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

(based on 2752 reviews)

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    (2577)

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    (160)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

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    (5)

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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

I would buy this product again.

By Paula A. Reynoso

from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Verified Buyer

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

Great.

 
5.0

Top of the Glass

By BK

from Houston, TX

Verified Buyer

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

The 70-200 mm ƒ/2.8L IS II USM lens has proven itself as my go-to lens for many applications. The open aperture provides an option for either shallow DoF or helping in low light conditions--or both!

Much of my professional shooting is sports-related. The autofocus is cat-quick and sharp. The image stabilization gives me a series of tack-sharp photos of an athlete which increases my yield. Best performance for shallower DoF is with the "2-click" rule--stopping down 2 clicks from the wide open ƒ/2.8 but wide-open is still sharp on the subject with a dreamy bokeh and some a touch of vignetting.

Before purchasing this lens, I rented the same model frequently. The best thing about a new lens are the tight fittings solid performance of the AF and IS features which might be a bit sloppy on a rental that's been abused. Owning this lens means you can tweak the in-camera lens profile with fine adjustments and get the sharpest images possible with your camera body.

The nearest competitor to this lens is the EF 100-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6L IS II USM. While the 100-400mm gives you a deeper telephoto reach and virtually the same AF and IS performance, the 70-200mm edges it out in the versatility category because of the open ƒ/2.8 making it the go-to glass in my kit. It's solid and always produces images that make my clients--and me happy.

 
5.0

Excellent lens

By doublenickel

from north central Texas

Verified Buyer

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

Very versatile lens - great features

 
5.0

I love this lens

By CMarionPhoto

from Undisclosed

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

I owned the first version of this lens and literally wore it out. The upgrade to version II was no disappointment. Quick autofocus and sharp shots abound. There is no better basketball lens.

 
5.0

AMAZING QUALITY/WORTH THE PRICE

By John B.

from Copiague, NY

Verified Buyer

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

This lens has a miraculous look using high quality glass and shallow depth of field. The ability to set low aperture at 2.8 for shallow depth of field as well as having image stabilization give this lens great features pair with top notch clarity that beats all others of it's kind. Highly recommend!

 
5.0

Love this lens

By Saud

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Another great lens from canon. I use this lens with my Canon C300 Mark II and C100 Mark II and images are stunning.

 
5.0

King of zooms

By Josh

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

At almost 3000 reviews, what else is there to say about this lens? I use this on my c100 mkii and also my 6d. Optically it is so sharp and the IS is awesome for handheld. If you're spending the money on this you know what you're in for: the best

 
5.0

work horse fun to use

By Elizabeth

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

work horse

 
5.0

Solid, sharp, and fast

By Sam

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Sharp as nails! The weight is worth considering if you shoot handheld, It can get a little tiring here and there. The lens feels durable and has good autofocus that nails the subject.
Superb sharpness. I also love the soft case that comes with the lens, it's pretty strong for a soft case and it feels like it will last.
Totally satisfied with the purchase, and it took for ever to save for (I am 16) but I'm still happy I did it.

 
5.0

A must have in your Camera bag

By Gary

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

It is on par with my 100-400 v2 lens. It is one of the great lenses that Canon has in their line up. Also, you cannot beat Canon's Customer Service. That is one of the reasons I pay a little extra for their products. Remember, you get what you pay for.

 
5.0

Just a great lens

By Corey

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is pretty awesome. It's my first "L" piece of glass and I'm pretty impressed with its performance, even with my T3i.

 
5.0

Love

By Gailyn

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Love this lens and excited for all of my upcoming weddings this year!

 
5.0

BEST LENS EVER!

By Michael

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Why did I wait so long to buy this!? Oh yeah, because it's super expensive. Nothing beats the quality, build, and bokeh of this lens! BUY IT!

 
5.0

A must for fast moving subjects, sharp, fast and reliable

By DinoPhotoSport

from New York, NY USA and Abroad

Verified Buyer

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

I needed to purchase this item, my old lens was stolen and had an assignment abroad. It performed outstanding! A must have if you want to deliver the goods.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Lens Finally!

By Nathan

from Undisclosed

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

Had to return to first one because it was missing focus so badly. The replacement seems to be pretty spot on on my 7D MK ii after a slight focus adjustment in settings on the 200mm setting only. Otherwise I'm pleased with this lens

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

As good as they say

By GreyGhost

from Endicott, New York

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens. Took the advice of a friend of mine who is a professional photographer and was not disappointed.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

No regrets!

By JPSoler

from Undisclosed

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

The lens of the lenses. Crispy, Sharpie, absolutely amazing color. Buy it with no doubts.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely worth the price!

By Stiv

from Erie, PA

Verified Buyer

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

I use the lens for sports photography. Sharp focus and fabulous bokeh. A bit heavy but worth the weight.

 
5.0

Great!

By Omarjr

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I ve always wanted this lense.. and it was so worth buying.

 
5.0

Awesome lens... great colors and focussing

By Dineshpratap

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Awesome lens... great colors and focus.

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