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5.0 out of 5 stars Much sharper than the MKI, July 3, 2010
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This review is from: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras (Camera)
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. It works perfect for both and did not feel like I had to Micro Adjust the focus.

For 1st time buyers of this lens.
- Watch canonpricewatch dot com.
- If you never owned an L lens, you will be shocked at how sharp this is (then again, most L lenses should have that effect)
- If you never had Image Stabilization, this will allow you to take sharper photos indoors. It will reduce motion blur from lens movement, but not from the subject where the larger aperture has greater effect.
- It is weather sealed (you'll notice a black o-ring at the mount) - you'll need to add a lens filter to complete the sealing.
- You can use this for sports to portrait photography. For portraits, you get excellent bokeh at 200mm / f2.8 (the smooth background blur where your subject is in focus)

For those upgrading from the original Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM, I didn't think there was much to improve on (I was wrong!)
- That lens came out in September 2001, so you are taking advantage of 9 years of technological advancement
- The buttons are designed better - I hated how I always switched to MF when shooting! This is now a non-issue (no need to tape it down)
- Second generation Image Stabilization technology that is silent, you could hear the motor sound of the gyro in the first version. You get 4 stops vs 3 stops IS.
- Improved optics - it has one fluorite and five UD elements for increased optical quality. You get reduced flare, which improves contrast (Your brain tells you it is "sharper")
- This focuses much closer at 1.2m/3.9 ft (improved by 8.1" at 200mm) - better for tight indoor portraits
- Focuses faster and quieter
- Larger focus grip area
- Improved hood Canon ET-87 - it has a lock that makes it easier to put on and remove. It has a different texture that is less susceptible to scratches.
- Bottom line, it is worth the upgrade, especially if you plan to keep it for many years.

Cons
It is expensive - but you get what you pay for
It is heavy, especially if you never owned L glass, but to maintain a fixed aperture at f2.8 throughout the zoom range requires lots of glass! Just stop being a wimp already.

Tips:
There are two modes of Image Stabilization: I rarely take it off Mode 1, but use Mode 2 if you plan to pan left or right (to follow a car or someone running)
The focus distance selector is handy, be sure to use if you find that it isn't focusing indoors, it could be that you selected 2.5m - infinity.
Take off the tripod collar if you hand hold it a lot - it just gets in the way sometimes.
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Initial post: Sep 25, 2010 5:45:19 PM PDT
R. Huerto says:
Question: Did you notice any play (loose) when you mounted the above lens to the 5D Mark ii? Or was it secured tight? I want to purchase this lens but I have heard stories of slight play when mounting heavy lens on Canon 5d mkii and with the hefty price - I don't want to experience any slight wiggling as it will bother me for sure. I have 5D Mark ii with the 24-105 and it's glued tight. Thanks for your great review...

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2010 8:17:12 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 26, 2010 8:24:45 AM PDT
G. Cruz says:
It has no more or less rotational wiggle (less than a mm?) than the Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L or the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L. I feel that it is pretty secure on my Canon EOS 5D Mark II, but these lenses are tighter on my Canon EOS 7D. Maybe it's time to send the 5D MKII to CPS for adjustment.

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 12:17:55 AM PDT
Oswald63 says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2010 4:41:51 PM PDT
A. Sleeis says:
Prices came down due to a manufacturer instant rebate deal going on until end of year. And right now, a few vendors are pushing an early Black Friday (week/weekend). This might be my buying time. A convergence of deals on the high end L glass. :)

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 4:43:38 PM PST
J. Lee says:
Question. I got version II a couples week ago.
I still can hear gyro starting and stopping as well as slight rotating sound inside lens at the level similar to nikon entry level kits lens. My other lens is 24-70L without IS so I don't have any other lens to compare it with. You said it's quieter than version I but I didn't notice much sound in my friend's version I (probably because of background noise). Is my version II's noise level normal ?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2010 5:15:11 PM PST
G. Cruz says:
It isn't going to be completely silent, but it is noticeably quieter than the version I which had a definite whirring / slight grinding noise. If the images are okay, I wouldn't worry about it. If you live near a photo store or rental, you can compare.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2010 11:14:44 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2010 4:47:05 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 6, 2010 4:48:05 PM PST
E.Valuator says:
Only if you are a bat. Heck, I can't even hear the "focus lock" coming out of the body.

Posted on Oct 12, 2011 2:27:41 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 12, 2011 2:29:50 AM PDT
Keshav says:
Hi Sir, A great review. However, the statement " Paired with a 7D or any other 1.6 crop lens, it will become a 156mm - 448mm lens! " is incorrect. The equivalent coverage on a 1.6 cropped body would be 112-320mm (1.6 crop factor multiplied). i.e. 70*1.6 = 112mm and 200*1.6=320mm

http://www.cameralabs.com/lenses/lens_buyers_guide/Canon_EF_lenses/Which_telephoto_lens/Which_Canon_sports_action_telephoto_lens.shtml

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2011 7:09:07 PM PDT
The full quote is "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! "
He is talking about using an extender on a crop body.
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