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This review is from: Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS II USM Lens (Accessory)
I am thinking of buying one of these lenses but like others did prior to buying theirs, I am baulking at the price. So for a recent 2 hour photoshoot I hired one. Simply amazing, absolutely fantabulous. When I first put it on my 40D and took a few shots I thought there was something wrong with it as I couldn't hear the motors for the AF as they were so quiet and smooth sounding. I have a kit Canon 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM lens which isn't the quietest or smoothest lens in operation. Back to the big boy, it did feel heavy but I knew it would be, but as I continued to use it, shooting outdoors in a beautiful garden, stunning models, nice sunshie with this baby in my hands I thought life can't get much better!!! The weight of it quickly became a non issue for me as I got used to it pretty much straight away. I needed the IS just to stop me shaking it was taking such good shots. I did try hand holding on 200mm zoom, but I like to shoot on my monopod where possible to get maximum sharpness with my kit lens, so put this lens on my monopod too. The pics it has given me take your breath away. The shots I have are like magazine shots. Knowing you have such a good lens enables you to concentrate on other aspects of a shot. There were a few other other photographers with me on the photoshoot and when they saw this lens they looked like rabbits caught in headlight beams. They quickly got out my way to let me take my shots! It was surreal. The shots I took are absolutely superb. The day was bright and sunny, some shots under trees so dappled shade in some shots, beautiful autumn colours, long shadows, but the lens wasn't fazed one bit getting perfect focus and rich colours across the range of colours, highlights and shadows. Wide open at f2.8 the bokeh is smooth and sets the subject apart from the out of focus back ground. Truly exceptional image quality. I also took some shots in the fog and mist at end of the next day and the images I have got are sublime. Unfortunately at the end of the weekend I had to give it back and then I woke up, no it wasn't a dream unfortunately, as I am now back to using my Canon kit lens 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM which is very mediocre in comparison. In fact it is a lens from an earlier era. The only analogy I can think of to describe the performance of this lens is if say, back in the 1920s, people could drive a modern car even if it were merely a Ford Focus not even a Ferrari F455, they would be absolutely blown away. Well this is what this Canon 70-200 f2.8L Mk2 is like now compared to other lenses. It is in a totally different league to any other lens I have used or know of even with the x1.6 factor using the Canon 40D which gives it an amazing 112-320mm zoom range. Simply superb! I am now saving. Some stuff I haven't used for ages will have to go to pay for this lens as I can't go back to using my old kit lens.
The only gripe I have is that Canon ONLY GIVE IT A ONE YEAR WARRANTY which for a Pro lens costing just over £1,700 is frankly pathetic. It might be extremely well made such that it is indestructible, durable, etc, but only a one year warranty is no where near enough Canon. On a lens of this calibre Canon should at least offer a 3 year warranty or the option to purchase an extended Canon warranty. Then Canon would really be able to justify the price they ask for it. For this is the only reason why I would consider the corresponding Nikon pro lens 70-200 f2.8 G ED VR 2 as Nikon give a two year warranty as STANDARD. This is an excellent lens as well. Also the Nikon 24-70mmf2.8 G ED is better than the corresponding Canon 24-70mm f2.8L lens. But if you want the best zoom lens on the planet then it has to be the Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS USM Mk2.