Archive for: 70-200

Patent: Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 VC

Patent: Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 VC

Another new 70-200 f/2.8
It looks like Tamron is going to be refreshing their 70-200 f/2.8 with a new version. The new version will add Tamron’s vibration correction as well as a new optical design.

2012-58619,2012-58620 Patent Publication No.

  • 2012.3.22 Release Date
  • 2010.9.10 filing date

Example 1

  • 111.5353 – - 194.0928mm f = 71.5336 focal length
  • Fno 2.9
  • 20.71 – - 12.48 deg 34.66 angle of view.
  • Magnification ratio 2.713
  • 18 sheets 13 group lens configuration
  • Three three aspherical surface
  • 3 ED glass sheet
  • Super ED lens equivalent to 1 XLD glass sheets and fluorite ※

Tamron’s patent

  • Positive-positive four-group zoom of positive and negative
  • Inner Focus
  • Focusing for the third lens group
  • Made compact and lightweight AF speed of the focus group
  • Lens consists of a single sheet of focus group
  • Inner zoom
  • Shake correction
  • For anti-vibration part of the fourth lens group
  • Compact, lightweight unit
  • By a small amount of shift in anti-vibration, energy saving

Source: [EG]


*UPDATE* Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II Deal at B&H

*UPDATE* Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II Deal at B&H

It can now be found for $2069 here

For the moment, the $1974 price is not showing up on B&H’s web site.

Now’s the time.
B&H has brought back its great deal on the Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II for $1974.

Buy now at B&H


An EF 70-200 f/4L IS II in Mid January? [CR1]

An EF 70-200 f/4L IS II in Mid January? [CR1]

The lenses keep on coming
I received some pretty good detail about a new EF 70-200 f/4L IS that may be announced in the next month.

The first version of this lens is terrific, and for a while outperformed the 2.8 IS counterpart (other than light gathering ability).

Some points on the reported new lens.

  • It will include a newer version of the Canon fluorine coating reducing light scatter within the lens.
  • The new coating will drastically increase the scratch resistance on the front element.
  • The lens will be fully metal, besides the zoom and focus rings.
  • The image quality is supposed to be the best as far as Canon zooms go (like version 1 was).
  • Mid January announcement.
We have been told that Canon will be updating a lot of current lenses in 2012.


Friday Deals @ B&H

Friday Deals @ B&H

From B&H
The 5D Mark II w/24-105 f/4L IS kit at $2799 until December 11, 2011. (BUY)

The EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II is at $2074, which is about $425 cheaper than it was in the summer. (BUY)

The Canon 580 EX II is now $399, that’s a savings of $50. (BUY)

The EF 16-35 f/2.8L II is at $1394 until midnight EST tonight. You’re saving about $220. (BUY)


Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II Review – DPR

From DPR
DPR has completed their review of the new EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II.

The review is very favorable outside of their opinion of the bokeh. I didn’t find it all that pleasing either.

Overall, then, the EF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS II USM gains about as close as it gets to an unqualified recommendation, given the price. Its combination of exceptional optics and quirk-free design even manages to surpass Nikon’s equivalent that we tested recently, stealing the crown of ‘Best in Class’ by a whisker. It’s a significant improvement over what was already an accomplished lens, capable of consistently delivering results that will satisfy the most demanding of users, and you can’t ask for much more than that.

Read More:

B&H has them in stock for $2499


Reviews, Rentals & Thanks

A few things may be coming soon, I’m waiting for the good sources to pipe up.
Photozone has completed their review of the EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II.

The review is very favorable outside of pricing. We all knew it was going to cost a lot more than the previous version, we can all dream though.

Check out the review here:

Lens Rentals Canada
Canadians may have seen ads for a site called Lens Rentals Canada.

I am partnered in the new Canadian company. We have no affiliation with in the US, even though Roger is a great guy!

Our goal at Lens Rentals Canada is to create the easiest, most efficient and most enjoyable online rental experience in the country. There will be some bumps along the way, but we’re committed to the best customer service in the country.

We stock lots and will be adding more stuff as demand dictates. The first week of launch has been great!

If it seems I’ve disappeared a bit lately, this is why!

Downtown Camera (Toronto)
I rarely show support for photography stores out there. There are so many great ones. I’d be doing it a lot. So I like to keep it for very special occasions.

Downtown Camera in Toronto, Canada did me a huge favor and I just wanted to say “thanks” here.


Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II Review & Jeff Ascough

The Digital Picture
Bryan has completed his review of the Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II.

Quote from TDP

I consider the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens to be the second most important lens in my kit with the first being a more general purpose lens in focal length range. It is not an inexpensive lens, but it is very worth the price in my opinion – and very worthy of its red ring. While this is a completely pro-grade lens, you definitely do not have to be a pro to appreciate it. Get the “II”!

Read The Review

More Reviews
If you haven’t already, be sure to read Justin’s review of the lens here at Canon Rumors.

EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II Stock
B&H Photo has them in stock @ $2499

Adorama has them in stock @ $2499

Both are currently closed for passover and will ship when they open back up.

*UPDATE* Jeff Ascough and his “stealth” rangefinder
A few people have commented and emailed me thinking he’s setting up an April fools joke.

Sounds plausible.

It’s an early April Fool’s joke. He’s written about the AF performance. Enough said!

Nice one Jeff.