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

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Offer ends: JAN 31 '15
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Product Highlights
  • EF Mount L-Series Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-32
  • Fluorite & Ultra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Two Mode Optical Image Stabilization
  • Ultrasonic Focus Motor
  • Super Spectra Multi Coating
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 3.9'
  • Eight Blade Circular Aperture
  • Dust & Moisture Resistant Sealing

The EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens from Canon improves upon its predecessor, one of the most acclaimed lenses in the Canon EF line, with superior performance, increased speed and optical quality.

This lens construction consists of one fluorite and five ultra-low dispersion optical elements which help deliver the sharpness and reduced aberrations. The IS II Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to 4 stops of correction at all focal lengths and features two modes for stabilization of still objects and while panning to follow moving subjects. An ultrasonic focusing motor provides fast, smooth and silent autofocus action.

This lens has a minimum focusing distance of 3.9' (1.2 m) at all zoom settings so you can shoot close to your subject even in smaller spaces. Like all Canon L-series lenses, this telephoto zoom is dust and moisture resistant and designed to keep on going even in the most challenging of environments.

Fluorite & ultra-low dispersion lens elements reduce aberrations and contribute to high resolution, high-contrast imaging.
Two-mode Image Stabilization can correct for all types of camera shake. Mode 1 corrects for still images and Mode 2 for the extraneous up and down movement created when panning with a moving subject.
An ultrasonic autofocus motor provides fast, smooth and silent autofocus.
Manual focus override enables precise manual focus even when in autofocus mode.
A focus range limiter lets you set the range of focus distance which enables shorter focusing times. The two ranges are 3.9' to infinity and 8.2' to infinity.
A truly round aperture hole results in more pleasing out-of-focus areas.
Tight seal structure ensures excellent dust-proof and moisture-proof performance.
Removable, rotatable tripod collar is included.
Performance
Focal Length 70 - 200mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 34° - 12°
Minimum Focus Distance 3.94' (1.2 m)
Magnification 0.21 - 12.1x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Elements/Groups 23/19
Diaphragm Blades 8
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:77 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.5 x 7.8" (8.89 x 19.81 cm)
Weight 3.28 lb (1.49 kg)
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
  • E-77U Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • ET-87 Lens Hood
  • LZ1326 Lens Case
  • Tripod Mount Collar
  • Strap for Lens Case
  • Limited 1-year Warranty

  • Included Free

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    CanonEF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
     
    4.9

    (based on 2502 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (2337)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (150)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (1235)
    • Durable (868)
    • Reliable (720)
    • Improves picture quality (516)
    • Well built / quality (303)

    Cons

    • Heavy (596)
    • Heavy / bulky (297)
    • Heavy bulky (109)
    • Pricey / poor value (64)
    • Price (57)

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (826)
    • Shooting outdoors (746)
    • Travel (630)
    • Shooting indoors (567)
    • Everyday (412)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (433), Tech savvy (338), Semi-professional (328), Professional (252), Film professional (132)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (2107), Yes (94)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Amazing

    What's not to say about this lens that you haven't already heard. Big, heavy, built like a tank, superb high quality and durability.

    My 3rd L series lens--...Read complete review

    What's not to say about this lens that you haven't already heard. Big, heavy, built like a tank, superb high quality and durability.

    My 3rd L series lens-- I mount on a Canon 60D, and while it makes my camera look like a toy, this thing takes phenomenal photos and is unbelievably sharp at any range. Initially when I took it out of the box, I thought to myself "what did I just do." But, after I snapped a few test shots, that all went away.

    Focus is the fastest out of 3 L lens I own, and is really quiet. I use a Black Rapid strap and makes the weight of the lens disappear. With the 60D, I find myself supporting the lens by the tripod mount rather than lifting up from the camera.

    The lens case that it comes with is nice, even though you may just put it in your bag, it's a nice option to have. A steep price tag, but well worth it.

    The f2.8 and the IS are well worth it to me, for low light and when I can't mount my flash. two IS modes is a nice option as well.

    I still revert to the 24-105mm for an outing, only because I probably shouldn't be using the long range as much as I do, but I'm still getting myself used to this glass, and try to use it much as I can.

    I'm a little hesitant to bring it out at times because of the attention it will attract, but I have a feeling that will end soon as I'm already getting used to the contrast.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Better than it's predecessor???

    I have been engaged in photography for more than 40 years with a statistical process improvement background. So I was more than interested to see if the 70-200 f-2.8 L II was...Read complete review

    I have been engaged in photography for more than 40 years with a statistical process improvement background. So I was more than interested to see if the 70-200 f-2.8 L II was significantly better than the L I. After 2 days of intensive testing my findings using both an EOS 1DS and 20D body are as follows. Contrast for the L II was slightly better. Resolution at 200mm was consistently 1 pair number lower [less good] at the center at f-2.8, 4.0, and 5.6 on the USAF 1951 resolution chart. Resolution through a series 1 Canon 2X multiplier was equal over the same aperture settings. The extreme edge resolution was seen to be slightly better from images of books on a shelf—"real world". Auto focus was significantly faster in bright light, which may be of benefit depending on what you photograph. Image stabilization is about 1 stop improved, but with the high ISO capabilities of current Canon cameras, a one stop increased setting would equalize this difference at the possible expense of increased noise. I chose not to test another sample, because even if a newer sample were to test one pair number higher [better] than the L I, [a possible manufacturing variation] the improvement would probably not be detectable by viewing a 300 PPI printed version at "normal viewing distance." For my purpose, primarily fine art photography, my results simply do not justify the price. So my advice is to test carefully before committing to an L II purchase; reality vs. your expectations may vary…

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    5.0

    Superb in Every Way!

    By Greg

    from Idaho, USA

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Quality Construction
    • Very Sharp

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Actionsports
      • Shooting Indoors
      • Shooting Outdoors
      • Travel

      Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

      My primary purpose for purchasing this lens was for its touted sharpness. This lens is everything that I expected. I bought it to replace the Canon 100-400L. Sharpness and low light performance are exactly what I had hoped for and was desperately missing from the 100-400L. I am shooting on a 7D and am extremely happy with the results.

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      4.0

      Heavy but worth it !!

      By Nicholas S

      from Jakarta

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Quality Construction
      • Sharp As A Knife

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Noticable White
      • Price

      Best Uses

      • Low Light
      • Wedding

      Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

      I bought it to equip myself with zoom lenses..Firstly I am interested in other lense competitor however, after seeing users review, I decided to buy it and its amazing!!

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      5.0

      Amazing Lens

      By Mike M

      from Rochester, NY

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Great Low Light
      • Quality Construction
      • Sharp Images

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Portrait
      • Shooting Indoors
      • Shooting Outdoors
      • Sports
      • Travel

      Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

      This is by far my favorite lens and I use it whenever practical. I absolutely love this lens! The picture quality is phenomenal. It's built like a tank, very durable, well constructed, but heavy. That's the only drawback...outside of it's price. It's the first professional quality lens I've owned so I wasn't used to the weight at first. I have a Canon 70D and this lens works really well with that camera. Because of the crop factor, using this lens isn't always practical for me. It's fantastic for portraits but you have to get far enough away from your subject, so if you are working in a confined space it's not always the best option. I shot pictures for the local school play with this lens and it performed extremely well. Whether you shoot with a full or crop sensor this lens is amazing!

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      5.0

      Quit Drooling and Buy It Already!

      By Jack Flash

      from Nashville, Tennessee

      About Me Photograher

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Optically Excellent
      • Quality Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • All That Fits In Frame

        Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

        Another 5 star review. Ditto all the great things the other 2,000 + photographers said before me. Scratch all the bad things anyone else may have said. Isolated cases and user errors. To quote a song it's "Simply the best, better than all the rest." This lens is perfect for photographing anything that fits in frame. So, quit drooling and buy it already!

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        5.0

        Excellent lens

        By Sammy

        from New York

        Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

        I have been using this lens for a week for my outdoor shoots and couldn't be happier with the results. Highly recommend this lens!

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        5.0

        Great Lens!

        By FK Images

        from Chester County, PA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Great Quality Images

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Shooting Outdoors
        • Travel

        Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

        Use for landscape and portraits
        Sharp; great bokeh
        It is a heavier lens if you're going to hand-hold for some shots, but definately worth the results.

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        5.0

        Great Lens - shouldn't have waited

        By Kyle

        from La Jolla, CA

        About Me Parent, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Improves Performance
        • Quality Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Shooting Indoors
          • Shooting Outdoors
          • Travel
          • Upgrade

          Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

          I'm not a professional photographer, not even close. However, I find this lens as a great improvement over the kit lens that came with my 6D. It is a bit heavy, but that actually kind of feels nice to me.

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          5.0

          My absolute favorite lens

          By Eytan Stern Weber

          from Hoboken, NJ

          About Me Film Professional, Pro Event Photographer, Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Discrete Shooting
          • Easy To Use
          • Quality Construction
          • Zoom Range

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Event photography
          • Street Photography

          Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

          I use the product primarily for event photography, including dance, concert, and wedding occasions. The IS is unbelievable, and the f/2.8 capability is perfect to capture subjects clearly, while maintaining a good level of bokeh. The zoom factor gives me the ability to shoot during performances without distracting performers, or getting in the way of the audience. If you can afford it, it is without a doubt worth it.

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          5.0

          A true workhorse that is quality

          By Robert

          from Berrien Springs, MI

          About Me Aspiring Photographer, Parent, Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Performance
          • Quality Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Shooting Indoors
          • Shooting Outdoors
          • Travel
          • Upgrade

          Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

          Even though it's certainly heavy when using it for a longer event, such as a wedding, it's worth it given it's final quality output. I've owned a Canon 18-200mm kit lens up to now and, although the best kit lens out there, it just wasn't cutting it so I finally decided to invest in the go-to lens for so many professionals.I've loved the results thus far from some portrait work for couples, lifestyle photography in a family's kitchen, and a recent wedding. Focus is fast, sharp, gets me in close, and yet the 2.8 is great for low-level lighting in a wedding hall. Love this lens!

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          Amazing lens

          By Ning.W

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Quality Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Shooting Indoors
          • Shooting Outdoors
          • Travel
          • Upgrade

          Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

          I have 2 other Canon L lens (24-70mm f/2.8 and 24-105mm f/4). The 24-70mm f/2.8L is very impressive, but this one is just amazing. The picture quality is stunning. The focus is precise. And it is very quiet. The only downside is that the lens is rather big and heavy.

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          4.0

          A significant improvement

          By Hyperope

          from San Francisco

          About Me Film Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Improves Performance
          • Quality Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Shooting Indoors
            • Shooting Outdoors

            Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

            I use this mostly for shooting professional and collegiate sports and it does a good job. The previous generation was mediocre to poor, especially in the autofocus department. This lens is much better, though still nowhere near as good as most of my primes.

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            4.0

            Awesome lens but super heavy & too expen

            By ryan

            from north carolina

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Quality Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

              Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

              I love the quality of the build as well as the quality of lens, however it is quite heavy and much more expensive than it needs to be.

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              5.0

              Incredible Lens

              By Maraki

              from Dunedin, FL

              About Me Photographer, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast
              • Improves Performance
              • Quality Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Low Light
              • Portraits
              • Shooting Indoors
              • Shooting Outdoors
              • Travel

              Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

              This lens is truly a perfect machine. I've used it on 3 shoots so far and it's so crisp and fast. The shots come out crystal clear and you really notice a difference in the photos when looking at shots from this lens compared to some others. It is heavy but thats a con I am willing to deal with. great product.

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              5.0

              Loving the EF-70-200mm

              By Cimco

              from New Rochelle, NY

              Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

              Love it, and very user friendly for a beginner, getting some amazing shots at my sons hockey games.Can get a little heavy, but when you see the results and quality of your shots you won't even remember the weight.

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              5.0

              Wildlife's best friend

              By Allan

              from Cape Cod

              Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

              It can see in the dark. It focuses fast as lightning. The works are internal so it's tough and the body never elongates. It is even great for portraits.

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              5.0

              LOVE IT

              By Joey

              from Chicago, IL

              About Me Film Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Quality Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Shooting Indoors
              • Shooting Outdoors
              • Travel

              Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

              This lens is a must have for any photographer or dslr videographer's kit. Durable, sharp image quality, and beautiful bokeh.

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              5.0

              Great wide and smooth focus rings, sharp

              By Sc1onious

              from Huntington Beach, CA

              About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Interface With Camcorder
              • Quality Construction
              • Smooth Manual Zooms

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • Short Focus Ring Rotation

              Best Uses

              • Shooting Indoors
              • Shooting Outdoors
              • Travel

              Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

              Used mostly for weddings and corporate video work, this lens gives me the ability to do slow zooms where necessary without any sticking. Focus ring is wide and smooth, but can be difficult to nail focus when manual focusing due to the narrow rotation of the ring.Very sharp, stabilization works with video and not just photo, which is great for when you need to take all those little bumps and shakes out.

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              4.0

              My New Favorite Lens

              By Digital Dawg

              from Chicago, IL

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Performance
              • Quality Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • Price

              Best Uses

              • Shooting Indoors
              • Shooting Outdoors
              • Sports
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

              It is new so of course it is my favorite lens. Maybe over time that will change. I must admit that I have not used it much. (Don't you hate when people write early reviews without using the product enough). I upgraded from the f/4 to this lens. I am using it on the original Canon 7D. Here is what I have found so far. The speed is much faster. It doesn't hunt like the f/4, even in lower light. The pictures are a tad sharper. Going from the f/4 to the f/2.8, I can tell the difference in weight. This sucker is much heavier, but well constructed.If you have the money get this lens instead of the f/4. Don't do what I did and buy the cheaper one only to end up buying the more expensive one years later.

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              5.0

              70-200 IS 2.8 MII work horse

              By Themiggs

              from Roseville, CA

              About Me Film Professional, Parent, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Quality Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Shooting Indoors
              • Shooting Outdoors
              • Travel
              • Upgrade

              Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

              I use this lens for everything. The focus is spot on compared to the first version. I use this lens for studio portraits, to even photography and for video. The only downfall is its weight, but other than that the structure and glas is suburb and helps me do my job better!

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              5.0

              Amazing!!

              By Photogirl

              from Costa Rica

              About Me Photographer, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Performance
              • Quality Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Shooting Indoors
              • Shooting Outdoors
              • Travel

              Comments about Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens:

              I am so glad I finally took the plunge and bought this lens. Amazing results! If you are waffling on the price, just know you get what you pay for. This lens is worth every penny!!

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