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

(based on 562 reviews)

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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

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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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

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      • No

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      5.0

      Awesome lens. Best telephoto lens for $

      By jsebo

      from Duluth, GA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      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.

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        • 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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        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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                • No

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                5.0

                Fast

                By Dr foto

                from Great falls mt

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  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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