Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II Professional Zoom Lens – Featured User Review

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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II Zoom Lens ReviewThis is our first user review for the latest version of Canon’s 70-200mm pro workhorse zoom lens. The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM zoom was a significant update (Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II announcement) to what was already an excellent lens and killerbee gives it a lot of praise in his well-written, detailed review. No matter what brand of camera you use, I think a pro 70-200mm lens should be one of the first investments for any aspiring pro photographer – especially if sports is your main subject.

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Featured Review: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Zoom Lens

by killerbee (Professional)

Price Paid: $2299.00 from amazon
Review Date: January 19, 2011
Used product for: 3 Months to 1 year

Overall Rating: 5 of 5
Value Rating: 4 of 5

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.

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