Improving 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.
I use this mostly for portraits, landscapes It is supper sharp and very fast
I never thought I'd purchase a lens this expensive but I did and it was money well spent. I get great pictures on my old 5D Mark II and looking forward on seeing what I can get on a new 5Ds/5Dsr
This is a great lens. Very easy to use. So far it has been used at soccer games, softball practice, and to take pictures of birds. Thanks Canon for creating such a nice and useful lens.
I'm a prime shooter, but I have been wanting the 70-200 specifically for the range during weddings. Switching between primes in a quiet setting is undesirable, and much more prone to miss shots because of time spent switching lenses. There was no question to whether or not I'd get the 2.8 II with IS or any other lens - if I was making the purchase, I was buying this lens. There's a reason that you see this in nearly every professional's bag - it's a must have, tack sharp, and built like a tank.
it is an expensive lens, but it is worth the price. Using it on 6D & 7D cameras, the clarity and fine details are amazing. This lens is a beast, its heavy, and the quality is amazing. but ability to hold that f/2.8 throughout the focal length really is the seller....
I mostly do landscape and outdoor photography, so sharpness, good color separation and tonality, and fast and accurate autofocus are all important. This lens has it all, at every focal length. It is as good as some macro lenses when used with an extension tube or the Canon close-up accessory lens. Birds in flight are no problem, and for that use the "mode 2" image stabilization is a blessing. Highly recommended, one of my 2 favorite lenses.
Been using the f4 version for about ten years, and after renting the f2.8 for an event fell in love with it. Sharp , great bokeh and procuces great images. Of course Adorama is the place to purchase all your photographic needs.
The lens is fantastic, super clean, fast, and spot on. BUT, when I ordered the lens it came without the lens filter kit that was in the description. I called and Adorama said it was on back order for a few weeks and that they notified me, which I never got. So I asked if I got order a different filter kit and I would pay the difference, but their supervisors wouldn't do it. I called back twice before I found a supervisor that would let me pay the difference, except, instead of paying the $21 difference they made me pay $35 difference. It sucks that they will sacrifice thousands of dollars in future purchases for $14. I will never purchase from them again. Plus, I've spread the word to my photography friends and co-workers. The lens is great, the customer service SUCKS!
I was looking through my desk for something unrelated and came upon the warranty card for my original version of this lens and was kinda shocked to be reminded I had purchased it in 1999. While nominally the "same" lens, I thought it might be wise to cash in those chips and replace it, and I did. I suppose it's possible I'm rationalizing the expense, but I really do see a difference. This lens, designed and manufactured in the digital age, is noticeably sharper than the earlier version. In fact, it's razor sharp, and on the second day of using it I nailed a cover shot for the magazine I was working for. You could see the moisture in the subjects' eyes. Whether you are upgrading as I did, or considering a purchase for the first time, this particular lens is often referred to as "legendary". It lives up to the description.
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