Worth it if You're Looking at Hauling Around Your Camera for Hours on End
While it's true that
this zoom lens will never "grow up to be" the f/2.8 70-200, at half the weight and half the cost, it's worth it if you're looking at
hauling around your camera
for hours on end.
Canon has created a harmony of features making it the all purpose middle of the
line L lens that is almost as affordable as the 70-300 IS, yet with the weather-proofing, durable build, optical performance, and tack sharpness close to the 70-200 f/2.8.
This is a high-performance, L-series
telephoto zoom lens combining light weight and compactness with an f/4 maximum aperture. Inner focusing and the ring
USM enable quick and quiet
autofocusing. Also, a circular
polarizing filter can be attached and used without difficulty because the front lens element does not rotate during focusing. The tripod collar (sold separately) is the same one used with the EF 300mm f/4L USM.
If you need a
low light lens, this isn't it. If your primary objective is to take pictures in
available light situations such as
concerts, then get the
70-200mm IS f/2.8 or the 70-200mm f/2.8 instead.
Like all L
series lenses, this one is built extremely solid. It may feel fairly large and bulky to those who haven't used L series lenses before. The extra bulk is
comes from higher quality glass and the use of more durable materials (metal vs. plastic).
70-200mm telephoto zoom lens with f/4 maximum aperture for Canon SLR cameras
• Inner focusing system and ring-type ultra-sonic monitor for quick and quiet autofocusing
• Compatible with same tripod collar (sold separately) as EF 300mm f/4L USM lens
• 3.9-foot close-focusing distance; supports use of circular polarizing filter
• Measures 3 inches in diameter and 6.8 inches long; weighs 25 ounces; 1-year warranty