Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 USM L IS - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Canon EOS (APS-C)

Sample Shots

Here're some sample shots taken with the 350D (converted RAWs or sharpened straight JPEGs).

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Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 200.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.8 @ 1/400s
Size 3472x2312
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 70.0mm
Exposure Data: f/9.0 @ 1/250s
Size 2304x3456
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 155.0mm
Exposure Data: f/10.0 @ 1/400s
Size 3456x2304
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 115.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.8 @ 1/1000s
Size 2304x3456
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 75.0mm
Exposure Data: f/3.5 @ 1/800s
Size 2304x3456
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 90.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.8 @ 1/1000s
Size 2304x3456
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 100.0mm
Exposure Data: f/3.5 @ 1/2500s
Size 2304x3456

Verdict

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 USM IS is a very good lens but not a stellar one. The resolution characteristic is excellent at 70mm and 135mm but at 200mm it disappoints - more so regarding its price tag. The results are still very good here (just at f/2.8) but when putting things into perspective (e.g. vs the superb EF 70-200mm f/4 USM L IS) the delivered quality is not overly impressive. Based on the performance at 200mm the potential with tele converters seems "limited". Lateral chromatic aberrations (CAs) are relatively well controlled but, again, inferior to the in-house competition (inc. its predecessor). Distortions are nothing to worry about as is vignetting. The build quality of the lens is superb and the IS as well as the very fast AF makes it a joy to use. If only it was better at 200mm ...

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