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Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II

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Well, it’s replacing one of the most popular professional level zooms ever made, so it better be good. 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 3.9 ft. at all zoom settings, which is quite nice for those who use this for closeup work.

It does have a clearly improved Image Stabilization system, with a 4-stop IS compared to 2 stops in the original version.

Roger Cicala

Roger's Take

Roger Cicala

President of LensRentals.com

Before I ever used this lens I was predisposed not to like it. The original version was excellent and one of the best zooms made. I wanted Canon to upgrade 12.5 other lenses (the 50 f/1.4 only counts as half a lens) before they turned their attention to redoing the already excellent 70-200 f/2.8 IS. Now that I’ve used it, I’ve changed my opinion somewhat. Sorta. To a greater or lesser extent.

I haven’t changed my opinion that the original lens is excellent. However, the II version is clearly better: sharper in the edges and corners for sure. Probably sharper by a hair in the center, and the IS is clearly, definitely improved. Handholding at 1/30 a second at 200mm is possible, which definitely wasn’t something you could do with version I. So kudos Canon, you made nearly perfect even better. No question it’s a better lens.

Is this the 70-200mm lens I use? Generally not, but it might be very different for someone else. For me the 70-200 f/2.8 is a sports/action range, so corner sharpness isn’t a big thing, and better IS doesn’t matter (in fact, the non-IS is fine). But for other people using it for other purposes, those things can be critical and make this clearly a better lens. If I were using it for low-light work where the subjects aren’t moving much (say concerts or plays), then it would clearly be worthwhile.
April, 2013

Filter Size
77mm (nonrotating front element)
Aperture
f2.8-22
Length
7.7”
Diameter
3.4”
Weight
3.5 lb (with tripod collar)
Hood
ET-87
Minimum Focusing Distance
3.9 feet
Maximum Magnification
.17x
Angle of view: (full frame)
12 to 30 degrees
Zoom method
Internal
Image Stabilization
4 stop, 2nd Generation, Auto Tripod Deactivating
Focusing System
Internal, Full time active, USM motor, focus limiter switch
Aperture Blades
8, curved, octagonal aperture shape
Groups/Elements
19/23
Low Dispersion Elements
5
Fluorite Elements
1
Aspherical Elements
0
Weather Resistant
Yes
Flare resistance
Mild to moderate ghosting, minimal contrast loss
System
Canon EF
Compatibility
Crop, Full frame
Specialty
Video
Autofocus
Yes
  • Hood
  • Tripod Ring
  • Front & Rear Caps
  • Lens Case

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3 days $15.00 $59.00 $74.00 $24.67
4 days $16.00 $63.00 $79.00 $19.75
7 days $21.00 $84.00 $105.00 $15.00
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60 days $95.00 $378.00 $473.00 $7.88
90 days $122.00 $487.00 $609.00 $6.77
Rental Period Lenscap Rental Price Total Price Approximate Day Rate
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4 days $10.00 $63.00 $73.00 $18.25
7 days $13.00 $84.00 $97.00 $13.86
10 days $18.00 $113.00 $131.00 $13.10
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30 days $38.00 $248.00 $286.00 $9.53
45 days $50.00 $323.00 $373.00 $8.29
60 days $59.00 $378.00 $437.00 $7.28
90 days $75.00 $487.00 $562.00 $6.24
Rental Period Rental Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $59.00 $19.67
4 days $63.00 $15.75
7 days $84.00 $12.00
10 days $113.00 $11.30
14 days $147.00 $10.50
21 days $197.00 $9.38
30 days $248.00 $8.27
45 days $323.00 $7.18
60 days $378.00 $6.30
90 days $487.00 $5.41

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