Everything From Studio Portraits
to Fast-action Sports
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM lens. Possibly the most admired focal lengths in the Canon telephoto arsenal and the lens is a staple for every professional Canon photographer, this EF 70-200mm lens provides the maximum aperture, focal length along with zoom power for acquiring everything from studio portraits to fast-action sports.
Designed for the professional photographer, the body structure has been improved to supply better durability and power without a substantial weight increase.
Canon has improved the optical performance by integrating a fluorite element, re-engineering the internal elements, and adding a fifth UD lens element. Using a fluorite lens element along with five UD elements assists in
diminishing secondary chromatic aberrations
while delivering better picture quality with much better resolution and contrast throughout the total zoom range; the bottom line is an optically accurate lens worthy of being the leader of the Canon L-series lenses.
In addition to its upgraded optical elements, its new lens layout
features improved autofocus speed with a fresh focusing algorithm and the minimum focus distance has been reduced to just 3.9 feet through the total zoom range, letting photographers acquire tighter portraits in a petite studio area. The minimum focus distance for the previous version was approximately 4.6 feet, whereas photographers can now stand almost 8 inches nearer to their subjects and attain sharp focus along with tight crops.
Canon has also improved the Image Stabilization by letting it counteract for shutter speeds as much as four steps less than the 1/focal length, one step enhancement over the prior lens model.
Optics has always been Canon's core, and they are challenging ourselves constantly to create more advanced and better optical systems for their customers. This new lens incorporates the latest innovations in Canon lens engineering from the previous few years and has packaged it into what they believe will become the most in-demand lens ever for advanced and professional photographers.
The improved magnesium alloy barrel layout of this new lens provides additional strength with a only a minimum 20-gram weight increase compared with the prior version, 1490grams compared to 1470g and preserves Canon's protective fittings and seals providing water and dust resistance for photographers shooting in adverse environments.
A new lens front bayonet mount incorporates a locking device to insure the lens hood stays securely in place. Other improvements worth discussing include a wider focus ring, and slimmer design by cutting down the thickness of protruding elements like the switch panel. This lens is also well-matched with the Canon EF1.4X II - EF2X II telephoto Extenders along with EF Extension Tubes plus also the 77mm 500D Close-Up Lens.
There is also a supplied tripod collar that is detachable plus a reversible lens hood along with a lens pouch. All said and done, the 70-200 is a remarkable lens and will carry on as a member of or the better lenses in the Canon lineup of professional lenses.
If you really want it and you can afford to get it without mortgaging your house, then go ahead and get it, although as always, do the extensive research and weigh your all options before purchasing any lens in this price range.