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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
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- EF mount; telephoto zoom lens
- Ultra-low Dispersion glass; image stabilizer; inner focusing; full-time manual focus; circular aperture
- 70-200mm focal length
- f/2.8 constant maximum aperture
- Micro UltraSonic Motor (USM) Includes case and lens hood
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|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Included Components||Lens Case & Hood|
|Item Dimensions||147.32 x 5.98 x 11.3 inches|
|Item Display Weight||51.8 ounces|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||200 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35 mm FF|
|Minimum Focal Length||70 mm|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 mm|
|Shipping Weight||3.2 pounds|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Auto/Manual||Ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Auto/Manual||Ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||5.98 x 11.3 x 147.32 in||3.35 x 7.64 x 3.35 in||2.99 x 6.77 x 2.99 in||2.99 x 6.77 x 2.99 in||3.28 x 4.86 x 3.28 in||3.39 x 7.76 x 3.39 in|
|Item Weight||—||2.9 lbs||1.7 lbs||0.88 lb||2.09 lbs||3.24 lbs|
|Lens Type||Telephoto||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||telephoto||Standard Zoom lens||Telephoto|
|Maximum Focal Length||200 millimeters||200 millimeters||200 millimeters||200 millimeters||70 millimeters||200 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||70 millimeters||70 millimeters||70 millimeters||70||24 millimeters||70 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 millimeters||77 millimeters||67 millimeters||67 millimeters||82 millimeters||77 millimeters|
The EF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM was introduced way back in August 2001, supplementing (but not replacing) the non-stabilized 70-200mm F2.8 L USM in Canon's highly regarded telephoto lineup. This is a lens which can truly be described as a professional workhorse, with robust build (including dust and moisture resistance), wide F2.8 maximum aperture, fast and silent ultrasonic autofocus motor, and optical image stabilization for hand-holding at slow shutter speeds. The optical design is somewhere on the far side of complex; it features 23 elements in 18 groups, with 4 UD elements to provide compensation for chromatic aberration. According to Canon, this gives a 'high-resolution, high-contrast optical capability', as demanded from a lens which needs to perform all day, every day in the hands of professional photographers across a wide range of subjects and conditions.
Incorporating Canon's second-generation Image Stabilization technology, this 70-200mm telephoto zoom responds in as little as 0.5 seconds while providing up to three stops of correction for camera shake. As a result, you can easily capture the far-off action of fast-paced sports or zoom in for an intimate portrait with a blurred background. The lens's autofocus (AF) system, meanwhile, has been refined for better response time and tracking speed. And photographers will love the new eight-blade circular aperture, which offers a more pleasing out-of-focus image. Constructed to pro standards, the EF 70-200mm lens is highly dust- and moisture-resistant and carries a one-year warranty.
- Focal length: 70-200mm
- Maximum aperture: 1:2.8
- Lens construction: 23 elements in 18 groups
- Diagonal angle of view: 34 to 12 degrees
- Focus adjustment: Inner focusing system with USM
- Closest focusing distance: 4.3 feet
- Zoom system: Rotating type
- Filter size: 77mm
- Dimensions: 3.4 inches in diameter, 7.8 inches long
- Weight: 3.24 pounds
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This lens NEVER fails. Focus is fast and spot on. It never hunts for focus no matter what the lighting. If a blurry shot comes out of this lens it is due most likely to user error. I have a couple of "go-to" lenses and this is clearly one of them (for the curious, the 24-105 is another). I do a fair amount of theatre photography and this lens is always in my bag and the one I most often call on no matter what the light is like on stage. Time after time after time it produces a gorgeous result. Bright, sharp, well saturated and luxurious (almost creamy) images, unrivaled by most other lenses. I can't imagine what Canon has done in the Mark II version to improve upon this but I am sure they thought of something.
Are there any knocks against this lens? Sure, I would love it if it weighed a great deal less, but these fantastic optics come at a price and that price is a bit of weight. It is worth every sore shoulder or aching forearm. I wasn't a bad photographer to begin with but this lens makes me that much better.
BOTTOM LINE: If you get a chance to purchase this lens, DO NOT HESITATE. It does not know how to take anything but incredible images.
For it's medium range, it's the most excellent lens in it's class I have or have used, bar none. In the words of a buddy of mine, the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM is sharp and fast; just like the price.
It's bulky, and I only found one bag locally I could buy to carry this juggernaut in. It comes in around 3.1 lbs I believe, which makes it almost 3 times the weight of my camera body. Don't worry, your wrist will adjust to the weight after 2 weeks. If you put this lens on your camera every soccer mom with an SLR and junior high kid will seek you out and comment, "that's a huge lens you have."
There's a host of sites that give you technical specs based on what body you're using, full-frame or digital-frame, etc. But this lens is so good you really see the difference in the minute settings of your aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. With a lens like this you'll really get a feel for your camera and experiment more and more with the creative controls (Tv, Av, and M).
This lens is great for candids - especially if you are doing weddings or parties - for portraits, and with it's f/2.8 you get great, great shots without the flash; essential for party and dinner and intimate settings. Before this lens I was only keeping around 20% of my shots after photoshop. With this lens I get so many great shots it's hard to choose what to keep and what not to keep. (And once you discover shooting in RAW, and you get a good RAW editor, like the one in photoshop, modifying a photo takes about 1.5 minutes instead of the 20 or so in photoshop doing all the highlights and adjustment layers, etc.)
As another wedding photographer told me, I shall tell you: a lot of times you'll put this lens on and never change it out. Apart from architecture or landscape shots, it's a great, quality lens that makes you feel confident in your professional gear - if you don't already (and it better, considering the price)!
The included lens hood adds a lot to the length, but it works very well. It's held in place with a simple "push and turn" lock, so it won't fall off, even if you knock the lens against something. It will also keep the rain off the front lens (unless it's being blown straight at you, but then nothing works, does it?)
The autofocus has 2 settings. One for only when you are shooting at distance, and the other for closer work. I only use the longer setting. This is meant to speed up autofocussing if you know you will not be coming in close. Also, once you have locked in with autofocus, you can just turn the focus ring to over-ride autofocus. No fiddling with buttons on the camera, or having to always use manual focus (although that is an option). I frequently use auto to get close, then quickly adjust manually to get the final exact result I want.
One negative is the minimum focus distance. From memory, it's about 1.4m (or about 4 to 5 feet). It's not a problem for me, but check this limit if you need to come in close.
The tripod support bracket is easily removeable if you only do handheld. Saves a little on the weight, and also makes for a much easier lens to hold and operate.
So, if you need a fast lens with good image quality, just get this lens. If size/weight/$$$ are issues, then look to the non-IS or f4.
Happy shooting :)
If you are lucky to find a good used one like I did it would be just like new and save hundreds of $$$ if that is important to you.