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

£1,250.00

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The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM is a top quality lens that offers the pro-standard f/2.8 maximum aperture and IS technology too. Great results and great performance from a truly stunning lens.

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The Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS offers a lot to professional photographers in terms of rugged design and functionality. It comes in the Canon L series classic white finish and will make any user look more businesslike.

We could find no fault with the design and handling. It may not have changed much over the last few years but why upgrade a lens that works perfectly well?

There’s another reason why this lens is so popular: the autofocus. It’s lightning fast and works well with the Canon EOS-1D series to achieve accurate lock-on.

Nor does image quality let this lens down either: results are pin sharp through the apertures and focal settings. It’s great for either Canon EF-S cameras such as the EOS 40D but is best suited to the EOS-1D professional series.

With the exception of the Sony, this is the most expensive 70-200mm f/2.8 telephoto on the market. It’s a superb option for professionals with an investment budget, but not so great for cash-strapped enthusiasts. If you want a save a bit of money, you may want to consider the slightly slower Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS instead (approx £499) which is a very similar lens.

Users' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(4 reviews)

  • A must for a serious amateur

    Glen Foster

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    As a semi-pro freelance I was very worried about the cost of this lens. However once purchsed I would never part with it. I use it for all kinds of shots from portraits to fast sport. The lightning fast focus lock is second to none. I use it with a 40D and it gives great results. Now having spent the money on the lens I have to work and save hard for the 5D MK II!

    (Written by: fastfrankie)

    22 July 2009 22:11

  • Just doesn't get any better....

    Mike Briggs

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    As a wedding photographer, lenses just don't get any better than this. The low light capabilities are astounding. I have the 17-55 2.8 IS as my other main lens and when it starts to get seriously dark the 17-55 can begin to hunt for focus but the 70-200 just carries on regardless. The picture quality I get from this lens - no matter what the focal length or aperture - continues to astound me. If you are considering a lens in this range for serious use I would suggest saving up for this one. Yeah you can get the non-IS or f/4 or the Sigma version but in the end you will probably find yourself trading up to this one. It almost has to be tried to be believed. I guess the only downside anyone could find with this lens is the weight. But then if you are doing photography to make money I really don't beleive you could see that as an issue.

    (Written by: MikeTheTog)

    16 September 2008 12:13

  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM

    somethinstupid

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    What more do you want from a lens. This is the daddy at the range. Working a lot outside at night this gives me the security of mind knowing that I can still get away without using flash where its not needed.

    (Written by: somethinstupid)

    20 August 2008 09:02

  • Superb lens

    Julia_E

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    I just love this lens, it has so many uses. Image quality is simply superb through the aperture range. Superfast, accurate autofocus. Bokeh is very nice indeed. As a low light lens (concerts, for example) its performance is spot-on. The IS is just great. The only limitation that I have found is that images taken at Minimum Focus Distance at 200mm and f/2.8 are slightly soft when examined at 100% in Photoshop - although they look fine in print.

    (Written by: Julia_E)

    19 February 2008 09:53

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somethinstupid

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somethinstupid says

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

Just bought myself this lens and all I can say is it is fantastic you can spend more money on several lenses to cover this range when one does it all and better. Just need to buy a body to do it justice having only the 400D at the moment its like putting a Rolls Royce engine in a ford fiesta.

20 August 2008 08:59

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monopod says

EF 70-200mm 2.8 is L lens

Simply fantastic worth every penny or in this case pounds, one of Canons best lens. O'h by the way thats not the 2.8 in your pic!! it's the F4 version not quite in the same league as the 2.8

04 May 2008 23:54

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