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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L lenses

introduction

  • this lens comes in the lighter, less expensive non-IS version or the IS version
  • this is a staple lens of the Canon pro photographer but it is big, heavy, expensive and white
  • the non-IS version was introduced in 1995 to replace the 1989 80-200mm f/2.8 lens while the weathersealed IS version was added in 2001 and has slightly faster AF
  • the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II released in 2010 to update the version I lens:
    • upgraded IS to “4EV”
    • improved optics for more detail on newer higher resolution sensors (version I not sharp enough)
    • improved AF
    • improved mechanical design
    • closer focus but image quality at these distances not as good
    • BUT bokeh said to be not as nice

specs

70-200mm f/2.8 lens

  • 70-200mm f/2.8 full frame
  • 8 blades
  • 18 elements in 15 groups incl. 4x UD
  • 77mm filter
  • internal focus and internal zoom
  • close focus 1.5m giving 1:6.25 magnification
  • USM AF with fulltime MF
  • 85 x 194 mm
  • 1370g with tripod collar (removable)
  • ET-83II lens hood
  • partly weathersealed - no seal at mount!

70-200mm f/2.8L IS version I

  • 70-200mm f/2.8 full frame
  • 8 rounded blades
  • image stabiliser “2-3EV”
  • 23 elements in 18 groups incl. 4x UD
  • 77mm filter
  • internal focus and internal zoom
  • close focus 1.3m giving 1:5.9 magnification
  • USM AF with fulltime MF
  • 86 x 197 mm
  • 1470g with tripod collar (removable)
  • lens hood
  • weathersealed

70-200mm f/2.8L IS II

  • 70-200mm f/2.8 full frame
  • 8 rounded blades
  • image stabiliser “3-4EV”
  • 23 elements in 19 groups incl. 5x UD and 1x flourite
  • 77mm filter
  • internal focus and internal zoom
  • close focus 1.2m giving 1:4.8 (0.21x) magnification
  • USM AF with fulltime MF
  • 89 x 199 mm
  • 1490g with tripod collar (removable)
  • ET-87 lens hood
  • fully weathersealed

reviews

70-200mm f/2.8

70-200mm f/2.8L IS version I

70-200mm f/2.8L IS II

    • “relatively harsh rendition of out-of-focus areas of the image”
    • “somewhat susceptible to flare with direct light sources in or close to the frame”
    • “inconvenient design of tripod mount ring (can't be detached without taking lens off camera)”
    • “relatively unimpressive image quality at close focus distances”
    • 1.3EV vignetting at 200mm
    • very sharp wide open but sharper at f/4-f/5.6 much better than version I esp. at 200mm
    • 0.7px lat. CA at 70mm less at 200mm
    • bokeh not as nice as a prime and some cat's eye in corners wide open
    • good long. CA
photo/canonef70-200mmf2.8.txt · Last modified: 2015/07/04 07:03 by gary1