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

Canon

About Canon

Incorporating Canon's second generation Image Stabilization technology, this telephoto zoom responds in as little at 0.5 seconds, while providing up to three stops of correction for camera shake. Its AF system has been refined for better response time and tracking speed. And even the new 8-blade circular aperture offers a more pleasing out-of-focus image. Constructed to pro standards, this fast zoom is also highly resistant to dust and moisture, too.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (140),Strong construction (140),Durable (87),Consistent output (76),Rugged (71),Easily interchangeable (61),Clear glass (46),Simple controls (37),Easily mounted (35),Easy to clean (17),Quiet (9),Nice bokeh (6) Lightweight (5),Fast (3),Fast recycling (3) View All
Cons:
Heavy (87),Weight (4)
Best Uses:
Sports/action (89),Wildlife (59),Portraits (47),General purpose (45),Photojournalism (37),Professional (36),Travel (33),Night photography (32),Documentary (26),Fun (26),Art (21),Wildlife photos (20) Weddings (18),Landscape/scenery (17),Professional work (16),Upgrade (15),Low light (12),Landscape photography (10),Special effects (5),Sports (3),Video (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (58),Semi-professional (28),Photo enthusiast (12),Semi-pro photographer (9),Pro photographer (3)

Canon Specifications

Construction
18 groups /23 elements
Angle of view
34° - 12°
F stop range
2.8-32
Closest Focusing Distance
1.3m / 4.3ft.
Maximum Magnification
1:5.8
Filter Size
77mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
7.8" x 3.4" / 197 x 86.2mm
Weight
3.24 lbs / 1,470g

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.9

(based on 164 reviews)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Incredible lens system!

This lense is amazing! The f-stop and image stabilization makes it a PERFECT lens for shooting weddings! The controls are easy, the lens is a little heavy, but I still don't need a tripod or monopod to get great crisp shots! A+

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Be Careful

I shoot people outdoors full light and weak light and in-between - I shoot nature scenes - I shoot the bark on trees to see how the focus works on my cameras.I now have 3 of the canon lenses, This IS lens, a 70-200 L (non stabilized), a 28-70 non-IS and I am extremely disappointed. The focus on all of these is spotty at best and I guess the spotiness is the irritating thing over and above the bad focus itself, for on some occasions I shoot images that are razor sharp but then for the same con...

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I shoot people outdoors full light and weak light and in-between - I shoot nature scenes - I shoot the bark on trees to see how the focus works on my cameras.I now have 3 of the canon lenses, This IS lens, a 70-200 L (non stabilized), a 28-70 non-IS and I am extremely disappointed. The focus on all of these is spotty at best and I guess the spotiness is the irritating thing over and above the bad focus itself, for on some occasions I shoot images that are razor sharp but then for the same conditions the focus is just plain off. The shutter speeds are fast 1/400 and above and the f-stop is f/9 or above, and the subject distances are anywhere from 15 feet to 175 feet - so it should not be a depth of field problem - adn I do not have the shakes.For the life of me I cannot understand why the camera manufacturers force us to use an autofocus and do not supply as standard on their bodies the ability to split screen focus.Using just the ground glass to get things in focus is a pain and one cannot get these lens in tack enough unless one has a split screen or a good autofocus. I have used all my lenses in strong light and low light. The strong light works better than the mid to lo light, but for [$] of glass I frankly expected better.Is it too much to ask for the manufactures to provide the algorithm and actually display on the screen the actual distance that the lens "thinks" the subject is at - and the darned depth of field??? And is it to much to ask for the manufacturers to give us a split screen on a Canon 50D??As a final note - Yes I know that these Canon premium lenses have a way to do a micro adjustment for the focus, but WHY should I have to do that. It seems like THAT was just a work-around to cover up for something wrong in the lens itself, or its focusing algorithms. And to make it all worse - the micro adjustment is only good to a particular focal length. So you will get tack and one focul length but possible blur a the others ... SheeeshQuite frankly I am really disappointed - and no- I do not work for any manufacturer - I am just a guy that wants my images to be spot on.

Reviewed by 164 customers

 
5.0

A lens you can count on

By

from Baton Rouge, LA  -  Photo Enthusiast

A lens that can be depended upon. When attached to my 5D I am confident any shortcomings are a result of the person holding the camera.

 
5.0

As good as it gets

By

from Jarrell, TX  -  Pro Photographer

I purchased this lens primarily for weddings and ended up using it on a regular basis for portraits, sports action and wildlife shoots as well. The only 1 negative I found about it is that it's a hefty lens - that's it. If you've got the bank, you should own this lens.

 
5.0

I WOULD BUY THIS PRODUCT AGAIN AN AGAIN

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from MATTESON, IL  -  Photography Student

Canon 5D AND THIS LENS (CANON EF 70-200MM F/2.8L IS USM IMAGE STABILIZER AUTOFOCUS TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS - USA )STAY TOGETHER !!!!!! THIS IS THE BEST SETUP WE COULD HAVE FOR THAT DISTANCE......

 
5.0

Awesome lens

By

from Cypress, Texas  -  Pro Photographer

I shoot high school football games. And lens is great to capture the action.

 
5.0

Money lens

By

from Shaker Heights, OH  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is my money lens, a must have for serious photographers.

 
5.0

Just perfect for my needs

By

from Kansas City  -  Photo Enthusiast

I bought the lens primarily to shoot soccer; the large aperture really helps to isolate the subject against the cluttered backgrounds at games. IS is off for sports, but it works really well for stationary objects, such as at zoos or taking portraits (or zoo portraits). I usually do not stop down when I need a narrow DoF, if you have f/2.8, you should be able to use it--I find image quality to be quite good wide open. Generally not long enough for wildlife "in the wild." Sharp, well-performing, great investment. If I'd have had the money I would have gotten the MK II version, but this works quite nicely for my needs. I find it to be a little soft at the long end at times.

 
5.0

Great Lens

By

from Eureka, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Outstanding complement to the 24-70.

 
5.0

Amazing lens

By

from Washington, DC  -  Photo Enthusiast

The lens is bulky and heavy, but it has image stabilization for still or action shots. The potential zoom range is awesome. [...]Not an everyday lens, but well worth having for special applications--it really extends one's range!

 
5.0

Awsome!!!!!!

By

from Tallahassee Florida  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Heavy, but awsome as I got this just as the markII hit the market. I lives up to it's reputation as a great lens!

 
5.0

Nice lens ecelent quality!!!

By

from Bayamon, PR  -  Photo Enthusiast

Excelent,before I have 70-200 F4 excelent too but I love the IS on the f2.8

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VICKI B  I had always wanted this lens. When planning a trip to Alaska, I decided that was the time. It is absolutely fantastic! Very sharp. Although hefty, I feel the weight helps to stabalize it to some degree. No regrets on this one.
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