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

(based on 2584 reviews)

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    (2415)

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    (154)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

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    (2)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (1279)
  • Durable (868)
  • Reliable (720)
  • Improves picture quality (516)
  • Well built / quality (361)

Cons

  • Heavy (627)
  • Heavy / bulky (298)
  • Heavy bulky (109)
  • Pricey / poor value (65)
  • Price (59)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (837)
  • Shooting outdoors (799)
  • Travel (655)
  • Shooting indoors (601)
  • Everyday (412)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (435), Tech savvy (358), Semi-professional (328), Professional (253), Film professional (144)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (2169), Yes (97)

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

Love this lens!!

By Bsharp321

from Lynnwood, WA

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

It's not that heavy. Beautiful portraits, sports, and landscape lens.

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5.0

Jaw-dropping results!

By Azajac

from San Diego, CA

About Me Parent, Tech Savvy

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Improves Performance
  • Quality Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Shooting Indoors
    • Shooting Outdoors
    • Upgrade

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

    I've always wanted this lens, yet I kept finding excuses to procrastinate buying it with using some other lenses in my camera bag.
    The real tipping point was when my boys started their new Lacrosse season. Bright skies, fast action and large fields.
    I decided to finally pull the trigger on that lens.
    Mounted it on my 5D mkIII and took many indoor test shots when it arrived in the evening. Low light, hand-held, slow exposure.
    I only needed to bump the ISO to 3200 to get to the reasonable shutter speed while at f/2.8. The IS allowed me to hand hold pictures with no problem.
    Sharpness, colors and picture quality out-of-the-box blew me away when I loaded the pictures to the LR that evening.
    Next morning, we went for the Lacrosse games. 1PM, clear sunny skies. I started at f/5.6 afraid of the focusing issues. But then I quickly changed that to f/2.8 for the shallow depth and my 5D drove the focusing on the lens beautifully. Fast and laser precise no matter how fast the objects were moving.
    The results from both the indoor shots and outdoor games were simply jaw-dropping.
    Focus was spot on for most of the shots. Creamy bokeh with f/2.8. Amazing colors, sharpness.
    The only thing that I needed to do in LR was little cropping as 200mm is sometimes a bit short for the larger fields.
    I've never mentioned the weight of this lens as for me it never created any problem even while carrying it around for 4 hours in the field. The tripod ring will come handy for longer sessions where I'll probably be using a monopod.

    This lens makes me think about one thing, though: "why did I wait so long to get it?"

    Go buy it today, you will never regret it!

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    • No

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    5.0

    Outstanding

    By John

    from Woodbury, NJ

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Improves Performance
    • Quality Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Shooting Indoors
      • Shooting Outdoors
      • Upgrade

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

      Sharp!!! A little heavy compared to its F4 cousin but an outstanding lens.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Amazing Lens!!!

      By Me

      from Waterbury, CT

      About Me Film Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Quality Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Shooting Indoors
        • Shooting Outdoors
        • Travel
        • Upgrade

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

        Highly Recommend this lens

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Better Than Advertised

        By supergolfdude

        from Akron, OH

        About Me Enthusiastic Amateur

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Improves Performance
        • Quality Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Portraits
        • Sports

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

        I replaced my 70-200 f4.0 with this lens and the difference is amazing. Tack-sharp images with no chromatic abberation at all. I'm using for sports and portraits and I love the results, especially with natural lighting portraits. I am not extremely wealthy, but I think I've invested in a great lens here.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Not Just Another Review

        By Darrell B

        from Kansas

        Verified Reviewer

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

        Plenty has already been written about the quality of this lens, but I have one more thing to add that most haven't heard before. I inadvertantly nudged the 70-200 off a 6 foot high shelf. It was protected by the rather thin lens bag that ships with it when it hit the floor. The shock was severe enough to crack the B&W filter glass in half, but the lens itself suffered absolutely no optical or physical damage. This is a lens that can take a beating.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Finally, I Upgraded from Version #1

        By RandallB

        from Music City USA

        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 have owned Version I since 2009. It was my go to lens for sports (Softball, Baseball, Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Track, Soccer and more)
          The lens is improved. #2 - I sold my well maintained Version #1 for 2/3 of the purchase price after seven years and a hundred thousand photos.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Awesome Lens

          By Nijoto

          from Newtown, PA

          About Me Film Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Bokeh
          • Clarity
          • Low Light Performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Shooting Indoors
            • Shooting Outdoors

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

            For weddings the bokeh is silky smooth and extremely expressive. For adventure photography, clarity and constant aperture are essential. For filmmaking, it gives the yields amazing photographic expressiveness.

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            • No

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            5.0

            My dream lens

            By Kelly

            from Baton Rouge, LA

            About Me Film Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Beautiful Compression
            • Lovely Bokeh
            • Quality Construction
            • Solid Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Portraits
            • Shooting Outdoors

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

            I fell in love with this lens before I ever bought it. I found myself jealously gazing at other photographers' photos, wondering what lens took these photos. Without fail, it was the 70-200. The amazing bokeh and compression piqued my interest whenever I saw photos taken with it, and I wanted that same look.

            I rented it for a few weeks, before investing a huge amount of money into what is my most expensive lens to date. I didn't regret it. Beautiful reach for wedding ceremonies, solid design, fast and silent focusing. I couldn't put it down (but I kinda did at times; read: heavy!)

            When I returned it, I was crushed and shot my next shoot testily, knowing I could get better with the 70-200. I was missing it. I finally gathered the money and purchased the lens from B&H.

            Like the rental, it was perfect. Came very quickly. Condition was flawless and it included a sturdy carrying case that I mistook as a Thermos. Solid and smooth, this lens takes unmistakably beautiful photos.

            Only drawback about this lens is it's heavy; it's no joke. The weight was part of the reason why I rented before I bought; I did not want to injure myself. But after hauling it around for a week or so, though, I've gotten used to its weight (and now my older lenses feel like feathers in comparison).

            I would highly recommend this lens to anybody who has the money and loves the photos it takes. No regrets.

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            • No

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            5.0

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

            By JonesWL25

            from Waukesha, WI

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

            Best price for a new lens out there and Canon has a rebate to add with it!!

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            5.0

            Great Lens

            By Zak

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me Film Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Quality Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Shooting Indoors
              • Shooting Outdoors
              • Travel

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

              Great lens. No complaints

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Amazingggggggggggg!

              By Erin

              from Mass

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Performance
              • Quality Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Shooting Indoors
              • Shooting Outdoors
              • Upgrade

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

              Lens is AMAZINGGGG!!

              It is a bit heavy, but so worth the results!

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              • No

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              5.0

              all i dreamed of

              By renene

              from asheville

              About Me Film Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Quality Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Shooting Indoors
              • Shooting Outdoors

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

              great lens. i can not believe I've gone this long with out it

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              • No

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              5.0

              Canon 70-200 F2.8L IS II

              By N/A

              from Lithopolis,Ohio

              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:

              What a great investment this lens is! If you are shooting portraits then this lens is a must have. Sharp clear across the frame at 2.8 and the color and contrast are fantastic. By far one of the best lenses I have ever used. It is heavy but after you see your images the weight doesn't even matter anymore. At least not to me. If you can afford it then buy it. You will not be disappointed.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Impressed

              By Tsnyder

              from Pa

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

              It's gives great creamy tones! I love using it in the back of churches for weddings

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              5.0

              Best Lens

              By Harrison

              from Charlotte, NC

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Interface With Camcorder

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  Best lens for variety of shoots. Great aperture and low light

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Amazing lens

                  By Bridgette

                  from Belleville, IL

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

                  This lens is amazing!! I wish I would've bought it sooner but I was on the fence because of the price. Amazing clarity. It is a little heavy but nothing you can't handle. I would highly recommend this lens!

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                  5.0

                  Incredible

                  By RattTrap

                  from Lakewood, Co

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

                  The focusing power of this lens is incredible! You point and boom it's focused! I love that the body doesn't extend and you zoom in and out and it doesn't change the body length! The quality is impeccable.... Crystal clear

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                  5.0

                  The lens is nothing short of amazing

                  By Mat Hayward

                  from Seattle, WA

                  About Me Film Professional, 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:

                    Fast, sharp, beautiful. Finally upgraded from the original version. I don't know why I waited so long. This lens and my 24-70 are my go-to work horses used in many situations such as red carpet premieres, live music, portraits and so much more. [*]

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Excellent choice!

                    By Juan Rojas, Jr.

                    from New Jersey

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

                    This lens delivers great quality pictures with an amazing tack sharp focus and great dof.
                    Yes, our team recommends this lens.

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