The lens is provided by Pavel G. from  Sochi, thank you for that and many thanks and good photos with this lens!


This lens — one of Canon masterpieces without any doubdts.  Therefore I even wanted to photograph it as for the catalog, on a gray gradient.
There are 23 elements in 19 groups!!!


From which 5 (!) are low-dispersive and one fluorite.
The lens is very heavy (1470gr.), weighty and it is also not recommended to use by girls for this reason.

The lens is delivered in a big box in which besides polyfoam there is still a strong cover in which it is supposed to carry it when it not on the camera.

canon ef70-200

The cover is very strong and convenient. Just the same was applied to my favourite Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

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

Same strong white metal case.


Interestingly, why there is such attention of Canon to “white” L-lenses and neglect by construct in black L-lenses…

canon 70 200mmThe huge lens of Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM demands obligatory installation of the protective filter and here half measures not to manage any more, it is desirable to put B+W 77mm XS-PRO 010M Nano UV-Haze
You won’t call this lens beautiful. And material — usual plastic. It is pleasant that the interior of a blenda is covered with a black flock that allows to extinguish excess rereflections.
Canon-EF-70-200mm f2.8

The back lens is strongly drowned inside so it is possible to put this lens with a bayonet joint on a table when it is necessary to change lenses. The back lens thus won’t concern a table, and not so gentle lobby and plus the protective filter has to face it!

The presented lens Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is considered one of the best a zoom lenses and even there is an opinion that it is quite comparable about a fix lenses. I decided to check it and as the representative from a fix lenses used Canon 100/2.8L IS USM.

canon D5The camera was installed on a tripod and leveled. Lighting — the studio Broncolor generator.
Descent of a lock — via the YoungNuo radio synchronizer.
Distance to a target — 5 meters. This recommended distance for measurement of permission of a lens (50 * focal) since we will do measurements for focal 100 mm.
5 meters — quite long distance so I even had to take out the camera in a corridor. Length of my studio is 6.15m, there is a table with computer at the end and a background, so the “useful” length is less.

The camera which was used is Canon 5D mark II. I think to compare results of measurements of different lenses, I also will use this camera for measurements from now. Unless Canon will release the camera with essentially big resolution of a sensor since this sensor already sputtered out, reached a limit and a moire climbs on good lenses.

From the provided table it is visible that resolution of new superzoom is close to a fix lens of Canon 100/2.8L IS USM, but after all to it concedes.
Nevertheless, there is a wish to note that it is one of the best zoom lenses which I tested. With the naked eyethere is a difference in resolution between these lenses.

Photo from the lens Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L

Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L photo

Chromatic aberrations

Chromatic aberrations

chromatic aberrations 1As you can see, chromatic aberrations aren’t alien to this lens, but they are minimum! Very worthy result.
And there are some trees..

Here are visible HA, but at a rate of “under a web” — defects it isn’t visible in general.
If specially to look for HA, it is possible to find them, of course.

Portraits and other

photo by Canon EF 70-200mm

To shoot children is very easy and convenient. The auto focus rather fast and the stabilizer works good.

canon 70-200 photo

photo canonThe lens is peracute and is suitable for studio shooting. Including for the subject shooting. And here it is not really is suitable for photohunting. There is no focal length. I would prefer Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6 IS USM.

Portraits with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM turn out remarkable. It is sharp at once from an open diaphragm, and already works at F4 at full capacity.


1) A lens in respect of optics is magnificent. It turns that Canon is able to do lenses.
2) Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is very close to a fix lenses, but after all slightly doesn’t “hold out”
3) Lenses are already approached a limit of resolutiob of the current matrix 35mm (on some values of a diaphragm, in the center of a shot, perhaps, they surpass the current matrix). We look forward to new matrixes from Canon.
4) Lens Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is heavy. Obviously not for fans of easy cameras and lenses, and also not for girls. Plus it big by the size. Even not will get into each bag or a backpack.Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II USM

5) The lens has very effective stabilizer of the image. Progress in the new version of the stabilizer is obviously observed. It is a pity, Canon doesn’t report in what lens and when there is a new version of the stabilizer. The stabilizer, can make unpleasant strained sounds down. It gave me an idea, what you shouldn’t do. Probably, the stabilizer in this lens — the main weak spot. Also in my Canon 100/2.8L IS USM in certain cases the stabilizer makes the unpleasant “crackling” sounds. There is no wish to bear then a lens in service — I prefer to switch-off the stabilizer. Perfectly I do without it (but to have it in a lens all the same well — as a last resort).

P.S. Today I came into Spetsfoto shop behind studio racks and I met there Dmitry S. who bought accessories to “new thing”. It was interesting to click and look at Leica M9.

Leica M9

The camera is felt very strong and iron. The range finder works more conveniently, than for the Soviet ranging cameras. The view-finder is tiny. And people still complain of an enlarger of the view-finder of Tenp 1.36kh… They would try the Leica view-finder (regular, not external) :)
It is unusual to be focused by a hand from below. I got used to put a hand from above on a lens, but in a case with Leica M9 the hand blocks a range finder. In the view-finder it is visible a lens — it is unusually and amusing.
Leica_M9It is very pleasant to see and hear a mechanical lock on the digital camera. People say that they even has no declared resource… Works very long.
The camera  works quite quickly unlike Sigma DP2 . But, by itself, it concedes to Sigma in resolution of a picture as it uses a Bayer matrix. In this plan Leica Monochrome which could use the lens Biogon 28/2.8 ZM is more stoutly and much more interesting.
Holding such camera in hand there is a wish to go with it to any islands, to write the book, and to walk and shoot birds on coastal rocks in the afternoon… The price of this the camera in the market B. at. today ~ 3715 usd. Plus lens – 1140 usd.
I wish all good photos and cameras which are pleasant for holding in hand and to use!