Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L EF USM Review Round-Up


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Photo Zone:

Very similar to its IS enabled cousin the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 USM L is an impressive piece of lens with superb build quality combined with an excellent optical performance which is, in fact, slightly better than in the rest of the family and comparable to the best fix-focals in its range. So if you can live without IS (which is, however, darn attractive in its 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS incarnation) there’re still good reasons to go for this superb lens! READ FULL REVIEW

Other Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L EF USM Reviews

Photo Review

Built like a tank and ultra-responsive, Canon’s EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens is a great tool for fashion, wedding, portrait and event photographers and a good match for full frame DSLRs like the EOS-1Ds Mark II and EOS 5D. The addition of Canon’s second-generation image stabilisation technology adds $1,180 to its price tag but gives photographers up to three stops of exposure compensation, which is useful when flash is not permitted. READ FULL REVIEW

Luminous Landscape

Recommended without reservation. READ FULL REVIEW

Digital Picture

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM Lens is a middle child in the very popular Canon L Series 70-200mm family. Action sports photography is one of the more popular uses for the non-IS Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM Lens as IS cannot stop subject action and f/2.8 is as fast as any EF zoom lens Canon makes. Portrait photography, street photography, a walk in the park, a day at the beach and other similar uses are perfect for the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM Lens. If you need a lens in the 70-200mm focal length range that is faster than f/4, but can’t afford or don’t need IS, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM Lens is perfect for you. This is an excellent lens. READ FULL REVIEW

Autofocus with these lenses is nearly instant. This makes the 70-200s great lenses for street photography, even if somewhat obtrusive. These lenses are so good in terms of flare, contrast, and sharpness that it is tough to find anything to criticize. However, if you look at Lens Work II, the book of optical formulae published by Canon, it is pretty clear that any of the prime telephotos (including special-purpose lenses like the 100 macro and the 135 SF) outperform the 70-200 in terms of modulation transfer function (resolution/contrast). READ FULL REVIEW

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