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

by admin on March 30, 2010

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens

The Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L telephoto zoom lens incorporates high quality “L series” optics into a well built frame and package that impresses action photographers and those looking to take advantage of the versatility of the popular 70-200mm focal length range. It is one of several Canon “L series” lenses in the 70-200mm focal length range.This model offers a very fast maximum aperture and lacks the image stabilization feature of its more expensive counterparts.

Alike all of the telephoto lenses in the 70-200mm series, this lens delivers impeccable image quality, sharpness and contrast. Photographers love the vivid colors and warm hues that come from “L series” glass.The all around excellent quality of this lens (and others in the Canon line like it) have drawn photographers to utilize it for a variety of innovate applications.

Instead of use as a fast action photography lenses, photographers have begun to implement the 70-200mm line as landscape, portrait and general walk around lenses. Use of a longer focal length in these innovative ways brings a creative twist to old practices. Regardless your photographic style or tastes, you are sure to find an application that requires the all around quality of the 70-200mm f/2.8L telephoto zoom lens.

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L Features

  • Telephoto Zoom Lens
  • Focal length: 70-200mm
  • Maximum aperture of f/2.8
  • Filter Size: 77mm
  • Optics: 18 Elements in 15 Groups
  • Canon Micro UltraSonic Motor (USM) provides fast and accurate focusing.
  • Weight: 1310g
  • Canon EF Mount
  • Removable tripod bush on lens

What Users Like About This Lens

Photographers praise the non-IS 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens for its high quality build characteristics. As with all “L series” lenses, Canon took great efforts to insure that this lens will function through years of utilitarian use. Many feel that the sharpness of images produced across the entire range of this lens is unmatched.

Images from the 70-200mm have little chromatic aberration and shine clear and crisp from corner to corner. Focusing is also noted as a plus by many who use this lens for action photography. As a final note, a small group of photographers recommends this lens over the more expensive IS version.

These observers note that while less expensive, the 70-200mm f/2.8L non-IS telephoto delivers better results in regular lighting conditions. This may be due to the fact that image stabilization requires more optical elements. In the image stabilized version these extra elements might detract from the quality of the image.

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What Users Don’t Like About This Lens

There are only two downsides to the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L telephoto zoom lens. First, it does not have image stabilization. While shooting in low light conditions, image shake will occur while handholding. The benefit to this is that image stabilization does not stop motion anyway and as many use the 70-200mm focal length for action photography having IS does not always help; subjects in action photography are always in motion. Second, this lens is not weather sealed.

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Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L Sample Photos

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