Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM AutoFocus Telephoto Zoom Lens - USA

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About Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS

This Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS Bundle comes with $48.00 worth of free accessories including a ProOptic Digital Essentials 77mm, and Shipping is free! . Bonus: No sales tax either, unless you live in New York or New Jersey. Test 1

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.

The Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS is commonly used for Close up filming, Everyday, Home, Landscape/scenery, Landscape photography, Low light, Macro photography, Night photography, Portrait, Portraits, Shooting indoors, Shooting outdoors, Sports, Sports/action, Sportsaction, Studio, Travel, Upgrade, Video, Weddings, Wildlife, Wildlife photos and more.The Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Advanced amateur, Enthusiast, Film professional, Parent, Photo enthusiast, Professional, Professional photographer, Pro photographer, Semi-pro, Semi-professional, Semi-pro photographer, Tech savvy among others.The Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS: Build quality, Compact, Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Easy to use, Fast, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast accurate auto-focus, Fast auto-focus, Great picture quality, Image quality, Image stabilization, Improves performance, Improves picture quality, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Reliable, Rugged, Sharp, Sharpness, Strong construction, Superior build quality, Super-sharp images and Well built / quality

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (94),Durable (71),Fast auto-focus (60),Super-sharp images (60),Superior build quality (59),Improves picture quality (55),Reliable (47),Fast / accurate auto-focus (36),Sharp (32),Well built / quality (30),Strong construction (23),Consistent output (19) Rugged (17),Improves performance (13),Easily interchangeable (12),Nice bokeh (12),Fast (11),Fast accurate auto-focus (9),Image stabilization (9),Image quality (8),Lightweight (8),Great picture quality (7),Sharpness (6),Build quality (4),Compact (4),Fast af (3),Fast focus (3),Good in low light (3),IS (3),Quiet (3),Versatile (3),Well built quality (3) View All
Cons:
Heavy (62),Heavy / bulky (21),Heavy bulky (10),Cost (8),Pricey / poor value (7),Price (5),Pricey (4),Weight (4),Expensive (3)
Best Uses:
Shooting outdoors (81),Portraits (66),Shooting indoors (58),Travel (52),Everyday (38),Landscape photography (29),Weddings (29),Studio (25),Low light (22),Sports/action (22),Upgrade (22),Professional (20) Landscape/scenery (18),Wildlife photos (18),Home (15),Sports (9),Sportsaction (9),Close up filming (8),Night photography (8),Wildlife (8),Macro photography (7),Video (5),Portrait (4) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (40),Tech savvy (36),Semi-professional (26),Semi-pro photographer (21),Photo enthusiast (20),Parent (15),Film professional (13),Pro photographer (8),Advanced amateur (4),Professional photographer (4),Semi-pro (4),Aspiring film maker (3) Photographer (3),Technically challenged (3) View All

Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS Specifications

Construction
19 groups /23 elements (1 Fluorite and 5 UD elements)
Angle of view
34° - 12°
F stop range
2.8-32
Closest Focusing Distance
1.2m / 3.94ft.
Maximum Magnification
0.21x
Filter Size
77mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
7.8" x 3.5" / 199 x 88.8mm
Weight
52.6 oz / 1,490g
Notes
Inner focusing system with USM. Full-time manual focus available

Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.9

(based on 322 reviews)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Faster, Better....

In my work there's an expression - One only gets to choose two of the following: "Cheaper, Faster, Better". There's no "cheaper" about this lens. Having said that, Canon went out of their way to make sure "faster" and "better" really counted. I cannot compare this to the previous version , though by all accounts, it too was a fine lens. But I can easily see the quality of this one - It's built like a tank, and in my preliminary shooting with it, I found everything that's been said to be true:...

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In my work there's an expression - One only gets to choose two of the following: "Cheaper, Faster, Better". There's no "cheaper" about this lens. Having said that, Canon went out of their way to make sure "faster" and "better" really counted. I cannot compare this to the previous version , though by all accounts, it too was a fine lens. But I can easily see the quality of this one - It's built like a tank, and in my preliminary shooting with it, I found everything that's been said to be true: Fast Focusing - the lens focuses very fast and accurately. Whether "One Shot" or one of the two AI modes, focus is found very quickly with my EOS 5D Mark II. Sharp - I have a vintage zoom lens that covers this range. It's a lot lighter and quite sharp. But to use it with the EOS I have to manually focus, which can lead to errors and soft images. No such problems with this lens. This lens is sharp! Great Color - the colors recorded through this lens are accurate, vibrant, without anything added by the lens - a pretty incredible achievement for Canon given its 23 elements. Nice background blur - because of the long focal lengths and large maximum aperture, throwing things into soft focus in the background is one of the strengths of this lens. Some have commented about the nature of the blur but this has not bothered me. For me this lens covers the range where my 24-105 leaves off, and replaces the manual zoom that worked so well for me, but adds the automation (Image Stabilization, Auto-Focus, Auto-Exposure) these cameras and lenses are known for. If you're looking for an incredibly flexible, rugged, fast operating lens, it would be hard to pass this up. I expect I will be seeing muscles develop in my forearms and shoulders - this is one heavy piece of glass. If you want light and compact consider the f/4.0 version of this lens - said to be an incredible optic as well! Update 7/28/10: After some time with this lens I have come back to repeat my earlier praise and express how incredibly useful this lens is. I shoot close-ups of people and plants - this is great; I like to shoot things from a good distance either to gain better perspective or to capture more natural behavior - again, this works for me; In terms of color, sharpness, and overall handling, this lens is world-class!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Worst lens in 30 yrs.

I can't say much about this lens as the quality is nil. Of all the lenses I have used and owned, this is absolutely the WORST Q.C. I have ever seen in a lens at any price. It is full of dust particles, spots, small chunks of an unkown material stuck on the lens or lenses. I have used and owned the other major camera brands, etc and NONE have had or have the amount of junk inside the lens as this one, even lens that I have owned for over 30 yrs.. Disgusting - this cost over 4 times as much a r...

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I can't say much about this lens as the quality is nil. Of all the lenses I have used and owned, this is absolutely the WORST Q.C. I have ever seen in a lens at any price. It is full of dust particles, spots, small chunks of an unkown material stuck on the lens or lenses. I have used and owned the other major camera brands, etc and NONE have had or have the amount of junk inside the lens as this one, even lens that I have owned for over 30 yrs.. Disgusting - this cost over 4 times as much a regular lens and it is junk.

Reviewed by 322 customers

 
5.0

GREAT lens, HORRIBLE customer service!

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from Phx, Az  -  Tech Savvy

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!

 
5.0

Newer is Better

By

from New York City

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.

 
5.0

Great Lens. Very pleased I bought it.

By

from Erie, PA

I am a newbie to the DSLR camera world. This lens is everything that my experienced photography friends claimed it would be!

 
5.0

All that and a bag of chips

By

from New Orleans , la.  -  Photo Professional

Canon has bossed it again. I'm a full time wedding , commercial and portrait photographer. The 70-200 2.8L 2 is a beast. The improved IS and optics are steller. The DOF on this lens is beautiful. All other lenses in this category pale in comparison. If your looking to change your game- this is the next step.

 
5.0

best zoom len ever

By

from Simi Valley, CA  -  Parent

I'm an amateur photographer using this len for family portrait and kids' school activities. The focus is so fast and the image is so sharp, although I don't have the stable arms. Thanks to the 4 stops IS, it helps me create many sharp images. The only thing I don't like about this len is the tripod ring. It gets in the way when mounted on the tripod. It kinds of awkward for me to use the zoom ring when mounting on the tripod. Other than that it is awesome len. Infact I mount it on my 5d2 ever since I received it from adorama. I don't have the previous version so I can't compare the performance between the two versions.

 
5.0

Now I know why this is called a portrait lens

By

from Las Vegas, NV

Wow, just wow! I've been shooting the 70-200 mm lens now for about 2 weeks. The one thing that really stands out is how effortless it is to get a beautiful rich bokeh when shooting. What sets it apart from all my other red ring lenses is the field of depth is truly preserved even as the background is blurred out. The 70-200mm lens really is a very different lens and now I can see why it's a go to choice for portrait photography.

 
5.0

Fabulous lens - sharp - dreamy bokeh

By

from Florida  -  Tech Savvy

Use this for the majority of my sessions. Great for weddings too. Sharp, great bokeh. LOVE LOVE this Lens - one of my favorites out of my L range lenses

 
5.0

Blown Away! - Best Zoom I've Ever Used

By

from Dallas, TX  -  Tech Savvy

I only wish I'd gotten it sooner! I've owned this gem for about a month and it's far-exceeded my expectations. The sharpness, color, contrast and bokeh are stunning. (a couple of examples attached) The images from this lens look more like what I'd expect from a prime lens. This lens has replaced my 24-105L as my primary walk-around lens. On a Full-Frame body I don't mind giving up some wider shots in exchange for the additional zoom and crisp images this lens gives me. Pair it up with a crop sensor and you've got an even more powerful zoom but you may find yourself having to continually back up to get the photo you want. This lens + a 5dMKIII with battery grip starts to get pretty heavy. Think about getting a good monopod to help out with that. Note that the tripod/monopod mounts to an included bracket on the lens barrel to reduce strain on the camera. Something to keep in mind if you've got multiple bodies/lenses. The weight may also be an issue for international flights originating outside the US, on which some airlines restrict the weight of your carry-ons. This lens does attract more attention when out shooting so don't expect to not be noticed if that's a concern. I have not used the earlier generation of this lens or the F4 version so I can't make direct comparisons to those models.

 
5.0

Super lens

By

from VA

Better than expected, can't think why I didn't get it sooner.

 
5.0

Outstanding lens!!!!

By

from Discovery Bay CA

Amazing low light stage photography!! Beautiful bokeh!!! Fast action shots!! This lens does it all and does it with Tack sharp pictures. Its expensive and heavy and the best lens in my bag.

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Sri P  I do a great deal of photography theater/stage photography - much of that with low light conditions. I heard from numerous folks this is a great lens for that kind of photography. Besides, I heard rave reviews about build quality of the lens.
Shopper  I have a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTI and would like to know if I buy this lens will it and the 1.4 extender by Canon work together perfectly and autofocus and everything or will there be any problems I should know about?
JIM S  Functionally it will work fine. Two things to keep in mind, 1) when using an extender the effective f-stop is reduced by the same factor, i.e. f/2.8 becomes f/4.0 with a 1.4x extender, and 2) the sensor crop factor for the Rebel XTI still comes into play, so the effective focal length gets multiplied by both the 1.4x extender and the 1.6x sensor crop factor for a total of about 2.25x.
Richard S  Is it possible to mail this item by USPS to pobox 2748?
Jeff B  Ask the store. Most stuff you order to a PO box you have to make special arrangements for,
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