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

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Product Highlights
  • EF Mount L-Series Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-32
  • Four UD Optical Elements
  • Inner Focusing System
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor (USM)
  • Focusing Range Limiter
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 4.9'
  • 77mm Filter Thread Diameter
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Compatible w/Extender EF 1.4x II & 2x II

The EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens from Canon is a high performance telephoto zoom lens with a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture. It has four UD glass elements to correct chromatic aberrations and provide overall high resolution, high-contrast images. A newly-designed inner focusing system brings high image quality throughout the zooming range and the ultrasonic autofocus motor (USM) provides fast, smooth and quiet autofocus action. This lens can focus as close as 4.9' (1.5 m). It includes a removable tripod collar and is compatible with the Extender EF 1.4x II and 2x II.

Four ultra-low dispersion lens elements
Internal focusing system
An ultrasonic autofocus motor (USM) provides fast, smooth and silent autofocus.
A focus range limiter lets you set the range of focus distance which enables shorter focusing times. The two ranges are 4.9' to infinity and 9.8' to infinity.
Removable, rotatable tripod collar
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 4.92' (1.5 m)
Magnification 0.06 - 0.16x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:6
Elements/Groups 18/15
Diaphragm Blades 8
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating
Physical
Filter Thread 77 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.3 x 7.6" (8.38 x 19.30 cm)
Weight 2.86 lb (1.30 kg)
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens
  • E-77U 77mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • ET-83 II Lens Hood
  • LZ1324 Lens Case
  • Strap for Case
  • Tripod Collar
  • Limited 1-year Warranty
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    CanonEF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens
     
    4.8

    (based on 554 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (472)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (75)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (514)
    • Strong construction (422)
    • Durable (380)
    • Consistent output (335)
    • Rugged (270)

    Cons

    • Heavy (314)
    • Poor in low light (8)
    • Tough to attach (7)
    • Slow focus (5)
    • Blurry focus (4)

    Best Uses

    • Sports/action (414)
    • Weddings (231)
    • Wildlife photos (228)
    • Low light (212)
    • Landscape/scenery (190)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (155), Photo enthusiast (131), Pro photographer (95), Semi-professional (48), Enthusiast (43)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (280), Yes (19)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    THE BEST VALUE IN GLASS OUT THERE!

    This has got to be one of the best lenses in this price category! I have owned both the 70-200 2.8 II is and now the non-is version and I have been impressed...Read complete review

    This has got to be one of the best lenses in this price category! I have owned both the 70-200 2.8 II is and now the non-is version and I have been impressed with both on my 5D Mk2. I sold off my IS version a few years ago when careers changed and I felt like it was too much money to have sitting around in a bag hardly being used. Now things have changed and it was time for another long lens, and of course I spent many late nights reading reviews trying to justify the 1000+ bump to IS, or trying to convince myself that this was the way to go. I really feel like this was the right call and I have zero regrets. The key to using this lens, handheld or otherwise, is nothing new, you need to shoot with proper technique. Shutter speeds above 1/320, proper support of the lens while shooting, proper breathing technique, bump your iso if the camera can handle it, and overall common sense, if you can use a set of sticks go for it but it is by no means necessary. Obviously this lens is built like a tank and will take its toll on you lugging it around all day, you can eliminate some of that strain with a proper shoulder strap. I know when I bought the IS version a few years ago I loved it and I think I spent too much time on the internet listing to people tell me its a must have, well its not. Harkin back to the '"olden days" of film and long lens photography, we did not need Photoshop, we did not need IS or VR, we needed good camera technique to lock down a great shot. Buy this lens and practice, it will make you a better photographer. Just my 2 cents.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Need to be a steady hand shooter

    I was in a dilemma between this and 70-200 F4 IS version but decided to take a chance.Except the fact one step larger than F4 rest of the things are against it.Very heavy,blurry...Read complete review

    I was in a dilemma between this and 70-200 F4 IS version but decided to take a chance.Except the fact one step larger than F4 rest of the things are against it.Very heavy,blurry images on hand held.Definitely non IS is a no no unless you have a tripod.Looks Majestic and definitely a head turner and good in low light.I already returned it and order the F4 IS version.Some day will buy the F2.8 IS version.Till then.

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    *Esta Bueno, pero no tiene IS*

    By Marco Antonio

    from Sucre - Bolivia

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Video
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    Hola, yo realizo fotografía de Bodas y generalmente las condiciones de luz son deficientes, entonces cuando me llego el lente lo primero que hice fue probarlo en condiciones de poca luz... Me fue mal, obviamente cuando tienes suficiente luz es magnifico !!! pero para el uso particular que quiero darle no es suficiente, así que supongo que el 70 200 2.8 Is II USM debe ser el indicado para mi. Por lo demás parece un buen lente, pero tienes que tomar muy en cuenta para que lo quieres !

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    5.0

    Best bang for buck in USM

    By Gabe

    from ann arbor, mi

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    This lens has made it's cost back many times over. It is the qunitisential sports lens and isn't too shabby for other work providing you keep your shutter speed high.
    Fast focus, smooth zoom, durable body and sharp sharp lens. Easily my current favorite lens.

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    • No

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    5.0

    I feel like a better photographer

    By Jono

    from Boston, Massachusetts.

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    I have wanted this lens for years and I finally got it as a gift. I LOVE IT! SO clear, so fast, excellent focusing. I know it's about the photographer but this lens sure helps.

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    • Yes

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    5.0

    Fast, and clean

    By Nac40

    from Ct

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

    Lens has fast speed and takes clear pictures

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    5.0

    Great Lens

    By Debbie

    from Cape Coral, Florida

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    Great for Landscape shooting

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    • No

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    5.0

    Holy cow

    By John

    from Gaithersburg, MD

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      I have just used this lens once but I am blown away at the bokeh. And how the images are so clear and crisp. The weight is not that bad but I am not shooting for hours either. It is very well built. Did not notice that I need the IS but I was shooting at a fast shutter speed. I am usually shooting my kids and there are always fast moving.

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      5.0

      GREAT LENS

      By Pamela Ann

      from Ardmore, Ok.

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          This lens is great. I shoot rodeo photos and I needed something that would give me more light indoors and it gave me the best photos. It also help on my out door photos the day after i got it in the mail i had a rodeo event shoot 1300 or more photos and only had a about 60 of them that i could not use and i think most of those were my fault. Im an now going to buy this lens for my other camera when i need help, I really love this lens.

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          5.0

          Solid unit for work with tripod

          By Peter

          from Upstate NY

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          I shoot mostly with a tripod so the extra money for advnaced stabilization was not needed. Shooting freehand, might be. I also usea camera with the smaller APC format which means I get the 1.6 lense multpile impact (at 100mm my snes crops to effectly 160mm) All that said, i was looking to move up the wuality of my shots and had taken the camera body as faras it was going to go, so now the improvement comes in the quality of the glass I use. This is the first L series lenses I have used and the bottom line is it is now going to be my main stay lense. I feel the f2.8 over the f4 is worth more to me than the stabilization would ever be. I do mostly manual focus with the long exposure work, which this lense supports well.The only thing I am looking to add is a 2x teleconverter.(f-stop then goes only to f5.6 from f2.8, but I can work with that)Downside- weight, but I use a tripod so weight is more an issue with traveling than shooting. It is built like a tank and expect years of active use out this so in my mind the expense is worht it when you cost it out. For lenses I would use less but of equal quality I will rent(ex. Primes), but as the corner stone lense to work with this is a solid buy.

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          4.0

          Action it is

          By Digital Photos By Photos & Equine Tack

          from Ardmore, Ok.

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action

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

            This is one of the best lens I have in my bag. I really needed something to up my game just a bit. I got this lens in on a Thursday and Sat. had to do a rodeo event. Even though I did not have a problem on out door photos. This lens made my photos sharper,and the focus is great it made a big different even on out door photos. I cant want to see what happen in a low light indoor arena.

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            5.0

            Awesome !!!

            By Kevin C

            from Raleigh NC

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

            I had the F/4 version which I love but I have always wanted the extra FStop due to limited lighting in the clubs I shoot in

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            5.0

            awesome lens

            By ktnneok

            from northeast oklahoma

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events

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

            Moved from Sigma lens to Canon. Slight learning curve with the reverse zoom from one to the other. Sharp images, great camera.

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            5.0

            Fast

            By Dr foto

            from Great falls mt

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  Great Lens Fast I hand held the lens first day I got it shot 200 pictures and only one was bad you DONT NEED THE IS. BNH is great as always thanks again.

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                  4.0

                  Great lens but no IS is difficult

                  By ELINICHOL

                  from Cali

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

                  Don't get me wrong, this is the lenses is sharp, well designed and it built like a tank.

                  I scoured the Internet for reviews on how this lens handles handheld with no IS and with no luck.

                  So I thought to try it and I couldn't make it work for me.

                  I shoot subjects without a tripod and love it wide open at 2.8 but the problem is that you buy a lenses like this to use at longer focal lengths and the 2.8 in low light.

                  That's what it's there for but you need to have the shutter speed at at least 200 to get sharp images without motion blur which really defeats the purpose of this lenses In the first place. Low light capability.

                  If your using a tripod then go right ahead! It's great but you can achieve those beautiful backgrounds with the Canon 70-200 f4 above 135 mm which is cheaper and lighter.

                  Make sense? I went for the excellent canon 135mm f2L instead.

                  Help this helps!

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                  5.0

                  EF 70-200 F2.8 a must have

                  By Sgt Smith

                  from Albuquerque, NM

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Night Photography
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  I use it most of the time for indoor shots and basketball games along with potraits and even wild life at the zoo and out in the wild.

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                  5.0

                  I would buy this product again.

                  By sonny

                  from san jose ca

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  I love this lens and I can take picture in low light condition and picture so clear, fast focus and quiet. I do not need IS because I increase shutter speed and use high ISO, or using tripod.

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                  4.0

                  Good quality

                  By Jonathanguerrero

                  from New York

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

                  It has good quality overall and its pretty sharp. I dont think is over price considering that version II is out already. I do recommend this one.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome

                  By Ashanti McClain Photographic Services

                  from Riverside, CA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light

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

                    Cool Lens. I bought it for event photography. I've found a lot of uses for still life, and the like. Sharp, awesome autofocus, looks nice, sturdy, and well built.

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                    5.0

                    As advertised

                    By Sonomack

                    from Roseville, ca

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

                    So far so good, lives up to hype

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                    5.0

                    Super Lens very excellent product would

                    By Bud

                    from South Haven Michigan

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Night Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

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

                      Fast easy to use and great output use for portraits and landscapes all outdoor photography very pleased with new Lens.

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                      5.0

                      AWESOME lens!

                      By SoccerMom3

                      from Gilbert, Arizona

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Night Photography
                      • Sports/Action

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

                      I shoot night high school soccer games and occasional night high school track meets. I was pretty frustrated with my 70-300 5.6L because I had to literally be right up in the action (that isn't always possible when you are in the stands) to get the shot and when I did it was hit and miss with in focus pictures. I have been wanting this lens for about a year before I received it as a gift.
                      While this lens is MUCH heavier than my previous lens (I think that is my ONLY con), the first thing I noticed was how FAST it focused. I played with it in Manual mode and could shoot across field with no problem (it captured the shot I was wanting!!) I REALLY love this lens!

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