Canon 70-200mm F2.8L IS II Review and Sample Photos

The Canon 70-200 f2.8L II is a lens that should be in every Canon shooters kit. It's one of those must have lenses. The image quality is just so beautiful and owning this lens immediately improved my portfolio.

It's heavy, it's expensive, but it's a Canon and it's worth every penny.


Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS II Review

The time is very close for me to do a full update on this review. So much has changed since this lens came out. We have the Canon 5DS R that now shoots 50mp and Sony has actually started making cameras that people care about. So how does this lens hold up even with these super megapixel cameras?

From my tests, fantastic. Here is a shot taken with the 5DS R.

Los Angeles Observatory


Ordering Links

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM - (Amazon)



What​ I Love About This Lens

I know they say a better camera won't make you a better photographer, but this lens will. And any pro would agree with me.

The lens all around just shoots really clean images that are 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.

Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS II Review


What 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. 



More Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS II Sample Photos

A Lone Climber in Zion National Park. Shot with the Sony A7r.

The Lone Climber of Zion

Winter in Bryce Canyon shot with the Sony A7r.

Hoodoos of Bryce Canyon

Golden Mudstones at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley. Shot with the Canon 5Dmkii.

Golden Mudstone of Death ValleyAt Zabriskie Point in the Badlands of Death Valley are these eroded mudstones. It's very strange even walking on them, it feels almost like it's hollow or that it's very light. I imagine if it got more rain here these mudstone hills would just disintegrate.See more at

The Grand Canyon. Canon 5Dmkii.

Grand CanyonHDR Photo of the Grand Canyon. This was my second time back to the Grand Canyon while visiting with family. I decided to take an HDR approach this time.

Tuscon Arizona. Shot with the Canon 5Dmkii. 

My Last Sunset of 2012Shot this while in Tucson Arizona. This was the last sunset before the new year. It was exceptionally beautiful.See this photo at

Miyajima Japan. Shot with the Canon 5Dmkii.

Goju-no-to Pagoda, Japan. Goju-no-to is a five-storied pagoda is located in Miyajima Japan. Usually used as a Buddhist religious function. Learn more about my photography at

Kecak Dance of Bali Indonesia. Canon 5Dmkii.

Kecak Dancers of BaliThese are a few of the dancers from the Kecak Dance in Bali. It is quite the show and a rather amazing cultural experience.See this photo at

Tanah Lot of Bali Indonesia. Canon 5Dmkii.

Tanah Lot the Sea Temple. Tanah Lot is the Temple in the Sea and is a very popular tourist spot of Bali Indonesia. Learn more about my photography at

New York City with the Canon 5Dmkii.

New York City Skyline