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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • One Fluorite Element & Five UD Elements
  • Air Sphere Coating
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Internal Focus, Focus Range Limiter
  • Weather-Sealed Design, Fluorine Coating
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Rounded 8-Blade Diaphragm
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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Overview

  • 1Description

One of the most versatile lenses available, the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM from Canon is an L-series telephoto zoom distinguished by its bright design and advanced optics. Ideal for a variety of subjects ranging from portraiture to sports, the fast constant f/2.8 maximum aperture excels in difficult lighting conditions and also offers increased control over depth of field for isolating subjects. The optical layout makes use of one fluorite element and five UD elements to suppress chromatic aberrations and color fringing in order to realize a high degree of clarity throughout the zoom range. An Air Sphere Coating is also featured, and works to reduce flare and ghosting for greater color fidelity and contrast in all conditions.

Complementing the speed and optics is an Optical Image Stabilizer, which compensates for 3.5 stops of camera shake to better enable working handheld and in low-light situations. A ring-type USM and internal focusing mechanism also afford quick, quiet, and accurate autofocus performance, as well as full-time manual focus override. Additionally, this lens is weather-sealed for use in trying environmental conditions.

Versatile telephoto zoom is designed for full-frame Canon EF-mount DSLRs, however can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 112-320mm equivalent focal length range.
Bright constant f/2.8 maximum aperture affords consistent performance throughout the zoom range and offers notable control over depth of field for working with selective focus techniques.
One fluorite element and five ultra-low dispersion glass elements noticeably reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations for high clarity and color fidelity.
An Air Sphere Coating (ASC) has been applied to lens elements to reduce backlit flaring and ghosting for maintained light transmission and high contrast in strong lighting conditions.
An Optical Image Stabilizer helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to 3.5 shutter speed stops to better enable working in low-light conditions and with slower shutter speeds. In addition to the single-shot standard IS mode, a second mode is also available that it optimized for panning.
A ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM), along with an internal focusing system, is employed to deliver fast, precise, and quiet autofocus performance as well as full-time manual focus override.
Focus Limiter switch lets you constrain the focusing to two different ranges to suit different applications: 3.9'-infinity or 8.2'-infinity.
Rounded eight-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing out of focus quality that benefits the use of shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques.
A weather-resistant design protects the lens from dust and moisture to enable its use in inclement conditions. Additionally, fluorine coatings have also been applied to the front and rear lens elements for further protection against fingerprints and smudging.
Removable rotating tripod collar is included and benefits working with the lens atop a tripod or monopod.
Compatible with optional EF 1.4X and EF 2X teleconverters.
UPC: 013803306019
In the Box
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens
  • E-77 II 77mm Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • ET-87 Lens Hood
  • LZ1326 Lens Case
  • Tripod Collar
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Specs

    Focal Length 70 to 200mm
    Maximum Aperture f/2.8
    Minimum Aperture f/32
    Lens Mount Canon EF
    Format Compatibility Full-Frame
    Angle of View 34 to 12
    Maximum Magnification 0.213x
    Minimum Focus Distance 3.94' / 1.2 m
    Optical Design 23 Elements in 19 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 8, Rounded
    Focus Type Autofocus
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Tripod Collar Removable and Rotating
    Filter Size 77 mm (Front)
    Dimensions ( x L) 3.50 x 7.835" / 88.8 x 199 mm
    Weight 3.3 lb / 1480 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.085 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.3 x 7.25 x 7.25"

    Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Reviews

    EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 48.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Sharp I upgraded from the EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM so this is a big step forward, for me. First I am getting image stabilization and next, the new optics with the newest coatings. I find that the IS III lens focuses much faster on my 5DM4's and the results are much sharper. I did my own side-by-side comparison and found the results first-hand. The example photos were shot on two 5DMK4s side-by-side. The dock images were both f4.0, 1/1000 sec ISO 100. In the grill image, the left image in both is the f2.8 USM lens and the right is the new f2.8 IS MKIII lens. Shot in Av f2.8 ISO 100, USM was 1/800 sec, the IS III was 1/1250 sec
    Date published: 2018-09-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My #2 multi-purpose lens I bought this lens to replace my Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6L is ii usm as I needed better low light performance, with more reach than my Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L usm. I have the Canon Ef 100-400mm f/4-5.6L is ii usm to cover the 200 - 400mm range. I am pleased with this lens' performance to date. Image quality is a step up from the 70-300L and focusing is very fast. I do wish there were a few more improvements from the predecessor Version "ii" [besides new coatings, & a new white paint job, everything else is unchanged] to go along with the version "iii" moniker, but I suppose it's difficult to improve on a masterpiece.
    Date published: 2018-10-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal I used the mark ii version for quite a while for work, and I recently upgraded to this for my personal kit. The mark iii handles back lit situations much better than the mark ii. To me, it also seems like this version focuses slightly quicker and has less focus breathing. If you have the mark ii, I dont see a drastic reason to upgrade, but if you dont have a lens of this type, its worth it spending the extra couple bucks to get the mark iii.
    Date published: 2018-11-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Whats not to love This is an awesome lens, but it seems that there is very little change from the version II.  I got the version II lens right when it came out and was very impressed.  About 6 months later they came out with the 1.4x and 2.0x III extenders in a different color and Ive always hated that.  Image quality and focus speed seem to be the same (awesome).  Looking in the barrel they seem almost identical but possibly some non-glass changes.  Also I heard there were some coatings added to the glass to prevent glare.  If you own the version II then you probably shouldnt bother to upgrade unless the difference in color bothers you.  If you own the version I or dont own any 70-200 yet then this is the one to get.
    Date published: 2019-03-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you thought the II was sharp....the III is even sharper. Sharper & faster that the II.  The IQ is much richer as well.  These 2 images were taken about 2 minutes apart with the same exact setting on the same camera (1DX Mark II) that was mounted on a tripod.  The settings were ISO 1000, SS 1/800 @ f/2.8 and focal distance was 180mm.  NOTE:  Not sure how much these images will be compressed the originals definitely illustrate the difference.   I mainly shoot sports and the AF appears faster than the previous VII.
    Date published: 2019-02-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth it. Ive had this lens for about a week and have taken it on two different shoots. So far, I love it. Its shallow depth of field and long distance is exactly what I need for dramatic portraits and fashion shots. I was contemplating the 28-300 instead, but Im going to keep this lens and get the 2x extender for the distance for wildlife shots when Im traveling. I rented the 70-200 II and it was an excellent lens, but this one is noticeably clearer and more precise.
    Date published: 2018-11-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just perfect! I’m not a professional photographer by any stretch of the imagination, but I do know it’s important to have the fight tool for the job. When I took my 5D IV with 20-70 lens to capture my eldest at a school celebration two years ago, I was not thrilled with the reach from 10 rows back and nervous about the light without the forbidden flash. (Shooting in RAW, I was able to get decent lighting via Lightroom) Two weeks ago, I found myself in the same environment for my youngest. HOLY SHARPNESS! I’m ecstatic with the result. Reach was perfect, brightness was great without editing, but the sharpness.... I can see her eyelashes from 10 rows back. While I realize this will likely never be my walk around lens, it is essential to capture memories on a school stage.
    Date published: 2019-03-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Amazing! Very satisfied I use to own the previous version of this lens the mark ii but decided to upgrade to this one. I heard about a minor update to the glass coating and was curious to try it out since I shoot with a lot of back light and well his lens has me very impressed. This small update really makes slot of difference in my shots
    Date published: 2018-09-06
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    If pre-ordered must a shipping address be submitted? (I will be traveling and not sure where Ill be when the lens becomes available.)
    Asked by: Alison B.
    Unfortunately the question you're asking cannot be answered with our Q+A feature. Please contact our Sales directly for assistance.Email:
    Answered by: Daniel M.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Does it come with a lens hood?
    Asked by: andy g.
    Yes, it does come with a lens hood.
    Answered by: Jacob C.
    Date published: 2019-02-25

    60D is not listed as compatible for the III but ...

    60D is not listed as compatible for the III but it is for the II. Is the 60D compatible with the III?
    Asked by: Dave
    Yes all Canon DSLR cameras full frame and crop sensors are compatible with this lens.
    Answered by: Anonymous
    Date published: 2019-05-03


    Does it come with a lens hood?
    Asked by: andy g.
    This lens comes with the Canon ET-87 Lens Hood B&H # CAET87.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Is the III the same as the II except for the addition of newer coatings on the outer element surfaces?
    Asked by: John L.
    All of my comments are intended to address ONLY the 70-200/2.8L-II and 70-200/2.8L-III lenses (not the f/4 series).The L-II and the new L-III 70-200/2.8 lenses do, indeed, appear to be identical in design and feature set, and nearly identical every other way, with the exception of (1) the new Air Sphere Coating (ASC) on the new L-III version (which is intended to suppress flare and ghosting, particularly in strongly backlit situations); and (2) anti-smudge/easy-to-clean Fluorine coatings on the front and rear elements (not to be confused with Fluorite coatings on internal lens elements, which BOTH the L-II and the newer L-III have). A close study of the official Canon websites in both Japan and USA indicate that all physical dimensions, mass (weight), technical specifications (lens groups and elements; arrangement; internal and external design; AF and IS* design, functions, and performance; etc.), lens design and feature set all appear to be IDENTICAL between the L-II and the new L-III lens, again, with the exception of (1) the new Air Sphere Coating (ASC) applied to certain lens elements of the L-III lens (presumably an incremental improvement over their previous Super Spectra Coating anti-flare/anti-ghosting coating technology, which Canon used on the L-II lens); and (2) anti-smudge/easy-to-clean Fluorine coatings on the exterior surfaces of the front and rear lens elements. It's also interesting and important to note that the L-II version DOES have its own Super Spectra Coating applied to its internal lens elements to achieve ghosting and flare reduction. Canon seems to be claiming that their newer Air Sphere Coating is an evolutionary improvement over their previous Super Spectra Coating, further and/or better-suppressing flare and ghosting (images on the Canon USA website 70-200L-III > Features tab suggest that the new ASC is highly effective at suppressing or minimizing flare and ghosting in certain scenes, although these marketing images do not attempt to directly compare the L-II Super Spectra Coating against the newer Air Sphere Coating, but instead seem to merely compare an image taken with and without the ASC). As of the date of this writing, no testing data has been published comparing these two lenses or their anti-flare/anti-ghosting coating technologies (ASC vs. SSC).* Note: oddly, Canon claims 4-stop Image Stabilization performance on the L-II lens, while throttling back slightly to 3.5-stops Image Stabilization performance on the new L-III lens. While this may be a moot point for most of us, any reduction in performance is nonetheless quite unexpected, and one must wonder if perhaps a more sophisticated (i.e. more strict) STANDARD of Image Stabilization testing and performance methodology might possibly be at work here. It seems unlikely (though certainly not impossible) that with an IDENTICAL ELECTRO-OPTICAL DESIGN, the Image Stabilization on the newer L-III lens would even slightly under-perform against the previous (L-II) lens. Again, 3.5-stops of IS versus 4-stops is probably a moot point for most of us, but it's an interesting and unexpected observation. I think most of us are expecting that in real-world use, the new L-III will perform at least as well as its predecessor (the L-II) in ALL criteria, and BETTER than its predecessor in a few (namely flare and ghosting).All said and done, then, most will likely view the new L-III as a rather modest (perhaps even subtle), incremental enhancement over the previous L-II lens. Whether or not such an enhancement warrants the cost and hassle of re-selling one's L-II lens and replacing it with the new L-III lens will, as always, depend upon the assessment of value and the specific preferences and priorities of each individual photographer. While we all wish for amazing, revolutionary improvements to routinely take place with every single item in our photo bags, it bears reminding ourselves that the blade over-sharpened soon becomes dull, and the 70-200/2.8L-IS-II is already a very, VERY sharp blade...
    Answered by: Douglas M.
    Date published: 2019-02-17

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    Will the fitted lens cover for the ii version also fit this new iii version?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The filter threads of both lenses are 77mm so filters and lens caps are interchangeable.
    Answered by: Anonymous
    Date published: 2018-10-24

    Why is the EOS 7D not on the compatibility list ...

    Why is the EOS 7D not on the compatibility list if it is the same as the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens? I only see the EOS 7D Mark II
    Asked by: Lindsey
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