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

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Review Date: Mar 25, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp. Fast AF. IS. Constant f2.8
Cons:
Pricey, maybe a bit too heavy for some..(but hey, I'm combining photography and bodybuilding), IS button location.

Finally got this bad boy yesterday, and have been testing it the whole day today... and what an impression it gave me!!

Build quality is superb - typical to most Canon L, but this one feels more sturdy and great in your hand, focuses very fast and accurate. I would rate image sharpness as excellent for a zoom. At f8, I could hardy tell the diff at a glance between this and my 85mm f1.8 prime. The IS works great. To really test how far it could go I managed to shoot at 1/25 @ 200mm handheld with acceptable results! Outdoor portraits at f4.5/5.6 produced very sharp images with creamy-smooth bokeh in the background.

On the downside, yeah it's pricey but IMO it's worth every penny I paid for. This is some lens you would have for keeps. For some (or most) people it is heavy, but that's not a problem with me since I'm into bodybuilding as well. I have handled the 400mm and 600mm L's and this baby is small and light by comparisson! Balances right with the batt grip on a 20D. With the RRS (Really Right Stuff) flash-bracket installed, the whole package weighs like an anchor, but I can live with it Wink Oh and one more thing, the IS button is placed where it is easily switched ON/OFF by the thumb by accident. It could have been made stiffer or placed somewhere where it can't be accidentally operated. Well, it's no big deal anyway.

I would highly recommend this lens to anyone anytime. It is expensive but like I said, it's for keeps. I wish my 24-70 f2.8L had IS too Smile)

Cheers!