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Your 70-200 f/2.8L IS II...
« on: July 28, 2012, 01:05:18 PM »
Hi All,

I'm looking to purchase the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II as my next lens within the next couple of months and want to do some research and get some insights/inputs from users of this lens.  This is rather a pricey lens, so I would like to know as much as possible (practical 1st-hand usage rather than charts) about it prior to purchase.  I use a 5D Mark II.

I'd like to know:

1) what you love about this lens?
2) what don't you like about this lens? 
3) How many times did you return it before you get the right copy (I've heard the 24-70 is known to go through many returns before photogs are happy w/theirs, so I'd like to know if this is the case for the 70-200 f/2.8 as well)?
4) what price did you purchase your's for?  what's a good price to get in now as it seems prices of lenses have gone up lately?
5) anything else you'd like to add...?

Thank you so very much for all your help!!!
I'm so excited and looking forward to this lens.
« Last Edit: July 28, 2012, 01:08:29 PM by canon23 »
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Your 70-200 f/2.8L IS II...
« on: July 28, 2012, 01:05:18 PM »

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Re: Your 70-200 f/2.8L IS II...
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2012, 03:07:28 PM »
Great IQ, versatile focal range, fast AF, useful for portraits, action, low light, etc.  It's neither small nor light, but not different from my 100-400L or 28-300L, so I don't mind.  The only think I don't really like is the equivalent focal range on APS-C, which is too long indoors.

I paid full MSRP ($2500), since I bought one the first month it was available. I have no regrets!
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Re: Your 70-200 f/2.8L IS II...
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2012, 04:55:06 PM »
The one lens I will never regret buying, love its sharpness across the whole focal range, including wide open at f/2.8. Bought for around 1900 euro a year ago from Europe, cons some people find it big and heavy but after a while I do not even notice it, it is on the 1D-X as my standard walk-about lens 75% of the time.

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Re: Your 70-200 f/2.8L IS II...
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2012, 06:11:56 PM »
Like:  The IQ it delivers, fast AF and tracking.

Don't like:  it's weight and size.

Purchased it last year for about 2150.  Never had to return it.

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Re: Your 70-200 f/2.8L IS II...
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2012, 07:43:26 PM »
I am a person who wont upgrade. I think of what I shoot, more importantly what size I print. Then I got a great offer to buy the last model. I sold it, and put the money down on the new one. So in the real world of a none pixel peeper what's it really like?

Absolutly amazing! I'm not a pro, i don't work for Canon and i'm very very tight with what i buy camera wise, but whatever they are feeding the people in the lens dept of Canon, can i have some. Yes its heavy, but its built like a tank, will work longer than you live, will take shots when the none L guys retire to bed when its raining. It handles great, nice balance on a pro body. The shots against the old model are as sharp when stopped down but wide open there's only one winner. But better still the colours and contrast are amazing.But above all the IS. I just cant believe i can get pin sharp images at 1/15th but you can.

So is it worth the money and upgrade? Yes. People go on about a prime is sharper. A bit yes but think of all the shots they miss changing lens's, or needing to carry several bodies and the size you print, the lack of four stop IS etc. I have an 85mm prime and for that nice controlled shot its a winner but for %95 of the time, this lens will do shots the 85 cant do. Or the 135, or the 200....

Oh, nearly forgot, the autofocus is laser fast to.

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Re: Your 70-200 f/2.8L IS II...
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2012, 07:54:29 PM »
The 70-200 2.8II is arguably the best zoom Canon has made so far.  I paid $2349 and had no regrets.  This beast is fast and sharp.  What don't I like?  Nothing really, it is a bit on the heavy side but that doesn't bother me, it's to be expected given it's aperture and zoom ratio.  This is a must have for anyone's 'L' collection.
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Re: Your 70-200 f/2.8L IS II...
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2012, 09:37:26 PM »
I bought my copy used so I got a good deal on it. Luckily it was tack sharp all the way through the range so no need/opportunity to return. I absolutely love this lens. I am constantly wowed by the images I am able to make with it. I use it on a 5d mark II. I don't like that it's so big and I personally don't like that Canon's telephotos are white (I don't like the attention it gets) but I get over that pretty quickly after viewing the pictures!

I really like how sharp the pictures are wide open at f/2.8 and how fast it focusses.

Good luck with your purchase! If I were you I'd go for it and don't look back!
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Re: Your 70-200 f/2.8L IS II...
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2012, 09:37:26 PM »

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Re: Your 70-200 f/2.8L IS II...
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2012, 09:40:17 PM »
Also I meant to add...

I previously owned the 70-200 f/2.8L IS mark I. I wasn't very happy with it; it seemed to lack in sharpness. The mark 2 is a world of difference!
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« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2012, 10:38:43 PM »
I had to rent it . . . amazing! I was able to use it at the beach and to get some nice candids at the reception. You can't go wrong with this lens. Trust anybody who has ever used it . . they all say the same thing, and we can't all be liars aor lunatics . . but maybe telling the truth ;)







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Re: Your 70-200 f/2.8L IS II...
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2012, 11:55:46 PM »
I paid full price.... No regrets, seriously my favorite goto lens, it seems to make the mundane magical

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Re: Your 70-200 f/2.8L IS II...
« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2012, 12:51:48 AM »
This is far and away my most used lens. I trust it all the way from f/2.8-f/11 (and occasionally beyond) to deliver first class commercial quality files/images for the most fussy clients. The two lenses in my bag which consistently knock my socks off are the 70-200 f/2.8isII and the 300 f/2.8is.

If any images shot with the 70-200 are throw-aways, then it's user error, not any fault of the lens. For the quality it delivers, I forgive its considerable size and weight. Have you ever heard of anyone regretting getting this lens?

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Re: Your 70-200 f/2.8L IS II...
« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2012, 03:19:47 AM »
Love it  :D

Sold my 135 l ,  after i bought the 70-200

Sharp at 2,8 , fast and focus "spot on"

I also have the 300mm is f/2,8,the 70-200 come close too the 300mm, in output an focus speed

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Re: Your 70-200 f/2.8L IS II...
« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2012, 03:46:03 AM »

There is nothing to hate about this lens....it's a MUST have lens for FF.
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Re: Your 70-200 f/2.8L IS II...
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Re: Your 70-200 f/2.8L IS II...
« Reply #13 on: July 29, 2012, 04:28:38 AM »
I have to concur.  One of the best lenses I have ever used.  It is pin-sharp from f/2.8, great contrast, very good bokeh for a zoom, very fast and accurate AF.  Only downside is the weight, but with the uncompromising quality of this lens you have to expect the heft.
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Re: Your 70-200 f/2.8L IS II...
« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2012, 04:34:55 AM »
Canon doesn't always delight me - especially with their delays upon delays - but with this one, I have been totally delighted since day one. It's a gem, it's a boon, it's good for about everything and the rest. Colors, beauty of the backgrounds, swift and accurate focus, sharpness all over and so forth. Paid about 220,000 cts but not a single of these cents has been felt misplaced until now. For sure you know that every single review out there is only full of praise - except for dxomark that puts it lower than the Sony. Well that's just for the sake of not lowering the guard here ... :)   

The weight is not really an issue because it balances very well on about every camera (dunno about M though). The only issue I might have is the conspicuousness of that big white thing that makes it - for me - not usable for street shooting or shooting in crowded places. Strangers obliviously don't like to be aimed at with that kind of big eye and also, I wouldn't want a baddie to cut my hand to pry it from me. Because yes, he would have to.

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Re: Your 70-200 f/2.8L IS II...
« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2012, 04:34:55 AM »