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

(based on 2612 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (1293)
  • Durable (869)
  • Reliable (722)
  • Improves picture quality (516)
  • Well built / quality (374)

Cons

  • Heavy (640)
  • Heavy / bulky (299)
  • Heavy bulky (109)
  • Pricey / poor value (66)
  • Price (59)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (841)
  • Shooting outdoors (812)
  • Travel (662)
  • Shooting indoors (608)
  • Everyday (414)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (437), Tech savvy (360), Semi-professional (328), Professional (253), Film professional (146)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (2186), Yes (98)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Incredible Lens!

I have never been a big fan of zoom lenses until I purchased this lens. In the last few years I have shot Canon L primes almost exclusively on full frame bodies (mainly the...Read complete review

I have never been a big fan of zoom lenses until I purchased this lens. In the last few years I have shot Canon L primes almost exclusively on full frame bodies (mainly the 35L, 50L, 85L, and the 135L) loved the results but sometimes disappointed with the frequency of missed focus shots and slow to focus issues in certain lighting conditions. I knew I'd be sacrificing the shallow DOF look you get when shooting wider than f/2.8, but what I didn't realize was how great the bokeh / background blur would be with the 70-200 zoomed beyond the 135mm range. What I also didn't expect was the incredible eye popping color, tack sharp images, and fast accurate focusing. Many people complain about how heavy this lens is and I have no problem packing this around while shooting events for 8 hours or more attached to a full frame body with a battery grip and external flash. My only regret was that I waited so long to purchase this lens. This is a must have for portraits, weddings, and just about anything else you want to shoot. Do I still shoot primes?.... well of course I do, but I find myself using this lens more often than not. One of the most impressive things about this lens is the Image stabilization, with IS on I am able to hand hold this lens zoomed in at 200mm at shutter speeds as low as 1/20th sec while still capturing acceptable images (something I would never attempt with my 135L). If you are thinking about buying this lens stop thinking and just do it. You will not regret it…

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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

Canon 70-200mm / The ultimate light catching lens!

By Hope

from Omaha, NE

Verified Buyer

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

I had yet to find a zoom lens that drew amazing light in a dark chapel while still maintaining clarity. I have found it!!! Worth the extra $800 to get the Mark ii. Highly recommend!

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5.0

The perfect lens

By Josh

from Nyc

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

I do not have a single regret about this lens.

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5.0

Simply Awesome!

By Dalefmeyer.photography

from Arkansas

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

I have owned and used many lenses in my life but this zoom is one of the best I have ever owned. The lens build is stellar! Zoom and focus ring damping is just right! Balance is very good! But the most impressive attribute is the optics and the images this lens produces which have great sharpness and a unique rendering and drawing of art feel. I use this lens on a Canon 5DSR which is currently the best test of this lenses abilities and it is awesome! Just buy it?

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5.0

Great Lens

By Goody29

from York, PA

Verified Buyer

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

I use this lens on a 7DII body and have been pleased with the results. The AF is very fast and accurate and I like that I can shoot in lower light conditions with a wider aperture than my 100-400mm is capable of. I have used it with the 1.4xIII and noticed a slight reduction in AF speed compared to without it but still very fast to focus. Image quality is sharp across all of the apertures that I have tried so far.

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5.0

I would buy this Lens agin!

By Aidlin

from Brooklyn, NY

Verified Buyer

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

This is great Lens! I am very happy!

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5.0

Sharp as a tack

By Michael G

from CA

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

This is one sharp lens. Technique always plays a large part in how good a result a photographer gets. Once your dialed in on the how, this lens, and others of the same marque, deliver. Colour is bright,contrast stunning and sharp as can be. I've had and sold the previous version and an earlier Mk2 but this one is a keeper. Used it with a 1.4x MkIII and it's still awesome.

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5.0

Great lens, just what I needed to move up to the next level.

By jfoster88

from Pittsfield, NH

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Reliable

Cons

  • expensive
  • heavy

Best Uses

  • Everyday use
  • Macro Photography
  • Portraits
  • Traveling

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

I have used my Canon 70-200mm f/4-5.6 for eleven years and taken many good photos with it, but it finally become apparent that I needed to update my "long" lens if I were going to improve. I did research for over a year to find the appropriate replacement and finally decided on the Ef 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM. I decided to purchase a Canon Extender 2x II to go along with it to give me even more options. I've now had sufficient time to evaluate the 70-200mm and to realize that it's going to take me a long time to fully utilize the sophisticated technology built into this lens. My measurement of "sharp" before was my wonderful EF 100mm macro f/2.8L, but the 700-200 challenges it every day. The combination (along with Canon's EF 17-40mm f/4L lens) really challenges me to explore their capacities for great photos.
Its no lightweight but since I shoot almost exclusively on tripod or monopod that's not a big problem. It feels like it's built like a tank and gives me confidence to try anything with it. It's certainly possible to take bad photos with it... I've managed several times!... but so far it's never been the fault of the lens.

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5.0

Fantastic!

By Chief

from Pacific Northwest

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Reliable

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Everyday use
  • Portraits

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

To give some context let me say I am an avid amateur photographer. Over the years I've collected a number of Canon lenses: 17-35mm/F2.8L, 24-70mm/f2.8L, 135mm/f2.0L and a 400mm/f 5.6L. All of these are wonderful lenses in their own right and I have enjoyed using them immensely.

I decided to buy the 70-200mm/F2.8L II based on reviews found on the B&H website and the rather more scientific reviews found at the DxO Mark website.

As you may have noticed none of my other lenses are image stabilized and I might have been a skeptic, well I'm a doubter NO MORE. The 70-200mm/f2.8 lens has made me a convert. The ability to get a razor sharp images in low light without dragging out the tripod is wonderful. This lens seems sharp at all focal lengths and apertures.

If you plan on buying this lens just be aware it is a brick (heavy that is). I am more than willing to accept the weight of the lens for the performance it yields. I could not be happier.

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5.0

Every bag needs this lens

By Mstrty

from Dang Hot Norcal Valley

About Me Wanabe Pro-sumer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Improves Performance
  • Quality Construction

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Action
  • Shooting Outdoors

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

Can not say enough about this lens. It is a great lens that everyone should try to own one day.

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5.0

Amazing lens

By Jason

from Boston

About Me Film Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Improves Performance
  • Quality Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • portrait
    • Shooting Indoors
    • Shooting Outdoors
    • Travel
    • video
    • wedding

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

    No doubt, this is an essential item in my camera bag. Fast, versatile, IS, and tack sharp. It's not worth reading any more reviews. Just buy this lens, you'll be happy you threw down the extra cash for v2. If you're a working pro or serious hobbyist, it's definitely a worthwhile investment for any of your photo/video needs.

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    5.0

    Amazing Lens...

    By Tony Shepperd

    from Los Angeles

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Interface With Camcorder
    • Improves Performance
    • Quality Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Home Movies
    • Shooting Indoors
    • Shooting Outdoors
    • Travel

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

    I absolutely love this lens! Yes, it's A LOT of money! Yes, it's a REALLY big piece of glass! But if you've got the cash (and the muscles), this lens is exquisite. I've been thinking about it for two months and just woke up one day and bought it. Don't delay, buy it today. You won't be disappointed.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Best Canon Lens in my Photography Kit

    By VJ

    from Scottsdale, AZ

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Quality Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Portrait Photography
    • Shooting Indoors
    • Shooting Outdoors

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

    I use this lens mainly for portrait photography, and sometimes for street photography and taking pictures of birds in my backyard. This is one of the best lenses Canon has ever made, and is without doubt my most prized possession as far as my photography equipment is considered. Money well spent.

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    5.0

    Sports? (Soccer, football, taekwondo)

    By Sky_akka

    from Brooklyn NY

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

    Amazing lens, don't even think about the price, once you see the results you will only smile. The price is worth it and you only have to work hard ... I love it ! I use it for soccer outdoors and taekwondo indoors(low light) I get amazing photos...

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    5.0

    What a difference!!

    By Pretty Girl Photography

    from Wilmington, DE

    About Me Parent

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Improves Performance
    • Quality Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Shooting Indoors
    • Shooting Outdoors

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

    This lens made such a huge difference in the quality of my photos! Such a great decision to purchase it!!

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    • No

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    5.0

    Incredible lens

    By Jethro

    from Stockton, CA

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Improves Performance
    • Quality Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

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

      This lens is just a must-have. For sports photography when there is low light, this lens really shines. You couldn't ask for anything better except for it to be a little lighter and less expensive. Still, it's worth every penny!

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      5.0

      SO FAR MY BEST LENS

      By torresigner

      from Miami, FL

      About Me Professional Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Quality Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape
      • Shooting Outdoors
      • Travel
      • Urban Scenes

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

      So far my best lens, bought about two weeks ago and so in love with it...
      So sharp and fast focus that it makes look the rest of my lenses a step behind (I'm talking about some very good pieces, even primes).
      I'm not a kind of technicalities, I evaluate my instruments by the results in the field, and based on this I issue my judgment on this device.
      This is a very versatile lens, good for portraits, landscape, and just about anything else you want to shoot; this guy will never let you down.
      Is a heavy lens for sure, but is the price you pay for such quality in a single tool.

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      (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Lens

      By Dr. Slideshow

      from NJ

      Verified Buyer

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

      Just great.

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      • No

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good low light and sports lens

      By jlh

      from North Carolina

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Quality Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Shooting Indoors
        • Shooting Outdoors

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

        This lens is excellent for low light events and sports where the available light requires use of a low f stop to get the needed shutter speed. I have a number of Canon lenses and when Canon makes an L lens you can be assured that it will do the job

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        • Yes

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome Lens!

        By Jerome

        from Waterbury

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

        I was more than happy with my non is version. It is sharp and focuses quickly but the is version is better. I couldn't be happier.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        One of a kind lens

        By Anna

        from Richmond, VA

        About Me Parent, Professional Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Interface With Camcorder
        • Improves Performance

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Family Photography
        • Portraits
        • Shooting Outdoors
        • Travel
        • Upgrade

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

        I love this lens for its clear pictures and flattering portraits. I just upgraded to Canon 5d Mark III, and this is the lens I researched on and chose to buy for my new camera. I wasn't disappointed. I used it for both landscapes and portraits. Great boken and clear subject's details with F2.8. I am still learning about auto focus features. The only con so far is its big size and weight.

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        • No

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