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Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS II USM Lens

by Canon
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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  • Large f/2.8 aperture allowing for excellent low light performance and shallow depth of field
  • Part of Canon’s acclaimed L series lenses
  • 4 stop Image Stabilizer
  • Fluorite and UD elements minimise Chromatic Aberration
  • Rugged construction for greater durability
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 8.9 x 8.9 cm ; 1.5 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 2.7 Kg
  • Item model number: EF70-200LIS2
  • ASIN: B0033567D8
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 9 Jan 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)


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Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The essential lens for sports, wildlife or portraits.

The EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is Canon’s latest generation of the professional photographers’ workhorse telephoto zoom lens. Featuring a high quality Fluorite element, rugged durability and a 4-stop image stabilizer.

Product Description

Canon 2751B005 - LENS EF 70-200 F2.8 IS II USM - F/ EOS

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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95 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable! 27 May 2010
I struggled for weeks justifying the cost of this lens, heck it's expensive. However, I bit the bullet, bought one and all I can say is WOW! I use it on a 5D MKII and the sharpness is simply jaw-dropping, I've never seen anything like it before.

Is it heavy...
Is it big...
Is it worth it...

All of these questions are things I considered, but now I own the lens and have seen the results, I don't care about its size or weight. This is now the standard lens fitted to my camera. It's great for shooting birds, wildlife, portraits and just about anything except macro. Having said that, you can get within a distance of around 1.5 metres and when cropped the detail is just awesome.

Sharpness, IQ, colour, contrast and bokeh are all superb, I'm really pleased I invested in this lens and I'm sure I'll keep it for years and years and years.

Yes, it's a lot of money, but if you can bring yourself to part with the cash, I promise you, you'll be smiling from ear-to-ear when you see your pics, it's just a beautiful piece of kit.
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Lens Highly Recommend 29 Dec 2010
By Justin
I used this lens in conjunction with a Cannon 7D which is a 1.6 crop sensor which makes this lens effectively a 320mm equivalent on the 7D...wow!

The purchase was originally inspired by a trip to the Grand Prix and hence was it's first outing. The stabilization has 2 modes of operation either "horizontal" or "vertical only", the vertical only stabilization for panning shots is unbelievable. I was able to very easily get perfect panning shots of the Grand Prix cars with the textbook blurred background (and I truly have limited experience).

The focus on the lens far exceeds my EFS lens' and I have a couple of good ones, the focus is on another level, crystal sharp with very fine control (I guess you expect that for an L-series). No micro adjustment was needed on the body.

This is a very heavy lens, you need to consider if you want to carry this bad boy around but then it has such a rugged metal finish with a lot of glass inside (I think this one has 5 or 7 UD elements). It's common sense that it's going to be heavy but it needs to be said.

It comes with a lens hood which is of solid construction with a healthy snap when it locks into place. A ringed tripod mount is supplied which is easily removed (you need to have the lens detach to remove it). Also supplied is a good quality hard canvas tube style case with dual zip and shoulder strap.

This is an expensive lens, but if it's what you want and you have reason to use it and you don't mind the weight then you wont be disappointed.

The image quality is amazing as is the build quality.

200mm gives you great reach and with a crop sensor you get insane reach (and you are using the best portion of the lens).

An EF style lens is likely to retain some value too if you look after it, as it's the main Canon standard so there is the possibility of selling it in the future.
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81 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too good to be true or truly too good? 28 July 2011
By Fiona

It took a lot of courage for me to drop so much money on this lens and I was back and forth for a while, but the more I read and the more samples I saw the more I wanted it! I even tried Google searches for "focus problems" and "bad copies" etc and other very negative phrases because frankly the hype seemed too good to be true. I figured no-one wanted to admit to spending a ton of cash on a bad lens, sort of a mass denial!

I didn't find anything, so in a fit of courage I picked up one of these bad boys, slapped it on my 7D and headed straight to the new Riverside Transport Museum in Glasgow. I figured it's best arena is low light, since the big price comes in part from the big apeture and funky 4-stop stabiliser, so I set about taking some abstracts of vehicles from through the ages, some candid portraits and some close-ups in the muted lighting and busy environment.

Simply different class. My abstracts were punchy and sharp, the vehicles shots looked like something from a car mag and my portraits were moody and intimate, with the clutter and the crowd blurred out of existance and the frame filled with facial expression.

I have a few L lenses in my collection, but I've never used a lens remotely this good before. It isn't the most discreet lens in the world and caught the eye of many passers-by, but what caught my eye was the stunning images I was getting.

The backgrounds are defocussed in the creamiest fashion, the in-focus areas are razor sharp even at the widest apeture (fantastic!) and the colour & contrast are amazing.

Handling of the lens is stellar. It gets heavy on a long day out but I expected that. The autofocus (especially with the 7D) is lightning quick and totally dead on.
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for 1 Dec 2011
I needed a telephoto zoom for sports action and portrait work, and came to the classic toss-up between this lens and the less (but still very) expensive Canon EF 70-200mm F/4.0 L IS USM Lens. I ruled out the non-IS versions due to lack of weather sealing. The pros/cons of each have probably been mentioned before, but here's a quick summary:

F/2.8 IS II Pros (vs F/4.0 IS):

- Lets in a stop (double) more light wide open - for sports action, f/2.8 really is the minimum, f/4.0 is just too slow unless it's a bright sunny day or you are able to rely on flash. I'm sure there are loads of people shooting sports action at f/4.0 and getting great results, but would they prefer an f/2.8 if they had the funds? Every time.
- Ability to blur the background to a greater extent, to better isolate a subject
- Better autofocus performance (arguably not noticeable until the low light gets the better of the f/4.0). I should stress this is REGARDLESS of what your aperture is set to; the lens is always 'wide open' when you're looking through the viewfinder. This also results in a brighter viewfinder, which is easy on the eyes.
- A tripod collar is included with the F/2.8, this might not sound like much but after you spend all your money on the F/4.0, are you going to cheap out with a third party collar that might let you down? No? Then add the cost of a genuine Canon one onto the price of the F/4.0 ... look it up, they're not cheap.

F/2.8 IS II Cons (vs F/4.0 IS)

- Its obscene cost
- It's heavy ... okay, this one is more of a subjective thing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
never need to buy another lens it's superb
Published 18 hours ago by Jamison
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderfull can not be beaten great results
Published 24 days ago by c s wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have!
The best lens ever!! Love it! It really does magic! The only minus its very heavy, but nothing to do about it!
Published 3 months ago by Yuliya Christensen
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive lens
All my previous lenses have been F/5.6 & they do not perform brilliantly in poor light. So I decided to purchase this zoom as it has a max. aperture of F/2.8. Read more
Published 5 months ago by CollieCottage
1.0 out of 5 stars TERRIBLE PURCHASE
This was a terrible purchase, bought item and delivery was on time, however, the Lens within was not the correct one but the far cheaper one. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Brian Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the best you can get!
Headline says it all, good wide open and super sharp right through the f-stop range. Best at about f5.6 - f8
Published 7 months ago by G R Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Canon EF L lens
Havent really tried it properly yet, but will update when I do.

Good solid build, and weighs a ton! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Miss B Higgins
5.0 out of 5 stars Increased sharpness and extra stabilisation for this upgrade
The mark 1 version of this lens was superb, built to last and a great favourite with professionals and enthusiasts. Read more
Published 9 months ago by I. Giles
5.0 out of 5 stars Best zoom lens out there
Jaw dropping build and image quality, stunning performance, great looks and price. Well, maybe except the last thing. Can't imagine shooting without this wonderful piece of glass. Read more
Published 9 months ago by chris panas
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
No matter how did you say this fantastic len give me incredible influence in my future,just only the higher price prevent me to get it! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rui Sun
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