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

Review of Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM zoom lens. Review created 2008, latest update 2013.

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Facts

  • a lens that many dream about
  • estimated retail price 2000 EUR
  • in my use from 6/2008 to 11/2008
  • I still have mixed feelings about this lens: you don't really know how it fits to your style of shooting until you try it

Pros

Cons

  • the weight slowed me down too much when shooting
  • is a pain to be carried around due to its size and weight
  • due to weight the lens is not recommended for the smallest bodies (Canon xxxxD and xxxD series) and I recommend to use a battery grip with medium-sized bodies (Canon xxD series)
  • although sharp enough wide open (f/2.8) the primes are still sharper at f/2.8 (even mid-priced primes)
  • when the light goes down you can stretch it with f/2.8 and IS but f/1.8 and f/1.4 primes (50 mm and 85 mm) will soon start to outperform