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The Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8 L IS II USM lens features a redesigned optical system that delivers incredible results. A high-performance fluorite element is combined with five ultra-low dispersion (UD) elements to reduce chromatic aberration throughout the zoom range, producing high contrast images with edge-to-edge definition. The Image Stabiliser mechanism offers a shutter speed advantage equivalent to four-stops, reducing the effect of camera shake in lower light environments. An essential telephoto lens for sports, wildlife and portraits. More
August 2011 - " You can see why the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM is such a popular lens with pros and keen amateurs alike. It is perfect for everything from portraits, sports and weddings to events and photojournalism. The versatility and beautiful image quality will mean you'll be reaching for it more often than not, and given the top build quality it sure won't let you down in a hurry." Find out more about the Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L lens here...
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.
The L-series is Canon's flagship professional lens range, representing the best in precision-designed EF optics. L-series lenses combine superior performance with superlative handling, and are resistant to dust and moisture.
Fast, constant maximum aperture
Shoot hand held in low light conditions thanks to a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture, which stays constant throughout the zoom range. Such an aperture also gives a photographer control over depth of field.
Canon’s four-stop Image Stabilizer (IS) makes the EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM ideal for shooting in low light conditions when using a tripod is not possible. The IS system allows shutter speeds up to four stops slower than normal to be used without causing image blur.
Fluorite and ultra-low dispersion (UD) lens elements
The lens features elements made from fluorite, which reduce chromatic aberration. Five UD (ultra-low dispersion) elements are used to ensure high contrast and natural colour reproduction throughout the zoom range.
Smooth background blur
A virtually circular aperture diaphragm gives out of focus regions a softer, more uniform feel. Sharp foreground objects stand out against a smooth blurred background.
A ring-type ultrasonic motor drives autofocus extremely quickly, and in near silence. Excellent holding torque ensures the point of focus is reached accurately, without overshooting. Furthermore, full-time manual override is available, making it possible to adjust focus without leaving AF mode.
The lens is supplied as standard with the ET-87 lens hood to prevent glare affecting images, as well as a removable tripod mount and soft case.
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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
This lens lives up to it's name.
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Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8 L IS II USM Lens:
A lovely lens.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
The lens that is on my camera most.
Heavier than I expected but with a wrist strap it is comfortably manageable. A quick focusing lens with lovely Bokeh
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
At last a telephoto I can manage
I changed to this lens from a 100 - 400 Canon. I had found that lens very good, but too unwieldy and far too big.This lens has a much more practical focusing system, still gets me close to the subject but in a less obvious way.It is brighter, faster and I feel that the colour rendition is better as well as the focusing seeming more accurate.I love it
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Fantastic lens, a wish to reality.
By Keith aims higher
About Me Semi-Professional
I have had this lens on my wish list for ages, every report you read about it, it comes top. So when WEX had it at a great low price and with a deal on an extender ( I got a 1.4x extender at the same time ) I took the plunge. I use it with my 5D MK2 and 60D (next step is a 70D)and they work together like a dream. I have had several cameras and lenses off WEX ( my only other supplier is Digital Depot in Stevenage, like WEX they are great people to deal with, local to me, hense I use them, but a little more expensive.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Pin sharp and responsive throughout
About Me Professional
A marked improvement on the already excellent previous model. The perfect complement to the 24-70 and which together cover a huge range of options for all sorts of uses.
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Non landscape at 85mm
What more can be said??!!
By Plain Bob
Everything that has already been said about this lens is probably spot on. I bought it on the basis of that information and I am not disappointed. Yes, it's bulky and heavy but that's a small price to pay for its outstanding performance - wonderfully sharp even at full aperture and divine 'bokeh'. It may be that, one day there will be a mark 3 version but it's difficult to see how it can be improved unless there is a wonder material somewhere out there that can make it lighter.
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THE wedding lens
I adore this lens, it's completely changed what I can do. I'm using this lens through most of the wedding. It is a little heavy for me as a female photographer, but I have got stronger using it and can say I'm used to it now. What I love about this lens is that it consistently focus's sharply, even when my subject is moving in a dark space (e.g. during a dark reception while dancing the night away). I couldn't be more impressed!
The flagship 70-200 for Canons.
By Cap'n Fishy
I used to have the f4 version, which I used on a crop body. The range was never particularly useful, so I sold it on. I changed to full frame in 2012. I found I was using the 200mm f2.8 prime a lot and decided to come back to 70-200, and this time go whole hog with the f2.8 version. I'm glad I did. The range is so much more useful on FF, it's as sharp as the 200 prime, and it's got good IS. Couple of examples below.
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By canon mania
I just upgraded to the Canon 5D mk3 and needed a range of general L series lenses. Now I spent a lot of time exploring the market and reading reviews on the 70-200mm 2.8 range. Making allowances that a 1.4x or 2x extender may be purchased at a later date and still retain a little speed then this was the one to go for.Is it worth the aching muscles - YESIs it worth seeing the bank manager for - YesWant pin sharp photos and fast focusing - ???Need I say more, I will let you decide.
Included Accessories: Lens hood, Lens case, Ring-Type Tripod Collar B (W)
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