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

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  • EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II telephoto zoom lens
  • Compatible with Canon EOS film and digital SLR cameras
  • Effective focal length:70 - 200 mm,Tripod Collar: Yes
  • 70-200mm with full-frame digital or film cameras
  • 112-320mm with APS-C sensor cameras,1-Year Warranty

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DPReview Gold AwardMarch 2010
Its combination of exceptional optics and quirk-free design even manages to steal the crown of 'Best in Class.
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Conclusion

Canon's update to its professional fast telezoom may look much the same on the outside, but internally it's been updated to give image quality that's quite simply the best in its class. Effective autofocus and image stabilization systems, plus full weather sealing, round off a compelling package.

Reasons to buy

  • Exceptional image quality
  • Superb build quality, including dust- and water-sealing
  • Highly effective image stabilization
  • Excellent autofocus and manual override

Things to consider

  • Relatively harsh rendition of out-of-focus areas of the image
  • Somewhat susceptible to flare with direct light sources in or close to the frame
  • Inconvenient design of tripod mount ring (can't be detached without taking lens off camera)

Suggested for

Professionals and advanced amateurs demanding the very finest image quality from a telephoto zoom

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Applications for which portability or discretion is more valuable than outright image quality
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Maximum Sensor Size Compatibility 35mm FF 35mm FF 35mm FF 35mm FF
Maximum Aperture Range F2.8 F1.2 F2.8 F4.0
Min Aperture 32 16 22 32
Photo Filter Thread Size 77 millimeters 72 millimeters 82 millimeters 67 millimeters
Minimum Operating Distance 1.2 meters 0.95 meters 0.28 meters 1.2 meters
Item Weight 2.9 pounds 2.26 pounds 1.4 pounds 1.7 pounds
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User Manual [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches ; 2.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0033PRWSW
  • Item model number: 2751B002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (431 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 4, 2010

Product Description

Product Description

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens increases the speed, performance and optical quality of the EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM while maintaining all of the characteristics that have made it a legend for professionals and advanced amateurs alike. This lens features one fluorite and five UD elements for increased optical quality and reduced chromatic aberration. It has a minimum focusing distance of 1.2m/3.9 ft. at all zoom settings, which is useful for photographers in smaller spaces trying to get closer to a subject. A next-generation Optical Image Stabilizer, provides up to 4 stops of correction at all focal lengths. Plus the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is dust- and moisture-resistant and designed for use in the challenging environments typical of rigorous professional use.

From the Manufacturer

Improving upon one of the most celebrated lenses in the Canon EF line is no easy feat, but Canon has done just that. The all-new EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM increases the speed, performance and optical quality of the EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM while maintaining all of the characteristics that have made it a legend for professionals and advanced amateurs alike. The EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM features one fluorite and five UD elements for increased optical quality and reduced chromatic aberration. It has a minimum focusing distance of 1.2m/3.9 ft. at all zoom settings, which is useful for photographers in smaller spaces trying to get closer to a subject. It features a next-generation Optical Image Stabilizer, providing up to 4 stops of correction at all focal lengths. And as with all L-series lenses, the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is dust- and moisture-resistant and designed for use in the challenging environments typical of rigorous professional use.

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Lens Specifications
  • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 70-200mm 1:2.8
  • Lens Construction: 23 elements in 19 groups (1 Fluorite and 5 UD elements)
  • Diagonal Angle of View: 34° - 12°
  • Focus Adjustment: Inner focusing system with USM. Full-time manual focus available.
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 1.2m/3.94 ft. (maximum close-up magnification: 0.21x)
  • Filter Size: 77mm
  • Max. Diameter x Length, Weight: 3.5 x 7.8 in./88.8 x 199mm; 52.6 oz./1490g

What's in the Box:

Lens CAP E-77 II
Lens DUST CAP E
Lens HOOD ET- 87
Lens CASE LZ1326
Warranty Card (N/A Black)
NECK STARP7 (2)(W/O SHOULDER PAD)
Instruction Manuals (CD-ROM)

Customer Reviews

The lens truly has amazing image quality, far better than I anticipated.
Shama
If you can afford this lens then I would highly recommend it for anyone serious about taking high quality pictures.
Doug Vann
The images are remarkably sharp, have accurate color rendition, and great contrast.
Cinnamon

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

493 of 513 people found the following review helpful By G. Cruz on July 3, 2010
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The 1st version was my favorite zoom in my bag which had the 16-35mm 2.8L and the 24-70 2.8L because it was so much sharper than the other two. I was really happy with the 1st version and wouldn't have replaced it if this never came out. Now that the price has come down, about $130 from the original price, that should pay for a good B+W 77mm UVA (Ultra Violet) Haze MRC Filter #010. Don't gimp this lens with a plastic coaster from Ritz!

The image stabilization improvement is noticeable! Before I sold the 1st version for $1,550 (June 2010), I compared the two indoors handheld. I couldn't believe how 1 stop of IS really improved the quality and sharpness of the photos in low light.

With a crop sensor camera Canon EOS 7D 18 MP, Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP, or Canon EOS Rebel T2i 18 MP, this lens is effectively: 112mm - 280mm.
It works great with the Canon EF 1.4X II Extender Telephoto Accessory, it brings the max aperture down to f4, but it is still pretty sharp.
Paired with a 7D or any other 1.6 crop lens, it will become a 156mm - 448mm lens!

I use with this lens with my 7D or the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.
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279 of 300 people found the following review helpful By alexosh1234 on March 21, 2010
Pros: Lightning fast AF, Incredible Sharpness, Build Quality, Hood Design, Excellent IS
Cons: Price $$$$$, a bit big, a little heavy- not too bad.

WOW is all I can say. After getting over that I spent so much on a lens, this new machine is absolutely amazing. The image quality is top notch. 100% crops can be printed large and I can see every detail. I was in Miami and took some pictures of the big hotels, and was wondering what the names were. I looked at some of the pictures, zoomed in, and saw everything. Even small signs hundreds and hundreds of feet away. The IS adds a new feeling of confidence. No longer do you have to worry about shaking a tiny bit and the shot being out of focus or a bit blurry. Canon has really created an astounding piece of technology surpassing others(Nikon) in the lens market. The build quality, as expected from an L series lens, is made to withstand extreme conditions. The zoom ring is large and easy to use. The buttons for different IS and af/mf are easy to use/see. The new focusing distance allows you to get closer to your subjects, and can get quite close if some cropping is done. The Af is also excellent, and focuses very fast even in low light. Now, price... yes... I recommend thinking about this purchase for a while. 2500 - as of now, is a lot to spend, but if you have the money and really really want it, I highly recommend it. The pouch that it comes with is very nice and the hood is easy to put on and is a better material than other hoods. It does not scratch easily like my 24-70 f/2.8L lens hood does. At all apertures, this thing is sharp. If you are an IQ aficionado, this lens is quite a big step up from Mark 1 especially at f/2.8. For me, sharpness is my big thing, so I wanted the best out there.
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190 of 203 people found the following review helpful By Cinnamon on January 14, 2011
After dreaming about this lens for nearly a year, I finally got one and would love to share my thoughts. Since many reviews online are incredibly technical and complicated, I'll try keeping this as easy-to-understand as possible. If you have questions, please feel free to add comments and I'll do the best I can to answer them.

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS
This lens is absolutely amazing. Ignoring its steep price, large size, and heavy weight to focus solely on the photos it produces, I am incredibly impressed. The images are remarkably sharp, have accurate color rendition, and great contrast. I'm using this primarily on a Canon Rebel T2i, and expect that the results would be even more impressive on a full-frame camera such as the 5D series or 1D/1Ds series (aside from vignetting which is apparently somewhat pronounced on full-frame). If money isn't an issue, stop reading this review and order this lens immediately!

WHAT'S INCLUDED
In the box you get the lens, a lens pouch, a lens hood, and a tripod collar. The benefit of the tripod collar is that you can mount this lens directly onto your tripod (instead of mounting your camera body); this allows you to shift between portrait and landscape orientation easily.

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PROS AND CONS
Overall, this is a great lens. There are some inconveniences, but these are far outweighed by the benefits of the lens.

PROS
1) Fast. f/2.8 is great for low-light shots that you simply wouldn't be able to get at f/4 or another smaller aperture. This is great for action photography, such as sports or wildlife. Even if you decide to add a 1.4x teleconverter - which will cause you to lose a stop of light - starting off with a wide aperture of f/2.8, you can reach 280mm at f/4.
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