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

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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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    What's Included


    • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens
    • Lens hood ET-87

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (445 out of 450)

    Features


    Compatible with select Canon cameras

    For Canon EOS DSLR cameras with APS-C sized sensors and an EF mount.

    f/2.8 maximum aperture

    Produces clear images even in low-light situations, including indoor settings and on overcast days.

    70–200mm focal length

    This versatile, long-range zoom lens covers a broad range, enabling you to capture the perfect image from various distances.

    4-Stop optical image stabilization

    Permits utilizing slower shutter speeds (up to 4 stops slower) without image blur.

    5 UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) lens elements for improved contrast

    Minimizes chromatic aberration, blurred edges that appear around objects due to colors traveling through a lens at different speeds. Sharply focuses colors for high-quality images.

    Fluorite lens element for superior image quality

    Effectively corrects chromatic aberration for improved image quality. Advanced coatings minimize ghosting and flaring and help to prevent smears and fingerprints on the lens.

    Weather-resistant build

    Resists water and dust so that you can shoot in locations and conditions of all types.

    3.9' minimum focusing distance

    Accommodates 77mm filters

    Accessories included

    Comes with a lens cap and lens hood.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 450 reviews

    99%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 13 reviews

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Practical? That depends. Excellent lens? Yes.

      Posted
      Zekemtu
      • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Lives Up to the Hype!

      Posted
      AchtungBaby82
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I've owned the Canon 70-200 f/4L, the Canon 70-200 f/4L IS, and just upgraded to the Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II. All of the above lenses offer great value (despite the wide variance in price). I don't need f/2.8 for most of my shooting and thought the f/4L IS would suit my needs well. Apart from the aperture advantage of the f/2.8, there isn't much to optically distinguish the f/4L IS from the f/2.8 IS II. I did notice a very small amount of chromatic aberration on the f/4 that wasn't present on the f/2.8. However, it should be noted that this was only observed after resampling an image for a 40in x 60in print (and was easily corrected). I won't bother rehashing all of the superlative comments that have been made about this lens by professionals and enthusiastic amateurs alike (which is why I focused on comparing lenses within the lineup more than on specific characteristics of this lens). Many people can't discuss these lenses without mentioning the additional weight burden of the f/2.8L IS II (and how the f/4L IS is a better option for uses such as travel). As an avid traveler I followed this logic and bought the f/4L IS. The f/4L IS is a great lens, but I found myself buying the f/2.8L IS II less than 2 years later for the following reasons: (1) Knowing the f/2.8 was ever so slightly better than the f/4L IS with regard to optics. (2) Canon includes the tripod ring with the f/2.8L IS II. This accessory must be purchased separately with the f/4L IS. Sadly this is a very expensive accessory. (3) I was kicking around the idea of buying a 300mm f/4L IS lens. This zoom with a 1.4x III teleconverter will get me to approximately the same place for less money (perhaps with a slight loss in optical quality, but a gain in versatility). This is the best 70-200 class zoom lens ever put into production. Buy this lens if you can afford it and you won't be disappointed. I personally think that the "weight penalty" discussed with this lens is overstated in most reviews (I prefer handling my camera with the bigger and heavier f/2.8 mounted). If you can't afford this lens you'll be very pleased with the f/4L IS version.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      This should have been my first piece of photograph

      Posted
      xzoup
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Awesome lens!

      Posted
      ChasL
      • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Arguably the most versatile lens

      Posted
      ocabj

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great lens for an intermediate photographer

      Posted
      SSSmoth
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I have been drooling over this lens since it came out! When Best Buy ran their 18 mon. 0% interest same as cash I knew this was the only time I'd be able to buy it, and I did! This lens is so incredibly sharp and clear. The only drawback is the weight. It is VERY heavy. I don't like using a tripod most of the time, but I'm going to have to start. I'm a small woman at 5'1" so this thing is probably heavier for me then it would be for a guy. I almost gave it 4 stars because of this, but in my opinion if you use a tripod it doesn't affect your pictures. And the results are incredible. I love wildlife, my boys sports, and portrait photography. Most animals don't stand around long enough to get a tripod adjusted. This is why I don't care for tripods but I got some decent shots even handheld and zoomed all the way to 200mm. I will post a picture if I can figure out how. There is a huge difference in the glass compared to my lense that is not an L series but decent lense. This image was taken at 200 mm plus cropped way in since it was a ways off.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Must have lens for professionals!

      Posted
      Dlowen
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      There is not much to say about this lens except for that it is a must have. Prior to this lens I had the 70-200 f4l IS. It was a great lens but this one produces much sharper images and overall better bokeh. The only downside for some people would be the size and weight. I personally do not have any trouble with it but it is a monster of a lens. Part of the reason for its weight and size is due to its build quality. It is very high end. The switches, adjustment rings, and overall quality are built very well. This lens produces very high quality images and can be used for video if needed as well since it has image stabilization. Anyone who is into photo journalism, sports, and even portraits must have this lens. I highly recommend it. Two other small cons are that it does not really fit in many camera bags due to its size. It does come with a nice carrying case but the strap is cheap and it is not comfortable to carry it around. These two little things however should not make a difference on your purchasing decision.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Stunning Shots Make this Lens Worth the Money

      Posted
      Larkin
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I postponed purchasing this lens b/c it is heavier than the lens I use on a regular basis, and I wasn't sure I would use it enough to make it worth the price. But it has turned out to be well worth the price. While this isn't a lens I use on a daily basis, it has been invaluable for several events already. It allowed me to get amazingly crisp and beautiful shots of a wedding I shot last weekend. It allowed me to be far enough back to not disturb the wedding party or their guests, while still getting very intimate shots. The lens is heavier than a cheaper 70-200mm lens I purchased a few years ago, but the quality of the lens is worth dealing with the weight. I did purchase a longer strap which allows me to wear my camera across my body rather than around my neck, and that makes the weight easier to deal with on longer shoots. While I know this review mentions the weight a lot, but that was a factor in my waiting so long to purchase it. But now that I have, I really wished I'd just gone on and purchased it earlier. It takes beautiful pictures that far surpass anything I could get on my cheaper and lighter 70-200mm.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars with 13 reviews

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