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Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2.8 L USM Lens
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- High quality utility lens for pros and enthusiasts alike
- Focuses down to 1.5 m/4.92 ft
- Switch between auto-focus and manual operation
- Comes with 1 year manufacturer's warranty
- Filter size: 77 mm
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Style: EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM
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Zoom lenses are very convenient. The equivalent of two or more fixed focal length lenses in one unit. The maximum aperture of some zoom lenses changes as you alter the focal length, but through-the-lens (TTL) metering takes this into account to give correct exposure. One of the finest telephoto zoom lenses in the EF line, comparable to a single focal length lens. It has four UD-glass elements to correct chromatic aberrations. The enhance designed multiple zoom groups for inner focusing bring high image quality throughout the entire zooming range. Compatible with Extender EF 1.4x and 2x.
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The lens is very well constructed - faithfully stands up to what the magical letter 'L' denotes.
a) Barrel: The lens barrel and the mount are made of metal. The barrel is painted in off-white and bears the adorable red ring at the end. The lens is sure to make heads turn but when you look at the pictures that this lens take, you would forget to notice the attention you are getting.
b) Rings: The zoom ring feels smooth and softly damped when turning. Unlike some non-L series lens, the ring does not stutter/lock when it is turned from its initial position. There is no backlash between the rings (zoom and focus) and the lens barrel.
c) Switches: There are 2 switches, one for selecting the focussing mode (auto/manual) and other to select the focus range (1.2m-infinity and 3m-infinity). The use of former switch is self explanatory. The latter switch is used based on the distance between the camera and the subject. This helps the lens to focus quickly depending on the situation. Please bear with me while I try to explain. If the subject is present within 3m from the camera, the first position (1.2m-infinity) is selected. In this mode, the lens starts to attain focus from minimum focus distance to the subject. Else, the other position (3m-infinity) is used. In this mode, the focus range of 1.2m to 3m is ignored and the lens starts to focus from 3m onwards thereby reducing the time required to attain focus on the subject. Many would be aware of it, however it is better to let the others know about it.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
The focus can be set to 3m to infinity or 1.2m to infinity. The shorter length is very good for close ups of flowers or similar. If its left on 1.2m it may hunt when trying to focus. You can also set to manual focus.
One issue with the lens is back focus, if you are shooting at something when there is a bright, or high-contrast background, you may find the camera has focussed on the background.
I use my 70-200 f4 on an EOS20D, I have taken thousands of shots with that combination, photogrphing; cricket, riding, birds, flowers, people, aircraft and stars. Other than the minor issue of back focus, I have had trouble free shooting. The lens is well worth getting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good lens for the money but be aware without IS it's quite hard to get good pictures in low light.Published 3 months ago by Rob
After procrastinating for quite some time because I do have a large range of Canon lenses for my cameras, cost etc I took the plunge and bought this. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Redman
I have never been so happy to have cheaped-out on a lens, with just one caveat. The big sacrifice with this is that there is no image stabilisation. Read morePublished 5 months ago by KBC Photography
Why would you buy this lens for 500 pounds when there are many 70-200 L f4 is second hand for less. Buy this lens now and you will be trying to sell it within a year to buy the is... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tristam Stafford Langan
Great lens producing significantly better results than the Sigma equivalent it replaced.Published 6 months ago by John Henderson