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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 35mm Zoom
Product DescriptionImproving 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.
Submitted by killerbee a Professional
Date Reviewed: January 19, 2011
Strengths: Very very sharp, Too sharp actually at times.
nice new locking hood design,
Improved IS over older versions, can really hand hold to 3 real stops under.
3D like rendering of subjects in circle of confusion ( Almost Pentax limited lens like )
great colour rendering and contrast
I don't know of Pentax patented it but a hood window to adjust polarizing filters or similar would be nice,
Strange bokeh, it's a bit harsh with back ground high lights and can make some hard yet still round halos. I'm comparing the bokeh to something like the Pentax 77mm limited or Canon 135mm F2L
Still a bit flare prone, even with the hood be careful with strong back lighting.
Heavy!, well this is normal for a F2.8 pro lens so start lifting weights.
It was time to move up from my 70-200 F4L and the older f2.8 version's were not an option due to their week performance at f2.8 so I bit the bullet. So far this lens almost stays permanently on my 5D MKII and it has earned it's money back several times over.
Shooting fashion shows or stage events is a dream with this lens now as it is super sharp right from F2.8, focuses faster and I can try for still shots in the far reaches of unlit portions of a runway or stage due to the better IS. On the note about IS do remember IS will let you shoot stationary subjects 3 ( realistically ) stops slower than with out IS but does not compensate for motion blur, something I keep forgetting on poorly lit runways. The lens also doesn't loose too much image quality with the 1.4x tc when extra reach is needed, a good thing as not to lug a 300mm around.
When shooting portraits the sharpness does becomes a double edged sword as almost every shot is now too sharp, needing softening and skin retouching. Nothing on a persons face escapes even when using as shallow a DOF as possible only getting the eyes sharp the lens will still pick up unwanted skin detail or makeup smudges. Also the Bokeh is just harsh at times. For fashion work this is a plus as designers love the extra detail it picks up in their clothing, the models can hate that all they want.
So far this lens is one of the best 70-200 f2.8 class lenses around, not perfect with a few touches left to get there but definitely in the top 3. I would love to see them some how soften the hard/harsh bokeh this lens can produce and with such a deep hood a filter window for would make this lens a dream in the field.
Overall despite the hefty price tag ( and weight! ) this lens is more than worth it for my needs, sharp and fast, built like a tank ( all "L" lenses are so ) and will probably permanently live on my camera unless I need to go wide. For everything it deserves a 5 out of 5 but I have to knock it to a 4 for value, come on Canon give you hard working customers a break in price.
Duration Product Used: 11-20 years
Price Paid: $2299.00
Purchased At: amazon
Similar Products Used: Canon 70-200 F4L, Pentax 50-135 F2.8 DA*, Nikon 70-200 F2.8 ( not the VR version ), Sigma 100-300 F4
Type of photography: People