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

Looking to find more information regarding the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM? Read our latest review to learn more about the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM, its specifications, and if it’s a good camera lens for you.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Overview

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is a telephoto zoom lens that was released in January 2010. It’s a part of Canon’s L series of lenses, and it succeeds the original Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens. The biggest difference between the two lenses is that the Canon EF 70-200mm f/28L IS II USM has one fluorite and five UD elements, while the original lens only has four UD elements.

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/28L IS II USM also has a new optical image stabilization system with Mode III, which is designed to reduce camera shake when shooting at slower shutter speeds or when zooming in.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Specifications

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM was first announced on 01/01/2010 with a Canon EF mount type. Below is a summary of this lens’s specifications: 

Indicative Price: $2499Zoom Type: Ring
Release Date: 01/01/2010Mount Type: Canon EF
Focal Range: 70-200mmTripod Mount: Yes
Aperture: F/2.8Colors Available: White
Filter Diameter (millimeters): 77Full-Time Manual Focus: Yes
Maximum Diameter (millimeters): 88.8Number Of Lenses: 23
AF Motor: USMLength (millimeters): 199
Stabilization: YesWeight (grams): 1490

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Performance

In terms of performance, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is a great camera lens. It has a fast and accurate autofocus, and it’s very sharp, even when used at its maximum aperture of f/28. The image stabilization system also works well, allowing you to take sharp photos at slower shutter speeds or when zoomed in.

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/28L IS II USM also has very good build quality, with a weather-resistant design that makes it resistant to dust and moisture. The only downside is that the Canon EF 70-200mm f/28L IS II USM is a bit heavy, weighing in at 1490 grams.

Build and Handling Quality

The build and handling quality of the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is very good. The lens is made of high-quality materials, and it feels solid and well-built. The weather-resistant design is also a nice touch, as it makes the lens resistant to dust and moisture.

Autofocus Performance

Autofocus is fast and accurate, with no hunting or hesitation. The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM also has full-time manual focus, which is a nice feature to have.

Sharpness

Sharpness is excellent, even when used at its maximum aperture of f/2.8. The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is also very good at handling chromatic aberration and distortion.

Image Stabilization

The image stabilization system works well, allowing you to take sharp photos at slower shutter speeds or when zoomed in.

Distortions / Aberrations 

There is very little distortion or chromatic aberration.

Vignetting / Color Fringing

There is some vignetting at the edges of the frame when used at its maximum aperture of f/28, but it’s not excessive.

Image Quality

The image quality of the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is very good. The lens is sharp, even at its maximum aperture of f/28. The image stabilization system also works well, allowing you to take sharp photos at slower shutter speeds or when zoomed in.

Bokeh

The bokeh is creamy and smooth, with no harsh edges.

How Does The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Score? 

Below are the lens metric scores we’ve measured for this specific lens: 

  • Performance and Image Quality: 10/10
  • Features: 9/10
  • Bokeh: 8/10
  • Build Quality: 9/10
  • AutoFocus Quality: 8/10
  • Handling: 7/10
  • Value: 8/10

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Pros and Cons

Below are some of the pros and cons regarding this lens. 

Pros:

  • Fast and accurate autofocus
  • Very sharp
  • Good build quality
  • Weather-resistant design

Cons: 

  • Heavy weight
  • Price is high

Other Comparable Lenses

Below are other comparable lenses to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM.

Tamron SP 70-200mm f/28 Di VC USD G

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM and the Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G are both great camera lenses. They both have fast and accurate autofocus, and they’re both very sharp. The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM has a slightly better build quality, with a weather-resistant design that makes it resistant to dust and moisture. However, the Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G is a bit lighter, weighing in at 1430 grams.

Sigma 70-200mm F/28 DG OS HSM Sports

The Sigma 70-200mm F/28 DG OS HSM Sports is another great camera lens. It has a fast and accurate autofocus, and it’s very sharp. The image stabilization system also works well, allowing you to take sharp photos at slower shutter speeds or when zoomed in.

Sigma 70-200mm F/28 DG OS HSM

The Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports and the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM are both great camera lenses. They both have fast and accurate autofocus, and they’re both very sharp. The image stabilization system also works well on both lenses, allowing you to take sharp photos at slower shutter speeds or when zoomed in. The Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports is a bit lighter, weighing in at 1350 grams, but the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM has a slightly better build quality, with a weather-resistant design that makes it resistant to dust and moisture.

Conclusion

Overall, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is a great camera lens. It has fast and accurate autofocus, excellent sharpness, and a good build quality. It’s also weather-resistant, making it resistant to dust and moisture. The only downside is the price, which is high for this camera lens. However, if you can afford it, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is a great choice.