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

Sample Images

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Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/5000s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/2500s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/5000s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 170.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/1600s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 70.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/50s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 320
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/400s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 320
Focal Length 70.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/60s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 70.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/2000s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 185.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/3200s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 130.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 140.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/2000s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 155.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/4000s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 95.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/800s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 155.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/1600s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 120.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1000s

Verdict

It was about time. The old Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 USM L IS (mk I) was a good lens but hardly something to rave about especially when used at 200mm. Canon claims to have the leadership in the tele lens arena and they probably do but so far with the exception of this lens segment. Well, this was then and the EF 70-200mm f/2.8 USM L IS II is now and it corrects this last remaining flaw in the Canon tele lens segment. It surpasses its predecessor easily and it did even manage to top (very slightly so) the EF 70-200mm f/4 USM L IS which is almost a legendary performer. The mk II is very sharp across the range including the critical 200mm f/2.8 setting. Lateral CAs are basically negligible and bokeh fringing is relatively well controlled. The vignetting is visible at f/2.8 albeit far from extreme within the full format scope and it's not at issue anymore at smaller apertures. The bokeh has a good quality for a zoom lens. The 70-200mm mk II produces some slight barrel distortions at 70mm and slight to moderate pincushion distortions towards the long end. This is about the only aspect where prime lenses tend to be visibly better but it's certainly no show-stopper when considering the typical applications for such a lens.

The build quality is outstanding and leaves nothing to be desired. The AF is both speedy and accurate. The IS ("image stabilizer") is capable of giving you a gain equivalent to about 4 f-stops - also in field conditions.

The Canon lens has only a single significant drawback - its pricing. The costs increased by ~25% compared to the 70-200mm f/2.8 USM L IS mk I. However, it's also quite obvious that the price can be justified relative to the performance level. Therefore ... highly recommended!

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