Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens Review

by admin on March 26, 2010

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens

The image-stabilized Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L matches the excellent reputation of Canon’s “L Series” lenses, delivering exceptionally sharp, high contrast and distortion free images with a very fast maximum aperture of f/2.8. Photographers all over the world tout the capabilities and benefits of Canon “L Series” optics, which are known for producing a slight warm-hue tone, consistent contrast and very little degradation on the outside edges of images.

Canon’s image stabilization feature is included on this lens to help keep images error free while shooting at unusually low shutter speeds. Additionally, the 70-200mm f/2.8 provides the consistently unmatched build quality of the Canon brand. Photographers find the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS telephoto lens ideal for sports and action photography. Recently, more users have been utilizing lenses of similar focal length ranges in landscape and portrait photography as well.

There are very few zoom lenses in production that can even rival let alone better the image quality, build characteristics and effectiveness of the Canon 70-200m f/2.8L IS telephoto zoom lens.

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS Features

  • Telephoto Zoom Lens
  • Focal length: 70-200mm
  • Maximum aperture of f/2.8
  • Filter Size: 77mm
  • Optics: 23 Elements in 18 Groups
  • Canon Micro UltraSonic Motor (USM) provides fast and accurate focusing
  • Canon Image Stabilization allows for sharp images at long exposure times
  • Weight: 1470g
  • Canon EF Mount
  • Removable tripod bush on lens

What Users Like About This Lens

The majority of professional and amateur photographers recommend the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L series lens. Most users find the build and optical quality unmatched. This lens has the ability to auto-focus almost instantly, the ruggedness to stand up to years of abuse, and a maximum aperture that provides ultimate shooting flexibility. You will find photographers using this versatile lens for action and sports photographs, street photography, portraits, macro applications and architectural applications.

Additionally, the image quality of the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 is far better than most all telephoto zoom lenses. In the minds of many professionals and amateurs, the only way to get better image quality out of any lens is to purchase a fixed or “prime” lens at a desired focal length rather than a zoom lens.

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What Users Don’t Like About This Lens

First, many feel that the lens is heavy. This may inhibit the use of the lens in some applications like hiking or nature photography, where you have to carry the lens for long periods of time. Additionally, “L series” lenses are the absolute best Canon produces but they come at a cost. The price of Canon 70-200m f/2.8 lenses is very high. For top level amateurs and professional who seek the highest quality optics, features and images, the price is worth it.

Aside from the price and weight that inevitably come with high quality optics, a low maximum aperture and a telephoto zoom lens covering the 70-200mm focal lengths, little else is wrong with this lens.

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Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS Sample Photos

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Sample Photo

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