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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
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- EF mount; telephoto zoom lens
- Ultra-low Dispersion glass; inner focusing; full-time manual focus
- 70-200mm focal length
- f2.8 constant maximum aperture
- UltraSonic Motor (USM)
|Lens Compatibility Information: Canon EF-S lenses are only compatible with APS-C sensor DSLR cameras. Canon EF lenses are compatible with Canon full-frame and APS-C DSLR cameras.
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||ET-83II|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Item Dimensions||3.35 x 3.35 x 7.64 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1.3 Kilograms|
|Item Weight||2.9 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||1.50 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 year limited|
|Material Type||Metal barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||200 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||70 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||8|
|Number of Elements||18|
|Number of Groups||15|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 mm|
|Shipping Weight||3.55 pounds|
|Zoom Type||Motorized Zoom|
From the Manufacturer
- Focal length: 70-200mm
- Maximum aperture: f/2.8
- Lens construction: 18 elements in 15 groups
- Diagonal angle of view: 34 to 12 degrees
- Focus adjustment: Inner focusing system with USM
- Zoom system: Rotating type
- Closest focusing distance: 4.9 feet
- Filter size: 77mm
- Dimensions: 3.3 inches in diameter and 7.6 inches long
- Weight: 2.9 pounds
- Warranty: 1 year
Package Type: Standard Packaging
Top Customer Reviews
I know many people are probably deciding between the F/4L F/2.8L and the F/2.8L IS. If you want the most bang for the buck go for the F/2.8L. Why, because if you're serious enough to buy the F/4L you will eventually migrate to this F/2.8L (like many photographers), why because there is nothing going to speed up your shutter speed better than the f/2.8 at the long end when compared to F/4 especially for fast moving targets. Another big advantage is the canon 2x extender which boost this lense to 400mm at the long end with great results and at F/5.6, it is one of the best performing combo at 400mm focal length especially considering the price of a 400mm lense by itself.
If you have cash to burn go for the IS version, but cost increase is a bit steep ($500+), especially considering using a tripod will make the IS an non-issue, and for a shot deserving attention, a tripod or some sort of stablizer should be used anyway might as well save the $500 and put a bit more in for the 17-40mm L lense. :-)
When I first started to seriously consider buying one of the 70-200mm lenses I wasn't sure which to buy. I first thought about buying the f/4 version because it was cheaper but then found out the f/2.8 comes with a case (~ $40), tripod ring (~ $120), and a hood (~ $35) in addition to the extra stop in aperture. For the $600 difference it reduces down by about $200 by including additional stuff that you, frankly, should have.
Most notably is the tripod ring which takes the lens weight off the camera body but also balances the camera at the tripod mount. With the f/2.8 attached to my 300D it balances just fine on the tripod foot (even with a EX550 flash). In shooting with a tripod it's very easy to rotate the lens within the ring to go from landscape to portrait without off-balancing the weight.
The extra weight is an issue depending on your muscular build. I can shoot for a couple hours without the weight being bothersome but my fiancee (very petite) has some difficulties. In actual shooting I find the tripod ring comes in handy to put the weight on my palm thus leaving my fingers free to adjust zoom and focus without a hassle while providing a firmer base for stability.
I cannot comment on the f/2.8 IS version since I've never used it but I have seen people selling their f/2.8 IS because it was too heavy.
All-in-all this is an extremely good lens and you get exactly what you pay for: quality. Some day I intend on complementing this lens with the 24-70 f/2.8L for wider angle shots. Of course, if you have the chance to test all three versions of the 70-200mm lens at a store then you certainly should test them for yourself. And, by all means, buy a UV/protector lens.
Well, the reach my be less but man on man the Bokeh of this lens using the 5D Mark II has to be seen to be believed. Much smoother creamier and richer on the 5D Mark II. Something like double the Bokeh since you can get twice as close, just make sure when shooting at F/2.8 you have enough dept of field.
Sharpness and clarity
The sharpness and clarity wide open at F/2.8 that was just Ok on the 40D is much improved for some strange reason on the 5D Mark II. I would not have figured it this way but it's just plain better. Putting this lens on the 5D Mark II has transformed it from a so so lens to a sharp, high clarity monster even wide open. You wouldn't know it was the same lens I has used on the 40D.
The reach of the lens on a full frame sensor camera is half but when indoors shooting weddings this can be a good thing. On the cropped sensor cameras you often find yourself running out of space to back up when you want a wider shot but on the 5D Mark II the 70mm end is actually useful. When shooting outdoors if you can't get pretty close you will want a longer lens. This is when I reach for my excellent Canon 100-400 F/4.5 - F/5.6 IS L Lens.
On my Canon 40D and Rebel XTi Vignetting or peripheral illumination problems are practically non-existent, but on my new Canon 5D Mark II I use the auto-peripheral illumination correction as with it off it is a problem. But with it ON its no problem at all.
You can either have the 5D Mark II auto-correct peripheral illumination on board for JPEGs or adjust Raw images using Canon's Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software that came with your Mark II.Read more ›
I just bought it last week and last night I had my first chance to use it to take pictures of the daughter's soccer team. I shot 274 shots and kept 190. The photos I kept are incredible. Those I discarded were simply bad photography on my part.
WHAT's in the box
Focus is lightning fast with my Rebel XT.
Crisp, clear and sharp describe the images. Color is vivid and very saturated. F 2.8 makes night time high school soccer shots easy to do and still have adequate shutter speed at full 200 mm of zoom. I really like this lens. While image stabilization would be nice, the extra $500 was beyond my hobbyist budget. I shoot with a monopod so on the field shots are crystal clear. If you want to hand hold it save up the extra money.
It is not an issue for me. I use it mainly for taking shots of my daughter playing soccer and volleyball. Both are low light conditions. The monopod really helps. Hiking with this thing could be an issue.
If you can afford it buy it. You won't be disappointed
I have had this lens for a couple of weeks and shot about 3000 pictures with it of both indoor volleyball and night soccer games. My opinion is getting even better. Bar none, this is tremendous lens and it a league of its own.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
love love love this lens. if I was on a full frame camera I don't think id ever take this lens off. excellent image quality, beautiful bokeh, easily corrected Chromatic aberration... Read morePublished 1 day ago by JARED S.
This lens is amazing. It is my first 2.8 lens and the auto focus is very fast. I use this with shooting sports, and the shots that i get are a million times better than the lens I... Read morePublished 29 days ago by John Marc Nutt
First off let me say when I purchased this lens I had little expectations. I have never used a long lens to often but now that I am getting into nature photography I needed... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brian Cole
Excellent lens I bought this for my husbands birthday and he is thrilled with itPublished 2 months ago by Susan Montague
Fantastic lens...haven't regretted not getting the IS version.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is the lens to have for any serious photographer or the advanced amateur. This is my third L-Series lens and having the low f-stop with image stabilization has made this my... Read morePublished 3 months ago by f lapierre