Canon 70-200mm F2.8L IS II Review
This lens isn't like a lot of other lenses that I buy. Where you unbox it, walk around your neighborhood for a few hours and immediately get buyers remorse because it's not really performing as you expected. Then you have to really learn and figure out how to use the lens and shoot what it likes. This usually happens with my Ultrawide lenses but I did not experience that with this lens. I immediately felt like a pro. You even look like one too.
Things I Love About This Lens
Just really high quality. Image is very clean, extremely sharp. Edges look great Image stabilization is a really handy feature and works great.
When I originally bought this lens I used it exclusively on my Canon 5Dmkii. Now I use it on my Sony A7r with the Metabones Adapter. Although this slows down the autofocus a bit and confuses the image stabilizer, I still really enjoy it. I actually use it a lot of video. You have to get further back but it compresses your shots in a very unique and beautiful way. I try to always shoot with long lenses with video and this lens definitely does it for me.
Canon 70-200mm F2.8 IS II Bokah Samples
Wow is it nice. The only bokah I've liked more is from my Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 35mm f2.8. But this lens has an incredible creamy bokah. It just makes every image look magical.
Things I Don't Like About Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS II
Not too much other than it's big and it's heavy. But that's to be expected and you can't hold that against it. I wish it was cheaper. I've seen it range from $2,000 - $2,400
The main problem I have with this lens is I don't have heavy duty tripods. I use medium / light weight tripods. So any long exposures in landscape photography become problematic because of vibrations. The lighter weight tripods just can't support the weight of the lens. You'll need something heavier and bigger to support it. Not a big deal and I don't use this lens too often for landscape photography so I can make it work for me.
I Wish It Was Black
I don't like the attention it draws when I am in questionable areas of the world. I wish Canon would make a black one. And I know a lot of people feel this same way.
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More Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS II Sample Photos
A Lone Climber in Zion National Park. Shot with the Sony A7r.
Winter in Bryce Canyon shot with the Sony A7r.
Golden Mudstones at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley. Shot with the Canon 5Dmkii.
The Grand Canyon. Canon 5Dmkii.
Tuscon Arizona. Shot with the Canon 5Dmkii.
Miyajima Japan. Shot with the Canon 5Dmkii.
Kecak Dance of Bali Indonesia. Canon 5Dmkii.
Tanah Lot of Bali Indonesia. Canon 5Dmkii.
New York City with the Canon 5Dmkii.