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)
3.5 lb (with tripod collar)
Minimum Focusing Distance
3.9 feet
Maximum Magnification
Angle of view: (full frame)
12 to 30 degrees
Zoom method
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
Low Dispersion Elements
Fluorite Elements
Aspherical Elements
Weather Resistant
Flare resistance
Mild to moderate ghosting, minimal contrast loss
Canon EF
Crop, Full frame
  • Hood
  • Tripod Ring
  • Front & Rear Caps
  • Lens Case

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