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5.0 out of 5 stars The Canon EF 70-200mm IS is an awesome tack sharp lens!,, September 30, 2006
This review is from: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras (Camera)
I shoot with a Canon 20D and before purchasing this lens, used the Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 III USM lens. I've always noticed the limitations of this lens when shooting amateur softball. I reviewed the lens lineup at the Canon website and decided on purchasing the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM Lens. The 100-400mm is a great lens, but it can be a little soft. For that reason I decided to add the Canon EF 70-200mm 2.8/f IS USM telephoto zoom lens to my lens collection.

As an L lens, there are numerous features and is manufactured with high quality materials and a higher level of dust and moisture resistance compared to the standard line of lenses. This pro quality lens is meant for serious photographers with high demands of their equipment. The construction is sturdy and consists of 23 elements in 18 groups. The four Super UD-glass elements largely eliminate the secondary spectrum reducing residual chromatic aberration. An improved 8-blade circular aperture offers a more pleasing out-of-focus image. The Canon EF 70-200mm lens weighs in at about 3.24 lbs/1,470 g, and a minimal focusing distance of 4.3 ft/1.3 m. The front thread accepts 77mm filters, be sure to get a good quality UV haze filter to protect the front lens element. This lens is compatible with the 1.4x II and 2X II telephoto extenders.

Being white, this lens looks out of place, but helps it stay cool when shooting out in the sun. Some people are concerned that being white, it attracts attention to criminals. From my experience, my 20D attracts attention regardless of what lens I put on it. In addition, I most likely have a camera bag and tripod/monopod with me to further attract attention. I personally doubt a thief looking for something to steal is taking the time to evaluate the cost of the item and are more concerned with the ease of taking something they can unload. I try to make things difficult for would be thieves and have my equipment insured as a back up.

The dual IS system has two modes. Mode 1 is for stationary subjects while mode two is for moving subjects. It is recommended that the IS function is not used while using a tripod; however I have successfully used this feature while on my monopod. The IS helps to eliminate camera shake and helps stabilize the lens when shooting from a moving vehicle or in low light situations. While there are limitations to what the IS can do, it can give you a few extra stops. Just keep in mind, the IS attempts to eliminate camera movement, not the movement of the subject being photographed.

This lens permits for auto or manual focus depending on how the switch is set. There is also a switch to shift from a 1.4m/4.6ft to infinity or 2.5m/8.2ft to infinity.

Included with this lens are the tripod mount, lens hood, and storage case. The tripod mount is the best option to use when mounting to a tripod, helping to maintain balance. Mounting the camera instead creates an unbalanced set up that may topple over. The case is a zippered soft case (LZ1324) that can also be purchased separately. The lens hood (ET-86) is used to reduce lens flare and can protect the front element in certain situations. Often times, Amazon recommends purchasing the lens case and hood, however they are normally included with the lens.

The Canon EF 70-200mm is such an awesome lens, it almost fails to compare to the Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM telephoto zoom. The EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM telephoto zoom lens is a well used option for me, but the clarity and sharpness of the 70-200mm IS lens is more refined. I doubt the 100-400mm lens will be replaced by this lens as a favorite. I find the push/pull focusing of the 100-400mm lens to be a benefit that the 70-200mm cannot replace. This lens can be used for portraits, landscape, sports or as a general walk about lens. The f/2.8L combined with the IS makes this lens a good option for certain low light situations. The features add creative versatility. The Canon EF 70-200mm IS lens comes at a price, but it is worth every bit of it.

Incredible clarity and sharpness
Quiet and quick auto-focus
Features add creative versatility
Dual IS system

Heavy and bulky (This should be expected with these types of lenses)
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Initial post: Nov 20, 2006 2:38:39 PM PST
J. Jansen says:
Almost identical "review" as this 100-400mm.

Looks like a marketing ploy.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2006 6:25:32 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 20, 2006 6:42:41 PM PST
No marketing ploy by me. I own both lenses and only review lenses I own, or have rented. This would explain why I don't have reviews for the 70-200mm f/2.8L, 70-200mm f/4L, and the 70-200mm f/4L IS lenses. The reviews are not identical, although admittedly similar as the reviewed lenses have similar traits.

Posted on Dec 2, 2006 8:07:49 AM PST
Andrew says:
What company do you use to insure your camera equipment?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2006 4:36:33 PM PST
I have a rider on my home owners policy with Allstate. They cover theft and accidental damage.

Posted on Jul 29, 2007 4:56:16 PM PDT
gunner says:
This review helped me a great deal, thank you. Also it listed items included in purchase price - information not easy to find.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 30, 2007 5:47:12 AM PDT
You're welcome. I'm glad the review helped you.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 3, 2009 5:54:25 PM PST
I also have the 20d canon, and can only buy one of these lenses. what would you give up if you had to give up one? what about the 200 with a 2x extender? to effectivly give me a 5.6 at 400?
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