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This review is from: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM Lens (Accessory)
As with all Canon L series lenses, the quality of this lens is outstanding. Images are detailed, crisp and sharp but the real power of this lens is the bokah (blur) it generates, it's beautifully smooth allowing your subject to really pop out.
I am a wedding and portrait photographer and use a canon 10-20mm , a 24-105L (another superb lens) together with this beauty. These are all top quality lenses but this one is my preferred choice for those gorgeous portraits with soft blur.
This lens gives me an extra two stops of light over the 24-105 in low light circumstances and I find that I can generally keep the shutter speed up to 1/250 to avoid camera shake without too much difficulty. I have had to boost the ISO to 1600 in darker churches , but noise at this level is acceptable and a quick blast through Lightroom can virtually eradicate noise without effecting the sharpness too much. The addition of a monopod or tripod completely solves any low light problems.
In full light however , this lens is unbelievable, images are breathtaking and you will be delighted
In fairness however if your are reading this review you are probably trying to make a decision between this lens, the f4 version of the same and the more expensive IS version
What you decide to purchase depends largely on how often you are likely to have to work in poor light without flash - I would stick with either f2.8 versions if you have to go without flash, and of course if you can afford the IS version then go for it, if your work is mainly outdoors or flash assisted then this is your man. You need to assess how often you work in low light and set that against your budget, I would say that this f2.8 is probably the same capability in poor light as the IS f4 but you will probably get another 2 stops from the f2.8 IS , but you will pay another £600-700 for that one
There is a fair bit of weight to this lens, add it to a camera with a battery grip and you are lugging a few pounds around, I carry two cameras, but attach the 24-105l to a batty gripped camera, and attach this to a body only, I did have it with battery grip body but found shooting with it for several hours to be a bit of a strain. But you would expect that with two cameras wouldn't you !
I wouldn't have too much issue to work for a while with just this lens and camera, it does weigh a bit but its manageable and the images produced are well worth it - I just wouldn't take it on holiday
Invest in a decent monopod and problem is solved
Whichever lens you go for, this one is worth every penny of the near £1000 price tag and is a safe purchase and if you decide that this meets your needs I can tell you that your money will have been well spent .If your field is portraits in the outdoors then you cannot live without this lens........I am so fond of it , I'm thinking of giving her a name