, easy manual ring focus with a larger focusing grip, very good in low light and exceptional on the newer low light cameras. Image stabilizer works great hand held, but I found carrying it on my monopod works very well or hooked on to a shoulder strap for long photo shoots. If you want to make your subject pop out of the shot I suggest using the lens in manul mode, don't get me wrong auto focus gives you very crisp shots too. Get this lens first buy your camera second.

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Noticeable improvement over previous 70-200mm 2.8 Posted by: 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!

42 out of 43 found this review helpful.

A definite must have for any Canon owner! Posted by: 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: 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.

Supreme Glass! Posted by: from: Fort Worth,Tx on Let me start off by saying I am very much an amateur photographer and this is a major hobby of mine. Not a professional. I love this lens. I mostly shoot action (auto racing, air shows, some sporting events), severe weather and landscape stuff. The amount of light that this lens allows helps greatly as well as the stabilization system. Not to mention the high quality of a Canon L series lens. I have been wanting one for a while and finances finally worked out to make it happen.

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Best lens available! Posted by: from: on the 70-200f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens is no doubt the fastest auto focusing lens out there! It gives incredible image quality and depth as well as color reproduction. This is my favorite lens and I have got some of the best pics with it and that was only the 1st day of using it! Dont let anyone tell you that the L series lenses aren't worth the extra money or theres no difference to them because there lying.This lens shoots such crisp images and focuses so fast, its awesome for sports which I have used for baseball pictures and to see the dirt particles from a player sliding into a base is just incredible.It also shoots super in low light condition and when paired with the 1.4 extender,youve got quite a lens. Worth every penny! PS I give this lens 100 Stars as there is none better! GET ONE!!!! you will not regret it.

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

sharp and bright Posted by: from: on this lens is really amazing i have no words to describe but amazingly awesome. take a look at picture for your own enjoyment.

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

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