Canon EF 70-200mm f/2,8 L IS USM


Canon EF 70-200mm f/2,8 L IS USM
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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2,8 L IS USM
This is a zoom lens manufactured by Canon and the model was launched 2001.
The lens belongs to the category  telephoto zoom lenses, a telephoto lens where you have the possibility to zoom in and out.
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Compability, auto focus and focal length
This lens is constructed to fit all models of Canon cameras, regardless of camera model or type of sensor.
The ability to use auto focus is available for all cameras.
The lens has a focal length of 70-200 mm. Depending on which camera the lens is used, the experienced and perceived focal length will be different. Please visit the list of compatible cameras below, it will provide the equivalent focal length you get on each camera.
A positive thing is that this lens has a versitale zoom range, where the difference between 'maximum zoomed out' to 'maximum zoomed in' increases the lens versatility since you as a photographer easily can compose your picture without moving yourself physically.
See compatible cameras and perceived/equivalent focal length
Read more about focal length and your field of view
Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
 
Lens brightness and image stabilizer
The lens brightness and aperture value is f/2,8.
This aperture value indicates that the lens is very bright.  This will make it so much easier shooting in darker environments where you do not want or can use flash lighting, for example in churches or at different sports venues. Lenses with good aperture values and longer focal lengths, such as this lens, tend to be popular amongs sports and nature photographers.
A feature worth commenting, which is also related to lens brightness, is that the brightness and maximum aperture-value remains constant regardless of focal length used. This makes it easier for you as a photographer. No matter if you are have the focus ring and focal length at 70 mm or at 200 mm the aperture value can be f/2,8.
Inside the lens there is an image stabilizer, which helps to fend off possible movements and tremors. This is very positive and can be of great help in situations and conditions where the light is inadequate and not enough for decent shutter speeds.
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Read more about how an image stabilizer works
 
Filter and Lens Hood
The lens has a traditional filter thread on the front and its measuring 77 mm which also the filter you will use must have. If you use for example an UV filter can be a cheap insurance against scratches and dust.
If you buy this lens it will come with a lens hood, whose model name is "ET-86".
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Tripod Mount
This lens is equipped with a tripod mount, which makes use of a tripod easier and more stable.
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Different versions of the lens
This lens has been replaced by a newer version. Prior to purchasing the lens, please compare the various editions.
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2,8 L USM  (1995)
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2,8 L IS USM  (2001) << The lens you are currently viewing
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2,8 L IS II USM (2010)
 
Pictures (product and sample images)
In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.
Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.
Images of Canon EF 70-200mm f/2,8 L IS USM
Sample pictures taken with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2,8 L IS USM
 
 
Things to consider before buying
Below you will find some summarized points and facts that can be considered as the 'pros and cons' of this lens. These are based entirely on the facts and values that are accessible through the lens specification, so we highly recommend that you also read the reported reviews available (see tab 'Reviews'); this in order to get a more complete view of the lens and its capabilites. Reviewer opinions reflect the lens, its use and its optical performance in a more accurate way, but any way - here a few different points to consider before buying this lens.
The lens brightness, f/2,8
Constant maximum aperture value regardless of focal length
Has a built-in image stabilizer
An impressive focal range
Works on all sensor types
A lens hood is included
A tripod mount is included
The lens is sealed against dust and moisture
The price
This lens has been replaced by a newer version
Heavy (1570 gr)
Specification
Product Name:Canon EF 70-200mm f/2,8 L IS USM  (See dictionary)
Release date: 2001
Manufacturer:Canon
Type of lens: Telephoto Zoom Lens
Construction: Zoom lens (with the ability to zoom in and out)
Works with cameras from: Canon (see compatible cameras)
1:1 at Macro:
No Macro lens
Compability:
Works on all sensors (see compatible cameras)
Auto focus:
Yes
Built-in auto focus (AF) motor:
Yes (more info)
Maximum aperture: f/2,8
Focal Range: 70-200 mm
Depending on which camera this lens is used the focal length can seem different. This is because different camera sensors can have a slight crop factor and the focal length will be equivalent to:
  70-200 mmon Canon FF, Full frame
  91-260 mmon Canon APS-H
  112-320 mmon Canon APS-C
See list, camera for camera
Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
Lens Construction: 23 elements / 18 groups
Image Stabilizer:
Yes, IS
Closest Focusing Distance:140 cm
Filter: Filter Thread, 77 mm
Lens Hood:
ET-86(included)
Tripod mount:
Yes, a tripod mount is included (Read more)
Weather sealing:
Yes
Dimensions (diameter x length):86 x 197 mm
Vikt:1570 g (see the total weight, camera+lens)
Retail price (USD)1999 USD
 
 
Product Page (Canon):
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Text from Canon:"The EF70-200mm /f2.8L IS USM delivers the same exceptional level of optical performance as the EF70-200mm /f2.8L USM, launched in March 1995, which has won strong support among professional and high-end amateur photographers. The new IS unit utilizes improved holding for the barrel of the supplementary optical system that provides smoother movement, achieving image stabilizing effects equivalent to approximately three stops. Additionally, the EF70-200mm /f2.8L IS USM is equipped with a new compact, lightweight, high-performance vibration gyro that, combined with improved signal processing circuits, makes possible image stabilization within approximately 0.5 seconds upon pressing the shutter button halfway. The EF70-200mm /f2.8L IS USM also employs an optical design offering compatibility with digital SLR cameras and utilizes an optical system made entirely from environmentally friendly lead-free glass.

Incorporating Canon’s second generation Image Stabilization technology, this telephoto zoom responds in as little as 0.5 seconds, while providing up to three stops of correction for camera shake. Its AF system has been refined for better response time and tracking speed. And even the new 8-blade circular aperture offers a more pleasing out-of-focus image. Constructed to pro standards, this fast zoom is also highly resistant to dust and moisture, too."
 
Reviews
fotosidan.se (reviews by users)
 
bobatkins.com
http://www.bobatkins.com/photography/reviews/canon_ef_70-200_f28L_IS.html
 
ephotozine.com
http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Canon-70-200mm-f28-L-IS
 
fredmiranda.com
http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=12&sort=7&cat=27&page=2
 
juzaphoto.com
http://juzaphoto.com/eng/articles/canon_70-200_sigma_70-200_tamron_canon_100-400.htm
 
luminous-landscape.com
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/lenses/400v400.shtml
 
shutterbug.com
http://shutterbug.com/equipmentreviews/lenses/0302sb_canonalbum/
 
slrlensreview.com
http://slrlensreview.com/web/canon-slr-lenses-39/telephoto-zoom-slr-lenses-60/67-canon-ef-70-200mm-f28l-is-usm-lens-review.html
 
sportsshooter.com
http://www.sportsshooter.com/gear_profile.html?id=28
 
the-digital-picture.com
http://the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-70-200mm-f-2.8-L-IS-USM-Lens-Review.aspx
 
 
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Pictures (product and sample images)
In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.
Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.
Images of Canon EF 70-200mm f/2,8 L IS USM
Sample pictures taken with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2,8 L IS USM
Different versions of this lens
1995 Canon EF 70-200mm f/2,8 L USM
2001 Canon EF 70-200mm f/2,8 L IS USM
2010 Canon EF 70-200mm f/2,8 L IS II USM

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