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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
Environmental
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
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    CanonEF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens
     
    4.8

    (based on 564 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (481)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (76)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (521)
    • Strong construction (428)
    • Durable (387)
    • Consistent output (342)
    • Rugged (276)

    Cons

    • Heavy (317)
    • Poor in low light (8)
    • Tough to attach (7)
    • Slow focus (5)
    • Blurry focus (4)

    Best Uses

    • Sports/action (420)
    • Weddings (234)
    • Wildlife photos (230)
    • Low light (214)
    • Landscape/scenery (191)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (158), Photo enthusiast (132), Pro photographer (98), Semi-professional (48), Enthusiast (43)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (287), 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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    5.0

    Amazingly sharp and creamy lens

    By jlowe

    from Louisiana

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

    I love this lens for the bokeh and creaminess when shot at 200 mm wide open. The only downside is that the lens is a little bulky.

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    5.0

    Love this lens!

    By TannaC

    from Fl

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

    Great for shooting weddings and portraits! Also great for shooting at rodeos that I attend! Great telephoto lens also beautiful shallow depth of field!

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    5.0

    Great lens!!

    By knacprp

    from Apple Valley, Ca.

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

    I am an amateur photographer enthusiast. I new this would me take my photographs to the next level and it did just that. Although I still have a ways to go. The lens was just as promised. At first it was a bit bulky but that quickly went away. Now I'm no expert by any means. But this thing is fast and smooth!! Definitely worth the money even if you are not a pro, but want to look like one. I would highly recommend this lens to anyone. I like to shoot concert type settings and indoor and out door sports. So having this yo be able to shoot in some fairly low light was beneficial. Two thumbs up!!!

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    5.0

    Worth the price tag!

    By TwoNice

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Documentary
      • Sports/Action
      • Video

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

      I'm a sports/lifestyle photographer and I've saved up a long time for this lens - and it was so worth it. Very sharp and durable lens. I also shoot video so I didn't need IS, thus I did not go for the newer model.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      A great lens.

      By voxelbomb

      from Raleigh, NC

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      This lens is a beast. It's quality is amazing, and the ability to hold that f/2.8 throughout the focal length really gives you the coverage you need.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      No real surprises here

      By svosen

      from Great Falls, MT

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action

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

      I bought this lens as an upgrade from the 70-200 F4L IS, so I was expecting it to be quite good, and a little bigger. No real surprises there: it's quite good, and a little heavier.

      If you've never owned one of the 70-200L lenses, that means it's extremely sharp, even wide open, and it's built like a tank.

      I haven't had a chance to really put it through it's paces, but I am noticing it doesn't focus quite as quickly in LOW light as I had hoped. I think I was expecting something on par with the 300 2.8L (original version), which I've used several copies of for nightime HS football. Just messing around with the 70-200 2.8L in my basement, I'm thinking it isn't as sure of itself as that legendary lens. It is a little more deliberate (slow) getting focus, but it is dead on once it gets there.

      I also noticed some chromatic aberation issues in harsh, contrasty lighting. I've not ever noticed that with the F4 lens... Even so, I was able to correct for it in post.

      One last thought (not specific to this lens in particular): at F2.8, depth of field will be more shallow than at F4. Seems like a "duh" comment, but it will sneak up on you if you're not expecting it, especially when trying to get both eyes of a subject in focus when they're turned sideways and you're at 200mm and approaching the minimum focus distance. Again, not an problem of the lens, just something some people might not be aware of.

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      • No

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      5.0

      This is my main lens

      By Kris Sipes

      from Dallas, TX

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Video

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

        This lens stays attached to my 1DX as it is perfect for almost everything and this glass is the standard for quality. This is a 'must have' lens.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Game changer

        By KlarkPhoto

        from Davenport, IA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Weddings/Events

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

        The EF 70-200mm f/2.8 USM Lens by Canon has added a great new option for my portraits and wedding photography. For the must have shots, this is the lens!

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        • No

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        5.0

        great lens

        By disp617

        from worcester ma

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • NONE

        Best Uses

        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action

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

        very versatile lens

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Awesome lens. Best telephoto lens for $

        By jsebo

        from Duluth, GA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          Video and product photography. Outdoor photography.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          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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          • No

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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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            • No

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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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