Canon EF 70-200 mm F/2.8 L IS USM Lens Reviews

Canon EF 70-200 mm F/2.8 L IS USM Lens

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  • Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM - No Compromises. Period.

    Sep 7, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Image Quality; Fast Constant Aperture; 3-Stop Canon Image Stabilizer; Ring USM; Built Like a Tank
    Cons: Heavy; Works with Canon Extenders with FULL Functionality; Off-White Color Attracts Thieves; Softer Wide Open?

    Summary: Note: This excellent lens has been replaced in the Canon line-up by the new and improved Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM II. Is it worth purchasing over this lens ... read more

  • My new favorite lens

    Feb 8, 2010 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: f/2.8 max aperture and IS are a great combination.
    Cons: Heavy, and you'll want at least one teleconverter to extend its reach.

    Summary: The Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM is a wonderful, wonderful telephoto lens.  It's sharp, it's quick to focus, and it's quiet.  I absolutely love it.When I first put my Canon kit together in 2006, I had already spent $3,000 on ... read more

  • A star lens

    May 27, 2009 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: professional quality, fast, durable, incredible quality shots
    Cons: heavy, expensive

    Summary: I purchased this lens in February of 2008 and have been shooting with it ever since. I am not a professional photographer by any stretch of imagination. I picked it up as a hobby two years ago. The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM allows me to take ... read more

  • Great value

    Mar 7, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Light
    Solid Build
    Fast AF
    Sharp at any aperture and focal length
    Cons: Tripod collar not included

    Summary: by David Tong We reviewed the venerable flagship m/?p=573 a couple of weeks ago with favorable but slightly reserved recommendation due to price and weight factors. This week, I bring you a review of it's smaller and ... read more

  • Incredible Lens

    Aug 18, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Sharp, image Stabilization is fantastic, good aperture
    Cons: can be heavy

    Summary: I highly recommend this lens! I upgraded from the Canon 70-200 F/4 L lens to this one and haven't regretted the change. I find that the 2.8 aperture is great for my needs! I can shoot indoor sports with much more ease and not have to do so much post ... read more

  • Sharp Lens

    Aug 18, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Sharp, looks professional
    Cons: Can sometimes get too much attention, aperture not always enough in low light

    Summary: I purchased this lens as it was, at the time, the only L series lens I could afford. Although many people like the attention that white body has, I personally found it at times an annoyance however. When you are at a kids sports game, it tends to get a ... read more

  • Its all about the image!

    Jul 17, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Image quality, fast focus, image stabilization, It's White!
    Cons: None

    Summary: I bought this lens after trying the same lens at f2.8. In my opinion this is the superior glass. First and foremost,the images that I have shot with this lens at both sides of its range have been spectacular. I have never owned an L series lens ... read more

  • A dream Lens...

    Mar 28, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: SHARP optics, Nice zoom range, Quality build, Stabilized.
    Cons: Pricey, Heavy

    Summary: The Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS is considered by many to be the finest lens in the Canon lineup- And for good reason. It is a favorite of mine, and should be included in the kit of any really serious photographer. The Lens Itself This is a Canon "L" ... read more

  • Image Stabilized and sharp as a tack!

    Mar 26, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good zoom range, relatively light, Sharp, and Image Stabilized
    Cons: Too slow for some

    Summary: Canon makes 4 models in the 70-200mm range that all bear the "L" series designation, setting them apart as professional grade equipment. There is often confusion as to which one will best suit the needs of a photographer, and why. There is a large ... read more

  • Great telezoom, even better for a cropped frame camera

    Mar 7, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Light, sharp, well built, image stabilization, and smooth operation.
    Cons: The tripod collar is not included, but is available as an accessory.

    Summary: There is nothing that screams “professional photographer” more than a white or light gray lens hanging off of a Canon SLR body. That is just the surface cosmetics though, as all real photographers know, what makes a true professional grade lens is much ... read more

  • Canon's Engineers Struck Gold

    Jan 29, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Solid, compact, fast, sharp, professional grade, nearly silent, silky smooth.
    Cons: No tripod collar.

    Summary: I purchased this lens a few months ago from B&H Photo/Video and it has become my "go to" glass for short to medium telephoto shots when I have to have it right. This lens is incredibly sharp and faster than lightning with its constant aperture and third ... read more

  • Canon EF70-200/2.8L USM Lens - The Work Horse of Pro Lenses

    Dec 20, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Exceptionally sharp images. Easy to use and handle. Fun to photography with!
    Cons: Expensive for the average photographer. Might be a bit heavy for some users.

    Summary: What makes a great image? A photograph is as good as a photographers eye? But I feel a photograph is also as good as the lens it was taken with too! CANON EF70-200/2.8L USM TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS It was time for to update my photo ... read more

  • Fantastic lens with no equal.

    Sep 6, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Xlnt bokey,sharp images,fast,quality,makes you look like a pro.
    Cons: Very pricey 1 year Canon warranty-Tamron offers 6years! Cannot remove cap with shield installed

    Summary: There are more than a few positive reviews available on this particular item and I must say that I agree with almost all of them. This is a fantastic lens for your Canon camera. The images are nothing short of break taking and will make an amateur ... read more

  • Well-Deserved Reputation

    Jun 8, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: amazing images, top notch build
    Cons: price and weight

    Summary: Probably most of you reading this review are familiar with the amazing reputation of Canon's 70-200 L zoom lenses. I have used all but the F4 IS variation, and am here to say the reputation is well-earned. I originally had planned on purchasing the ... read more

  • AWESOME lens

    Nov 30, 2006 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: excellent image quality, L glass, L build quality.
    Cons: hmm... it's expensive, it's heavy. Get a monopod.

    Summary: I've had this lens for almost two years now, and it continues to impress me. Photos are sharp, no edge distortion, haven't seen any chromatic aberration in photos. Did I mention sharpness? At f/2.8 you can get some decent indoor photos without having ... read more

  • Sharp, powerful, robust lens -- everyone stares at you

    May 4, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Works great
    Cons: Expensive, a little heavy... not for long hikes!

    Summary: After spending a couple weeks shooting with my new Canon 20D and 24-70mm f/ 2.8 L USM lens, I decided I needed additional magnification power to reach the birds and other animals I enjoy shooting so much. I had previously looked at the 70-200mm f/ 4 ... read more

  • Canon 70-200mm 2.8L IS - A must have lens

    Jul 20, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: IS, image sharpness, usability, smooth and fast focus
    Cons: weight, price, target for theft

    Summary: If you own a Canon EOS camera and are serious about the quality of the images you are capturing, the 70-200mm 2.8L is one of *the* lenses to own. This zoom lens belongs right up there with most primes, and that is why many professional photographers ... read more

  • Image Stabilization worth it's weight (pun intended) in gold.

    Jul 13, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Extreme clarity. Image Stablization Rocks!
    Cons: Heavy, Expensive & Large

    Summary: The L series lenses signified by their red stripe or in the telephoto range their red stripe and tan coloring is Canons top of the line lenses. The range on the 70-200 coupled with it's 2.8 appature make this lens extremely flexible. This is THE ... read more

  • EF 70-200mm L IS- Great Lens!

    May 30, 2005 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Super fast, super crisp and IS. Can also be used as a door stopper.
    Cons: Lens hood and weight (although not that bad).

    Summary: I wrestled a long-time with buying this lens. Should I hold out for the IS model or just buy the standard 2.8 lens? I am glad I held out and spent a fair amount of cash on this lens. In doing a comprehensive online review and talking to other ... read more

  • Canon EF 70-200 2.8L IS: A Benchmark for Sharpness and Quality Build

    Aug 13, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Sharpness, build, IS technology, focus speed, moisture resistance
    Cons: Price, weight, plastic hood

    Summary: This is just about as close to the "perfect lens" as one is likely to ever get. For portrait photographers, it pinpoint sharpness is every bit as good as a prime lens, and its "bokeh" (out of focus background), is beautiful, making the portraits pop off ... read more

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