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Canon lxx-200mm f2.8 IS II

Full-Frame EF
L
USM



(2010-today)

Intro   Specs   Performance   Compared   Usage   Recommendations

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Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II

Catechism EF seventy-200mm f/two.8
50
IS II USM
(covers all formats, metal 77mm filter thread, 4 anxiety/1.2m shut-focus, 52.4 oz./1,485g without collar, about $1,899.) overstate. I got mine at Adorama. I’d also get it at Amazon, at B&H or at Crutchfield.

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L

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NEW
: Canon 100-400mm IS L II,
which focuses closer and generally replaces this lens. I prefer the 100-400 2 considering it focuses closer than any 70-200 lens, f/four.five~5.6 is more fast enough for shooting in any light with digital cameras (f/2.viii was for flick), and I greatly prefer the 200~400mm range in exchange for losing the insignificant 70~100mm range. I wrote this review before the 100-400 II came out. The 100-400 Ii is likewise ultra abrupt and has fantastic bokeh for portraits; focal length (400 versus 200mm) is more of import for defocus than f/stop (f/5.6 vs. f/2.8).

See as well:

Canon seventy-200 Comparing Table.

Catechism seventy-200mm f/2.8L IS (2001-2010)

Canon 70-200mm f/ii.8L (1995-)

Canon 80-200mm f/2.8L (1989-1995)

Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS (2006-)

Catechism 70-200mm f/4L (1999-)



Introduction

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Intro   Specs   Performance   Compared   Usage   Recommendations

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8
Fifty

IS 2 USM is astonishing. It actually is the sharpest zoom I’ve ever tested. Heck, subsequently shooting mostly LEICA for the by couple of years, I forgot that my 5D Mark Two could make images this sharp. This was in 2011; today the new 100-400mm Two has even college MTF curves and is probably meliorate still.

Non only is the 70-200/ii.8 IS 2 sharp, it too has less distortion than any other 70-200mm zoom.

Not just is it sharper and has less distortion than any other tele zoom, it focuses almost instantly. It’s scary: silently and without vibration, things magically just pop into focus.

Every bit we expect, just take hold of the manual focus ring at any time for instant manual focus override.

Information technology’s likewise got Catechism’s fantastic Epitome Stabilization (IS), rated for four stops of comeback. You lot can go out the tripod at home.

No wonder this lens is in every pro’southward bag. For people, weddings, portraits, nature, landscape, and well, anything for which y’all need the best tele zoom y’all tin get, this is the lens if you’re a full-fourth dimension pro. Long zooms are the lenses on which each maker stakes information technology reputation, and they therefore are the very best each maker tin can do. Catechism has spared no expense in making this the best lens they can, and it shows.

For $2,400, Canon graciously throws in not simply caps, merely also the ET-87 hood and very prissy LZ1326 zippered, padded case.

For more casual apply, the Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS costs and weighs a lot less, but if you’re counting every pixel or demand even faster autofocus, this new lens actually does live up to its price. Information technology’due south astounding; it’s the real bargain.

This Canon EF 70-200mm f/two.8
50

IS II USM lens replaces the outset Canon EF lxx-200mm f/2.8
L

IS USM that was introduced in 2001.


Compatibility and Formats

This

50

lens is optimized for 35mm film and total-frame digital, and of class works on i.3x and 1.6x Canon cameras.

This Canon EF EOS lxx-200mm f/2.8
L

IS Two works perfectly with
every
Catechism EOS camera ever made, meaning
every
Canon DSLR and
every
Canon autofocus 35mm camera made since 1987.

This means of course it works great on today’s 5D Marker II and Catechism 7D, but it works only as well on my original Canon EOS 620 from 1987!

As a total-frame lens, this works on all Catechism SLRs, regardless of format. As a professional person lens, I will exist reviewing this lens on full-frame.



Specifications

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Intro   Specs   Operation   Compared   Usage   Recommendations


Proper noun

Catechism calls this the Canon ZOOM LENS EF 70-200mm f/2.8
L

IS Ii USM.

EF
means “electronic focus,” significant that in that location is an autofocus motor in the lens itself. All Canon lenses since 1987 have been EF.


50

merely means every bit expensive equally Fifty; it means nothing technically.

IS
is Image Stabilization, which makes tripod obsolete well-nigh of the time.

II
means that this is the second Canon 70-200/2.eight IS. The earlier one was made from 2001-2010.

USM
ways Ultra-Sonic Motor. This means autofocus is nearly silent, and that you can grab the big focus ring for instant manual focus override at any fourth dimension.


Eyes
       peak

23 (!) elements in xix (!) groups.

1 fluorite and 5 UD elements.

Internal focus and internal zoom; nothing moves externally as focused or zoomed.


Focal Length

70~200mm.

On 1.3x Canon cameras information technology will run across angles-of-view similar to what a ninety~260mm lens would see on a 35mm camera.

On 1.6x Canon cameras it will run across angles-of-view similar to what a 115~320mm lens would see on a 35mm camera.


Angle of View

(on 35mm and full-frame cameras)

34º ~ 12º diagonal.

19.5º ~ 7º vertical.

29º ~ 10º   horizontal.


Close Focus
       pinnacle

4 anxiety (1.2m), specified, from the epitome plane.


Maximum Reproduction Ratio
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1:4.eight.


Epitome Stabilization
       acme

Rated for four stops (16 times) reduction in camera-milkshake induced image mistiness.


Teleconverters

This lens may exist used with either of the Canon EF 1.4x II or Canon EF 2x 2 Teleconverters.


Extension Tubes

Utilise the Catechism EF12 Ii to get close-ups to about ane-quarter life-size at the prototype sensor.

Use the Canon EF25 2 to become close-ups to most 4/ten life-size at the image sensor.


Close-up Lenses

Employ the Canon 500D to go close-ups to nearly 6/x life-size at the image sensor.


Diaphragm
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viii blades.

Stops down to f/32.

Reasonably round upwardly to f/eight, octagonal at f/11 ~ f/32.

Like most SLR lenses, it’s never perfectly symmetrical at the smallest settings.


Difficult Infinity Focus Stop?

       tiptop

No.

You take to let the AF system focus for you at infinity.


Focus Scale
       top

Yeah.

The ring turns from infinity to the closest focus distance in about 120.º


Depth-of-Field Scale
       peak

No.


Infra-Crimson Focus Indices
       top

Yeah, marks for 70mm and 100mm focal lengths.

These marks are for the 800 nm wavelength.


Filter Thread
       pinnacle

77mm.

Metal.

Does not movement, ever.


Size
       pinnacle

Canon specifies three.5″ (88.8mm) bore by 7.8″ (199mm) long.

It doesn’t change size as zoomed.


Weight
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52.385 oz. (i,485.2g), measured without tripod collar.

56.432 oz. (ane,599.85g), measured with collar.

Canon specifies 52.6 oz. (i,490g).


Hood
       pinnacle

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.viii
L
IS Two USM with included ET-87 hood.

enlarge.

$62 plastic bayonet ET-87, included.


Case
       tiptop

Canon LZ1326 case

Canon LZ1326 instance, included.

$60 LZ1326 zippered, padded case, included.

It’s squeamish: the dual zippers are connected, and if y’all pull them down, Velcro at the acme can keep it airtight.


Caps
       top

Standard 77mm ET-77U front, included.

Standard EOS cap rear.


Introduced
       top

05 January 2010.


Quality
       top

Made in Nippon.


Price, U.s.

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$one,899, Apr 2018.

$1,949, October 2017.

$ane,899, June 2017.

$1,999, Christmas 2015.

$2,200 afterward rebate, Christmas 2014.

$2,200 later on rebate, May 2013.

$ii,400, October 2011.

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II

Box, Canon lxx-200/ii.eightFifty
IS 2
(7 ten vii x 12″ / 185 x 185 x 300mm).


Performance
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Intro   Specs   Functioning   Compared   Usage   Recommendations

Overall    Autofocus    Bokeh   Animate   Colour   Distortion

Ergonomics   Falloff    Filters     Lateral Color Fringes

Mechanics   Sharpness   Spherochromatism   Sunstars


Overall





functioning      top

The Canon lxx-200mm f/ii.8 L IS II is optically and mechanically superb.

Information technology’s too large, heavy and expensive.

If you’re a pro, you’ve already got one either in your bag, or on your wish list.


Autofocus





performance      elevation

Autofocus is fast and silent.

It always seems instantaneous.

Machine/Manual Switching

Merely take hold of the focus band at any time for instant manual-focus override.

Merely move the AF-MF switch to MF if yous want to disable the camera from car focusing.

AF Speed

AF is
fast!, every bit Canons always are.

It’s really
faster
than the 70-200mm f/4 IS L and many other Catechism lenses.

The AF motor is silent. All you’ll hear is some internal sliding.

AF Accuracy and Consistency

I saw no autofocus error on my Canon 5D Mark II.

Especially at f/2.eight, all my shots are expressionless-on perfect at every focal length.

Yep!

Manual Focus

Manual focus is easy; just take hold of the band at any time.

Information technology takes only 120º to become from end-to-end of the focus scale.


Bokeh





functioning      top

Bokeh, the quality of out-of-focus areas equally opposed to the degree of defocus, is
beautiful. Backgrounds merely cook away, regardless of the zoom setting.


Focus Breathing

performance      top

Focus breathing (the paradigm irresolute size equally focused) is mostly of involvement to cinematographers who don’t want the image changing size (“breathing”) as the lens is focused amongst unlike subjects.

The image from the Catechism 70-200mm f/2.viii

L

always gets larger as focused more closely.


Color Rendition


performance      acme

The color balance of this 70-200mm f/two.eight L IS II seems to match my other Canon EF lenses.


Baloney





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The Canon seventy-200mm f/2.eight USM has less distortion than whatever other moderate tele zoom I’ve ever tested.

Information technology’south got some barrel distortion at 70mm and some pincushion baloney at 200mm, simply never very much at whatsoever setting.

For critical use, apply these values in Photoshop’s Lens Distortion tool to remove it:

at 10′ (3m)

Full-Frame

ane.6x

70mm

+1.5

+1.0

100mm

0.0

0.0

135mm

-ane.0

0.0

200mm

-1.five

0.0

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Ergonomics





performance      top

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II

Canon 70-200/2.viiiL
Ii USM.
enlarge.

This is a big, fat, heavy lens optimized for a man’south hands.

The zoom and focus rings can be moved with 1 fingertip, but it takes some attempt. They work much ameliorate if you tin can go your manus effectually them. The zoom feels as if it’s working through a geartrain!

There are a lot more than switches than just the AF-MF slider on the side. Canon has included various ridges then that you can differentiate them past feel.


Falloff

(darkened corners)



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Falloff is visible at f/ii.8 at the long end, and gone by f/4. It’s non visible at the short end.

My Canon 5D Marker II (as of firmware 2.0.four) doesn’t have the information to right this automatically in its Peripheral Illumination Correction menu pick. If you get discover the information and load it into your camera (I’m also lazy), it should correct for this automatically.

I’ve greatly exaggerated this by shooting a flat grey target and presenting it confronting a gray background.


Canon lxx-200mm f/2.eight 50 II falloff on full-frame

No peripheral illumination correction

f/2.8

f/4

f/five.6

70mm
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 falloff

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 falloff

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 falloff
100mm
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 falloff

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 falloff

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 falloff
135mm
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 falloff

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 falloff

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 falloff
200mm
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 falloff

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 falloff

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 falloff

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Filters, Use with





functioning      tiptop

Filters are easy.

The sturdy and precise metal threads don’t move, and there isn’t whatsoever problem with vignetting. Feel free to apply thick rotating filters. There is no need for expensive “sparse” polarizers.


Lateral Colour Fringes





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At that place are no lateral color fringes as seen on my Catechism 5D Marker II at 135mm and 200mm.

At 100mm in that location is a tiny bit of green/magenta color fringing.

At 70mm there is a little greenish/magenta colour fringing.


Mechanics


operation      top

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8

Rear, Canon 70-200 f/ii.eight
L.
enlarge.

The Canon 70-200mm f/ii.8 L IS II is quite different from Catechism’s usual plastic lenses in the under-$2,000 bin. This animate being feels more similar it comes from Canon’due south professional TV camera lens division: it’s about all metal and built like a tank.

Canon claims good dust and rain sealing, and I believe them. Sports pros shoot this out in the pelting all the time, although you won’t find me out in that location!


Filter Threads

Metal.


Hood Mount

Metal.


Identity Ring

Metallic.


Fore Butt

Plastic.


Focus Ring

Metallic, rubber-covered.


Mid-barrel

Plastic.


Internals

Seem like metal.


Zoom Band

Metal, rubber-covered.


Rear barrel

Metallic.


Moisture seal at mount

Yes.


Mount

Chromed metal.


Markings

Paint.


Series Number

Engraved into lesser of lens butt and filled with black pigment.


Date Code

Yes, hot-stamped into the rear light shield.

Meet Canon Date Codes to find your lens’ altogether.

This sample is stamped UY0100, pregnant Jan 2010.


Noises When Shaken

Moderately loud rattling and clunking.


Made in

Japan.


Sharpness





functioning      height

Lens sharpness doesn’t matter much, but information technology sure distracts amateurs who misfile lens sharpness with picture sharpness.

As shot on the 5D Mark Ii under test conditions at infinity, the Canon 70-200mm f/2.viii 50 IS II is the sharpest zoom I’ve always tested, especially at f/two.8.

The sharpness of the 70-200mm f/2.viii L IS Two doesn’t vary much except from diffraction at f/eleven and smaller. It’southward just equally abrupt and contrasty at f/ii.8 in the heart as it is at f/8.

The biggest detriments to sharpness will be camera milk shake, subject area motion and oestrus shimmer.

Here are Canon’south claimed MTF curves, which hold with what I meet:

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 MTF

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 MTF

Canon’s MTF Curves.


Spherochromatism

performance      height

I see no spherochromatism

Spherochromatism, misnamed “color bokeh” by laymen, is when out-of-focus highlights take on color fringes. The Catechism 70-200/2.viii
L
‘southward out-of-focus highlights have no color fringes.

Spherochromatism is a completely different aberration from lateral color fringes.


Sunstars





operation      superlative

With its mostly rounded eight-bladed diaphragm, this Catechism 70-200mm f/2.8
50

IS Ii shouldn’t make much in the manner of sunstars at well-nigh apertures. At the smallest apertures, wait boring Catechism-standard viii-pointed sunstars on brilliant points of light.



Compared

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Intro   Specs   Functioning   Compared   Usage   Recommendations

This 70-200mm is the choice of the pros because of its superior mechanics, instant autofocus, fast f/2.8 speed and of course ultra sharpness at every setting.


New:


Best lxx-200mm f/2.8 Lenses Compared
22 Apr 2018


Versus the 70-200/iv IS

It’due south so sharp that it’s sharper at f/2.8 than the 70-200/four IS is at f/iv.

The 70-200/iv IS is popular with lazy people like me who don’t want to carry this huge f/2.viii brute, but for the people willing to acquit it, it’south sharper, tougher, has less distortion and is faster to focus than the 70-200/4 IS.


Versus the previous 70-200/2.8L IS

This new II lens focuses more closely, forth with 10 years of other optical innovations. If you lot already ain the previous lens, nothing is forcing you to ain the best, just you should.

See Is Information technology Worth Information technology.


Canon 70-200mm Comparison Table

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70-200/2.8 IS II

70-200/ii.viii IS

lxx-200/two.8

70-200/4 IS

seventy-200/4

80-200/two.8

Anni

2010-

2001-2010

1995-

2006-

1999-

1989-1995

Max. Aperture


f/2.8


f/ii.8


f/2.8

f/four

f/4


f/2.viii

Stabilization


IS


IS

none


IS

none

none

Close focus

4’/1.2m

4.vi’/1.4m

5’/1.5m

4’/1.2m

iv’/one.2m

5.9’/one.8m

Filter

77mm

77mm

77mm

67mm

67mm

72mm

Filter Threads


Metal


Metal


Metallic

plastic

plastic


Metal

Zoom Feel

Slow and damped

Dull and damped

Slow and damped

A fast flick

Fast

A fast flick

Sharpness

Extreme

Very skillful

Excellent

Splendid

Very good

Excellent

Distortion (W~T)

+1.five ~ -i.5

+2.5 ~ -1.5

+2 ~ -2

+ii.three ~ -2.5

+ii ~ -2

+ii ~ -one.5

Materials

Mostly metal

More often than not metallic

Mostly metal

Metal and plastic

Metal and plastic


All Metal

Hood

Clumsy, but tough, bayonet

Clumsy, but tough, bayonet

Impuissant, just tough, bayonet

Impuissant, merely tough, bayonet

Impuissant, but tough, bayonet

Convenient, but lighter, snap-on

Tripod collar ergonomics

Impuissant

Clumsy

Impuissant

optional

optional


Brilliant!

Weight west/neckband if included

one,600g

1,471g

1,370g


756g


711g

1,412g

Price, 11/2011

$two,400

$1,600 used

$1,375

$i,225

$675

$750 used

Price, iv/2012

$two,500

$1,700 used

$i,450

$one,349

$710

$760 used

Toll, 4/2018

$ane,899

$900 used

$1,249

$1,099

$599

$460 used

Best for

Full-time pros.

Pros on a budget.

Tripod use, action and sports pros.

Nature and mural shots in the field without tripod.

Budget tripod, sports or family shooters demanding loftier quality.

Tripod employ, activity and sports pros.



Usage

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Intro   Specs   Performance   Compared   Usage   Recommendations

Canon 70-200/2.8 IS II

Canon seventy-200/2.8 IS L Ii.
bigger.


Focus Limiter

(tiptop switch)

Leave it in the “1.2m ~ ∞” position.

The “ii.5m ~ ∞” position prevents the lens from focusing any closer than 2.5 meters (8 feet). You might apply this if you lot’re shooting action at a altitude and the lens is wasting time trying to focus this close and back looking for things.


AF – MF Switch

Exit this in AF. Just grab the focus ring at any time for instant manual-focus override.

Only set it to MF if you want it to exist locked into transmission focus.


Paradigm Stabilizer

Leave this on. Information technology eliminates camera shake for sharper pictures. It replaces a tripod, except indoors or at dark.

The stabilizer works even when using a monopod.

The only time to turn it off is if you’re on a very sturdy tripod.

The stabilizer even works with the Canon EF ane.4x II and Canon EF 2x II teleconverters, and the Canon EF12 II and Canon EF25 II extension tubes.


Stabilizer Mode

Presuming you accept the Stabilizer ON:

Manner one
is the usual fashion. Information technology lets the stabilizer to exercise the best task of keeping the picture sharp. It lets the stabilizer work in all directions.

Manner 2
is only for panning shots where y’all desire a motion-blurred background. It disables the stabilizer from working in the direction in which you are panning.


Tripod Collar

Utilize this simply if you lot’re using a monopod. With Image Stabilization, you don’t need a tripod.

I’d loosen the collar’s knob, rotate the collar, pull it off towards the rear of the lens, and go out it in the box.



Recommendations

       superlative

Intro   Specs   Performance   Compared   Usage   Recommendations

As of 2015, I prefer the Catechism 100-400mm IS L Two considering information technology has more reach and it focuses more closely.

Every bit of 2011 when I wrote near of this review before the 100-400 II came out, the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS Ii was a favorite lens of thousands of professional photographers because of its fabulous optics, instant autofocus and tough mechanics.

It’s heavy and expensive. Its performance and immovability are what earn information technology a spot in most pro’s bags. There is no improve zoom for your Canon.

Personally, every bit an outdoor nature and mural shooter, I’m as well lazy to want to haul this beast around the woods with me. I own the 70-200mm f/4 IS for when I want a zoom, and use the EF 100mm f/2 for when I tin forgo a zoom and want fantastic optics in an even smaller package.

This 70-200/ii.8 II is for very serious photographers and full-time pros who volition be spending more time shooting with this lens than carrying it around their necks.

Seeing how Amazon’due south customer reviews are besides nearly 100% five-stars, information technology’s non just me who loves this seventy-200/2.viii II. Anybody does!

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Ken.

More than Data:

Canon’due south seventy-200/ii.8 L II Educational activity Manual.

Canon, USA’s data.


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