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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Lens Highly Recommend, 29 Dec. 2010
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This review is from: Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS II USM Lens (Camera)
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.

Summary:
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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Initial post: 31 May 2011 01:11:00 BDT
J. Black says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 13 Aug 2011 15:22:43 BDT
I. Wilson says:
It's right there in the product details : 1.5kg.

It took me about 2.5 seconds to find this out, and yet it probably took you about 2 minutes to type and post your criticism instead.

Do the math, as they say.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Sep 2011 19:50:49 BDT
D. Ballam says:
The technical specifications of the lenses are published by Canon, and reproduced by Amazon. Having looked at these myself, what I want from a review is precisely a subjective point of view (there is, after all, no point repeating facts and figures that are already published). I KNOW the weight, the focal length, max aperture etc. I wouldn't have gone to the customer reviews unless I knew these things. What I want to know is what it's like to use, how it feels, the performance it gives, how impressed the user is with it. In this context, "wow" perfectly summarises a qualitative judgement that raw numbers alone can never convey. But it's all a matter of what you look for, in both a product and a review. There's room for all honest and sensible styles of reporting, surely. Best wishes :)

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Posted on 12 May 2013 19:31:15 BDT
H. Mägi says:
why people always belive they are getting extra reach with crop sensor
you wont, all u get is smaller wiew of angel, thats all
its like cropping fullframe in your pc
yes crop sensor has more pixels but it has also more noise
i prefer anytime less noise
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