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

Review Date: Apr 5, 2016 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp! Great contrast! Feels like a tank.
Price! Weight.

I owned the first version of this lens for ten years or so and was always impressed with the results.

I sold that lens on the weekend for $1200 Canadian (ouch), and picked up a used version II today. It looks brand new. The only missing from the sale was the box.

But when I put the lens on my cameras, I noticed that the Image Stabilization is noticeably better than the V1 of the lens. But moreover, this lens is INCREDIBLY sharper. Maybe my V1 lens was a dog, I don't know. This one blows my old one out of the water, though in reality it's just a small improvement - but improved enough I can see the difference on the camera LCD.

I put a Canon 1.4X II TC on the lens, and the AF seemed just as fast. Not so with my older V1 lens.

I'm very impressed. Now I have a 100-400L IS to upgrade (ouch).

I think it was worth the difference of $800 Canadian that I paid to upgrade, but maybe I'm just crazy.

I don't think you can go wrong with this lens, particularly if you like making portrait shots, and especially for indoor sports like ice hockey.