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

Review Date: Jul 11, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,600.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: SHARP!, AMAZING CONTRAST, Fastest, most accurate zoom AF of any zoom out there, new improved hood that doesn't scuff, closer focusing distance, built like a tank, best IS of any lens I've used!

This is now THE best zoom you can buy for any system.

I had owned the 135L for a year, then the 70-200/2.8L lens for two years before getting the 70-200/2.8L IS MkI lens. The 135L and 70-200/2.8L (non-IS) were very good, but the IS version of the lens never made me completely happy after using it for 2 years. AF was hit and miss, with most images being "so-so". Occasionally I would get a really nice, sharp shot, mostly at 200mm, but that was about 15% of shots with the MkI lens.

I had almost considered switching to Nikon because of their new 70-200 VR2, HOWEVER, this new MkII lens from Canon is EVEN BETTER, and kept me with Canon.

The IQ is just so much better than my old MkI version that it's just astounding... much closer (and in some respects better) to my old 135L. Images just are so clean and crisp and nearly 3D. The AF is as fast as the L prime, faster than the old 70-200's and much more accurate. Basically no CA/fringing under any circumstances. The IS is slightly improved over the old lens, and about 1 stop better than the Nikon VR2, although the IS was not the main reason I bought this lens.

IQ in the corners and at the edges is probably better than IQ in the center of the MkI lens. When shooting full body, or 3/4 body shots, with the MkI lens, and with the Nikon VR2, the faces would not be as sharp as the middle, which was sad to see. Now with the new Canon MkII lens, I can shoot WIDE OPEN and the entire subject is prime quality sharp! WOW!

My only niggle is the price... about 80% more than I paid for the MkI only two years ago. It's par for the course now for this lens range for any brand though.

This is THE best zoom lens money can buy... period.

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

Review Date: May 30, 2009 Recommend? | Price paid: $1,300.00

Pros: Sharp! Fast, quiet autofocus, best Image Stabilization in it's class, sexy white!

After owning the 135L for 2 years, and then the 70-200/2.8L non-IS for 2 years, I decided it was time to jump to the IS version since the price was right.

Initially, I thought the IS version was much softer than the non-IS version, but it turns out it just needed calibration. This lens, probably more than any other, seems to require calibration to get it perfect. So for people disappointed with theirs, send to Canon while under warranty and get it calibrated for free.

Once calibrated, this lens is fantastic at all apertures. I find it neck and neck with the non-IS lens, and on my 1.3x crop camera, it's sharper than the Nikon 70-200VR, and the IS on the Canon is about 1 stop better than the Nikon VR.

The lens is well balanced on a 1 Series camera, and when using proper technique (ie, left hand UNDER the lens), it's not heavy to use at all. I removed the tripod collar since I never use a tripod and it only adds extra weight.


Great lens!

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Apr 30, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp even wide open, L build, great hood design, AMAZING BOKEH... on par with best primes, fast AF
none really, a little expensive

I've used some of the best primes out there... 135L for example, and some of the best zooms. The 24-70L really shines when it comes to bokeh. It's actually buttery smooth, much like the 135L (but not quite as much blur because of focus length). The bokeh is even better than the 70-200L's.

I've used the new, much vaunted Nikon 24-70, and I personally prefer the Canon. The Canon is not quite as sharp wide open, but is in fact optically better than the Nikon from F5.6+. Also, I prefer the build on the Canon.

Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Review Date: Apr 4, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,200.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Autofocus speed (especially in low light), new smart battery (3,000 shots per charge easily), bright sharp LCD, customizable, best HIGH ISO available, 1.3x crop, best per pixel sharpness, color, speed, too much to mention...

Best DSLR available, period.

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

Review Date: Sep 20, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,300.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, Fast Autofocus, Best Of Class Image Stabilization, Weather Sealing

After using the 135L for years, I switched to this lens and don't regret it. The autofocus is extremely fast and accurate, and the IS is fantastic.

This lens is built like a tank, and optically and build is slightly better than it's Nikon counterpart that I used quite a bit.

Highly recommended if you can afford it.