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Canon 70-200

Snips

Always on
Assuming I've read this correctly ...

Fantastic lens, isn't it? Bloomin'/bleedin'/feckin' expensive but for my line of work it's perfect and especially when the light isn't good.

I have the fairly basic f/4 lens (two of them!) as well and in fairness, in reasonable light, it produces just as good results at f/4 and narrower. When the light becomes dark or heavy overcast conditions during the day though that f/2.8 walks all over the f/4.
 

Roger S

Crazy Canuck
Administrator
This is not really a review now, is it?

Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM II. Wow!!!!!

Just saying like;)
I think you could add a few things like "why is it wow?" How about what makes it wow?

Just saying............
 

JAH-WAR

Always on
Premium Member
This is not really a review now, is it?



I think you could add a few things like "why is it wow?" How about what makes it wow?

Just saying............
Yeah, I know Rog, I hear you. I posted that from my mobile (cell) phone and having sausage fingers it would have taken me an age to type a full review:D.

I should have said 'Review to follow' or 'Mods please move to appropriate section.' However in my excitement I didn't.:(

Once I've used it a bit more I'll post a more in depth opinion on the lens but my initial one is just 'wow'.;)
 

JAH-WAR

Always on
Premium Member
Right, as previously stated here's a slightly more detailed review of the lens.

Did a lot of research before I went for it. I checked out all the Canon 70-200L's, both f/4 and f/2.8 with and without IS, versions I, II and III. I also looked at some third party versions as well. That research told me the best option for me was a used f/2.8 IS II.

It's a lump of a thing, weighing something just over 3 pounds, metal construction and weather sealed (needs an equivalent body for this to be 100% tho). The AF is lightening fast and the USM motor is sooooooo smooth and near silent. Tack sharp through the range which maintains an f/2.8 from 70mm right to 200mm. The IS allegedly gives you an extra 4 stops which is fantastic (I'll take some pics tomorrow to show the difference handheld with a slow shutter speed, with and without IS. The difference really is staggering).

It's not a cheap lens by any means but there are one or two bargains to be had. Most used ones I looked at (apart from ebay) were between a grand and 1,400 quid, dependent of condition.

The one I went for was from Camera Jungle (Jessops' second hand division) and graded as excellent. On receipt I can confirm it is in just about new condition. They had an extra 10% off their list price of 1,031 pounds which means I paid about 933 inc P+P. Result!!!!

My advice is if you are a Canon user and you are considering a 70-200 zoom, please have a right look at this lens it is nothing short of stunning.

Here's a few examples with the lens on the 5Dsr body. Bear in mind the compression for the Forum does not give a great rendition of the iq and detail retention but you'll get the idea or you can view them on Flickr. The subject matter ain't too interesting but I went for something that had a bit of movement and detail in it to show the capabilities of the lens albeit it is very early days for me and these are the first shots I've taken in earnest with it.

None of the images are sharpened just a couple of minor tweeks in LR and a crop and file size reduction in Elements.

Original (yes, that's the Stang in the background, with my old mother in it:D):


How I'd crop it if I was posting just the picture:



....and a crop right in:



This lens wouldn't be my go to for wild life, I'd use the 150-600 or 500 f/4L but as you can see here, it does a pretty decent job for a lens that's half the length as I'd normally use.

Original:



Crop:

 

Phill104

Always on
Premium Member
Fantastic lens. Had 2 at one point (don’t ask) but ended up selling both. Not because it was not a fantastic lens, just because I was lugging it around for ages but not using it. Once I had the 100-400II I just stopped using the 70-200. I do miss it, it was magnificent. Everything Jah says is spot on.
 

JAH-WAR

Always on
Premium Member
Well written, JAH. It's no wonder you're in love with the lens.
Thanks Rog, it seems to live up to it's reputation and some.

Fantastic lens. Had 2 at one point (don’t ask) but ended up selling both. Not because it was not a fantastic lens, just because I was lugging it around for ages but not using it. Once I had the 100-400II I just stopped using the 70-200. I do miss it, it was magnificent. Everything Jah says is spot on.
Makes a change for me:D
 

JAH-WAR

Always on
Premium Member
Just a very quick test with IS off and then on. Both taken (in my living room) 200mm, @ f/2.8, ISO 200, SS 1/20 from about 7 feet away and no flash. Absolutely no PP has been done, only converted from RAW to JPEG.

I tried my damnest to get a steady picture with the IS off, braced my self, held my breath etc but after several attempts, as you'd expect with a focal length of 200mm at 1/20 it's near impossible. With the IS on however, while not perfect, the difference is quite staggering.


Light test-1.jpg

Light test-2.jpg
 

Pteranadon

Always on
Premium Member
Something I would not be interested in..(the lens) however I am impressed with the IS and the outcome of the overcast shots.
 

Snips

Always on
That's the one I have. Return to post #1 - Wow!! :)

Brilliant lens, isn't it?! Must admit I've not tried the stabilising tests - impressive. What I like best is the results at 200mm with a minimal DoF totally isolating the subject - not yet learned the distances involved 100% accurately but when it works it's wonderful.

For those who feel this is out of their budget, the f/4 70-200mm is a really good buy too. In low light the f/2.8 blows the f/4 out of the water but when light is pretty good the f/4 is great value for money and both lenses in good light are indistinguishable at around f/8.

If the budget can stretch, get this f/2.8 IS II - I know it depends on what one photographs but for me it provides around 90% of my photographs.
 

JAH-WAR

Always on
Premium Member
That's the one I have. Return to post #1 - Wow!! :)

Brilliant lens, isn't it?! Must admit I've not tried the stabilising tests - impressive. What I like best is the results at 200mm with a minimal DoF totally isolating the subject - not yet learned the distances involved 100% accurately but when it works it's wonderful.

For those who feel this is out of their budget, the f/4 70-200mm is a really good buy too. In low light the f/2.8 blows the f/4 out of the water but when light is pretty good the f/4 is great value for money and both lenses in good light are indistinguishable at around f/8.

If the budget can stretch, get this f/2.8 IS II - I know it depends on what one photographs but for me it provides around 90% of my photographs.

With this I concur:)
 
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