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

Review Date: Dec 26, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, great color and fast focusing and accurate tracking.
Price is steep, but this is how Canon pays for R&D.

Here is the rub, I have had 4 copies of this lens in various flavors. I likes all but one. And I sold off all but one.

This version II is a keeper, it actually does everything well. The big difference I have found is not only the sharpness at all apertures that I use but this lens is killer accurate at tracking a subject and keeping that subject sharp.

Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM

Review Date: Oct 3, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $5,299.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very fast to acquire focus, smaller than the 200 1.8, better lens hood than the 200 1.8, the IS is very handy but not necessary most of the time. Amazing image quality, focuses closer than the 200 1.8 and it comes with that unmistakable new lens smell.
EXPENSIVE, did I say over priced? But then this too shall pass. I would take bets on the price of this item falling in the near future, but then I could be wrong.

If you need this lens, chances are you are not awaiting a price drop and already have bought the new 200L IS.

I have been using this lens for about 4 months now and I love it, there simply is no other lens in the Canon line of lenses to match it. The images that are created using this lens simply cannot be matched by any other lens well except maybe the original EF200L 1.8. And that is the trouble, I replaced my 200L 1.8 with this lens! Can I say that this lens is superior? Not yet, but then I have only had it a few months and the previous lens was with me for about a year and a half.

I consider the old version of this lens the 200L 1.8 to be magical, this lens is brilliant don't get me wrong. I have yet to find the magic, so I'll just have to keep looking.

What's my point, well if like me you own the original and want the new model. You might consider waiting till the price drops? Then again what do I know?

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