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


The all new Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens (now on sale at Amazon for up to 50% off the retail price) is the upgrade of its predecessor that enthusiasts of wildlife, scenery, news events and sport photography will find very pleasing. The highly popular EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM has been improved upon in the area of optics with 1 Fluorite and 5 UD elements, and the total of 23 elements in 19 groups. The lens uses a 77mm filter, fast auto-focus (can be switched to manual right on the lens), and virtually silent motor. It also greatly reduced focusing distance and improved magnification that stands at 1.2 meters (can be changed to 2.5 meters) and 0.21x respectively.

This new generation of telephoto lens offers very sharp images thanks to its image stabilization technology. Image stabilization allows for taking very sharp pictures in most conditions without the need of a tripod. The biggest impact of the stabilizer is that it is as taking pictures up to four stops faster, which makes a significant difference especially when the use of flash in not allowed, poorly lit spaces, or if you can’t increase the shutter speed. Image Stabilizer can be accessed directly on the lenses, and can be turned of if necessary. When the stabilizer is on, it offers 2 modes: mode 1 is more general and helps eliminate both vertical and horizontal vibration; mode 2 eliminates vertical shake in a horizontal camera movement and vice-versa. Image Stabilization is initiated by pressing the shutter half way through.

One general complaint about this product is the weight. It’s a big lens and many photographers use it without tripod in good lighting conditions. That makes the camera a bit heavy and harder to manipulate. On the other had, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM is waterproof and sealed not to let dust or other microscopic elements into the camera and lens.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM received a score of 4.9 out 5, based on 50 reviews left on Canon USA website. After going over the reviews and scores left, it appears that most of the customers gave the lens the maximum score of 5 stars based on Features, Performance, Price/Value, Quality, and Satisfaction. There were few reviewers scoring the lens 4 stars based on Price/Value. Bottom line for those of you interested in purchasing this lens is a choice between the cost and quality. It is a professional lens that helps you take professional quality pictures and if that is your reason, this lens is probably for you. On the other hand, if you’re just buying the lens for the sake of having them in your arsenal, there might be better options for you at this price level.

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