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Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L II IS USM Lens + UV Filter & Lens Cleaning Kit
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Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L II IS USM Lens + UV Filter & Lens Cleaning Kit
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Use the Canon EF IS II USM lens to take sharp and detailed close-up photos of distant subjects. The 70-200 mm focal length of this Canon camera lens is ideal for nature, wildlife, and sports photography. With a construction of 23 elements in 19 groups, this 70-200 mm f/2.8L lens corrects aberrations while capturing photos. The image stabilization technology in this 2nd generation Canon camera lens combats camera shake when shooting moving objects. The f/2.8 maximum aperture of the Canon EF IS II USM lets you capture bright photos even in low-light conditions. Moreover, this 70-200 mm f/2.8L lens can add defocused effects to the images, thanks to its circular aperture. What’s more, this Canon camera lens accepts 77 mm filters that help to add different types of effects to the pictures

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UPC0013803092776, 4960999575070, 609207747451, 609207754855, 617215769075, 662425808854, 662425808861, 689466262636, 689466262650, 689466593877, 689466593907, 689466593914, 845251020977, 845251021363, 845251039498

Lens System
TypeHigh Quality, Image Stabilization, Telephoto
Focus TypeAuto & Manual
Focal LengthZoom
Focal Length (mm)70-200 mm
ApertureF/2.8

Compatibility
Compatible BrandCanon
Camera TechnologyDigital

Dimensions
Height7.8 inch
Diameter3.5 inch
Weight52.91 oz

eBay Product ID: EPID99710416

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Created: 10/24/08

High price, but worth it!

Why did I want this lens?
*I decided to buy this lens after being disappointed in the low light performance of my Canon 70-300mm IS f4-5.6 lens. While great for many areas of photography, the 70-300mm is not a sports lens I've come to find out. This is especially apparent during night games, where it just isn't fast enough to stop the action like I want to do. While IS is great for counteracting camera shake, it is simply of no use in situations where you need a fast shutter speed to stop action in low light. Hence the need for a f2.8 vs f4-5.6.

70-200mm Review:
*I've had this lens for a few days now and all I can say is that it's amazing. I had high hopes, considering this lens is touted by many to be the "holy grail" of Canon lenses. I'm happy to say it does not disappoint. The day I got it, I spent about 45 mins in my back yard taking photos of my 6 y/o daughter and our dog. The portraits I got were tack sharp with beautifully blurred backgrounds. The zoom range is not quite as long as my 70-300mm IS, but for what it lacks in range, it more than makes up for in color, contrast, and just beautiful images (I'm planning on selling the 70-300mm IS and buying a 1.4x TC for this lens instead). After using this lens, there's no doubt why this is a top choice of professional photographers. It's quickly becoming my favorite lens!

PROS:
*Very sharp photos

*Focus is very fast

*Low light performance is much improved compared to my 70-300mm IS f4-5.6

*Image stabilization seems more advanced in this model compared to my 28-135mm IS and 70-300mm IS lenses, but that's just a "seat of the pants" observation.

*The lens does not extend while zooming or focusing, and the end element does not rotate (unlike my 70-300mm IS)

*Comes with lens hood, tripod collar, and it's own protective case from Canon.

*Built like a tank. This lens should stand up to many years of use (or abuse). It's very solidly built, with weather sealing throughout. Tolerances are very tight and fit/finish is the best of any lens I've ever used (SLR shooter for ~18 years).

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CONS:
*This is one heavy lens. I mounted this lens on my 40D with 430EX Flash and BG-E2 grip with 2 batteries installed, and I'd say it's around 7 lbs. Without the flash and grip, it's lighter and more manageable, but still not "light" by any means. That being said, the quality of images it produces is worth the extra effort in my opinion.

*Very large compared to the 70-300mm IS, or 70-200mm F4L. Check the net for rating sites so you can get an idea of how large this lens is. Take this into account when buying a backpack/camera bag. It won't fit in the bottom (camera) section of my Tamrac Aero 80 backpack, so I leave it in it's case and put it in the top section of the pack.

*Necessary for me to buy a "good" tripod now and ditch the cheap discount-store version I've been using. This setup is just too heavy for me to trust on a cheap tripod.

Conclusion:
If you shoot in low-light or want to take shots during action sports, this (or it's non-IS f2.8 brother) is your lens. I only wish I had this lens during the last season of softball games my daughter played in. I'm convinced I'd have a lot more "keeper" photos. I can't wait to try it out at my niece's soccer game this weekend. This lens is wonderful for portraits as well, with brilliant out-of-focus backgrounds and tack sharp subjects.

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Created: 04/05/13

Well worth it's weight in image quality and performance!

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

I upgraded to this lens from the 70-300 f4-5.6 IS after not being happy with the image quality and sharpness of the 70-300 IS. This is a pretty heavy lens at around 3 pounds and may attract attention due to its size and color, but the more I use it the more I get use to holding the weight. I shoot a good amount in dim light and love the constant 2.8 aperture and the stabilizer. The image quality is outstanding! Second to none in my opinion. The auto-focus is accurate and lighting fast and creates almost no sound at all (especially when compared to the 70-300 IS). If I can't get the shot it is my fault 99% of the time and not the lens. The stabilizer is also very effective allowing me to get sharp results at 1/30th of a second. The IS is also more than whisper quite. This lens is expensive but as usual with camera gear: you get what you pay for. Ultimately you have to decide for yourself if it's worth the price, but if you are shooting a couple time a week or more I'm sure you will find this lens to be a good investment.

Pros:
-Top of the line build quality
-Smooth turning zoom and focus ring
-Sharpest image quality of all canon zoom lenses in this range
-Lighting fast auto-focus
-Sharp images at low shutter speeds using the stabilizer
-Barrel does not extend or rotate while zooming/focusing
-Weather sealed


Cons:
-Heavyer than my other lenses but well worth its weight
-May attract attention due to size and color
-Slightly awkward on my T3i but not terrible

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Created: 01/08/12

For serious photos. Expensive but awsome shots.

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

I purchased this for my new 60D camera. Although it came with a 18-135mm, it seemed that I wanted more focal length for tighter shots. I liked the idea of F2.8 since I seem to take most of my pictures inside with less light.

When I first got the lens, I took pictures of my daughter walking across a park. When I reviewed the shots, I noticed that the colors seemed to be more intense/rich. I believe that the special glass & coatings keep the stray light from washing out the subject.

I knew it would be a heavy lens, but it is actually more than I thought. I have come to understand that there is more metal than plastic which adds weight but also strength. I also hadn't thought of the mechanics of the image stabilization which should add some to the weight as well. If you plan to stand in once place and take shots for awhile, a tripod or monopod is suggested.

I was going between this lens and the 100-400. I selected this one mainly because of the F2.8. I do some astrophotography and the extra aperture does help. Also when I tried the 100-400, it too was quite heavy. I was not able to try both lenses side by side as the stores I went to either had one or the other.

All in all, I really like my purchase. I'm looking for another bag so that the lens can stay on the camera as I tend to use it way more than the 18-135. It is an expensive lens and as such, if you are just taking snap shots of family, I wouldn't suggest it. If you are a somewhat serious photographer, work in low light, or like the affects of a large aperture, I believe you will get your money's worth.

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Created: 08/21/09

High Resale Value for a reason!

There is only one thing I don't like about this lens: its color. That's only a tiny gripe though. I absolutely love this piece of glass. It's well built, focuses fast and quiet. It gives your camera the ability to do what it was meant to do, give you great images. This lens is sharp wide open. The 2.8 aperture brought my shutter speed up from 1/250 to 1/500 of a second when compared to my f4 lens.
This lens will feel front heavy mounted on anything less than a 5D or a 1D, but don't let that stop you. Do to its focal length it is better suited for full frame cameras for portraits. If you plan to used on a crop sensor camera make sure you have plenty of room to step back.
The only thing you have to worry about is composition, it will be a bit tight. Image quality with this lens awesome!

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Created: 06/10/12

Great lens, get it now before your kids graduate !

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

This lens was bought almost exclusively for sports photos in less than bright sunlight. It is really not that heavy or bulky, my 110 pound wife never complains (and she does not use a monopod). The Image Stabilization is good (it's worth the $1,000 premium). The depth of field at f2.8 is not much, but that can be great if your are in focus...otherwise not so good. Take a lot of photos and throw away the ones that focused on something other than your moving athlete! Great lens, glad we purchased it with 6 more years of sports ahead of us.

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