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

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Review Date: Mar 13, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,299.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharp, fast, and good IS
Cons:
pricey and heavy (but everyone already knows that)

After waiting for some time, I finally decided to sell my v1 and buy the vII. My v1 was my favorite, and most used lens. Despite it's weight, the v1 traveled everywhere with me. It provide clear, sharp images with great color and contrast. It always felt extremely well made - solid.

The vII is significantly, and noticeably better in every area. Images are noticeably sharper. The focus and zoom rings move with greater precision. Even the lens hood is improved. While I'd hoped for the improvement in sharpness, I didn't expect this lens to be this good. Great job Canon!


 
Canon EOS 7D

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Review Date: Oct 22, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,699.00

 
Pros: solid feel, great features
Cons:
IQ problems

I sold my 40d to purchase the 7d, and so far I'm very disappointed. I think I may have purchased a defective product, as I have been unable to get the IQ I was expecting, or anywhere near as good as my old 40d. I'm sending it back to Canon and we'll see what happens.

I do like the feel, features, etc. If I can get the problem fixed, I'm confident I'll love the camera. But I hate the fact that you can't count on getting "perfect" right out of the box from Canon. Anyone else having this problem.

For what it is worth, I've tried different focus and NR settings to no avail. I'm using good glass (24-105 and 70-200 2.8 IS), which worked fine w/ my 40d. I downloaded the firmware update, no improvements.

Rich

P.S. If you have had the same issues please let me know about your experiences.


 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

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Review Date: May 13, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,699.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Image quality, build quality, fast focus
Cons:
weight

I spent almost a year trying to decide between this lens and the f4 IS, and finally decided to pull the trigger on the f2.8 IS. I had rented and borrowed both lenses, and remained torn. In the end, I felt that the fact that the f2.8 can shoot at f4, but an f4 cannot shot at f2.8, was reason enough to go for the f2.8. If I tire of the weight, I can always sell and have plenty left for the f4.

I have had the lens for about a month now and can say that I'm not at all disappointed. So far I have had the opportunity to shoot indoor and outdoor sports, an awards ceremony in an auditorium, and some random landscapes. The keeper rate exceeds my expectations, and the only shots I have not been happy with were a result of what was behind the camera, not what was in front! As with any new lens, it does take some getting used to. This is a fast, accurate lens which exposes mistakes all too clearly.

The only negative, which has been discussed many times, is that this is a heavy lens which does not lend itself to walking around. I certainly see a monopod in my future. I don't consider the price a negative as I believe you get what you pay for with this lens.